UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching
About the Provost's Teaching Awards
The prestigious Provost’s Teaching Awards celebrates those staff who have shown particular commitment to
innovation in teaching and whose work has already had significant impact on
The scheme is in run by Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost (Education) in collaboration with the UCL Centre for the Advancement of Learning and Teaching and the HR Division.
The Provost’s Teaching Awards culminate in an award ceremony, held in the summer term, where winners are formally recognised.
The six categories in which awards are made reflect the full spectrum of work by staff contributing to excellent, innovative teaching and learning at UCL and include two team-based awards which were introduced in 2011/12:
Ten Provost’s Teaching Awards will continue to be available to individual UCL staff every year.
- Team Collaboration and Achievement in Teaching
teaching and learning at UCL comes about in different ways and at
different levels within the institution, not just through the efforts of
individuals working alone. This award will recognise team working and
collaborative activity within and/or across disciplines and staff groups
that has led to outstanding teaching and learning.
- Internationalised Department
As London’s global university, we understand the importance of developing an internationalised curriculum and our efforts in this area continue. This award recognises the significant work that is being done and the impact that it is having.
A panel convened by Professor Anthony Smith, Vice-Provost (Education), will determine a list of staff to be recommended to the Provost for the receipt of awards.
The panel scores submissions independently before meeting to finalise a list of recommendations for awards that are then presented to the Provost.
In all categories, the panel will wish to see clear evidence of at least one of the following benefits to UCL:
- Furtherance of UCL’s commitment to education for global citizenship, social responsibility, leadership, internationalisation of the curriculum;
- Innovative developments in assessment, learning and teaching within and/or across disciplines;
- Innovative use of new technologies in teaching and learning;
- Engagement in the development of interdisciplinary programmes and transdisciplinary student projects (especially those which include industry, NGOs and public engagement);
- Innovation in activities which help students to learn and to develop world class skills: tutoring, peer-assisted learning, study skills, student involvement, addressing special needs and accessibility issues etc.
The Provost’s Teaching Awards culminates in an award ceremony, usually held in July, where winners are formally recognised.
Introduced by Provost Malcolm Grant, with a citation for each award winner read by Vice-Provost (Education) Professor Anthony Smith, winners receive their award certificate.
The award ceremony is an important and enjoyable opportunity for award winners to celebrate their successes, to share their achievements with peers and to recognise the talent and innovation of staff at UCL.
Spreading the Word
The Teaching and Learning Portal has a dedicated section for Provost's Teaching Awards featuring in-depth interviews with award winners, as well as complete lists of previous winners.
Award winners are also called upon to take an active role in teaching and learning at UCL, from inclusion on working groups, speaking at conferences and events to championing various aspects of teaching and learning such as being an e-learning champion.