University of Leeds Teaching Awards

Applications are now open for the 2022 awards. The deadline to apply is Friday 4 March 2022.

University of Leeds Teaching Awards 2022

About the University of Leeds Teaching Awards

Our University of Leeds Teaching Awards scheme celebrates excellent practice in student education and recognises the importance of teaching and learning as a scholarly activity.

View the previous winners of the 2021 awards and find out more about their work (opens in MS Stream).

Research universities like the University of Leeds are unique in their ability to provide transformative learning experiences that are also research-led and therefore engage students in the collaborative work of understanding our world. Our staff who teach and support learning are at the heart of this endeavour, working in partnership with our students to provide an inspiring, challenging and supportive environment that enables them to achieve their ambitions. The University of Leeds Teaching Awards recognise individual and collaborative excellence in student education, and this year they provide a great opportunity to recognise the good work and innovation which have sustained high quality learning and teaching through the pandemic. Identifying excellent work happening around us and taking the time to recognise and reward our colleagues is an important, collegial and fun way to build community. I look forward to seeing applications from colleagues across the institution.

Professor Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education


Applications for the University of Leeds Teaching Awards 2022

Eligibility

To apply for an award, you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • you are an employee of the University of Leeds
  • your role involves teaching or supporting the student learning experience
  • you must be able to demonstrate exceptional impact in student education
  • apply before the deadline of 12 noon, on Friday 4 March 2022

For more information about eligibility, read our further guidance and FAQs document. In addition, a briefing event will take place on Wednesday 2 February 2022 for colleagues who are interested in applying for the awards. This will cover the application process, criteria and we will hear from one of last year’s winners, Alice Shepherd, about her experience.  The recording of the event will be made available on this webpage for those who cannot attend.

Our Teaching Awards prize

If you are successful in winning one of our University of Leeds Teaching Awards, you will receive:

  • A cash award which you can use to support your professional development and scholarship, e.g. to cover the cost of attending relevant conferences or events
  • A certificate
  • An invitation to a celebratory event hosted by the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Education).

In addition, as a winner in the Sustained Excellence and Collaborative Categories, you will have access to guidance and support provided for the National Teaching Fellow and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence schemes.

Categories of Award  

There are three categories of awards:

  1. Early Career University of Leeds Teaching Award: for staff with up to five years’ experience of teaching or supporting learning in higher education. A maximum of three awards will be made in this category, with each winner receiving £2000.
  2. Sustained Excellence University of Leeds Teaching Award:  for colleagues with more than five years’ experience. A maximum of three awards will be made in this category, with each winner receiving £2000.
  3. Collaborative Excellence University of Leeds Teaching Award: for teams of staff. A maximum of three awards will be made in this category with each team receiving £500 per contributor up to a maximum of £4000.

How to apply for the University of Leeds Teaching Awards 2022 

Your application should be no more than 1200 words in length and submitted using the relevant form provided (below).

The following also applies, depending upon the category of award you are applying for:

  • Early career and sustained excellence: your claim needs to address how you have enhanced student learning; supported colleagues and influenced support for student learning; and your commitment to maintaining the currency of your practice.
  • Collaborative excellence: your collaborative excellence claim needs to address how you have enhanced student learning; supported colleagues and influenced support for student learning; and your excellence in collaboration and team working.

If your application is successful at the faculty/service panel you will then be invited to submit a short presentation. The process for the selection of award winners is outlined below. 

Further Guidance and FAQs

For further information please see the following guidance documents and FAQs, the award criteria and marking information, and details on applying for a mentor. This includes details of the weighting for each section of an application.

In addition, a briefing event will take place on Wednesday 2 February 2022 for colleagues who are interested in applying for the awards. The recording of the event will be made available on this webpage for those who cannot attend.

Get support with your application from a mentor. A mentor could provide support and advice and help you to develop and showcase teaching excellence and to present your experiences in an effective application. If you are interested in being paired with a mentor please complete the request form above. This support is subject to the availability of our mentors.

Application forms (available after the launch)

Submission of applications

Application forms should be submitted to peopledev@leeds.ac.uk

Deadline: The closing date for applications is 12 noon, Friday 4 March 2022


Selection of the Award Winners 

All faculty applications will be reviewed by a Faculty Panel, chaired by the Pro Dean for Student Education or their nominee. All applications from colleagues who are not in a faculty will be reviewed by a panel consisting of colleagues from across the University.

Each panel will nominate up to one individual or team per category to go forward to the University Panel, chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. All nominees for the University Panel will receive a certificate and will be invited to the celebratory dinner.

If you are nominated for consideration by the University Panel, you will be invited to submit a short presentation (10 minutes maximum) which will be reviewed alongside your 1200-word application the presentations from last year’s winners are available on Microsoft Stream.  We will also ask for a 300 word summary and photograph for publicity purposes.

If you are successful in one year, you can be nominated again but, your application must be for a different category and based on distinctly different teaching and support activities.

Find out more

If you have any questions about our University of Leeds Teaching Awards, please email peopledev@leeds.ac.uk.