Best Assessment Feedback Award

Definition

This award is for a member of staff who consistently provides high quality feedback in a timely manner.  Their feedback will be thorough, constructive, help you to improve and make you feel confident about tackling your next assignment.  It could be verbal, written, on Turnitin or Canvas, but will always be encouraging, accessible and useful.

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

A good supervisor can make a massive difference during your time at university.  If your supervisor is outstanding, inspirational and encouraging, you might want to nominate them for this award.  They will be someone who is supportive but challenging, flexible but guiding and offers excellent support.  You will feel like you can reach your goals under their supervision.

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 Teacher Award

Definition

Is there someone at Kingston University who does something completely different and innovative when they teach?  Do they use a range of approaches and techniques to bring things to life?  Are they creative, imaginative or versatile?  Do they use technology in a way that outstands you?   If they tick any of these boxes then this is the award they deserve.An innovative teacher will adapt their teaching methods based on student feedback and will be committed to continuous improvement.

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.

 

Personal Tutor Award

Definition

Your personal tutor is there to make sure you have everything you need whilst you are studying.  The ‘best personal tutor’ is someone who puts your needs first, supports you with different aspects of your life or study and has made a difference to you.  They will understand what it’s like to be a student, treat you as an individual and keep you on track.

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

Postgraduate teachers will have a great influence on your study and research.  The winner of this award will be someone who provides constructive and timely feedback, is approachable, treats you as a peer, cares about your individual needs and encourages your professional development.  They will have expertise and passion for the subject and will guide you to expose your full potential.

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

This award recognises an individual who works hard to prepare you for employment and life in the ‘real world’.  Have they given you useful guidance?  Have they shared their expertise and encouraged you to go for your ‘dream job’.  Have they promoted extra opportunities such as volunteering, societies, shadowing or the Kingston Award?  They will have helped you develop as a professional and will have increased your confidence in seeking employment.

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.

 

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 Non-Academic/Support Staff Staff Award

Definition

This award recognises a non-academic member of staff who has provided outstanding support to students throughout their time at Kingston.  It could be a member of staff from a front-line support service such as Student Counselling, Advisors, IT, Faulty Support and more.  If you feel a member of staff has gone above and beyond in providing you support in difficult times or for your personal development, then consider nominating them for this award.

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)