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. 

    Nominations process

    Nominations are made within departments or similar units and are then submitted for consideration at Faculty or management level. This year, Head of Department sign-off is not required for nominations - anybody can submit a colleague for consideration by the faculty panel. 

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

    Nominations submitted directly will be reviewed by the UCL Arena Centre, who may refer a selection of the individual nominations to the University Awards Panel for consideration over and above the faculty nominations, if felt to be deserving of recognition for exceptional individual contribution.

    Faculties and Professional Services departments can submit up to one individual per category and one team for one of the categories by Monday 18 March 2022, by 5 pm. 

    One winner from each category will receive the Provost's Education Award

    Evidence for nominations

    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

    Submit a nomination form by 18 March 2022.

    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 
    • Eliminating awarding gaps
    • Openness and Inclusion   
    • Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (PGTAs)
    • Staff-student partnership
    • Innovation and Transformation, with a focus building learning communities      
    • Sustainability

    Faculties may nominate one individual to be considered as a UCL nominee for the National Teaching Fellow Scheme (NTFS). The Education Awards panel can select a maximum of three from these nominations to go forward for NTFS consideration. 

    Nomination forms

    Submit an individual nomination

    Submit a team nomination