Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Awards

Graduation ceremony

One of the ways in which the University rewards excellence in learning and teaching is through the Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Awards, introduced in 2006. Nominations, in which students play a part, are invited from departments in the Spring Term of each academic year. The scheme recognises staff (either individually or in teams), including postgraduates who teach, who demonstrate excellence in teaching and/or learning support at York.

Candidates need to demonstrate:

  • Sustained excellence across a range of teaching/support activities, over a reasonable period of time.
  • A creative approach to teaching and/or learning support, focused on student learning needs.  This need not necessarily involve technological wizardry or cutting-edge experimentation.
  • That they go above and beyond the standard remit of their teaching or learning support role, making an impact on colleagues as well as students.

The awards are presented at the summer graduation ceremonies, in order to recognise outstanding teaching and learning support before the students and their families, and colleagues.

Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Awards 2019 - applications invited

We invite you to make nominations for the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Awards 2019.  The Awards, presented at the summer graduation ceremonies, celebrate colleagues’ achievements in teaching and learning support across the University, and provide an opportunity for departments to demonstrate the excellence of their learning and teaching provision.  Nominees may be any university employee involved in teaching and learning, including Graduate Teaching Assistants.  Teams may also be nominated.  The deadline is MIDDAY on Friday 15 March 2019.

There are two routes for nomination. The first route is available to all involved in teaching and support of learning; the second, recognises Departments’ own awards by enabling nomination of an outstanding departmental awardee to the VCTA.

We invite applications from the full range of colleagues involved in teaching and/or learning support at York, including postgraduates and postdocs who teach/demonstrate.  Team applications are also welcomed.  Previous recipients are eligible to apply for a second Award once a gap of at least three years has elapsed since their last Award.  The panel would expect such nominees to have developed their learning and teaching practice significantly in the intervening time.

There is no limit to the number of candidates a department or learning support service may put forward.  We encourage all departments to submit at least one nominee.  In making your nominations, we ask you to seek input from both staff and students. 

Further details and guidance for submitting a VCTA nomination (including a suggested nomination process) is available in the attached memo from Professor John Robinson, Chair, University Teaching Committee and Dr Glenn Hurst, Chair, Learning and Teaching Forum. VCTA 2019 (PDF  , 598kb)    

Nominations must include a brief account of how the nominee was selected, including whether the nomination was initiated by students and/or staff, or by the candidate putting him/herself forward for consideration.

Nominations should be via a completed application form. VCTA 2019 Application (MS Word  , 33kb)

The deadline for nominations is MIDDAY on Friday 15 March 2019.

If you have any queries, please contact Julia Hampshire via email julia.hampshire@york.ac.uk or by telephone: +44 (0)1904 322155.