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Introduction

University College Dublin has a national and international reputation for educational excellence thanks to its community of highly committed faculty and staff. The University celebrates the achievements of colleagues who make an outstanding contribution in the pursuit of teaching excellence and the enhancement of student learning through Teaching and Learning Awards. The scope of these awards is broad, covering all aspects of teaching and learning, and seek to:

  • Highlight the value and importance that the University places on high quality teaching, learning, assessment and curriculum design 
  • Provide recognition for teaching excellence
  • Showcase and share exemplary and innovative practice
  • Encourage scholarly activity and leadership in teaching and learning.

Award Information

There are two award schemes:

  1. Teaching Excellence Awards recognise individual faculty and staff in teaching roles for sustained commitment to teaching excellence and student learning. 
  2. Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning recognise individuals or teams of UCD staff who have made outstanding contributions to student learning in a specific area.  UCD faculty are not eligible to apply for this award as an individual from 2018. However faculty are eligible to apply for this award as a member of a team comprising a mix of both faculty and staff. 

Both schemes will be tiered with awards at college and university level.  College level awards will be valued at €500 and will be paid to the recipients' school/unit to be spent by the awardees on career development or teaching enhancement activity.  University level awards will be valued at €1,500, and will be paid to the recipients' school/unit to be spent by the awardees on career development or teaching enhancement activity.  University awardees will also receive an engraved piece of glassware.  Up to twelve university level awards in total will be made between the two schemes.  Awardees will be celebrated both within their colleges and at a university celebration event. Applications from staff outside college structures will be managed by a special adjudication panel.

Stage One - Nominations

UCD staff and students are invited to nominate UCD faculty or staff who have made outstanding contributions in the pursuit of teaching excellence and or the enhancement of student learning using the nominations system on the HR tab in InfoHub.  A short explanation must be provided for each nomination.  The nominee will not know who has nominated them but will receive a copy of the nomination text.  It will be possible to make multiple nominations.  The nomination information will be considered by adjudication panels as part of the adjudication process.  

Stage Two – College Application and Selection Procedure

All nominees will be invited to apply for a Teaching and Learning Award.  If nominees meet the eligibility requirement and decide to apply for an award, they then proceed to download and complete the appropriate application form.  If nominees decide not to apply for an award, no further action is necessary.  Applications will be made via the Teaching and Learning Awards applications system on the HR tab in InfoHub.

Late applications cannot be accepted.  Please consult the timeline below for important dates.

Application requirements:





Each application will consist of a completed application form addressing the adjudication criteria/criterion and nomination information.  In addressing the criteria/criterion candidates should briefly describe illustrative examples and evidence of impact. 

 

For Teaching Excellence Award applications, all criteria should be addressed. Applicants are not expected to provide evidence of excellence in all areas, but should build a profile that highlights their achievements. The Award focuses on sustained involvement in high quality teaching.  The maximum wordcount permissible is 2000 words. 

 

Adjudication Criteria - Teaching Excellence Award

  1. Approaches to teaching and learning that engage, motivate and inspire students to learn;
  2. Development and enhancement of curricula and resources that reflect a command of the field; 
  3. Significant impact on the quality of the student educational experience; 
  4. Leadership and change at the level of discipline/college/university; 
  5. Engagement with and/or contributed to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

 

For the Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning scheme, applicants should select one criterion to address.  The maximum wordcount permissible is 1000 words.

 

Adjudication Criteria - Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

  1. Design of resources that engage, motivate and support high quality student learning;
  2. Significant impact on the quality of the student educational experience; 
  3. Leadership and change supporting student learning and enhancement of student experience at the level of unit/school/college/university;

 

College Adjudication Process

The stage two college application and selection procedure will be carried out by each college and the number of awards made will be at the discretion of each college.  Applications from staff outside college structures will be managed by a special adjudication panel.

Stage three – University Application and Selection Procedure

College adjudication panels will make recommendations from the pool of college awardees to put forward for consideration for university level awards.  Those applying for university level awards will have an opportunity to update their original application forms which should then be submitted by the application deadline.  Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of their application form and the explanation(s) for nomination.  The university adjudication panel will be convened by Professor Mark Rogers, Deputy President & Registrar and will include an external assessor.  A full list of members will be published in September 2018.

 

Key Dates 2018

 

Stage one Nominations open 13th November 2017 -31st August 2018
Stage two College applications open 10th September 2018 - 5th October 2018
Stage two Notification of results 9th November 2018
Stage three University applications open 12th November 2018 - 23rd November 2018
Stage three Notification of results 20th December 2018

 

The subsequent iteration of Teaching and Learning Awards is planned for 2020.  Thereafter the awards will be biennial.

Eligibility


All UCD faculty and staff are eligible to apply for the awards. Members of faculty and staff who have already received a UCD teaching award are not eligible to apply for an award for two award cycles (i.e. those who received an award in 2016 or 2017 are not eligible for consideration in 2018). Nominations received for these faculty and staff will be recorded and notified to the nominee for information only.


Individuals or teams are eligible to apply for the Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Who can nominate for the awards?
UCD faculty and staff members (i.e. holders of an employment contract at the time of nomination) and UCD current students (i.e. fully registered to an undergraduate or graduate level programme) may nominate.

 

2. Can I nominate myself?
No

 

3. Is it appropriate to tell my students about the Teaching and Learning Awards?
Yes, it is appropriate for faculty and staff to encourage students to make nominations, however, it is not appropriate for faculty and staff to canvas on their own behalf.

 

4. Will the nominees know who nominated them?
No, the name and contact details of nominators will not be released to nominees. The reasons for nominations will be shared with nominees.

 

5. Can I nominate a faculty or staff member who taught me in the past?
Yes, provided they are still a member of UCD faculty or staff. If they are no longer a faculty or staff member, then they will not appear on the list in the nominations screen.

 

6. Can I nominate someone who is currently on sabbatical, maternity leave or other leave?
Yes, but the processing of their application may be deferred.

 

7. Can I make more than one nomination?
Yes, it is possible to make multiple nominations, however, you are encouraged to keep the number small as it is a selective process.

 

8. Will tutors and demonstrators be listed in the nominations system?
Tutors  and demonstrators will only be listed if they are members of staff (i.e. hold a current UCD employment contract).  Following a review of the 2017 Teaching and Learning Awards it was acknowledged that adjudication across such a broad category was difficult and it was recommended that hourly paid tutors and demonstrators be recognised through local school/college initiatives.

 

9. What constitutes a team for the purposed of these awards?
In the case of team applications, there must be an identifiable team consisting of at least 2 members. The role and specific contribution of every team member must be made clear in the application. Teams may comprise of UCD staff or a mix of UCD faculty and staff. 

 

10. Can I nominate a team if I don't know the names of all the members?
Yes, you must select a representative for the team and ideally list as many team members as possible.  If the team decides to submit an application, it will be the responsibility of the team representative to list the additional team members. 

 

11. How many applications can I submit?
For the Teaching Excellence Award - one application is permissible.  For the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning - if nominated as an individual then one application is permissible. For team applications only one application per nominated team is permissible.

 

12. Can I submit both a team and an individual application? 
If you have received team and individual nominations then you can apply as part of the team and also as an individual.  Team applications can only be made for the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

 

13. If I am nominated as an individual can I submit a team application?
No, if you are nominated as in individual you cannot apply as a team and vice versa.

 

14. What is the wordcount for the application form?
The maximum number of words is 2000 for the Teaching Excellence Award and 1000 for the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.