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Organisation Development


DCAD adminsters some awards to academics who have worked exceptionally in teaching, supervision and student support. Use the links in the sidebar to find out more about specific awards.

Enhancing the Student Learning Experience Awards

The aims of the awards are to support academic staff to enhance the student learning experience and to disseminate good practice across the institution. The awards are particularly aimed at individuals or small teams of academic staff and/or support staff who have been teaching for normally five years or more and who have identified opportunities for improving the student learning experience.

Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards

The Excellence in Learning and Teaching Awards recognise and reward individuals or groups of staff who have made an outstanding contribution to learning and teaching at Durham. The award is restricted to staff engaged in learning and teaching on taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Separate awards are made for excellence in doctoral supervision. A total of £9000 is available for these awards and normally three awards are made per year.

University Awards for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision

The purpose of these awards is to promote, recognise and reward excellence in doctoral supervision. The award will be made to members of the University's staff who can demonstrate excellence in the supervision of doctoral students, including those studying for the PhD, professional doctorates, and the PhD with integrated studies. A total of £9,000 is available for the awards, and normally three awards are made per year.

National Teaching Fellowship Award Scheme

The National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) is a national initiative to recognise and celebrate excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education. The University may nominate 3 individuals per year to put forward to the national competition, with 55 awards made each year nationally. The scheme is open not only to academic staff who teach or supervise but also to colleagues who support student learning in a variety of ways. Furthermore, the award is based on excellence, not at what stage you are at in your career.

Research Staff Awards

The purpose of these awards is to promote, recognise and reward the excellcent work done by our contracted research staff who contribute to projects coordinated by a Durham PI. Nominations are made by line managers, principal invistigators or mentors and demonstrate that the nominaee is both an excellent researcher and makes significant contributions to their research team and department.