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:
There are two award schemes:
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 at the discretion of the adjudication panel. 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.
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.
For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions Relating to Nominations below.
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 on the last tab for important dates.
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.
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 members are:
|Stage one||Nominations open||11th November 2019 -30th August 2020|
|Stage two||College applications open||9th September 2020 - 23rd October 2020|
|Stage two||Notification of results||1st December 2020|
|Stage three||University applications open||2nd December 2020 - 18th December 2020|
|Stage three||Notification of results||27th January 2021|
The Teaching and Learning Award schemes run biennially. The subsequent iteration of Teaching and Learning Awards is planned for the 2021-22 academic year.
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.
All applicants should carefully read the Teaching Excellence Guidance on Completing the Application Form.
For the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, applicants should select one criterion to address. The maximum wordcount permissible is 1000 words.
All applicants should carefully read the Outstanding Contribution Guidance on Completing Application Form
All current UCD faculty and staff are eligible to apply for the awards except members of faculty and staff who have already received a UCD teaching award (college and/or University award). Members of faculty and staff who have already received a UCD teaching award are not eligible to apply for an award in the next award cycle (i.e. those who received an award in 2017-18 are not eligible for consideration in 2019-20). Nominations received for these faculty and staff will be recorded and notified to the nominee for information only.
Individuals and teams must satisfy the general and specific eligibility criteria associated with the award at the point of application for a college and or University award.
Teaching Excellence Awards
Individual faculty and staff in teaching roles are eligible to apply for this award.
Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
Individuals or teams of UCD staff who have made outstanding contributions to student learning in a specific area are eligible to apply for this award. UCD faculty are not eligible to apply for this award as an individual. However, faculty are eligible to apply for this award as a member of a team comprising a mix of both faculty and staff. There are two types of nominations, individual and team. Where a team is nominated the name of the team will be specified by the nominator. Team applications should only be submitted where a team nomination has been received.
Please read the frequently asked questions covering points of eligibility prior to applying.
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.
No, to be eligible to apply for an award you must be a current UCD faculty or staff member (i.e. holder of an employment contract at the time of application).
Eligibility is based on your status at the point of application. As a current member of UCD faculty you are eligible to apply for a Teaching Excellence Award. UCD faculty are not eligible to apply for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning award as an individual.
UCD faculty positions are: lecturer/assistant professor; associate professor; professor; and full professor.
Yes, the rule relating to previous award winners has been revised. Only those who received an award in the last iteration (i.e. 2017-18) are ineligible to apply in 2019-20. Awardees from earlier iterations (pre-2017-18) are eligible to apply this year.
Yes, you may apply as part of the nominated team.
Yes, you may apply as an individual based on the individual nomination received in 2019-20.
Yes, you may apply as part of a completely different team.
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.
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.
No, if you are nominated as in individual you cannot apply as a team and vice versa.
The maximum number of words is 2000 for the Teaching Excellence Award and 1000 for the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
No, in the case of both applications the synopsis is over and above the maximum specified word count of 1000 for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning application and 2000 for Teaching Excellence application.
No, web links are considered supplementary information to the application and will not be considered by the adjudication panel.
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. Affiliate/adjunct faculty may also nominate.
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.
No, the name and contact details of nominators will not be released to nominees. The reasons for nominations will be shared with nominees.
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.
Yes, but the processing of their application may be deferred.
Yes, it is possible to make multiple nominations, however, you are encouraged to keep the number small as it is a selective process.
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.
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.