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WAPTE Information

The Warwick Awards for Personal Tutoring Excellence (WAPTE) enable members of the Warwick community to recognise staff who have made an outstanding contribution to the support of students through the University's personal tutoring system.

We recognise the huge commitment that colleagues have shown to supporting students, connecting them to each other, and the department during the pandemic. We are looking to recognise student support which has made a significant difference to students this year. We welcome nominations from students, staff and also joint student/staff nominations.

Please select one of the following to find out more detailed information about the Warwick Awards for Personal Tutoring Excellence.

If you have any questions regarding any element of the Warwick Awards for Personal Tutoring Excellence, please contact wapte at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Eligibility

Any member of the University's staff who has had responsibilities as a Personal Tutor during the 2020/21 academic year may be nominated.

Colleagues may only accept a nomination for either WAPTE or WATE. If a colleague is nominated for both they will be required to choose which awards scheme they wish to be considered for.

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Criteria

We recognise the huge commitment that colleagues have shown to supporting students, connecting them to each other, and the department during the pandemic. We are looking to recognise student support which has made a significant difference to students this year. We welcome nominations from students, staff and also joint student/staff nominations.

We encourage nominations which reflect specific support work for students and colleagues during the pandemic and this year invite shorter nominations, based on the following criteria. Nominations should address both criteria but do not need to address all bullet points.

Nominations should address the following criteria:

Criterion 1: Enhancing the student learning experience through personal tutoring

For example:

  • Engaging students in ways that inspire a commitment to their personal learning and employability development to enhance their learning experience.
  • Actively engaging with broader university support and development opportunities which underpin academic support, referral and signposting excellence.
  • Recognising and actively supporting the full diversity of student academic needs.

Criterion 2: Championing personal tutoring at the departmental level

For example:

  • Offering advice, resources or mentoring to others in Personal Tutoring roles.
  • Supporting students building peer and other support mechanisms within departments.
  • Supporting colleagues to develop strong student support and engagement.
  • Contributing to wider initiatives which facilitate personal tutoring and student learning support.

Process

Stage One (Nominations)

  • We welcome nominations from students, staff and also joint student/staff nominations following the awards criteria.
  • Return the form to wapte@warwick.ac.uk by 15th March 2021.

The panel of judges chaired by the Dean of Students, will evaluate all stage one nominations and produce a shortlist to proceed to stage two. All nominees will be contacted at this point to be informed of the outcome.

Stage Two (Shortlist)

Shortlisted nominees will be invited to participate in stage two. All individuals shortlisted will be asked to complete and submit a Finalist Supporting Statement. Any shortlisted colleague who does not submit a Finalist Supporting Statement by the stated deadline will be removed from the judging process and the next eligible candidate will be asked to join.

Finalist Supporting Statements should be no more than 1000 words in length and address the awards criteria in more detail. Heads of Department will also need to provide a supporting statement of 250-500 words.

All completed paperwork should be returned to wapte@warwick.ac.uk by 14 May 2021.

Winners will be notified of the panel's decision, which is binding and final, and the announcements will be made on this website and through Insite.

As part of our commitment to raising the profile of personal tutoring excellence in the University, WAPTE winners will be expected to disseminate their work in this area more widely in collaboration with the Dean of Students Office. The format of this is flexible, for example: short video interviews, articles, presentations at University events, facilitating workshops, etc. Any content generated may be added to webpages and used in other publicity materials.

Timetable

Nominations Open 3 February 2021
Nominations deadline 15 March 2021
Nominee statement deadline 14 May 2021

How to Nominate

Both University staff (all grades, all posts) and current students (UG and PG) can nominate members of Warwick's staff who meet the eligibility criteria.

Individuals can make more than one nomination and nominees can be nominated by more than one person. Self nominations will not be accepted.

All nominations must be received by the closing date (15 March 2021) as listed in the Awards Timetable.

Any questions regarding the nomination process or the eligibility of potential nominees or nominators should be directed to wapte@warwick.ac.uk prior to the closing date.

Late nominations cannot be accepted.

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Terms

The Warwick Awards for Personal Tutoring Excellence process is chaired by the Dean of Students, and administered by the Dean of Students Office. WAPTE is supported by a selection panel comprised of members of the Dean of Students Office team and a representative of the Students' Union. All decisions made through the process are final.

All nominations will be treated in strict confidence and names of nominators will not be shared with nominees.

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Awards

The Warwick Awards for Personal Tutoring Excellence distributes the following award amounts by transferring budget to departments:
  • Winners (up to three) receive £1000 each

Funds are provided directly to the Winner's department (substantive or 'home' department in the case of joint/cross appointments). Budget will be made available in the first quarter of the financial year following the Award and must be spent by the end of that financial year.

WAPTE Winners will receive their award certificates at a celebration reception in Summer 2021.

Award monies may only be spent on supporting the Winner's development as a Personal Tutor, in accordance with the University's financial regulations and procedures.

Please note that all equipment, etc purchased using WAPTE funds remains the property of the University.

Any questions about possible uses for awards should be directed to wapte at warwick dot ac dot uk.

As part of our commitment to raising the profile of personal tutoring excellence in the University, Winners will be expected to disseminate their work in this area more widely in collaboration with the Dean of Students Office. The format of this is flexible, for example: short video interviews, articles, presentations at University events, facilitating workshops, etc. Any content generated may be added to webpages and used in other publicity materials.

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