2022-2023 Principal's Teaching Excellence Award Information

2022-2023 Principal's Teaching Excellence Award Information

Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award 2022-2023

The Excellence Awards 2023 are now open for case study submissions, and will close at 12 pm on 14 February 2023.

This year’s Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award is open to individual educators and teaching teams, who are invited to share an example of teaching or assessment practice. All examples are welcome. The application format is as follows (see the 'How to apply' section below for the proforma):

  1. Case study title
  2. Provide a description and context of your innovative approach to enhance teaching and learning (150 words)
  3. Give a rationale for your teaching approach or new initiative (150 words)
  4. Provide details of how your new teaching approach or solution has been disseminated with colleagues and students within and beyond the University (150 words)
  5. Identify the key learnings points for the applicant, what have you learned from this initiative? (150 words)
  6. Explain how you have evaluated the impact of your initiative (150 words).

Submissions with sections that violate the word limits indicated above will not be considered. Case studies are to be submitted to the Centre for Academic Development (cad@abdn.ac.uk) by Tuesday 14 February 2023. All submitted case studies will be reviewed by a panel of senior educators from across the University. The PTEA Panel will select one case study for the Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award. Up to another three case studies will be selected for commendation. All case studies will be considered by the Panel for inclusion in the PTEA webpages. There will be a prize award of £1,000 for the PTEA winner and a commendation prize award of £500 each. The prize money awarded is for the continuation of good teaching practice. The winner of the award will also be expected to contribute to the annual symposium.

Results will be kept confidential and those shortlisted for the PTEA accolade will be invited to the wider university Excellence Awards ceremony dinner being held on Thursday 20 April 2023.

How to apply - Case study submissions for 2022-23 now open until Tuesday 14 February 2023!

Applicants must address and complete all sections of the PTEA 2022-2023 proforma. Applicants are asked to clarify their role for an individual submission or the individual roles for each member of a collaborative teaching team submission. As well as written responses in the text boxes, to reflect creativity, you are invited to (but you don’t have to) insert one artefact (maximum) to help to show how you have worked through your challenge/innovative development. To supplement your written account, you could, for example, insert an extract from your diary, a concept map, a doodle, a drawing, a poem or link to music to help you to tell the story of your teaching, learning or assessment development/initiative. If you decide to take this option, please make the links to your experiences clear within your allocated word count.

 *You are not required to include the words within any such additional artefacts in your word count. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Staff can apply at any stage of their career and may be employed on any type of contractual arrangement; for example, part-time, full-time or non-permanent (fixed-term). Staff must be teaching and/or supporting student learning, including for instance teaching, research and/or learning support.

Information Session

Dr Jason Bohan (Chair of Principal's Teaching Excellence Panel) provided potential applicants details of the PTEA criteria and offered the opportunity to ask any questions at the information session on 18 January, 2023, 14:00-15:00. We were delighted that Professor Derek Scott, PTEA 2021/22 winner joined the session to provide his advice and expertise. You can find a recording of the session here.