Nominations are now closed for the 2020 Principal's Excellence Awards.
Every year the Excellence Awards are held in order to publicly recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of University staff and academics, from excellence in academic research and leadership, to exceptional service within our various professional and support services teams.
This year's Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony will be held on Thursday 12th March. Please note that due to capacity limitations of the venue, for each category a shortlist of nominees has been identified and invited to attend the ceremony.
Both staff and students are encouraged to read about each award category below and submit nominations for anyone whom you feel deserves recognition!
Nominations are now closed for all categories.
- AUSA and the University of Aberdeen Excellence in Teaching Awards (Students)
The AUSA and University of Aberdeen Excellence in Teaching Award is open to all students and staff to nominate lecturers and teaching support staff. If you’ve enjoyed a stand out student experience from an individual member of teaching or support staff in any of the categories below, then please make sure to complete a nomination form so they get the recognition they deserve!
** Nominations for this category are now closed. **
- Best Undergraduate Lecturer
- Best Supervisor (Undergraduate)
- Best Postgraduate Taught Lecturer
- Best Supervisor (Postgraduate Research)
- Best Support Staff - Any member of professional services or Academic support staff who have provided outstanding support, advice, guidance or contributed towards a positive student experience
- Funniest Lecturer
- Personal Tutor - Has your Personal Tutor provided exceptional support, advice or guidance?
- Most Accessible Lecturer - A champion for students with disabilities
- Mental Health Champion
- Most Inspiring - Has any member of staff inspired you in a memorable way?
Winners will receive a personal award and will be announced at the Principals Excellence Awards Dinner on Thursday 12th March 2020 in Elphinstone Hall, Old Aberdeen Campus.
- Principal's Awards for Excellence in Professional and Support Services (Staff & Students)
The Principal’s Awards for Excellence in Professional and Support services were introduced in 2019 to recognise the exceptional and significant contributions individuals or teams have made towards fulfilling the objectives, values and beliefs of the University, thus making a real difference to the broader life of students, staff or the University in general. Below you can find information on what each award means and the kind of professional attainment / qualities that each of the awards is intended to recognise.
Nominations are welcome from Line Managers, colleagues, students or representatives from external organisations in the following categories.
** Nominations for this category are now closed. **
Excellence in Customer Service
- A member of staff who has consistently delivered an outstanding level of customer service.
Excellence in Leadership
- A manager who has demonstrated outstanding leadership which encouraged, motivated and inspired others.
Excellence in Partnership Working
- A member (or group) of staff who has worked consistently and effectively with partners, or collaborated with others to support the University's strategic priorities.
Excellence in Equality, Diversity & Sustainability
- A member (or group) of staff who has championed and advanced equality and diversity, or a member (or group) of staff who has made an outstanding contribution to enhancing the local community or the environment.
Excellence in Creativity & Innovation
- A member (or group) of staff who has created or implemented a new and innovative approach within their area of responsibility, which has supported the achievement of strategic ambitions
A new member of staff (<2 years service) who has shown continuous commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to deliver outstanding services.
Outstanding Contribution to a Team or Role
A member of staff who has made an outstanding contribution through an ‘above and beyond’ attitude as well as dedication and willingness to promote wellbeing and help and support other colleagues.
Judging the Awards
The judging panel will be made up of university staff, students and external representatives to review all applications.
Winners will receive a personal award and will be announced at the Principal's Excellence Awards Dinner on Thursday 12th March 2020 in Elphinstone Hall, Old Aberdeen Campus.
- Principal's Prizes for Research and Engagement (Staff & Students)
The Principal's Prizes for Research and Engagement are intended to recognise outstanding contributions in research, impact and engagement. Below you can find detailed information about the kind of academic attainment that each of the awards is intended to recognise.
**Nominations for these categories are now closed.**
Outstanding Research Awards
Prizes will be awarded for innovative research or significant breakthrough or a major contribution to your field. Self-nominations or nominations from Supervisors, Directors of Research and Heads of School are welcomed in the following sub categories:
- Individual Postgraduate Researcher / Early Career Researcher
- Individuals at further stages of career development
- Team Award (two or more researchers working together)
- Interdisciplinary Research Award (for researchers from different fields working on an interdisciplinary project)
- Read the summary of terms and eligibility criteria for the Outstanding Research (Individuals) Award here.
- Read the summary of terms and eligibility criteria for the Outstanding Research (Team) Award here.
- Read the summary of terms and eligibility criteria for the Interdisciplinary Research Award here.
Public Engagement with Research Award
Prizes will be awarded to researchers to recognise outstanding achievement in research-led public engagement*. University staff or postgraduate students can nominate themselves or other colleagues for the following three categories:
- Early Career Researcher
- Main prize – for individuals at further stages of career development
- Outstanding achievement in Biomedical Sciences
* By research-led public engagement, we mean interaction with communities outside academia that has been inspired or is driven by research activity.
Winners will receive a personal award in addition to a development award to be spent within the University. You can read the full Terms of Eligibility here.
Development Trust Award for Philanthropy/Alumni Engagement
The University of Aberdeen Development Trust and the Alumni Engagement team are delighted to recognise the contributions of staff and students to philanthropic fundraising and alumni engagement. We have received tremendous support over the past year and this award will recognise any of the following activities that have contributed to the University’s strategic aims
- engagement with our alumni, including events, visits and other activities;
- engagement with donors and potential donors;
- personally giving or fundraising in aid of University initiatives;
- raising awareness of the impact and importance of philanthropic giving.
The benefits of fundraising and alumni relations impact the whole University community and this Award is intended to recognise the people that enable this across the institution. Self-nominations or nominations from the Development Trust and Alumni Engagement team are welcomed.
Success in Engagement with Industry
This prize is open to all staff and postgraduate research students and will recognise successful engagement with industry through impact on an industry partner’s processes, products or services. Nominations from industry partners or industry bodies are welcome. Note that one or more letters of support from the industry partner(s) or other stakeholders is required.
You can read the full Terms of Eligibility here.
Judging the Awards
Judging panels will be convened for each award with representation from external experts, senior members of University staff and other stakeholders.
Winners will receive a personal award and will be announced at the Principals Excellence Awards Dinner on Thursday 12th March 2020, in Elphinstone Hall, Old Aberdeen Campus.
- Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award (Staff)
The University of Aberdeen seeks to encourage and support staff to enhance their teaching through sharing examples of effective and innovative practice. Staff are invited to submit examples which have been evaluated to establish their impact on the student learning experience through an online submission process.
To find out more about the Principal's Teaching Excellence Awards, click here.