Revised December 2023
The ‘Making the Difference’ (MTD) awards are intended to provide recognition to staff whose exceptional contribution on a one-off or short-term basis has been outstanding and worthy of reward.
The scheme provides staff, managers, and colleagues the opportunity to nominate an individual (for whom the award is £250), or a team. A team should have a minimum of 4 members, and the maximum award is £1,000. For teams of fewer than 4 individuals, payments will be capped at £250 per person; this enables very small teams to be eligible for team awards. A team can be an existing team or a newly formulated 'task and finish' project group to achieve a particular outcome.
The scheme is intended to reward those who can demonstrate outstanding achievement or excellence of a short-term nature which is of such a high standard that it has made a difference to students, customers, colleagues, the Directorate, or the University as a whole. Awards can be given to recognise how something is achieved (the way in which it was done) as well as what has been achieved.
To ensure transparency all nominations must include supporting evidence provided by someone outside of their team. This might take the form of customer feedback, an email endorsing the way in which support was given or metrics of changes made and the impact of that change.
NB the MTD scheme is NOT to reward an individual who has taken on the duties of another member of staff - where possible this is to be recognised through the Temporary Responsibility Allowance facility. Line managers who wish to nominate staff for taking on additional duties that fall short or outside the requirements for a TRA should be confident that they can support the process and evidence ad indicated above.
Awards will be reviewed by a panel twice a year and include a member of the Directorate Management Team. The MTD Panel members for 23/24 are Colin Poma-Young (EDT), Linda Ko-Ferrigno (KEET) and Dave Diston (RDT).
Principles of the RIKE MTD Scheme:
How to Submit a Nomination
Timeline: Nominations will be reviewed twice a year; deadlines for nominations are 31st of January and 31st of July.
Making the Difference Recognition Scheme R&E Nomination Form: Nominations can be made, and are warmly invited, from colleagues outside the Directorate as well as internal. The list of questions on the nomination form are listed below so that you can prepare the text in advance and cut and paste into the form. Before submitting a nomination please refer to the main HR Guidance Notes.
What happens after the deadline?
Questions on the nomination form:
You may find it helpful to copy and paste the questions on the form listed below into a NEW document and prepare your answers before pasting them into the nomination form.
Section 1 - details of the Award scheme as above
Section 2 - Employee Details
Section 3: Nature of the Difference Made
How has the individual made a difference? (tick all that apply)
Section 4: Supporting Evidence
Details of the contribution including evidence and feedback (300 words max) and who has benefited from the support?