Teaching Partnership Awards

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Teaching Partnership Awards

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These awards recognise the outstanding contribution that students have made directly to the student learning experience at the University of Leicester. This award seeks to recognise and celebrate students as partners in their own learning, and as partners to staff at the University in improving our broader learning and teaching culture.

Applications can based on one or more of:

a)   Developing teaching and learning support activities for other students on a course at the University (foundation, undergraduate or taught postgraduate programme; distance learning or campus-based);

b)   Improving student abilities and/or knowledge through an educational initiative that brings students together in innovative ways;

c)    Beneficial changes to teaching policy and practice, or support for student learning, brought about by representing and articulating student views effectively.

Staff are encouraged to recommend that suitable candidates apply. Students can nominate themselves independent of this, but please note the eligibility restrictions.

Criteria for the awards

Nominations will be judged against two criteria:

-   The breadth and depth of impact on student learning within the examples given;

-   The commitment shown to the personal development of the nominee(s) in teaching and/or learning support skills.

Award details

Teaching Partnership Awards are open to all registered University of Leicester students and are run in conjunction with the Students’ Union. The awards will be judged against the stated criteria by a joint student/staff panel.

Normally, up to six awards will be made each year. The awards bear a cash prize of £200. In the case of joint/group submissions, £400 will be divided equally between the recipients.

The 2019 awards will be conferred at the Discovering Teaching Excellence Conference, hosted by the Leicester Learning Institute on Wednesday 12th June 2019.

The scheme is launched annually in the spring term.

Eligibility

  • You must be a currently registered undergraduate or postgraduate student of the University of Leicester at the time of the deadline for submission of applications.
  • Applications should be based on one or more of the following:

-   Developing teaching and learning support activities for other students on a course at the University (foundation, undergraduate or taught postgraduate programme; distance learning or campus-based);

-   Improving student abilities and/or knowledge through an educational initiative that brings students together in innovative ways;

-   Beneficial changes to teaching policy and practice, or support for student learning, brought about by representing and articulating student views effectively.

  • Applications for this award must relate to learning and teaching that is undertaken with the knowledge/support of the University, and takes place within the University.
  • Outreach work in the community or in schools is valued by the University but is not covered by this particular scheme.
  • Awards may be made for a particular contribution or for sustained achievement in one or more areas.
  • In the case of joint or group submissions (normally 2 to 5 members), applications must clearly demonstrate the value of the contribution of each individual member.

Application guidance

The application form (available on our website for individuals or groups) begins with a summary which outlines the basis of your case, and then gives two broad criteria under which your case can be organised.

Summary section

Here you give us an outline of the case you are making for an award. Try to capture the essence of what you have achieved, that will be expanded with description and evidence in the following sections.

The Summary has an absolute maximum of 150 words.

Your case

You have up to 1,000 words in total to make your case for outstanding achievement beyond what is expected of you within your programme of study. This should be written in response to the two criteria and expand upon the statement you have made in your summary section.


Criterion 1: The breadth and depth of impact on student learning within the examples given;

Here you explain how you have supported other students’ learning, with some specific examples to back up your statements. It is important to explain not only what you have done, but how you have done it and the impact, or effect, it has had, and on how many students. You are also expected to show how you have recognised and supported the diversity of student learning needs.

Recommended length: 750 words


Criterion 2: The commitment shown to your own personal development in teaching and/or learning support skills.

Here you can describe how you have reviewed your learning and teaching practices through the work you have described, and sought to improve as a teacher. It is advisable to note here what you have learned from reading, or attending any relevant workshops, or completed any online training, for instance. Comment specifically on how your own development has had a positive impact on the work you have described.

Teaching Partnership AwardsRecommended length: 250 words

In support of your case

You can use statements of support from students and staff who have benefitted from your work, and if you have any feedback evidence (e.g. questionnaire results or other forms of evaluation) you should incorporate that into your application statements. Student statements of support should be attributed in a manner that does not reveal the identity of the student – use an appropriate pseudonym (e.g. Student A, Student B, etc.) or refer to them by their initials.

If you are applying as a group, please make clear the individual and active contribution of each member.

You will need to provide one reference from a member of staff who are willing to support your claim for the award. This referee should be an academic member of staff in the case where you refer mainly to teaching activities, in other instances you can invite other staff, including officers or executive officers of the Students’ Union. Seek the referees’ permissions before naming them on your application form.  Referees will be contacted following submission of your form.

Deadlines


The closing date for receipt of submissions in 2019 will be Tuesday 7th May 2019, 12 noon.

Applicants will be informed of the Panel’s decision by the end of May.

The celebration of awards will take place at a late afternoon event on Wednesday 12th June.

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