Award Categories & Definitions

Best Assessment Feedback Award

Definition
The Union and Course Reps have campaigned over the last two years for timely, effective and constructive feedback. KU have committed to it and made structural changes through the RAF (Review of the Academic Framework) and introduction of online marking and feedback to help facilitate this. This award is to recognise staff members who have gone above and beyond to help students reflect and improve their academic skills for the next assessment.

Core Criteria

  • The staff member you nominate should give legible and useful feedback.
  • The Academic member of staff should promote all avenues to deliver feedback throughout the course e.g. face to face, in class, electronic feedback on your work including a summary, voice recordings etc.
  • This staff member has made adjustments to the course delivery as a result of the feedback which was given to the class.
  • The winner of this award will have taken on board the recent changes to online marking and feedback and works to make feedback accessible to all students.
  • The winner of this award changes the learning and teaching methods after an assessment to ensure there are no knowledge gaps in your class.

Eligibility

You may nominate any staff member who gives feedback on formative and summative assessments.


Best Project/Dissertation Supervisor Award

Definition

The Best Project/Dissertation Supervisor Award will be awarded to a member of academic staff who has been your advanced research project or postgraduate dissertation supervisor that has gone above and beyond to support you throughout your project or research.

Core Criteria

  • This staff member will have been understanding and supportive at all stages of your research project
  • This staff member will have referred you to relevant sources of information
  • This staff member has referred you to the right support services if you needed it

Eligibility

A member of academic staff who is your supervisor at undergraduate or postgraduate level for your advanced research project or dissertation.


Most Innovative Lecturer Award

Definition

The Most Innovative Lecturer award recognises a member of academic staff who promotes and explores new methods of learning and teaching in lectures, seminars, tutorials, and laboratory or studio sessions.

Core Criteria

  • They may use a variety of teaching methods which enhance students’ ability to learn.
  • They may change or try different learning and teaching methods based on the feedback received from Course Reps and early and mid-module feedback.
  • This staff member attempts to explore new approaches to delivering the course by using tools such as technology, creative activities and/or creating room for students to shape the course

Eligibility

A member of academic staff who delivers the course e.g. lecturer, seminar tutor, tutorial staff.


Most Innovative use of Technology Award

Definition

This award is to recognise staff members who have used technology in a non-traditional way in their course delivery.

Core Criteria

  • This staff member must have used technology in the course delivery
  • They may have used technology based on the request of students
  • The technology they introduced has improved the learning and teaching of students on the course

Eligibility
This staff member has designed the course to include the use of technology and/or delivered it


Personal Tutor Award

Definition

The primary role of a Personal Tutor is to support a student’s academic life and refer students to support services. This award is designed to recognise the Personal Tutors who have really supported their students and made a difference to their life at KU.

Core Criteria

  • The winner of this award demonstrates willingness to support their tutees
  • The winner of this demonstrates understanding of the challenges different types of students may face
  • They have supported students in developing aims and goals or a personal development plan
  • They have accommodated students’ needs by using a variety of communication methods and support delivery e.g. used more than email, created a group of all tutees for extra support etc.

Eligibility

Nominations are open to any member of University staff who serves as a Personal Tutor.


Best Postgraduate Tutor Award

Definition

The Postgraduates’ Tutor award will be awarded to any member of the University Staff that supports, teaches or supervisors’ postgraduate students.

Core Criteria

  • The award highlights the contribution staff makes to the postgraduate student community.

Eligibility

Any member of University staff who lectures at post graduate level


Developing Student Employability Award

Definition

The development of employability skills and knowledge of your industry or chosen field can often be a defining factor in your success post-graduation. Ove the last few years every course has incorporated employability into its design. This award aims to recognise and reward course teams or individual staff members who have embedded developing students’ employability and delivered it really well.

Core Criteria

  • The course or module this staff member has designed and/or taught clearly enhances students’ employability skills.
  • This course or module has allowed students to make better links between what they learn in the classroom to the outside world.
  • This course or module has allowed students to gain access to careers advice and support from department staff and/or KU Talent advisors.

Eligibility

Any member of University staff who has designed or delivers the section of a course/module/assessment which enhances students’ employability.


Personal Support Award

Definition

The Personal Support award will be awarded to any member of University staff who has gone beyond their remit to ensure students have received personal support.

Core Criteria

  • The staff member has gone above and beyond their role to support students
  • They have supported students with academic and/or non-academic issues
  • Treated the student as an individual and helped them to access additional help or signposted them to the relevant areas

Eligibility

Any staff member, academic and non-academic, who has supported a student above and beyond their remit.


Supporting the Student Voice Award

Definition

This award recognises University staff that acknowledge and treat students as equal partners in Kingston University by actively encouraging and facilitating opportunities for collaboration between staff and students in a variety of contexts e.g. democratizing decision making, course design, collecting and discussing feedback, shaping learning and teaching methods, increasing student representation etc.

Core Criteria

  • This staff member has empowered students by helping students to have a voice.
  • They have supported students in developing a voice and believe students are equal partners in Kingston University.
  • They may have created or found opportunities for students to make change and have their voice heard.
  • They have supported students in student-led projects or campaigns.

Eligibility
Any member of University staff who has worked in partnership with students and worked to further empower students on campus.


The Professional (Non-Teaching) Staff Award

Definition
The Professional Staff Award will be awarded to a member or group of non-teaching staff that have made a positive impact on the student experience.

Core Criteria

  • They may have supported the student body in relation to an assessment, placement, module issue or even an issue with a learning resource.
  • The award can be awarded to your Course Administrator, Placement Officer, Careers Advisor, Librarian, Catering Staff, Technician or Reception Staff - anyone not involved in teaching, course design or delivery.
  • This award is open to all that have made a difference to the student experience.

Eligibility
Nominations are open for any NON-TEACHING staff.


Outstanding Contribution to Teaching & Learning

Definition
This award recognises an outstanding contribution by a staff member (Teaching or Professional) to Teaching & Learning during their time working at Kingston University. This new award was designed to reward & honour unusal dedication and/ or outstanding contribution by a staff member.

Core Criteria

  • The produce high quality/ quantity of work/ research over extended period of time.
  • They produce one-off significant piece of work/ research that has lasting impact over period of time.
  • Staff member makes significant contribution to/ impact on student life over extended period of time.
  • Staff member makes a one-off significant contribution to student life that has lasting impact over period of time.
  • Shows dedication to their role above and beyond normal expectations, going the extra mile for the betterment of students and/ or Kingston University.

Eligibility

Nominations are open for any Kingston University Staff member (Teaching or Professional)