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

A huge congratulations to the many members of our University community who received nominations for the 2019 awards, and a special well done to those who were awarded the prizes, for their commitment and exceptional work!

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.

 

The official list of winners and runners up (if applicable), can be found here. Below you can find detailed information on what each award means and the kind of academic attainment that each of the awards is intended to recognise.

 

Award Categories

  • Outstanding Research
    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.

 

  • Public Engagement with Research
    Prizes will be awarded to researchers to recognise outstanding achievement in research-led public engagement*. Staff or postgraduate students can nominate themselves or others for the following three categories:
    • Early Career Researcher
    • Main prize – for individuals at further stages of career development
    • Outstanding achievement in Biomedical Sciences

Winners will receive a personal award in addition to a development award to be spent within the University.

 

* By research-led public engagement, we mean interaction with communities outside academia that has been inspired or is driven by research activity.

 

  • Development Trust Award for Philanthropy/Alumni Engagement
    The University of Aberdeen Development Trust and Alumni Engagement team are delighted to recognise the contributions of staff and students through philanthropy, alumni engagement or fundraising activities with this Award. We have received tremendous support in a variety of ways over the past year and this Award will recognise any of the following activities that support the University’s strategic aims:
    • engagement with our alumni
    • supporting visits and events
    • proactively fundraising
    • raising awareness
    • acting as advocates

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.
 

  • Achievement of Impact for Early Career Researchers
    This prize will recognise the achievement of non-academic impact from research by early career researchers including postgraduate research students.  Self-nominations are welcome as well as nominations from Supervisors or Directors of Research. 

 

  • 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.  Self-nominations are welcome in addition to nominations from industry partners or industry bodies, or from Heads of School.  Note that one or more letters of support from the industry partner(s) or other stakeholders is required.

 

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 13th June 2019.

Principal's Awards for Excellence in Professional and Support Services

The Principal’s Awards for Excellence in Professional and Support services were introduced this year 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. 

The official list of winners and runners up (if applicable), can be found here. Below you can find information on what each award means and the kind of academic attainment that each of the awards is intended to recognise.

Award Categories

Nominations are welcome from Line Managers, colleagues, students or representatives from external organisations in the following 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
  • Excellence in Partnership Working
    A member (or group) of staff who has worked consistently and effectively with partners
  • Excellence in Equality & Diversity
    A member (or group) of staff who has championed and advanced equality and diversity
  • Excellence in Sustainability
    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 member of staff who has made a significant impact on the performance of their team

 

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 13th June 2019.

   
AUSA and the University of Aberdeen Excellence in Teaching Award

AUSA and University of Aberdeen award for Excellence in Teaching is open to all students 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.

The official list of winners and nominees can be found here

Award Categories

  • 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 (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 13th June 2019.

Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award and Good Practice in Teaching Case Studies

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. A Panel led by the Vice-Principal Education will award three case studies £500 each, and a fourth example will be selected to receive the first Principal’s Teaching Excellence Award, receiving a larger prize of £1,000. 

The official winner of the Principal's Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as the three runners up can be found here. You can also read what each of the winners had to say when asked what winning this award meant to them, and how they intend to make use of their prize money here.

Winners were announced at the Annual Academic Development Symposium on 25th April 2019 and will be invited to collect their awards in person at the Principal’s Excellence Awards Dinner on June 13th 2019.