Our Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the incredible staff and students of Oxford Brookes.

Teaching Awards

The Teaching Awards are our annual celebration of the academic and support staff of Oxford Brookes. Any student can nominate a staff member and this is an opportunity to say thank you to staff who make your time at Brookes great.

NEW THIS YEAR

Sustainability In Teaching Award

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Sustainability In Teaching Award

This award recognises a staff member who embraces sustainability within their teaching.

The member of staff will have embedded discussions on sustainability and climate change into their course. They may draw upon thinking and research from other disciplines to ensure students are exposed to concepts of sustainable development. This member of staff inspires their students to become sustainability-minded active citizens.

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Outstanding Teaching for Employability

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Outstanding Teaching for Employability

This award celebrates staff who have made an exceptional effort to help you enhance your employability or achieve your career goals.

This may include: helping you gain work placements, organising trips so you can experience ‘real-life’ work, organising events with employers or industry professionals, or providing exceptional careers advice or guidance. They may go the extra mile in helping students develop their CVs and portfolios.

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Unsung Hero

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Unsung Hero

This award can recognise any staff member or team that you feel deserves acknowledgement for the hard work they do.

This staff member may work tirelessly behind the scenes. They brighten your day, are always welcoming and always on hand when you need them. They go above and beyond the call of duty.

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Best Academic Advisor

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Best Academic Advisor

This award celebrates an Academic Advisor who has had a positive effect on their students, helping them to achieve their best.

This staff member will maintain regular contact with students, be friendly and approachable and have a good understanding of how the university processes work. They may have supported a student to remain at university or helped a student through a tough time.

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Best Dissertation or Research Supervisor

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Best Dissertation or Research Supervisor

This award recognises an outstanding dissertation or research supervisor.

This staff member provided support and advice to students to help them develop skills as an independent researcher. They provide signposting to tools and resources that will help students develop their skills. Most importantly are enthusiastic towards - and encourage - research projects.

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Contribution To The Student Experience

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Contribution To The Student Experience

This award celebrates a member of staff who has gone the extra mile to improve the student experience on their site or campus.

They will have worked actively with the Union, students and staff to seek feedback, and to work with them to create positive change for students. They may work with students to arrange co-curricular events and activities.

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Creative Teaching Award

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Creative Teaching Award

This award celebrates staff who use innovative teaching methods to make their sessions lively and interesting.

This may include using new technologies, such as VR, or utilising a range of different teaching methods, such as presentations, dragon’s den style panels or round table discussions. The staff member will go out of their way to include different styles of teaching and learning.

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Feedback And Communication Award

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Feedback And Communication Award

This award recognises staff who provide constructive and relevant feedback in a timely manner.

This may take the form of: providing comments that help you build on previous success and make future improvements or using innovative methods in communicating and delivering feedback. They are approachable and responsive to students, and their feedback and encouragement has made you a better student.

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Most Inspirational Lecturer

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Most Inspirational Lecturer

This award recognises an exceptional member of staff who inspires their students through their passion and enthusiasm for their subject.

This member of staff will consistently demonstrate enjoyment of teaching. They may have made you a love a subject you used to hate. They are not only enthusiastic about their subject, but inspire their students to want to learn more! They may use a range of teaching methods.

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Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

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Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Award

This award recognises staff who have made specific efforts to ensure that all students have equal opportunities to succeed.

This may take the form of diversifying module content so that it is more representative of the student body, for example by including works from LGBTQ+ or BAME scholars or exploring issues affecting marginalised groups such as ‘intersectional feminism’ or ‘women’s access to employment’. The staff may make an effort to include students in the co-creation of the curriculum. They may take an alternative approach to assessment methods that tests a wider range of skills than traditional methods such as exams.

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Support Staff Member of the Year

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Support Staff Member of the Year

This award celebrates a non-academic (teaching) staff member who has gone the extra mile to improve your experience at Brookes.

This award recognises that University is about more than just a degree, and that a degree is more than what takes place in a classroom. This staff member may have supported your learning or personal development.

Support staff members include roles such as, but not limited to, student support coordinators, library staff members, the wellbeing team or technicians.

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Union Awards

The Union Awards celebrate you - our members, and students of Brookes. They recognise the hard work you do, from running a society, to campaigning for change or volunteering as a student rep. This year we’ve also introduced the ‘Student Choice Award’ and ‘Above and Beyond’ to recognise students who have had an impact on others, or overcome hurdles during their time at Brookes.

If you’re in a society, keep an eye on your emails as the team will be inviting you to submit nominations directly for society-based awards.

Volunteering Award

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Volunteering Award

This award recognises a student or group of students who have shown dedication to volunteering across the year.

The student or group will have shown enthusiasm and commitment. They have had a significant impact on the project or activity they have been working on. They may have raised a large amount of money, or encouraged others to get involved with volunteering.

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Above and Beyond

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Above and Beyond

This award celebrates a student who has gone above and beyond on their course, for their friends, within their community or in their sports team or society.

This award celebrates them putting dedication, enthusiasm and love into what they do. They are an exceptional student who deserves special recognition.

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Best Student-Led Activity

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Best Student-Led Activity

This award recognises activity run by a student or group of students that has had a positive impact. This might take the form of an event or campaign.

The nomination may acknowledge that the activity was well-organised, impactful or delivered an outstanding result. The students, or group, showed dedication and enthusiasm in organising and delivering the activity.

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Rep Achievement Award

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Rep Achievement Award

This award recognises a Brookes Union Rep who has shown commitment to securing change on their course and ensuring the views of their cohort are acted on.

The winner will have actively sought student feedback, for example asking for input into course content, teaching, feedback or learning resources. They will have used this feedback to drive positive change, through input in committee meetings and meetings with key staff.

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Student Choice Award

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Student Choice Award

This award celebrates students - as nominated by students. You decide who wins and why.

The winner may have achieved something exceptional: perhaps defying the odds against them or making a positive impact on other students. Nominations will need to include justified reasons, and evidence, as to why the student is deserving of this award.

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