TEAs Report

Education isn’t simply about going to lectures or attending seminars; teaching touches every corner of your University experience. For NUSU to effectively represent your academic interests, it’s vital that we have a clear idea of what you consider to be excellent teaching.

“My lecturer’s impact on my life and studies will not be forgotten.”

But it’s not NUSU that needs to know. We believe that it’s vital that your voice is heard by key decision makers across the University and beyond in discussions about teaching excellence.

For this reason, we’ve analysed all of the nomination data from our 2016/17 Teaching Excellence Awards and identified what you consider to be excellent teaching.


What do you mean by ‘teaching excellence’?


  • When you’re able to have deep understanding of the course content instead of feeling like you have to cram and memorise it all for exams
  • When lecturers use varied and innovative teaching methods like online discussion groups, explanatory videos, and other digital resources
  • When you get personalised and rapid feedback which not only helps with the improvement of work, but is also encouraging and clear


What does ‘teaching excellence’ mean for students?

  • Better results in assignments and exams, and helping you achieve your full potential.
  • Having a more positive and enriched time at university, giving you stronger employment prospects
  • Being better equipped for studies and life beyond University, whether it is through improved confidence, or learning new life skills

“I am significantly more motivated to continuously better myself through this project.”

“She has made me feel more confident in myself as a chemist and made me challenge myself in my theories and questioning. She has also made me become a more confident person and not be afraid to get answers wrong or fear judgement from others.” We’ll be working hard this year to represent your academic interests by ensuring the findings from the report are promoted widely across the University.


You can read the full TEAs reports from 2017 and 2016 here: