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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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22 September 2015

Welcome to Essex 2015-16

Welcome to academic year 2015-16 at Essex!

We in Learning and Development are really looking forward to working with you and we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of some key ways in which we can help you develop your academic practice.

Recognising your talents and achievements in educationCadenza icon

CADENZA is our very own professional development framework. Accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), CADENZA offers you real variety when it comes to gaining professional recognition for your teaching, tailored as it is to meet the diverse needs of our talented and vibrant academic community.

CADENZA (direct entry) is direct application route to HEA fellowship. This is particularly suited to experienced teachers as you base your claim on the teaching and learning support you have already done and upon which you can reflect deeply.

Practise, Reflect and Develop your academic practicePG CHEP icon

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (PG CHEP) is a credit-bearing, masters’ level qualification consisting of two modules. Module 1 of PG CHEP leads to Fellow (D2) status with the HEA as well as giving you 30 credits towards the full postgraduate certificate. The PG CHEP route is ideal for new appointees with limited teaching experience who would like to develop their practice incrementally across all dimensions of their academic practice: teaching and learning support; teaching-related management and administration; and research. (Note that qualifying members of academic staff in the School of Health and Human Sciences staff can achieve Fellow (D2) status on successful completion of the first part of the Medical and Clinical Education programme.)

Module 2 of PG CHEP further develops your professional skills and insights as an academic practitioner. It centres around a substantial action-research case study and supplies the remaining 30 credits towards the full award of your postgraduate certificate. As well as being a natural follow-up to Module 1, experienced colleagues who want to benefit from a tailor-made and fully supported developmental programme in academic practice – perhaps in preparation for or following promotion — are invited to fast-track to Module 2. If you are already an HEA Fellow, or have completed 30 credits of a PG Cert. programme elsewhere, or have more than three years’ full-time teaching experience already then you can make a fast-track application. Email us to find out more.

Talent + training = creative leadership at Essex

Learning and Development also delivers the University’s leadership programmes: Future Leaders and Strategic Leaders. Both courses lead to national recognition through either the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) or the HEA. If you are interested in getting a place on one of our two schemes, talk to your Head of Department or Section.ETA

Workshops and development sessions

Throughout the year we will be presenting a veritable smorgasbord of workshops and development sessions for academic staff and researchers. Designed to support staff at every stage of professional development and to help implement our Education Strategy, our workshops are open to all Essex staff and colleagues working with us at partner institutions. So, if you want support for your first-year undergraduate teaching, or are looking to boost your confidence as a public speaker, then check out our list of upcoming events on the Learning and Development website. You might also like to know that we also offer a workplace coaching service, Coaching for Success, which is available for all staff by arrangement.

Resources and rewards for excellent academic practice

Supporting and developing excellence in education is what we are all about and whether you want some funds to develop a teaching innovation you have in mind (pitch to our Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund), would like to gain recognition for the great teaching you’ve been doing (apply for an Excellence in Teaching Award) then get in touch. Our door is always open.

Sharing good (academic) practiceTALIF

Our InPractice blog is there to celebrate your successes in teaching, share accounts of good practice and set your experiences in the wider context of HE teaching and supporting learning. We’ll be drawing projects and ideas to your attention regularly over the coming year but we’d love to hear from you – email us your posts.

It only remains to say: we all hope the new academic year goes well in all areas of your practice. Do let us know if there is anything we can do to support you.

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