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WATE Information

The Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence enable members of the Warwick community to recognise a member of the University's staff who have made a difference in learning and teaching.

Please select one of the following to find out more about the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence.

If you have any questions about the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence, please contact wate at warwick dot ac dot uk.

Eligibility

All staff who teach or support student learning at Warwick are eligible to be nominated for an Award. Nominees can be part-time, non-permanent, or sessional members of staff, including visiting academics and postdocs. Those who do not have traditional teaching responsibilities are encouraged to place the emphasis on opportunities in their role to engage with the criteria of the awards.

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

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Criteria

Nominations should address the following criteria:

Criterion 1: Enhancing and transforming the student learning experience
  • Stimulating students' curiosity and interest in ways that inspire a commitment to learning and enhance their learning experience
  • Imaginative use of resources
  • Recognising and actively supporting the full diversity of student learning needs
Criterion 2: Supporting colleagues and influencing support for student learning
  • Demonstrating impact and engagement beyond the nominee's immediate academic or professional role
  • Contributing to the development of colleagues
  • Contributing to wider initiatives to facilitate student learning

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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 (wate at warwick dot ac dot uk) by 27 February.
  • Nominations will be reviewed by the head of the nominee's department prior to evaluation by the panel of judges.
  • A panel of judges drawn from across the University and traditionally chaired by Professor Christopher Hughes, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), evaluates all stage one nominations and produces a shortlist of up to 10 nominees 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.
  • Shortlisted nominees will be asked to address a third criterion:
    Criterion 3: Commitment to professional development with regard to teaching and learning (and/or learning support)
    Continuous professional development
    Developing teaching and learning through reviewing and enhancing individual practice
    Making specific contributions to significant improvements in the student learning experience
  • Finalist Supporting Statements should be no more than 3000 words and should address the awards criteria in more detail (noting the third criterion).
  • 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 (wate at warwick dot ac dot uk) by 24 May.

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. Commendees will receive their awards at a celebration reception held later in the year.

As part of our commitment to raising the profile of teaching excellence in the University, Winners and Commendees will be expected to disseminate their teaching activities more widely in collaboration with LDC. The format of this is flexible, for example: short video interviews, articles, presentations at University events (such as the Education Conference), facilitating workshops, etc. Any content generated may be added to the WATE webpages and used in other publicity materials.

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Timetable

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

WATE 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 nominations must be received by 11:59pm
23 April
Stage One results published, shortlist announced
TBC Finalist Supporting Statements due
w/c 24 June 2018/19 Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence Winners and Commendees announced
w/c 15 July Summer degree ceremonies (WATE Winners receive their awards)
TBC Teaching Excellence Celebration (WATE Commendees receive their awards)

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Nominate

Both University staff (all grades, all posts) and current students (UG and PG) can nominate Warwick staff who meet the eligibility criteria. Staff and students are required to use different forms, as indicated on the WATE Nominations page. Please ensure that you are filling out the correct nomination form: current University staff must fill in the 'WATE Staff Nomination' form and current students the 'WATE 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 are not accepted.

All nominations must be received by the closing date (27 February) as listed in the Awards Timetable.

Any questions regarding the nomination process or the eligibility of potential nominees or nominators should be directed to wate 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 Teaching Excellence process is chaired by Professor Christopher Hughes, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), and administered by the Teaching and Learning Unit of the Learning and Development Centre. WATE is supported by a selection panel comprised of individuals drawn from across the University. All decisions made through the process are final.

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

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Awards

The Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence distributes the following award amounts by transferring budget to departments:

  • Winners (up to five) receive £5,000 each
  • Commendees (up to five) receive £2,000 each

Funds are provided directly to the Winner or Commendee's department (or 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.

Additionally, WATE Winners will receive their award certificates at a Degree Congregation, usually taking place in the July immediately following the announcement of the winners. Coordination of Winner participation in Degree Congregations is handled by the Awards and Ceremonies Team, which is separate from the Teaching and Learning Unit.

Commendees will receive their certificates in a celebration reception (see the Award Timetable for when the Celebration is scheduled).

Awards money may only be spent on supporting the development of the Winner or Commendee's teaching practice, in accordance with the University's financial regulations and procedures.

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

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

As part of our commitment to raising the profile of teaching excellence in the University, Winners and Commendees will be expected to disseminate their teaching activities more widely in collaboration with LDC. 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 the WATE webpages and used in other publicity materials.

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Past Winners

For over a decade, the Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence have been able to showcase good practice, ideas, and the tireless efforts of educators across the full breadth of the University. To find out more about past Winners and Commendees as well as Warwick's National Teaching Fellows, visit the Teaching Excellence site.

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