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The Meaning of Excellence in Learning and Teaching to Students

About this Project

This project builds 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 will adopt a mixed methods approach. A short survey will be sent to UG and PGT students on what excellence means to them. Results will guide the development of semi-structured questions to be posed in two follow-up student focus groups. Questions will be co-created with students, who will facilitate the focus groups to encourage open discussion. Results will enable 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.

Project Aims

  • Promote the student voice to ensure learning and teaching excellence is recognised in a meaningful way for students
  • Raise awareness of student perceptions, themes and examples of excellence in learning and teaching for academic departments
  • Enable departments to signpost staff (and students) promoting a wider embedment of excellence at curriculum level (e.g., review of existing modules, design of new modules), fostering a positive impact on the student learning experience and programme objectives
  • Demonstrate applicability of such pedagogies to all different learning environments and disciplines for positively impacting overall student experience
  • Have relevance to the Warwick Awards for Teaching and Excellence (WATE) process to ensure the student voice is captured within a post pandemic environment

Project Impact

The outcomes of the project will provide resources to allow Departments to evaluate and further develop excellence in learning and teaching, inclusive of student views and experiences. This will not only positively impact student experience within the learning and teaching environment but also provide a source of support for building future promotion cases for staff themselves. This project will provide university management and academics across the university with greater insight as to what students value in their university teaching and learning experience.

Project Lead

Dr Claudie Fox


Project Co-Lead

Dr Martyn Parker


Staff Collaborators

  • Dr Lydia Plath, History
  • Dr Nicholas Jackson, Economics/Mathematics
  • Dr Lory Barile, Economics
  • Prof. Caroline Elliot, Economics
  • Dr Daniel Franklin, Life Sciences

Student Collaborators

  • Adam Wells
  • Gema Mistry