Recognition comes in many forms but among the most satisfying is that from peers – those who know and appreciate what was involved in your success.
The first Teaching Awards event provided an opportunity to recognise the work of colleagues and was an uplifting event for all passionate about the fundamental importance of teaching and learning.
We all know the graduate academics, researchers and employers of tomorrow will be long-term testament to the quality of teaching and learning received at university but it is good to also experience more immediate recognition of investment in teaching.
Inspiring students to become constructively-critical, research-active individuals whilst at university, investing their time and efforts in projects to improve not only their learning but that of others is just one tangible impact of teaching. Working alongside students as partners bringing diverse perspectives to issues which challenge learning and teaching efficacy is another outcome of teaching that has developed confident, questioning individuals keen to play a part in improving our environment.
The Teaching Awards this year celebrated not only Teaching Innovation Awards (TIAs) with new winners including student applicants but also recognised the sustained research-informed teaching of four noted colleagues. The event also provided the opportunity to hear from previous TIA winners about the outcomes of their projects.
All the completed projects and those just beginning will be featured here on the blog and the CAP website over the coming months. As the Vice Chancellor and our Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching) both said, the quality and scope of Loughborough’s teaching innovation deserves recognition for being far-reaching. Many of the projects begun at Loughborough now support and develop learning within other universities.
2015’s Teaching Innovation Award winners all feature on our website.