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Teaching Recognition and Reward (TR&R)

The Teaching Recognition and Reward (TR&R) Learning Circle aims to be able to inform institutional deliberations on issues of:

  • Parity of research and teaching
  • Teaching career development
  • Recognition and reward of teaching activity

This Learning Circle aims to provide scholarly evidence-based advice and input to the institutional consideration of these issues. It will achieve this by a systematic review and critical appraisal of the corpus of research conducted in this field in recent decades and, to provide a focus to this intention. We aim to help inform all aspects of recognition and reward of the full diversity of teaching activities, and to support and enthuse the promotion and adoption of excellent teaching practices across the institution.

It is a further intention to engage the WIHEA Fellowship in focus groups to gather structured data that may best represent the current situation across the institution as well as the aspirations of the teaching academy.

Engagement from other WIHEA Fellows is sought and encouraged to provide a balanced representation across all Faculties, as well as a range of teaching-related appointments and experience. The learning circle welcomes those with non-academic positions and the valuable contributions you can bring.

For further information on this Learning Circle or if you are a WIHEA Fellow interested in joining, please contact Dr Ali Ahmad ( or Dr Simon Peplow (

Learning circle outputs

2022 - 2023 (Current Projects)
The Meaning of Excellence in Learning and Teaching to Students(Supported by WIHEA funding) This project built on the work of the Teaching Recognition and Reward Learning Circle and the 2021 WIHEA Masterclass celebrating everyday excellence in teaching and learning. The project adopted a mixed methods approach. A short survey was sent to UG and PGT students on what excellence means to them, and the results guided the development of semi-structured questions to be posed in two follow-up student focus groups. The questions were co-created with students, who facilitated the focus groups to encourage open discussion. The results enabled production of a resource inclusive of student perceptions, themes and examples of excellence, for the evaluation and development of pedagogic practice, awards and building promotion cases.

You can read the focus group and survey data here:

Pathway to Professor for Teaching Focused Staff. Warwick and the wider sector’s understanding on “teaching-focused” career pathways is still emerging. This project will allow the learning circle to capture examples of success that provide insight into how teaching-focused staff can create a career strategy that leads to professor. These insights will be provided by the trailblazers that have already reached professorial level.

2021 - 2022

Case study on teaching and learning seminars. The Teaching Reward and Recognition Learning Circle has brought together case studies on some of the teaching and learning interest groups and seminar series that take place across the University of Warwick. You can find more on these studies by clicking on the link below.

Case Studies

Study leave advice. Guidance to colleagues who are considering applying for a teaching focused academic (study) leave and Warwick Academic Returners Fellowships (WARF) Applications: Teaching and Learning Focused. Guidance (Word) Guidance (PDF)

Teaching profiles for promotion applications. Guidance on writing the teaching profile of excellence document that should accompany teaching focused promotion applications. Guidance (Word) Guidance (PDF)

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Isabel Fisher and Kerry Dobbins created a blog to highlight how to commence Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and how you can measure impact.

2020 - 2021
Teaching Excellence Event: Everyday Excellence in an Extraordinary Year. This half day workshop-style event organised by WIHEA's Teaching Recognition and Reward Learning Circle, aimed to take us from the Warwick (and sector) understanding of teaching excellence (i.e., where policy is made, awards granted etc.) to the idea of the ‘Everyday Excellence’ we all embody in our teaching practice, most particularly in the challenging circumstances of the last 12 months.Promotion applications. The TR&R Learning Circle is pleased to share the output of some work conducted to support teaching-focused staff in developing their promotion applications. See link below for a set of example activities and evidence that teaching-focused colleagues have previously used in successful applications across the spectrum of levels of promotion. These authentic, anonymised examples are intended to supplement the examples given within the University Academic Promotions Criteria documentation to support teaching-focused colleagues in articulating their evidence against the criteria.

Academic Promotions - Teaching focussed staffLink opens in a new window

Department good practice guide. The TR&R Learning Circle has also shared a Good Practice guide for departments in supporting promotions applications for teaching-focused staff.

Academic Promotions Flowchart

Earlier work.

Areas of activity include continued work on the recent changes to the promotion criteria following the first round of promotions 2019. We are also exploring ongoing reward and recognition of teaching activities and revisiting earlier outputs to see what further work may be needed.

Teaching Study Leave Briefing Paper - September 2018Link opens in a new window

On 13 December 2017, the Learning Circle held a Teaching Recognition and Reward Symposium which included presentations from three particularly well-informed speakers a video of the symposium is available to watch.

Teaching Recognition and Reward Briefing Paper - September 2017

Teaching Recognition and Reward Symposium Report - 13 December 2017

Previous Learning Circle co-leads
2022 - January 2024 Dr Claudie Fox and Dr Martyn Parker
2021 - 2022 Prof Caroline Elliott and Dr Nicholas Jackson
2020 - 2021 Prof Lucy Hammond and Dr Elisabeth Blagrove
2019 - 2020

Dr Lydia Plath and Jessica Humphreys

2018 - 2019

Prof Sarah Richardson and Prof Ian Tuersley

Current members of this Circle:

  • Dr Ali Ahmad


  • Dr Mujthaba Ahtamad
  • Abigail Ball
  • Dr Lory Barile
  • Dr David Bather Woods
  • Dr Rob Batterbee
  • Lewis Beer
  • Dr Catherine Bennett
  • Dr Deborah Biggerstaff
  • Dr Elisabeth Blagrove
  • Dr Jane Bryan
  • Dr Siri Chongchitnan
  • Dr Ursula Clayton
  • Sophie Cookson
  • Prof Caroline Elliott
  • Dr Ross Forman
  • Dr Claudie Fox
  • Dr Daniel Franklin
  • Dr Zhiyan Guo
  • Prof Lucy Hammond
  • Robert Horton
  • Dr Rob Huckstepp
  • Jessica Humphreys
  • Dr Nicholas Jackson
  • Dr Andrea Klaus
  • Dr Celine Martin
  • Kelly Mayjonade Christy
  • Dr Martyn Parker
  • Dr Simon Peplow


  • Dr Sandra Pereira
  • Dr Lydia Plath
  • Prof Sarah Richardson
  • Karoline Schneider
  • Dr Miriam Schwiening
  • Matt Street
  • Dr Cleo Tilley
  • Dr Anna Tranter
  • Dr Leticia Villamediana Gonzalez
  • Dr Matthew Voice