Oxford Teaching Awards are given either to individuals or to teams as a public acknowledgement of excellence in teaching and learning. There are two main types of award: personal awards, and grants to fund projects aimed at improving teaching and learning. A well-considered project proposal is seen as evidence of commitment to teaching excellence. We have collected together some examples of projects that have been supported in previous years: the amounts made available for projects have varied between £1k and £5k, and potential applicants are asked to seek further advice from their divisions.
Awards are offered not only to teachers but also to other staff (for instance administrative and technical staff, and librarians) who work to support teaching: please see the details for the individual schemes.
Applications are now open. Awards will be given by all four of the academic divisions, the Department for Continuing Education, the Bodleian Libraries, and the Learning Technologies Group of IT Services (through their OxTALENT scheme).
OUSU is currently running its own scheme for student nominated teaching awards, and the results are expected later in Trinity term.
This years’ awards will be presented by the Vice-Chancellor at a reception during Michaelmas Term to which winners and their guests will be invited. Winners of the student-nominated awards will also be invited to take part in this ceremony.
Colleges are encouraged to make nominations or to encourage their academic staff (whether joint appointment holders or college-only staff) to apply according to the relevant divisional schemes listed below.
Details of the schemes will be posted in the table below as soon as they are available along with the names of people who can help with enquiries.
The table also gives links to the IT Services OxTALENT scheme for the innovative use of learning technologies. OxTALENT awards are run by IT Services and are open across the University; winners of OxTALENT awards who are judged as having made significant contributions in the support of teaching and learning will receive an Oxford Teaching Award.
|Division||Scheme details||Contact details|
|Humanities Division||Humanities scheme (72kb)||Karen Brill|
|Medical Sciences Division||
MSD Scheme (58kb)
|Social Sciences Division||
SocSci TEA poster (1,197kb)
SocSci Circular (Colleges) (19kb)
Cont Ed Circular (38kb)
OxTalent (For use of learning technologies)
|OxTalent Scheme||Melissa Highton|
|Library staff||Bodleian Scheme (20kb)||Tamsyn Prior|
Since 2007, the Teaching Awards Scheme has recognised excellence in teaching and learning on the part of staff who devise projects to support or develop new educational practice in their areas. This part of the scheme has always been very flexible but has typically offered grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to pay for the materials, equipment, or administrative or academic support needed for the project.
Almost 40 projects have been supported. Some examples of past projects will illustrate the range of activities that have been supported in this way.
- to assist in reconfiguring the three Master's programmes offered in post-medieval British and European History
- to engage gifted and talented children from West London in a short residential course in Oxford
- to restructure the teaching of a 1st-year paper and to support graduate students in teaching
- to test a short immersion course in medieval language and literature
- to develop a series of seminars linking Middle English and Early Modern literature
- to train students in the use of digital audio and music notation software
- to develop IT-assisted Oriental language teaching
- to integrate and extend academic practice development and training for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and other early career academics in the Humanities
Mathematics, Physical and Life Sciences
- to widen participation and enthusiasm for physics amongst schoolchildren of all age groups
- to develop web-based material to support a series of lectures on energy science and climate
- to restructure the second year Electromagnetism course
- the development of a revised third-year course
- to develop 'essay' writing skills
- to develop a group project for the second year cohort - this work to pilot an intercollegiate competition involving second year students presenting their work
- to develop ‘Bridging the gap between A-level and university-level chemistry’, a pilot bridging course for the Long Vacation
- to develop 3rd-year project work and to implement the transition from Maple to Matlab.
Zoology (with OUCS)
- to develop guides and software components to help students build their own computer models of pandemics caused by fast-mutating pathogens such as the influenza virus
- an investigation into the extent to which first hand experience of science influences students’ choice of degree course
- to pilot on-line assessment in medicine using intelligent free-text recognition software.
- to provide a companion booklet to a course in essential mathematics for new Biochemistry students and to update the booklet sent to pre-course students.
- to support the implementation of peer observation of teaching throughout the department and to evaluate its effectiveness.
- to enable all 5th-year medical students to have hands-on experience of clinical ultrasound using good quality machines
- to support the design and implementation of an innovative Critical Care/Anaesthesia Simulation, to be delivered as part of the Preparing to Practice course for all final-year medical students
- to introduce moot court competitions as part of developing the Legal Research and Mooting Skills Programme
Interdisciplinary Area Studies
- to introduce a two-day workshop to promote the intellectual development of the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies shared research methods course
Queen Elizabeth House
- to create a new option in 'Development, Environment, and Health'
Interdisciplinary doctoral training centre
- to provide doctoral and MPhil students with unique inter-departmental advanced mixed methods training to develop skills and capabilities for designing and carrying out field-research in 'hot places', i.e. underdeveloped countries or areas in conflict
- to provide doctoral students with professional development including skills training in academic writing and publishing relating to the writing of 'ethnographic portraits' i.e. individual stories that illuminate the complex links between contemporary global issues and everyday life experiences
- to provide doctoral students with interdisciplinary social science qualitative training for those with an interest in using qualitative research involving visual sources (such as photography, film, or video) or items of material culture
- the development of an innovative hybrid, modular, part-time programme of postgraduate education and training in ecological survey techniques aimed at building capacity in environmental conservation practice.
- to investigate the market potential for a course to enable adult graduates in other disciplines to access, on a part-time basis, postgraduate study and research in historical studies either for personal or career interests
- to develop ‘Outreach teaching-materials for community-based field archaeology’
- to develop ‘A casebook on identities and collective rights in International Human Rights Law’
- to develop an interactive digital resource to facilitate the comprehension of statistical concepts and the interpretation of statistical results
- to increase the scope of the Master of Studies in Creative Writing by adding to the course a new focus on different genres of writing
English Local and Social History
- to develop a one-year Undergraduate Certificate in Local and Family History, exploiting to the full the Department for Continuing Education’s flexible and online learning capacity
- to develop a suite of on-line tutorials in IT skills for academic use in the Department of Education