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The Education Awards 2020-21

Hosted by Newcastle University Students’ Union, The Education Awards (TEAs) are your opportunity to show your appreciation and reward exceptional staff from across Newcastle University who have had a massive impact on your student experience. Whether it is inspiring teaching you received or the passionate support provided, we want know all about it. So get nominating.

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Award Categories

This year we have nine categories which you can nominate members of staff for. These categories are:

This award recognises any member of teaching staff –including postgraduate students who teach– whose methods and approaches motivate you to engage actively with your learning, both on-campus and remote. When nominating, you may wish to consider how their approach to teaching influenced the learning environment; how adaptable they were to your academic needs; what learning and teaching material they offered and how this helped your learning. 

*There is one award per faculty and one encompassing the global campuses (NU London, INTO, Singapore Campuses (NUIS), NUMed (Malaysia)). 

"The way they teach benefits me particularly because we had 2-hour lectures for their module this year, and rather than talk for the whole time we had little exercises in the middle that helped break things up so it was easier to stay engaged, and I honestly think that paid off because I managed to get some of my best grades yet in their module.” 

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This award recognises any member of staff whose efforts have enhanced your employability or helped you to achieve your career goals. This might take the form of: providing excellent careers advice or guidance; enhancing your CV or portfolio; organising events with employers or alumni; assisting you in gaining a placement or work experience position; making you aware of career opportunities within your field or helping you to secure a job or study place upon graduation. 

“I asked them a programming related question very early on in first year. They set up a meeting with another member of staff who nudged me in the right direction […] With the relevant work experience and personal project success due to the initial meeting set up through them and their continued support (always recommending me for a job!), I was successful in the 'Mock Interview' module applying for a global investment bank.”

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This award recognises any member of staff who has supported your learning in some way outside lectures and seminars. This may have been in the form of ensuring that you have everything you need in the lab, providing you with hard-to-find learning resources or generally contributing to the smooth running of your course. 

“Since the beginning of the academic year, monthly, I have been meeting them to strengthen my database search skills and build a robust search strategy for my realist synthesis […] I am genuinely grateful to them; not only because they are using their skills, knowledge, experience and time to help me to search for evidence systematically.” 

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This award recognises any member of staff who has supported you during a difficult period. When nominating a staff member for this award, you should outline the ways that their help has positively impacted on your studies. 

“The support they have provided not only remedied a lot of the issues I was having at university, it pulled me out of my personal issues, led to me seeking medical help and ultimately led to me being in the position I am now: a happy, determined individual who can withstand a lot and not even flinch. I owe everything I am right now to them in those moments where I was at my worst.” 

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This award is given to a member of staff whose exceptional feedback has helped you improve as a student. When nominating a member of staff in this category, you may wish to consider factors such as the format of feedback (e.g. face-to-face, email), its depth and clarity and how it has positively impacted on your learning.    

“They gave extremely detailed guidance to accompany each assessment, which helped immensely in ensuring everyone had an equal opportunity to do well. Where some modules leave the within-term feedback as something of an afterthought, they ensured there was extended time for us to test out our essay ideas - including making time outside our contact hours to meet with us in small groups.” 

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This award recognises any member of staff who has made specific efforts to ensure that all students, regardless of disability, race or other protected characteristics have equal opportunities to succeed. This may take the form of developing alternative assessment methods which test a wider range of skills than more traditional approaches; researching the attainment gaps within their school or institute and taking specific measures to tackle them; or simply nurturing a welcoming, inclusive and empowering environment.  

“Having raised concerns with them as a part of this committee in the past I have always felt genuinely listened to and changes are being implemented through their enthusiasm that will positively impact students for many years to come. As a disabled student, I feel lucky to be in a school where the concerns of minority groups are taken so seriously and I can depend on support from them if I ever feel as though school or university policy is putting me at a disadvantage.” 

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You should nominate a member of staff to this category if you are an undergraduate or postgraduate taught student who has received exceptional guidance and support from the supervisor for your dissertation or similar project. When nominating your supervisor for this award, you should detail how their supervision, whether it was face-to-face or virtual, has enabled you to research and write a better thesis. You may wish to consider their availability, their responsiveness to your ideas, how they have helped you resolve any issues that may have arisen during your research and the impact that this had on your project. 

“They reassure me and encourage me to ask questions. As I have many questions, they find time daily to help me resolve […] issues that may prevent me from progressing and I am never made to feel as though I am an inconvenience […] They have helped me with structuring a plan for my final few months at university, and helped boost my confidence when it may have dropped, to complete the rest of the year.” 

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This award recognises outstanding supervisors of postgraduate research students. Their guidance, whether it was delivered in person or virtually, will have enhanced your abilities as a researcher as well as helping you overcome any personal or professional obstacles you may have faced. Factors you may want to consider when nominating a member of staff in this category are their accessibility, ability to communicate successfully and how they have prepared you for the next stage of your career.      

“They were supportive and explained to me that data collection never goes the way we want it to go. They told me stories from their own research to show me that everyone can have issues. More importantly, they helped me work out a new methodology despite the fact I thought I will not be able to do it and I won't have enough time.” 

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This new & hopefully one-off award recognises any member of staff whose response to the ongoing pandemic has exceeded your expectations. This might include: taking a creative approach to online teaching; ensuring that virtual learning is accessible; or proactively seeking your feedback on your learning experience. 

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How do I Nominate?

To nominate a member of staff for an award you need to complete the nomination form. Use the dropdown below to find out how to prepare your nomination, as well as some examples of what your nomination should look like.

To nominate a member of staff for an award you need to complete the TEAs nomination form. To complete the nomination form, as well as including some personal information, you will need to answer the following question about the member of staff: 

Explain why you have nominated this member of staff for The Educations Awards (TEAs) and in your chosen category. In your explanation, detail how you feel this had a positive impact on your University experience 

To give the staff member you are nominating the best chance of winning, it is important that you go into detail when answering the question. Examples of comments written about some of last year’s winners are highlighted in the Category Descriptions page. 

However, when you write your nomination form, it is important to understand that we will not be judging the nomination on how you write it. We will purely be looking at why you think your staff member is exceptional. So for example, you could write the whole nomination in bullet points. 

The information we gather from your nomination is really important to us as we may share your comments anonymously: 

  1. With the member of staff you nominate 
  2. Your Head of School or Institute 
  3. The University’s Learning and Teaching Development Service 
  4. In TEAs publicity 
  5. In reports and presentations 

This not only helps makes the member of staff feel amazing but it also helps us to represent your academic interests as we can highlight to the University what you think makes great teaching and support, so hopefully, they do more of it. By completing the nomination form, you agree to us sharing the content with the above. Please note, at no point will your personal details be disclosed. 

Nominations close at 9 am on Tuesday 2 March 2021. We will then shortlist between three and five members of staff for each award, depending on the award, with the winners announced at the end of April.   

 

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Previous Winners

Find out which members of University staff have previously won or been shortlisted for The Education Awards.

Last year we received a massive 543 nominations! Once again, we were incredibly impressed with the high quality of the nominations submitted. It really does show the amazing impact Newcastle University staff have on your student experience. 

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19 we were not able to host the usual TEAs ceremony in 2020. Instead, last year’s winning staff give their acceptance speeches and messages of thanks in the video below. The video also includes tributes from some of the students who nominated this year’s winners, explaining why the staff member they nominated is so deserving of their award. 

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