Our Education Awards celebrate the long-lasting impact that university education can have and the magnificent work of staff and students at the university.

Across our social media channels, we will be awarding those who have gone above and beyond, recognising inspirational teaching, exceptional students and outstanding achievements across various areas of student life.

Staff Criteria

Unless otherwise stated, all awards are open to nominations for all staff across the University.

Accordian left Exceptional Feedback Find more...

This award recognises a member of staff who has put time and effort into creating great feedback on assessment.

This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Making it clear to students how they can use their feedback to improve their future work.
2. Providing feedback which is constructive, meaningful and timely.

E.g. sending feedback to allow it to be used for assessed work, holding discussion sessions to further expand on feedback

Accordian left Excellent Support Staff Find more...

This award recognises a member of professional services staff for their contribution to supporting students with their teaching and learning.

This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Providing outstanding help and support to students with a dedication to improving student services and student life.
2. Consistently making themselves available to students to offer support when needed

E.g. being the person students know to go to with any problems, having an open door policy

Accordian left Outstanding Postgraduate Research Supervision Find more...

This award recognises a supervisor of postgraduate research who has put considerable time and effort into making sure their research students succeed.

This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Offering regular support through video, email and telephone meetings
2. Recognising the individual needs of the PGR student & providing or signposting to academic and pastoral support.
3. Providing in-depth, clear guidance and information for the specific research project

E.g. building resilience in students, offering in-depth 1 to 1 support sessions

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This award recognises a member of teaching staff who has made efforts to diversify the content of their curriculum through highlighting less well-known contributions and providing multiple perspectives for students to experience their subject.

This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Making efforts to ensure their teaching content is reflective of the student body
2. Making efforts to engage students with underrepresented perspectives

E.g. including viewpoints previously not considered, creating a UCIL module to address EDI in the curriculum.

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This award recognises a member of teaching staff who had made efforts to adapt more traditional teaching methods to ensure the curriculum is accessible and all students can participate equally.

This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Making teaching more inclusive of different learning styles
2. Providing a variety of different assessment methods

E.g. Developing an EDI framework for use in lectures, creating a safe space to report micro aggressions

Accordian left Excellent Academic Advising Find more...

This award recognises an academic advisor who has offered excellent personal and academic support to their students.

This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Offering regular support through video, email or telephone meetings
2. Providing individualised academic and pastoral support, recognising the specific needs of different students with clear, in-depth guidance and information

E.g. they are easily approachable, quickly providing academic references, offering career development tips and opportunities, and dedicating a lot of time to students.

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This award recognises a member of teaching staff who has used new, interesting and engaging ways to teach their content.

This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Introducing new and exciting methods to their teaching
2. Delivering innovative content which examines a range of perspectives

E.g. Embedding sustainable development into the curriculum, constantly asking for feedback, using current world themes and issues to supplement learning

Accordian left Commitment to Student Partnership  Find more...

This award recognises a member of staff who has shown commitment to treating students as equals and getting them involved in change-making projects in the University.

This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Regularly engaging students at the heart of decisions about teaching, learning and research
2. Using their platform to connect students with the wider University community to make positive change.

E.g. working on projects within the SU, demystifying the University committee procedures to support students

Accordian left Above & Beyond Find more...

This award recognises staff who have gone the extra mile this year to support the teaching, learning and wellbeing of students throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Developing solutions to ensure a smooth transition from in-person to remote learning
2. Providing additional opportunities for students to access support

E.g. they have changed their teaching or support based on feedback, they have been empathetic and understanding of how the pandemic has affected you, they have signposted to appropriate wellbeing support.

Accordian left Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant  Find more...

This award recognises an inspiring Graduate Teaching Assistant, someone who has provided excellent support for teaching and learning.
This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Inspiring confidence and encouraging students’ interest in the subject or discipline
2. Demonstrating their enthusiasm for their subject and delivering content in a way that challenges & motivates students
3. Showing commitment to their role and supporting students by being approachable

E.g. their feedback is comprehensive, they include innovative methods in their teaching assistance, and they offer insight into their postgraduate experience.

Student Criteria

Unless otherwise stated, these awards are open to nominations for all students across the University.

Accordian left Contribution to Building Academic Community  Find more...

This award recognises an individual or group of students who have made significant improvements to the academic or learning community in their department, school or faculty.

This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Undertaking work to build a thriving academic community in their school or department
2. Organising events or further learning opportunities to expand the academic and professional networks of students.

E.g. creating a welcome guide, organising an event with careers staff, coordinating sessions on research and learning tips

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This award recognises an individual or group of students who have run an excellent project ensuring everyone can participate equally in their learning.

This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Working with staff to make the curriculum more reflective of the student body and inclusive of different learning styles
2. Working with staff to provide a variety of different assessment methods

E.g. creating extra resources to reflect diverse communities alongside the curriculum

Accordian left Exceptional Improvement to University Experience Find more...

This award recognises an individual or group of students who have made a significant improvement to the wider University experience.

This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Working on several projects or one large project which has made positive changes to the curriculum, or to the Research or Student Experience at Manchester.
2. Creating something that has a lasting positive impact on the University experience.

E.g. co-creating academic opportunities for students alongside their studies, inspiring others through sharing experience, going the extra mile to support other students

 

Accordian left Commitment to Sustainability in Education Find more...

This award recognises an individual or group of students who have been committed to including issues around sustainability within their Education; at a department, school or Faculty level.

This may include, but is not limited to:

1. Working on several projects or one large project which has made positive changes to the way sustainability is included within the curriculum & wider learning experience.
2. Having a lasting impact on the presence of sustainability within education at the University.

E.g. retrofitting the curriculum, providing information and guidance on decarbonisation

Nomination Form

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