The Education Awards 2024

The Education Awards celebrate excellent practice in learning and teaching. Find out about the award categories for staff and students, and submit your nomination.

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Overview

The Education Awards recognise and celebrate excellent practice in learning and teaching. The awards are run by Elevate.

This year's Education Awards celebration event will take place on Wednesday 8 May.

Nominations are now open and will close at 23:59 on the 4th of March.


Make a nomination

We welcome nominations from anyone at the University of Sheffield. You can nominate any staff or students here at the University, but you can't nominate yourself. If you wish you can make multiple nominations for different nominees.

  • All nominations are anonymous, your name or details WILL NOT be shared with the person you nominate
  • You can nominate an individual or a group. If nominating a group, please name all the members of the group you wish to be recognised.
  • Nominations consist of two parts:
    • A short statement of why you are nominating the person. This will be sent as it is written to the person you nominate on their certificate of recognition.
    • A statement providing detail and examples to support the statement of nomination. This will be used by the awards panel to choose the overall winners.
  • Before submitting, please read the guidance on how to write your nomination
  • All people who are nominated will receive a certificate to recognise their achievement and be invited to the awards ceremony (May 8th). At the awards ceremony, a winner for each category will be announced.
  • The winners will be chosen by a panel made up of colleagues from across the University and chaired by the Deputy VP for Education.

Use the button below to access the nomination form (you will need to be logged into your University of Sheffield account to submit your nomination).

Nomination form


Award categories

Nominations for awards can be made by staff or students.

Staff awards

Teaching Practice (seven awards: five Faculty Awards, one Extra-Faculty Award, and one overall winner)

Staff whose approach to teaching, assessment and feedback has had a significant impact on inspiring student learning.

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • integrating research into their teaching
  • using creative / inspiring activities to engage students in learning
  • designing innovative assessments
  • adopting effective approaches to student feedback
  • creating an inclusive learning environment 

There will be a total of seven awards for teaching practice. This will consist of five Faculty specific awards, one Extra-Faculty award (eg for teaching practice in Apprenticeships, University-wide professional services etc), and one overall award. The overall award will be selected from the winners of the Faculty / Extra-Faculty categories.

GTA Teaching Practice (PGR students who teach)

Graduate Teaching Assistants whose approach to teaching, assessment and feedback has had a significant impact on inspiring student learning.

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • integrating research into their teaching
  • using creative / inspiring activities to engage students in learning
  • adopting effective approaches to student feedback
  • creating an inclusive learning environment
Leadership in Education

Staff who have worked effectively with others to influence and bring about change in education. The leadership demonstrated in this award can be of a formal or informal nature.

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • leadership of a department, faculty, University working group through a period of significant change
  • leadership around a particular aspect of learning and teaching such as employability, assessment, inclusion, digital learning
Inclusivity, Diversity and Community in Education

Staff who have played an important role in creating inclusive learning environments and have established effective learning communities where all students feel valued and included. 

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • encouraging others to think critically about issues of inclusivity and diversity within education
  • ensuring that learning activities are accessible and inclusive and individual student needs are provided for effectively
  • developing inclusive assessment and feedback practice
  • taking a proactive approach to decolonising the curriculum
  • establishing activities that foster a sense of belonging among students
  • setting up networks / activities to build community among staff or students or bot 
Peer Teaching and Mentoring

Staff who have provided peer teaching and/or mentoring which has had a significant impact on student or staff learning.

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • staff providing learning and teaching training and support for their peers
  • staff acting as mentors for other staff to support development in learning and teaching
Doctoral Supervision

Staff who offer supervision, formal or informal, that has had a significant impact on supporting doctoral students towards becoming independent researchers

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • providing ongoing constructive feedback on doctoral work
  • encouraging students to engage with wider research opportunities
  • supporting the well-being and mental health of doctoral students
Personal and Academic Tutoring

Staff who provide ongoing academic support that has had a significant impact on students being able to engage with their learning as well as their academic and personal development.

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • developing positive and effective relationships with tutees 
  • providing individualised guidance to tutees
  • providing effective signposting to additional support where needed
  • supporting student transitions into and throughout the programme
Supporting Education

Staff who do not have a direct teaching role but whose support has had a significant impact on students being able to get the most from their programme of study.

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • supporting students with administrative and technical tasks relating to their studies
  • managing the administrative and technical aspects of education
  • providing training and support to students or staff around skills not directly linked to subject content
  • supporting the well-being and mental health of students
Digital Experience

Staff who have used digital learning tools, methods and approaches to effectively support and enhance students’ learning.

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • developing digital activities that engage and support students with their learning
  • fostering the development of a community of learners using online tools and platforms
  • promoting digital literacy and inclusion
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Staff who have made a significant contribution to embedding education for sustainable development within their curricula.

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • identifying opportunities to embed education for sustainable development within the curriculum
  • consulting students and staff about embedding education for sustainable development in the curriculum
  • developing approaches to teaching students about sustainability
  • producing resources and activities for teaching students about sustainability
Employability

This category is for staff who provide opportunities for students to define, develop and reflect on the skills and attributes that they will need beyond university. This could include (but is not limited to)

  • identifying and communicating skills using the Sheffield Graduate Attribute framework within the curriculum, including through engagement with employers
  • encouraging self-reflection and use of mySkills
  • creating authentic assessments that mirror real-life working environments
  • providing work-related experiences or placements and other opportunities related to knowledge exchange in learning and teaching

In your nomination, you’ll need to show how the person you’re nominating supports students to develop the skills, values and attributes that will prepare them for their future careers and enable them to make a positive contribution to the world beyond university.


Staff and student award

Student-Staff Partnership and Co-production in Education

Staff and students who have worked effectively in partnership with each other on an aspect of education.

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • co-production of a learning resource, guidance for staff or students, assessment criteria etc
  • partnership working to bring about a change within a programme or student support
  • staff and students working together on an educational development project
  • implementing and evaluating mechanisms or approaches to support effective student staff partnership working

Student awards

Inclusivity, Diversity and Community in Education

Students who have helped create inclusive learning environments and have established effective learning communities where all students feel valued and included. 

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • encouraging others to think critically about issues of inclusivity and diversity within education
  • helping staff to ensure that learning activities are accessible and inclusive and individual student needs are provided for effectively
  • taking a proactive approach to decolonising the curriculum
  • establishing activities that foster a sense of belonging among students
  • setting up networks / activities to build community among staff or students or both
Peer Teaching and Mentoring

Students who have provided peer teaching and/or mentoring which has had a significant impact on student or staff learning.

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • students providing learning and teaching training and support for their peers
  • students acting as mentors for other students to support development in learning and teaching
Student Academic Representation

Academic student representatives who have worked effectively in their departments to represent the views of their peers and inform or bring about change.

This could include (but isn’t limited to)

  • acting as a champion for student issues in the department
  • effective liaison between students, the department and the Students’ Union
  • working with the department to bring about change to the student academic experience

How will nominations be judged?

To select the overall winner for each category, the awards panel will focus on:

  • The extent to which the nominated practice is relevant to the award category
  • The extent to which the nominee demonstrates pedagogical excellence in their practice
  • The extent of impact that the nominee has had on student learning and education within the criteria for the award category. This impact could be direct (immediate impact on student learning) or indirect (supporting others or developing systems to have an impact on student on learning). It could also be wide (impact on a whole cohort) or more personal (impact on an individual student or small group of students)
  • The extent to which the practice described in the nomination could be considered best practice and would be beneficial for others in similar positions to learn from

Sharing good practice

Colleagues whose good practice was highlighted through the nomination process will be invited to share their work through Elevate. Depending on the nomination, this could include written case studies, blog posts, and showcase or networking events.

Find out more about how Elevate shares good practice (Staff hub login required)

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