Student Led Teaching Awards 2021

Has a staff member you know gone above and beyond? Nominate them for a Student-led Teaching Award.

The awards are designed to celebrate the work of exceptional staff across NTU who work tirelessly to improve the student experience, provide excellent teaching and develop students to their full potential.

You can nominate staff members in the following categories:

Has a member of University staff ever gone above and beyond to support your personal wellbeing?  Perhaps you have a tutor who consistently recognises student welfare as a key priority?

For this award, we will consider, but not be limited to, the following criteria:
  • The nominee aids the transition process into University life.
  • The nominee demonstrates an awareness of the link between student welfare and academic performance.
  • The nominee is aware of the appropriate referral processes and uses them accordingly
  • The nominee demonstrates flexibility, supporting and meeting with students outside of the academic timetable if needed.
  • The nominee understands the importance of community in a University environment.

Is there a member of staff at the University who has contributed significantly to your student experience? This is an award for all those staff who are not involved in teaching but have the potential to positively affect your time at NTU. This could be anyone from the administrators in your department to the technicians in your lab.

For this award, we will consider, but not be limited to, the following criteria:
  • The nominee may have assisted in the development of student study skills.
  • The nominee has positively impacted students' time at NTU, contributing to their overall experience.
  • The nominee develops good relationships with students, recognising their individual needs.
  • The nominee supports opportunities for students and enhances their potential outside of the classroom.

Have you ever had a lecturer whose passion for their subject has inspired your continual motivation in your work? Is there a seminar that you always look forward to, knowing that your tutor will provoke a stimulating conversation?

For this award, we will consider, but not be limited to, the following criteria:
  • The nominee is approachable and responsive to students and makes them feel valued for their work and contributions.
  • The nominee has an enthusiasm for their subject area and inspires this within their students.
  • The nominee is always engaging, informative and knowledgeable, and encourages intellectual development.
  • The nominee provides useful and prompt feedback to students, allowing them to continually better themselves.
  • The nominee encourages students to feel part of an academic community.

Do you have a research supervisor who is exceptionally supportive of your studies? Do they offer constant encouragement and motivation regarding your research? This is an award for staff members who support postgraduate research projects.

For this award, we will consider, but not be limited to, the following criteria:
  • The nominee will offer a holistic approach to supporting their students in both their academic and personal life.
  • The nominee is encouraging but always challenges their students to contribute something substantial and original to their academic field.
  • The nominee demonstrates passion for the area of study.
  • The nominee demonstrates flexibility and supports their students to navigate the challenges of a postgraduate degree.

Do you have a PhD student who leads your seminar group, providing original ideas and perspectives on your course? Do they bring enthusiasm to their field of study? Perhaps they have offered you mentorship or advised you with your research? This is an award for PhD students who teach and support undergraduate and masters students.

For this award, we will consider, but not be limited to, the following criteria:
  • The nominee will apply their own original research and ideas to their teaching.
  • The nominee is approachable and responsive to students and makes them feel valued for their work and contributions.
  • The nominee has an enthusiasm for their subject area and inspires this within their students.
  • The nominee is always engaging, informative and knowledgeable, and encourages intellectual development.
  • The nominee provides useful and prompt feedback to students, allowing them to continually better themselves.
  • The nominee bridges the gap between communities of students and staff.

Has your tutor/lecturer made this difficult time that bit easier? Have they tried their absolute best to make sure that your education faces minimal disruption despite the uncertainty and unprecedented challenges that have resulted from Covid-19?

The winner of this award will have shown an outstanding commitment to their students during the transition to online and blended teaching and learning.

For this award, we will consider, but not be limited to, the following criteria:
  • The nominee has made an outstanding effort to ensure that their students receive the best education they can under difficult circumstances.
  • The nominee will have made the transition to online teaching as comfortable and as accessible to students as possible.
  • The nominee will have gone above and beyond to make themselves accessible to their students.
  • The nominee will have used innovative techniques to engage students in online learning.
  • The nominee will have provided outstanding support to their students both academically and pastorally.
  • The nominee will have communicated consistently and comprehensively with their students in order to keep them up to date on developments throughout online teaching.
  • The nominee will have responded to the feedback of students and adapted their processes accordingly .
  • The nominee will have maintained a positive outlook despite continued uncertainty and new challenges to the teaching and learning process. 

Is there a member of University staff who continually works to promote the value and importance of equality and diversity? Perhaps you have a lecturer who embeds this within their teaching at every opportunity.  

For this award, we will consider, but not be limited to, the following criteria: 
  • The nominee will recognise the importance of accessibility and will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, to provide students with the best opportunities possible for success.
  • The nominee, if teaching, consistently updates the curriculum and ensures that the texts and other resources are from diverse sources.
  • The nominee will strive to create an inclusive environment at NTU, placing equality at the heart of everything they do .
  • The nominee will recognise and respond appropriately to relevant movements in society (e.g. Black Lives Matter and #MeToo).
  • The nominee will be an approachable individual willing to stand up for the views of all students. They will not shy away from difficult conversations and will speak up when needed. They will also recognise when it is more appropriate to allow others to speak.

How to submit a nomination:

To submit a nomination, simply fill in this form. You will have to submit a new form for each category you wish to nominate in and complete ALL fields in order for your nomination to be valid.

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For any questions, or further information, please email ami.gell@su.ntu.ac.uk.