INSPIRATIONAL TEACHING AWARDS 2018
Background to this year’s awards
At the end of Semester 1 students were asked (via an independent survey) to nominate an inspirational teacher and/or someone who had made a similar contribution to their experience outside the classroom. Students were also asked to provide a comment in support of their nomination.
Separate surveys were made available for students to nominate inspirational research supervisors, and for TNE students to nominate inspirational teachers at overseas partner institutions.
Inspirational Teaching and Outstanding Student Support Nominations
A total of 2597 nominations were received nominating 1097 individual staff / groups of staff for either an inspirational teaching award or outstanding student support across the four faculties, and directorates. The number of nominations was a significant improvement on the previous year, following changes to the format of the survey.
The selection process for the Inspirational Teaching Awards has followed the same methodology as previous years.
During March, each faculty convened a panel to consider their nominations and used the criteria below to assess the impact the nominees have had on their students. Nominations were anonymised so that individual staff could not be identified. Each Faculty made 10 awards and these went forward as nominations for a University Inspirational Teaching Award. Similarly 3 staff were given a Faculty Award for Outstanding Student Support and were nominated for a University Award. A further 3 awards were made for Outstanding Student Support within Directorates, which were also nominated for a University Award.
The University Panel met on17th April chaired by Dr Graham Holden (Director of Learning & Teaching) along with Professor Christina Hughes (Provost, Vice-Chancellor’s Office), David Laughton (Assistant Dean, Academic Development, SBS), Dr Julie Brunton (Assistant Dean, Student Experience, ACES), Juliet Hinrichsen (Head of Academic Professional Development, LEAD) and Davey Silver (Education Officer, SHSU). Stella Jones-Devitt (Head of Student Research & Evaluation, PFHEA, NTF) also contributed to the panel.
Inspirational Teaching (Overseas Partner) Nominations
A total of 413 nominations were received nominating 94 individual staff across the six overseas partners mentioned above, including those from Sheffield Hallam University who teach on overseas partner courses.
The University Panel met on 23rd April chaired by Dr Graham Holden (Director of Learning & Teaching) along with James Richardson (Global Engagement Director), Dr Julie Brunton (Assistant Dean, Student Experience, ACES), Juliet Hinrichsen (Head of Academic Professional Development, LEAD) and Davey Silver (Education Officer, SHSU).
Inspirational Teaching Award
- Fostering enthusiasm for their subject and inspiring student engagement with learning
- Raising academic attainment by challenging students to achieve their full potential
- Transformational impact on students in their transition in, through and out of their programme of study.
Outstanding Student Support
- Supporting students and enabling them to achieve
- Impact on student retention and progression
- Providing exceptional support above and beyond what might normally be expected
Inspirational Research Supervisors
A total of 122 nominations were received from students, nominating staff for an Inspirational Research Supervisor Award. The nominations were then considered by a panel chaired by Professor Doug Cleaver, Director of the Doctoral School.