Over 800 nominations have been received for the Teaching Awards so far this year. This far surpasses the amount received this time last year.
Introduced in 2010, the Awards aim to recognise the research and teaching achievements of Exeter’s academic staff.
There are 10 awards to be won in total; eight for individual members of staff and two for whole subject groups. Individual awards include best lecturer, most supportive member of staff and most innovative teaching, whilst awards up for grabs for subject areas, which are nominated by SSLC representatives, are best research community and best subject overall.
Once nominees are chosen, the eventual winners are then judged by a panel of staff and students from the University.
Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony at an unconfirmed date in May where nominees will be treated to a black tie drinks reception hosted by the Guild, FXU and the University. In previous years, awards have been given to a staff from a range of disciplines – no member of staff has yet won an award two years in a row.
Speaking about the significance of the awards, VP Education Bethan Jones told Exeposé: “The Teaching Awards are a unique opportunity for students to publicly thank the academic and professional services staff who shape our experience in Exeter. There are nine categories to recognise the full breadth of staff support we experience and any student can nominate someone for recognition.”