Announcements of the results from the 2020 Principal's Excellence Awards are now available to view here.

Each year the Principal’s Excellence Awards are held in order to publicly recognise and reward the outstanding achievements of University staff and academics, for achievements ranging from excellence in academic research and leadership, to exceptional service within our various professional and support services teams.

Both staff and students are invited to submit nominations. Please note that the eligibility requirements for nominators and nominees differ between award categories, so please ensure that you have thoroughly read the summary of terms and eligibility for the award that you intend to submit a nomination for.

Nominations for the 2021 Principal's Excellence Awards are currently open, as of Friday 19th June 2020.

 

AUSA and the University of Aberdeen Excellence in Teaching Awards

The AUSA and University of Aberdeen Excellence in Teaching Awards recognise excellence shown by academic teaching staff. 

Nominations can be submitted via this online form. Please review the eligibility criteria for these awards before submitting your nomination.

 

Award Categories:

  • Outstanding Contribution to Blended Learning (teaching)
  • Outstanding Contribution to Blended Learning (assessment)
  • Outstanding Contribution to Accessibility and Inclusivity in Blended Learning
  • 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 a member of staff inspired you in a memorable way?

Winners will receive a personal award and will be announced at the annual Principal’s Excellence Awards Ceremony in 2021.

Principal's Awards for Excellence in Professional and Support Services

The Principal’s Awards for Excellence in Professional and Support Services recognise the exceptional and significant contributions made by individuals and teams, 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. 

Nominations are welcome from Line Managers, colleagues, students or representatives from external organisations.

Nominations can be submitted via this online form.

Award Categories

  • 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
  • Rising Star - 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.
  • Outstanding Contribution to Continuity & Resilience - A member of staff or group who have made a significant contribution to University operations in the face of the Covid-19 global pandemic
  • Covid-19 Heroes - A member or group who have made an outstanding contribution to support the University’s staff and/or students in the face of a global pandemic impacting the lives of all staff and students.
  • Outstanding Contribution to Supporting the Academic Community to Prepare for Blended Learning

Winners will receive a personal award and will be announced at the annual Principal’s Excellence Awards Ceremony. The judging panel will be made up of university staff, students and external representatives to review all applications.

Principal's Prizes for Research and Engagement

The Principal's Prizes for Research and Engagement are intended to recognise outstanding contributions in research, impact and engagement. Details of all categories and sub-categories are provided below.

Please review the Terms of Eligibility and Summary of Terms before submitting a nomination.

 

Outstanding Research Awards

Prizes will be awarded for innovative research or significant breakthrough or a major contribution to your field.

  • Postgraduate / Early Career Researcher Award
  • Individuals at Further Stages of Career Development (STEM)
  • Individuals at Further Stages of Career Development (non-STEM)
  • The Outstanding Research Project – COVID-19 Response and Recovery Award.
  • Interdisciplinary Research Award (for researchers from different fields working on an interdisciplinary project – team or individual).

Nominations can be submitted via the following online forms:

 

Success in Engagement with Industry Award

This prize will recognise successful engagement with industry through impact on an industry partner’s processes, products or services. 

Nominations can be submitted via this online form.

 

Development Trust Award for Philanthropy and 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.

Nominations can be submitted via this online form.

 

Public Engagement with Research

Prizes will be awarded to researchers to recognise outstanding achievement in research-led public engagement. By research-led public engagement, we mean interaction with communities outside academia that has been inspired or is driven by research activity.

  • Early Career Researcher
  • Non-Early Career Researcher
  • Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Sciences

Winners will receive a personal award and will be announced at the annual Principal’s Excellence Awards Dinner and Ceremony.

Nominations can be submitted via this online form.

Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award (Staff)

More information on the Principal's Teaching Excellence Award is available on Staffnet via the link below.