University of Leicester eBulletin

Reward for Good Teaching

February 2003
No 53

With teaching in 18 subject areas graded as ‘Excellent’ by the Government’s Quality Assurance Agency, the University of Leicester is demonstrating its continuing commitment to the highest standards of teaching and support through the launch of a University Teaching Fellowship scheme.

Up to two awards of £2,000 will be made each year to teaching and academic support staff who have been nominated by their academic colleagues or students, or who wish to nominate themselves.

The scope of the Teaching Fellowship Scheme embraces the whole range of teaching and support activity across the University, from foundation degrees to postgraduate research supervision and includes campus-based and distance learning courses.

The initiative is an important element in the next phase of the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy. Nominations will be assessed by a panel drawn from the Learning and Teaching Committee, chaired by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor John Holloway.

The deadline for the current round of nominations is Friday, 28 March 2003, and successful candidates will be notified by the end of June 2003.

The scheme is open to new as well as experienced teaching staff, and aims to encourage and recognise excellent teaching and to raise the profile of teaching and support and the expertise those skills require.

As well as rewarding stimulating and challenging teaching, the awards will be made for contributions to the planning of courses, assessment and feedback for students, creating effective learning environments and student support systems and encouraging students to reflect on their performance and personal development.

Award winners will have shown an understanding of how people learn, and helped to establish a learning community that embraces wider participation and demonstrates professionalism, ethical practice and scholarship.

Professor John Holloway, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee, said: “The Teaching Fellowships are intended both to reward outstanding contributions from staff in the field of learning and teaching and to raise the profile of teaching across the University. I hope that staff will be stimulated to enter for an award or to nominate a colleague. Nominations from students will also be very welcome”.

NOTE TO EDITORS:   Further information is available from Mr Michael Corin, Secretary of the Learning and Teaching Committee, Academic Office, University of Leicester, 0116 252 3049, email

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