Loughborough Academic Awards nominations are now open!
Nominations will close on 3rd April!
This is your opportunity to highlight someone who has gone above and beyond within your academic journey. There is no limit to how many nominations you can submit, so make sure you are giving those who have made a difference get the recognition they deserve!
You can nominate using this form: Nominations Form
Below is a list of all the awards on offer and the kind of criteria each award is looking for:
Extra Mile Award
This award is for a member of staff that really goes that extra mile to make your academic experience and overall student experience the best it can be whilst at Loughborough. They might be extremely helpful and supportive in dealing with questions or concerns from students, both within and outside of teaching sessions. They might have a huge part to play in delivering outcomes that improve the student experience. It could also be given to someone behind the scenes that facilitates processes that have an invaluable impact of the lives of students. Example winners could include a PhD support student, a personal tutor, someone in Student Services, an academic librarian, administrative staff or technical staff.
Champion of Peer Support
This award recognises a member of staff for their efforts in championing and implementing Peer Support within their Programme, Department or School. The winner of this award would have tailored the schemes to the needs of their subject area and their students. They would have assisted in promoting the schemes and encouraged volunteers and recipients alike to get involved. In addition, they would have championed the schemes to colleagues, communicating with other members of staff the benefits of being an ambassador of the scheme.
Champion of Student Representation
This University colleague would have shown a great deal of enthusiasm for enhancing the student experience and would have demonstrated their commitment to this by consistently listening to and engaging with the student voice, as well as encouraging and supporting representatives to make real positive changes for students. They have gone above and beyond what is expected in terms of listening and acting upon student feedback and implement changes, no matter how big or small.
Excellence in Teaching Award
This award recognises a member of academic staff who contributes tremendously towards the education experience at Loughborough University and takes pride in their learning and teaching. The nominees for the award must have presented themselves with commitment and support towards the development of academic excellence. They would have shown innovation in their teaching, as well as commitment to their students and to the Loughborough Experience.
Digital Innovation in Teaching Award
This award recognises a member of staff who has excelled in their use of technology within their teaching, in a way which has heightened your experience as a student. A potential nomination for this award should be able to showcase the way in which this person has used digital methods of learning, as well as highlighting the innovation within their teaching, and the effect that this has had on the student experience. Digital innovation is an area where Loughborough truly excels, and this should be a person who reflects the pride which we have in our commitment to technology-influenced teaching.
Department Chair of the Year
This award is to recognise a passionate, committed and enthusiastic individual who has been a great leader to their committee. They must have been a voice for their Department or School, created links with students, staff and stakeholders, as well as encouraged a cohesive environment in which their committee has been able to excel.
Department Committee of the Year
This award recognises the efforts of the student-led Department committee that has gone above and beyond to enhance the student experience within their particular Department and School, as well as positively impact their learning community. Additionally, this committee has succeeded in working closely with University colleagues and fellow Education volunteers, to strengthen the student-staff partnership.
Department Committee Member of the Year
This award recognises an individual from a Department committee who has stood out and been an amazing asset to their team and their Department or School as a whole. This individual is likely to have supported all areas of Department life with the students’ interests at the forefront of what they do.
Department Committee Event of the Year
This award aims to recognise a Department or School committee that is innovative and creative. Department events are not always about following the norm or protocol, as sometimes need to involve thinking outside of the box, and putting on events that will truly impact, engage or educate the students within their Department or School. This award is to celebrate a committee that has arranged a non-compulsory event that matches all of criteria. This award could also recognise two or more committees that have worked to put on an event in collaboration.
Student Coordinator of the Year
The Student Coordinator of the year would have led their team of volunteers with commitment, enthusiasm and creativity. They would have been diligent in ensuring the Peer Mentors and Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Facilitators are kept informed, updated and involved in supporting students in their area. They would have actively sought out ways in which to engage the stakeholders in the scheme and worked to contribute to a strong learning community.
Peer Mentor of the Year
This award recognises an exceptional Peer Mentor who would have dedicated themselves to the role and would have had a positive impact on their mentees’ experiences as a first year, Foundation, Erasmus or International Exchange student at Loughborough University. It also recognises their passion and dedication to the role.
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Facilitator of the Year
The PAL Facilitator of the Year would have facilitated a study group through their module, and encouraged independent learning and problem-solving. They would have been completely dedicated to their role, prepared well for each session, led engaging and helpful discussions and activities, as well as building a strong partnership with the staff within their Department.
Champion of Postgraduate Communities
This is for a student, researcher or a group of individuals who have proactively contributed towards enhancing the PG community (Postgraduate Taught, Postgraduate Research or both), through the organisation of events, activities and campaigns meant to promote collaboration, wellbeing or educational success.
School President of the Year
This School President would have fully committed themselves to Academic Representation and would have not only led but also worked well with their team of Course Representatives. They would have considered different ways of collecting feedback and ways to engage the disengaged. In addition, this President has supported the work of the Education Executive Officer, communicated with Academic Representation staff and may have been a student representative on University working groups or committees.
Course Representative of the Year
This award recognises someone who has gone above and beyond in their role as a Course Representative (UG or PGT), to ensure the voices of those they represent are heard by the University and championed through Student-Staff Liaison Committees. They have endeavoured to raise both positive and constructive feedback and have successfully fed back on the changes implemented in their Department or School as a result of that.
Doctoral Researcher (DR) Lead Representative of the Year
This DR Lead Rep would have fully committed themselves to Academic Representation and would have not only led but also worked well with their team of DR Representatives. They would have considered different ways of collecting feedback and ways to engage the disengaged. In addition, this Lead Representative has supported the work of the DR President and Vice-President Team and Education Executive Officer, communicated with Academic Representation staff and various University colleagues, including those working in the Doctoral College.
Doctoral Researcher (DR) Representative of the Year
This award recognises someone who has gone above and beyond in their role as a DR Representative (PGR), to ensure the voices of those they represent are heard by the University and championed through Student-Staff Liaison Committees. They have endeavoured to raise both positive and constructive feedback and have successfully fed back on the changes implemented in their Department or School as a result of that.
Your Education Team of the Year
This award recognises an exceptional team within the Education Section. They will have worked together well to further their cause, whether within Advice, Academic Representation, Peer Support or Department Students’ Federation. They would have demonstrated their dedication and passion towards the section and would have been exceptional ambassadors for not only the Education Section, but also Loughborough Students’ Union. This team would have played a crucial role in supporting the Education Executive Officer to champion the student voice, both within the Union and the University.
Outstanding Impact Award
This award will be received by a person who, throughout their time at Loughborough, has worked tirelessly to ensure our students’ best interests are championed all throughout. Their passion for the Education Section is recognised by both those in the Students’ Union and University, and their contribution will certainly become legacy. Their efforts could be recognised through one single event that has had significant impact, or a long running dedication to the academic or student experience.