Teaching & Learning


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


UCL Education Awards

UCL Education Awards (formerly the Provost's Teaching Awards) recognise and reward UCL colleagues who are making outstanding contributions to the learning experience and success of our students.

Dr Caroline Pellet-Many teaching biology at UCL

UCL Education Awards complement the Student Choice Teaching Awards, which are run by the UCL Students’ Union. The Student Choice awards will be announced at the same ceremony on Monday 4 June.

The UCL Education Awards replace the Provost's Teaching Awards and the name change reflects a change of emphasis.

While the Student Choice Awards will continue to focus on rewarding excellence in practice, as experienced by students, the Education Awards will recognise 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.

The UCL Education Awards process differs from the former Provost’s Teaching Awards. Nominations are made within departments or similar units and are then submitted for consideration at faculty level.  Each faculty nominates a minimum of three individuals and one team to go forward for consideration by the awards panel. Professional services units also nominate individuals and/or teams.

For each nomination, the nominator describes how the nominee(s) meet the award criteria (see our FAQs for more information). The panel is particularly interested in example demonstrating excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Academic Support
  • Inclusivity and diversity
  • Connected Curriculum
  • Innovation and the use of new technologies
  • Postgraduates who teach
  • Research Supervision
  • Lifetime achievement/Career contribution
  • Change leadership
  • Educational leadership

Nominations can include activities beyond the classroom such as innovations in communications processes, diversifying reading lists, consultation and student partnerships, special events, buddying programmes, as well as those within the classroom.

Every individual or team whose nomination is sent forward by their faculty to the Panel will receive a UCL Education award.  A subset of these, deemed by the UCL Education awards panel to be exceptional, will receive a Provost’s Education Award, which carries a financial reward.