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About the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence

The new WATEs

The Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATEs) offer a familiar and well-loved monument to the successful educators within the teaching community. Last year, in response to the extraordinary circumstances occasioned by the global pandemic the WATEs celebrated stories of success and everyday excellence.

We have used this break with WATE tradition as an opportunity to rethink the awards, as we reshape education at Warwick, taking the best of what we have learned during the the last year to 'built back better'.

To better reflect the distinctiveness of excellent disciplinary education we have introduced Faculty specific awards. To celebrate the strength that comes from working together we have introduced two new awards - Collaborative Award for teams, and a Community & Culture award which recognises the importance of working together and the power of the social to create the conditions in which all students are empowered to succeed and thrive.

Key information


All staff who teach or support learning can be nominated for an award - whether they are part-time, non-permanent, or sessional members of staff, including visiting academics and postdocs.

Teams and communities can include students but must also include staff.

Colleagues may only accept a nomination for either WATE or WAPTE (personal tutoring).

Only postgraduate students are eligible for the Postgraduates who Teach Award.


All staff and students can nominate. You can nominate as many people as you like, and for as many awards as you choose, and you do not need to limit nominations to those who are currently teaching you.

Nominations (500 words) are submitted via webform

The nomination form gives you the option to share the text of your nomination with your nominee, but all nominations will remain anonymous and your name will not be shared or publicised in any way.

Nominations are now closed.


Nominations by staff and students.

Stage one judging will shortlist six nominees for each Award. [Postgrad award will shortlist 6 nominees per Faculty.]

Shortlisted nominees invited to submit further information about their teaching signed by HoD/equivalent.

Stage 2 judging selects finalists.

Final panel confirms winners.


Nominations open: 3 Dec 2021.

Nominations close: 11 February 2022.

Nominees informed: 7 March 2022.

Shortlisted nominees informed: w/b 28 March 2022.

Nominee statements due:
3 May 2022.

Winners announced:
27 June 2022.