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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. This Award is an initiative arising from the latest Personal Tutoring Review and managed by the Dean of Students Office. 

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 2018/19 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

Nominations should address the following criteria:
Criterion 1: Enhancing the student learning experience through personal tutoring
  • Engaging students in ways that inspire a commitment to their personal, learning and employability development to enhance their learning experience.
  • Actively engaged with the broader university regulatory framework and 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
  • Demonstrating impact and engagement beyond the nominee's immediate academic support role.
  • Contributing to the development of departmental initiatives that promote or develop personal tutoring and academic support.
  • Contributing to wider initiatives which facilitate personal tutoring and student learning support.

Process

The Awards operate in two stages:
Stage One (Nominations)
  • Nominations may be submitted by both students and staff, following the awards criteria and guidance provided on each set of forms.
  • Ensure that the relevant people have signed the nomination form, if required to do so.
  • Return the form to the Teaching and Learning Unit of the Learning and Development Centre (second floor, Senate House) or via email (wapte@warwick.ac.uk) by 27 February 2019.

Nominations will be reviewed prior to evaluation by a panel of judges.

The panel of judges chaired by the Dean of Students, evaluates all stage one nominations and produces 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 elligible candidate will be asked to join.

Finalist Supporting Statements should be no more than 2000 words in length and address the awards criteria in more detail. Heads of Department will also need to provide a supporting statement of 500 to 750 words.

All completed paperwork should be returned to the Teaching and Learning Unit of the Learning and Development Centre (second floor, Senate House) or via email (wapte@warwick.ac.uk) by 24 May 2019.

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.

The winners will be invited to attend the summer Degree Congregation to receive their awards.

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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Timetable

Date Key Event
6 December 2018 WAPTE nominations open
7 January 2019 Full public WAPTE launch
27 February

WAPTE nominations close

  • Hard copy nominations must be received by 5:00pm at the Teaching and Learning Unit, Learning and Development Centre, 2nd Floor, Senate House
  • Electronic submissions must be received by 23:59
w/c 24 June 2018/19 Warwick Awards for Personal Tutoring Excellence announced
TBC WAPTE Winners receive their awards

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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. Staff and students are required to use different forms, as indicated on the WAPTE Nominations page. Please ensure that you are filling out the correct nomination form: current University staff must fill in the 'WAPTE Staff Nomination' form and current students the 'WAPTE Student Nomination' form. Incorrect forms may not be accepted.

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 (27 February 2019) 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 at warwick dot ac dot uk prior to the closing date.

Late nominations will not 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 Teaching and Learning Unit of the Learning and Development Centre. WAPTE is supported by a selection panel comprised of members of the Dean of Students' Office team. 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 (see the Award Timetable for when the Celebration is scheduled).

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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