Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award (PTEA)

The University of Aberdeen seeks to encourage and support staff to enhance their teaching through sharing examples of effective and innovative practice. This involves promoting a culture of learning from others, evaluating practice and disseminating the impact and outcomes of our teaching to colleagues.

The University is keen to gather and recognise a collection of examples of teaching practice that cover a range of activities across all disciplines and levels which have been evaluated to establish their impact on the student learning experience.

If you would like help to design or implement any new activities or to plan your evaluation and dissemination strategy, please contact the Centre for Academic Development (

There is the opportunity for staff to present a teaching case study to compete for internal awards which recognise excellence in teaching.  Annually, a Panel of Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy will award three case studies of £500 each to support the continuation of good teaching practice. A fourth example will be selected to receive the Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award, receiving a larger prize of £1,000. This is an individual award, however, in exceptional circumstances it may be appropriate for a maximum of two individuals who are working in the same way, on the same things, on the same initiative, to apply together. This accolade could provide a springboard for an entry to the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

In 2019, award winners were:

Dr Derek ScottPrincipal’s Teaching Excellence Award 2019

Dr Derek Scott
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition


Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award (PTEA) Runners Up 2019

Dr Mirjam-Van den Bos
School of Psychology




Dr John McKeown
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition




Dr Tavis Potts
School of Geosciences