The 2017 NTSU Outstanding Teaching Awards take place on 9th May, celebrating 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. Nominations are open from Wednesday 22nd February and will close on Thursday 6th April at 12pm.

Please complete the nomination form to nominate a member of staff for an award. You will have to submit a new form for each category you wish to nominate in. You need to complete ALL fields in order for your nomination to be valid. Winners in each category are decided by a judging panel. Please refer to the criteria for guidance on how each category will be judged. The number of nominations an individual receives does not determine the winner.

Award Categories

For criteria information for each award category, please click the award title.

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.

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.

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 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.

Do you have a tutor that encourages you to consider your work from a global perspective? Is there a member of University staff who works to promote the value of inter-cultural relationships?

For this award, we will consider, but not be limited to, the following criteria:

  • The nominee may have arranged guest lecturers from a variety of cultures and nationalities.
  • The nominee will promote a global approach to learning, perhaps via comparative studies between cultures.
  • The nominee may have launched a project that promotes global values.

Do you have a seminar which you always leave with a new and unexpected perspective? Do you have a lecturer who uses multiple creative approaches to aid your learning?

For this award, we will consider, but not be limited to, the following criteria:

  • The nominee will use feedback to adapt their teaching methods and be committed to continually improving their work.
  • The nominee will make use of a range of different teaching approaches, including digital innovation.
  • The nominee will be imaginative and creative in their teaching, inspiring students to do the same in their work.
  • The nominee will always be aware of current developments both in their field and in mainstream culture, and will apply these in their teaching.

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 seminars and lectures, to provide students with the best opportunities possible.
  • The nominee, if teaching, will ensure their curriculum is diverse in content.
  • The nominee will strive to create an inclusive environment at NTU, placing equality at the heart of everything they do.
  • The nominee will be an approachable individual willing to stand up for the views of students.

Do you know a tutor who promotes sustainable living? Or a lecturer who embeds commitment to the environment in their teaching?

For this award, we will consider, but not be limited to, the following criteria:

  • The nominee will promote sustainable living within their teaching, and empower students to do the same.
  • The nominee will explore ideas of social responsibility and social justice within their curriculum.
  • The nominee will put environmentally friendly methods into practice in their teaching.

Do you think that your school is excelling in teaching and learning? Are the staff always exceptionally supportive and welcoming?

For this award, we will consider, but not be limited to, the following criteria:

  • The school clearly signposts how students can get the support and advice they need, and ensure that all events, classes and timetables are well-advertised in plenty of time.
  • The school is a leading institution in its academic field, and provides students with multiple opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge.
  • The school consists of exceptional staff, who inspire their students to have a passion for their subjects.
  • The school offers extra-curricular events for students who are keen to expand their learning.

If you have any questions, or require further information, please contact ami.gell@su.ntu.ac.uk.