The Student-Led Teaching Awards (SLTAs) exist to reward outstanding teaching and student support across Cambridge University and its Colleges, and have gone from strength to strength since their inception, becoming widely respected throughout the University. They are a unique opportunity for students to recognise the exceptional contribution of teaching and non-teaching staff to their education at Cambridge, and to highlight the kinds of teaching and support that they value and would like to see more of.

 

The SLTAs are entirely led by students, and rely only on the feedback and testimonials of students here at Cambridge University. If you have experienced outstanding teaching or pastoral care, this is your chance to thank and acknowledge that person.

 

There's only one way for lecturers, supervisors, porters, tutors, nurses and other staff at Cambridge to win one of these awards, and that's through you!

 

Nominate someone today!

 

The awards process

 

Nominations are open from 3rd December 2020 until 5th February 2021. Any student can nominate any member of staff you think deserves recognition, and you can also make multiple nominations for different people if you’d like.

 

Once all the nominations are in, we start the judging process. There are two sets of student panels: shortlisting, and then awarding. During the shortlisting process we’ll aim to make sure everyone is in the right category and whittle down the nominations to just those who were the most impressive. This is the hardest part, as there are always very few nominations that aren’t impressive! The awarding panel will then look through the shortlists for each category, choosing a winner and a few high commendations.

 

Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Thursday 13th May - either in-person (with a drinks reception!), or online depending on the COVID-19 situation. This will be confirmed at the beginning of March.

 

Making a Nomination

 

This year, we’re asking you to submit your nomination in one nine categories - designed to reflect the breadth of staff who are nominated, as well as the kind of things that students in previous years have highlighted as important and noteworthy to them. These are:

 

Category

Description

Innovating Teaching

This award is for any member of teaching staff who is particularly creative, inventive, or original in their teaching methods or style.

Inclusive Practice

This award is for any member of teaching or pastoral staff who is unusually or impressively proactive in ensuring that their work is inclusive of all students, for example in terms of race, disability, or gender. This refers especially to practices which are inclusive of all by design, rather than to special efforts made with adjustments for individual students.

Lecturer

This award is for outstanding lecturers and others who do content-based teaching to large groups, in any subject. You should consider if your nomination is best placed in this category, or if it is an example of innovative teaching or inclusive practice.

Small-Group Teaching (Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences)

This award is for outstanding supervisors and other academic staff who do small-group teaching for courses in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences. Nominations are encouraged from both undergraduate or postgraduate taught students. This category should also include undergraduate dissertation supervisors, study skills teachers, etc. who are being nominated for academic support. You should consider if your nomination is best placed in this category, or if it is an example of innovative teaching or inclusive practice.

Small-Group Teaching (Science & Technology)

This award is for outstanding supervisors and other academic staff who do small-group teaching for courses in Science or Technology. Nominations are encouraged from both undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. This category should also include lab technicians, study skills teachers, etc. who are being nominated for academic support. You should consider if your nomination is best placed in this category, or if it is an example of innovative teaching or inclusive practice.

Postgraduate Research Supervisor

This award is for outstanding supervisors of postgraduate research students, including both PhD and research-based MPhil courses. You should consider if your nomination is best placed in this category, or if it is an example of inclusive practice.

Student Support by a Member of Academic Staff

This award is for outstanding student welfare or pastoral support from a member of staff whose primary relationship to you is academic. This could mean a supervisor, lecturer, Director of Studies, lab technician, librarian, or similar. You should consider if your nomination is best placed in this category, or if it is an example of inclusive practice.

Student Support by a Member of Non-Academic Staff

This award is for outstanding student welfare or pastoral support from a member of staff whose primary relationship to you is non-academic. This could mean a tutor, nurse, chaplain, disability mentor, or similar. You should consider if your nomination is best placed in this category, or if it is an example of inclusive practice.

Working in Partnership with Students

This award is for any member of staff who is noteworthy for achieving, campaigning for, or supporting students in campaigning for progressive change on behalf of students in the University or Colleges. This refers especially to staff who have empowered, and worked in partnership together with, students and student representatives to organise collectively for such changes.

 

If you’re still not sure which one to choose, or want to make a nomination that you think falls outside them, don’t worry! During the shortlisting process, we’ll make sure each nomination is judged in the category where it has the greatest chance to shine. If we agree that someone is exceptional then we’ll juggle them around to make it work.

 

In all categories we’ll be considering the quality of nominations rather than the number of nominations for each person. We’ll also give thought to whether a nomination talks about something that everyone would have an equal opportunity to do; staying late to support a student every day is admirable, but it’s not something that everyone can do so we might be hesitant to award it. We’ll value nominations that include specific examples and anecdotes, as well as someone that’s sustained good practice over time.

 

Why Nominate?

The Student-Led Teaching Awards is one the best parts of our jobs, and we want as many students and staff to be involved as possible. At Cambridge SU we spend a lot of time focusing on problems, intervening when things aren’t going so well for students or your education. And in this exceptional year - when the pandemic has forced students and staff together to undergo radical transformations in how we work, study, and live - we’ve all been dealing with new difficulties and challenges we never imagined we’d have to face.

 

In the midst of this, however, a strong University community premised on mutual support and solidarity among students and staff has been more important than ever. In these particularly adverse structural conditions, the care, dedication, and ingenuity shown by so many staff members has had an untold impact on students’ experiences. The SLTAs are a great - and from experience, very much appreciated - opportunity to recognise that.

 

Nominate someone today!

 

2020 award winners

Lecturer:
Winner - James de Winter | Hughes Hall

Supporting students (Academic):
Winner - Judith Brown | Robinson College

Supporting students (Non-academic):
Winner - Alex Jeffrey | Emmanuel College

Innovative teaching:
Winner - Stephanie Smith | Pembroke College

Inclusive practice:
Winner - Rupert Wilkey | Magdalene College

PG supervisor:
Winner - Riikka Hofmann | Hughes Hall

UG supervisor STEM:
Winner - Paul Fannon | Christ’s College

UG supervisor AHSS:
Winner - David Stott | Faculty of Land Economy

Partnership:
Winner - Mary Brazelton | Lucy Cavendish College

 

If you haven't yet checked out the Awards Ceremony video yet, then you can watch it here.

 

With Thanks

Thank you to the following Colleges for their kind donations to help support the Student-Led Teaching Awards; 

Corpus Christi,Christ's, Downing, Emmanuel, Fitzwilliam, Girton, Gonville and Caius, Homerton, Jesus, Lucy Cavendish, Murray Edwards, Pembroke, Peterhouse,  Queens', Robinson, Sidney Sussex, St Catharine's & Wolfson.