The RUSU Excellence Awards recognise University of Reading staff who display excellent and innovative teaching practice.
We award the staff who students believe have gone above and beyond expectations, tirelessly working to improve the delivery of your teaching and learning experience.
We also celebrate the amazing work of our Course Reps and School Reps who go the extra mile to represent the student voice and create positive change to teaching and learning, through the School and Course Rep Awards.
Nominations Open: Monday 14th January 2019
Nominations Close: Friday 15th March 2019
RUSU Partnership in Teaching and Learning Showcase: Wednesday 1st May 12:30-2:30pm, 3Sixty
What is the criteria for each award?
There are 11 staff awards on offer this year and two Academic Rep awards. Read the criteria below to help you nominate someone who stands out and inspires you. We want to know about the significant, positive impact that this person has had on your academic experience and for you to describe an example of when your nominee has gone the extra mile to support you? Describe how they contributed to your learning experience and demonstrated a commitment to excellent teaching and learning. See guidelines for nominating under the following categories:
Teaching Excellence Award (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences)
To include staff from the following schools: Arts & Communication Design, Humanities, SPEIR (Politics, Economics & International Relations), Law, IoE (Institute of Education), Literature & Languages
Teaching Excellence Award (Science)
Schools include: SAGES (Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Sciences), Maths, Physical & Computational Sciences, Built Environment
Teaching Excellence Award (Life Sciences)
Schools include: APD (Agriculture, Policy & Development), Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences, Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Food & Pharmacy
Teaching Excellence Award (Business)
Schools include: Henley Business School & ICMA Centre
Guidelines for nominating for the four teaching awards: ‘Every year we receive hundreds of nominations for these four teaching awards and the winners should embody an excellent and admirable attitude to Teaching & Learning.
For inspiring teaching staff who have applied their in-depth subject knowledge to provide you with engaging and intellectually stimulating lectures. It aims to recognise exceptional individuals who have gone above-and-beyond teaching expectations: supporting, guiding and inspiring you to reach your full potential. Winners of these awards in the past have been described as engaging, supportive, helpful, inspiring, enthusiastic and dedicated to their profession.’
Academic Tutor Excellence Award
Guidelines: ‘Previously known as the Personal Tutor Excellence Award this award rewards Academic Tutors in light of the new Academic Tutor System (ATS). It is for exceptionally supportive and approachable Academic Tutors and Supervisors who show commitment to students; ensuring excellent academic support and guidance.’
Support Staff Excellence Award
Guidelines: ‘For outstanding contributions of non-teaching staff (such as administration, or technical support staff) that ensure your University experience runs as smoothly as possible. These staff members may be the people who help you in the labs, answer your admin queries from first to final year and work behind the scenes to support students on a daily basis.’
Diverse and Inclusive Teaching Excellence Award
Guidelines: ‘For teaching staff that design and deliver an engaging and diverse curriculum, accessible for all students and learning styles. They encourage students to be proactive, challenge and consider different experiences and perspectives.’
Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence Award
Guidelines: ‘For passionate and committed Postgraduate teaching staff and assistants, who alongside their studies are dedicated to supporting academic staff and students in the delivery of their education experience.’
Outstanding Student/Staff Partnership Award
Guidelines: This new award recognises and celebrates the excellent collaborative efforts between a member of staff and a student who have worked together to enhance Teaching and Learning within their Department. As a partnership, they have demonstrated how improvements can be made to University practices and through creating positive change have inspired and benefited both staff and students./And through their inspirational ideas have created positive change for both students and staff.
Course Rep of the Year
Guidelines: ‘For an Academic Rep who has committed to their role as a representative from day one and has consistently gathered quality feedback from students throughout the year to fairly represent their cohort. Has attended SSLC meetings and participated in discussion, delivering evaluation and critical feedback from students to staff. Has encouraged problem-solving and helped close the feedback loop on any issues that have arisen regarding Teaching & Learning. Finally, who has gone over and above to support their course mates and improve the student learning experience.’
School Rep of the Year
Guidelines: ‘For a School Rep who has committed to their role as a representative from day one and has consistently gathered quality feedback from students throughout the year to fairly represent their school. Has attended SBTL meetings and participated in discussion, delivering evaluation and critical feedback from students to staff. Has encouraged problem-solving and helped close the feedback loop on any issues that have arisen regarding Teaching & Learning. Finally, who has gone over and above to support their course mates and improve the student learning experience.’