RUSU Excellence Awards

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 Senior Reps who go the extra mile to represent the student voice and create positive change to teaching and learning, through the Senior and Course Rep Awards. These are awarded at the Student Experience Award Ceremony.

The 2021 Excellence Awards are open now! Nominate a student or member of staff.

RUSU Partnership in Teaching and Learning Showcase

Results for the 2019/20 Excellence Awards have been announced. See below for the winners.

Teaching Excellence Award Categories

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.

  • Teaching Excellence Award Agriculture, Policy and Development
  • Teaching Excellence Award Archeology, Geography & Environmental Science
  • Teaching Excellence Award Arts, Communication Design
  • Teaching Excellence Award Biological Sciences
  • Teaching Excellence Award Built Environment
  • Teaching Excellence Award Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy
  • Teaching Excellence Award Henley Business School
  • Teaching Excellence Award Humanities
  • Teaching Excellence Award Institute of Education
  • Teaching Excellence Award International Study and Language Institute
  • Teaching Excellence Award Law
  • Teaching Excellence Award Literature and Languages
  • Teaching Excellence Award Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences
  • Teaching Excellence Award Politics, Economics and International Relations
  • Teaching Excellence Award Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences

Staff Awards Categories

These awards are primarily for non-teaching members of staff that enhance teaching, learning and the student experience through inspiring and supportive means. Previous winners have been described as innovative, conscientious and those that continually go out of their way to help.

Academic Tutor Excellence Award

For exceptionally supportive and approachable Academic Tutors who show commitment to students; ensuring excellent academic support and guidance.

Support Staff Excellence Award

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

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.

Student Awards Categories

Every year we recognise Reps that have excelled in their role and helped enhance the student experience, not only for other Reps but all students. The award celebrates their achievements and how they have used the role to inspire and motivate others.

Course Rep Of The Year

For a Student 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 SSPG 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.

Senior Rep Of The Year

For a Senior 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 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.