Teaching & Learning


Education Awards 2020: a virtual celebration of excellence at UCL

2 June 2020

This year's Education Awards - our annual celebration of all the great work that our students and staff do to make education better at UCL - will take place online from 10 - 19 June.

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Over a week-long period, beginning on Wednesday 10 June, winners of the UCL Provost's Education Awards, Student Choice Awards and Academic Rep of the Year Awards will be announced in a virtual exhibition. 

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.

Student Choice Awards

UCL Education Awards complement the eight Student Choice Awards and Academic Rep of the Year Awards, which are run by the UCL Students’ Union.

The Union received 1267 nominations from students and their reps, recognising over 700 members of staff for their contributions.

There is an Academic Rep of the Year awarded by and within each faculty; these form the shortlist for the overall Academic Rep of the Year Awards.

This year, a record 279 nominations were submitted for these awards, recognising 113 individual academic reps.

Education Award nominees

Any member of staff could nominate an individual staff member or team for these awards. Nominations were considered at the Faculty level and then put forward to the awards panel.

The awards panel looked specifically for excellence in 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
  • Change leadership
  • Educational leadership

A massive congratulations to all of the shortlisted nominees, announced on 19 May. 

Each of the 32 individual nominations and 9 team nominations put forward by the Faculties and Professional Services areas were considered by the panel and awarded an Education Award.

The nominations were reviewed by a team of Teaching Fellows from the Arena Centre and conferred by a panel of colleagues from across UCL, chaired by Professor Anthony Smith - Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs). 

Seven of these individuals and two teams will be awarded the distinguished Provost’s Education Award. 

Virtual Awards exhibition 

Sadly, due to Covid-19 mitigations, our education Oscars live event will not take place this year. However, we will not see the occasion go unmarked; this year's winners will be celebrated as part of a virtual exhibition across social media.

Each day from Wednesday 10 June to Friday 19 June, we will announce an award-winner and profile their exceptional contribution to the UCL student learning experience. 

We may not be able to celebrate in person, but each of our Provost Education Award winners will be posted a newly minted Education Awards trophy in recognition of their efforts. 

Follow @UCL_Teaching and @TheUnionUCL on Twitter, and keep an eye out for announcements on the Teaching and Learning Portal and the Students' Union to join us in (virtually) congratulating all of the winners' hard work and inspirational impact our education community.