Teaching & Learning


Initiatives and resources supporting the objectives of UCL's Education Strategy 2016-21


UCL Education Awards

UCL Education Awards recognise staff making outstanding contributions to the learning experience and success of our students. Exceptional individuals and teams receive the Provost's Education Award.

    The annual Education Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of staff and students and their contributions to our learning community. They comprise:

    While the Student Choice Awards focus on rewarding excellence in practice, as experienced by students, UCL Education Awards recognises the work of colleagues that is less visible to students – work that has enabled excellent practice or facilitated innovation in teaching and learning. 

    This includes recognising the work of postgraduate students who teach and Professional Services who support students' learning. 

    2021 Awards shortlist

    Vice-Provost (Education & Student Experience), Professor Deborah Gill, and Ayman Benmati (SU Education Officer) revealed the shortlist for the 2021 Education Awards at this year's Education Conference. 

    See the Education Awards 2021 shortlist

    Faculties and Professional Services departments were invited to submit up to one individual per category and one team for category by Monday 12 April 2021.  Nominations were made within departments or similar units and then submitted for consideration at Faculty or management level. Professional services units also nominated individuals and/or teams.

    45 nominated individuals and 18 teams will now go forward for consideration by the UCL Education Awards panel. 

    Every individual or team whose nomination was sent forward by their faculty or Professional Services Unit to the Panel will receive a UCL Faculty Education award. 

    A subset of the UCL Faculty Education Award winners, one winner from each category, deemed by the UCL Education awards panel to be exceptional, will receive a Provost’s Education Award, to be announced on 9 June 2021.

    Education Award categories  

    For each nomination, the nominator described how the nominee(s) met the award criteria (see our FAQs for more information). The panel was particularly interested in examples demonstrating excellence across UCL:

    • Academic support, with a focus on personal tutoring and/or research supervision
    • Assessment and feedback
    • Education success for all
    • Eliminating awarding gaps
    • Outstanding response to teaching or supporting teaching in a pandemic 
    • PGTAs
    • Staff-student partnership

    Nominations process

    Nominations needed to show evidence of success and impact. Evidence includes activities in the classroom (see categories below) and also outside it, such as:

    • innovations in communications processes
    • diversifying reading lists
    • consultation and student partnerships
    • special events
    • buddying programmes