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11 January 2016

Excellence in Teaching Award: Invitation to apply…

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Are you an excellent teacher?

The Excellence in Teaching Award 2015/16 is now open for applications

The University of Essex Excellence in Teaching Award (ETA) exists to recognize and celebrate the achievements of all full- and part-time staff and Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) who can demonstrate excellence in supporting the student learning experience.

Each year there are up to four individual awards of £1000 made to staff in the following categories: ‘Early Career’ (up to five years full-time teaching experience or part-time equivalent) and ‘Experienced’ (more than five years full-time teaching experience or part-time equivalent), and up to four awards of £250 to GTAs.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 4 March 2016.


Awards are made to staff who can demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

  • individual excellence (evidence of promoting and enhancing the student learning experience);
  • raising the profile of excellence (evidence of supporting colleagues and influencing support for student learning in their department and the institution – it is acknowledged that GTAs’ responsibilities are likely to allow only limited fulfilment of this criterion); and
  • developing excellence (commitment to their ongoing professional development).

Application / Nomination process

Applicants can self-nominate (with department/school/section approval). Departments/schools/sections are positively encouraged to nominate their excellent teachers and learning support staff. All nominees for the ETA – whether self-nominated or put forward by their departments – are required to fill out an application form (available on the ETA webpage). Applicants in the ‘Early Career’ and ‘Experienced’ categories are also asked to supply at least one written endorsement from their department/school/section to support their claims.
Full information about the Excellence in Teaching Award, including the list of last year’s winners, can be found on the Learning and Development website (click above link).


We have scheduled a drop-in session for those interested in finding out more about ETA on Wednesday 10 February 2016 from 12.30-2pm in 3.105. Please book via HR Organiser if you would like to come along.

ETA: Recognising and celebrating excellence in education

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