University Collaborative Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning

Overview

    The award scheme is open to all staff who are involved in teaching and/or supporting teaching and learning. The aim is to recognise and reward groups of staff who have made exceptional, significant and ongoing contributions to the student learning experience. This could either be through collaborating as a group to exceed goals beyond what could be achieved individually, or creating and working as a group in order to generate new solutions that demonstrably impact upon colleagues and/or students.

Application Guidance

  • It is expected that the composition, size, and activities of groups will vary across the University, but all groups must have a minimum of 3 members.
  • Applications that demonstrate collaboration beyond expected functional and discipline 'boundaries' are particularly welcome.  

Examples of collaborative work might include:

  1. A group who have worked together to substantially re-develop an existing module in an innovative way (i.e. not business as usual)
  2. A group who have identified and designed new ways of working that support student learning
  3. A group who have developed innovative extra/co-curricular opportunities that enhance student learning and development

Please note up to 3 awards are made each year and so as well as meeting the criteria, this is also a competitive process.

Criteria

Applicants must:

1. Articulate clearly their objectives and rationale for the team's approach.

2. Outline how the team works collaboratively and the advantages of this (i.e. what has been achieved beyond that which could have been done by a group of individuals).

3. Demonstrate direct involvement of students with the team.

4. Provide evidence of the impact of the collaborative work, specifically how it has enhanced student learning.

Terms and conditions

  1. Awards will be paid into staff salaries (subject to tax deductions). We are not able to make payments into staff SDA accounts.
  2. Nominees must be employees of the University at the time payments are processed.
  3. Awards cannot be paid to members of groups who are not University staff and paid through payroll (although they may be included in the application).

Application Process

    Groups of staff are invited to submit a single application to the Teaching and Learning Awards Panel who will select up to 3 groups to be awarded a total of £3000 (per group).

    The application involves make a case for an award (1000 words maximum) which must include the following:

Nominator

  • The person putting the group forward for an award. This may be a member of the group that is applying for the award, or some-one external to the group who wishes to see the group's work recognised.

Lead Applicant

  • The key member or one of the key members of the group applying for the award. (This may be the same person as the Nominator.)

Group team members

  • All members of the group applying for the award. Indicate the percentage of the award that each group member should receive. This should total 100%.

Case for award

    This should address each of the four criteria as stated above. 

The lead applicant is expected to have discussed the application with their Head of School/Service prior to submitting their application to the Panel.

Application Form

    The application form can be accessed either on campus or off campus using VPN.

    The application form for 2017/2018 will be available from: Monday 15th January 2018: Forms can be found at: https://www.reading.ac.uk/closed/tandl/forms/Uaoctl_team

    A PDF version of the form can be previewed here (Collaborative Awards PDF Form) however, forms must be submitted via the online form.

    Should you experience any difficulty accessing or completing the application form (for example, being redirected to the homepage), please visit the IT support page for instructions on resolving this issue.

Please note that draft applications not submitted will be deleted after the submission deadline.

Dates

  • Scheme opens: 9am - Monday 15th January 2018
  • Closing date for applications: Midday - Monday 26th February 2018
  • Panel meeting: Monday 12th March 2018 

Collaborative Awards Selection Panel

    • Two Teaching and Learning Deans (one from a Science based cluster and one from a non-Science based cluster where possible)
    • Head of University Library & Collections Service
    • CQSD representative 
    • RUSU Education Officer

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