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Frequently Asked Questions

ExpandCloseWhat are the aims of the award?

The main aims of the HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award are to:

  • provide national recognition and reward for excellence in teaching and supporting student learning in the biosciences for individuals in the UK home nations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales);
  • raise the status of teaching in the biosciences as a scholarly activity;
  • support individual bioscientists in reflecting upon and enhancing their professional practice in support of student learning; and
  • develop case studies of effective teaching practices which have been demonstrated to enhance student learning and disseminate these across the UK.

ExpandCloseWho is eligible for nomination?

The competition is open to all bioscience teachers in UK higher education, including those involved in higher education provision within further education.

To enter, the bioscience teacher in question should be currently employed by a UK educational institution on a part-time or full-time, fixed term or permanent basis.

There is no limit to the number of applications per year from an individual bioscience department/institution.

Previous shortlisted individuals are not eligible to apply the next year but may enter again in subsequent years. Individuals who are not shortlisted may enter in consecutive years.

ExpandCloseHow do I enter or nominate a colleague?

The process of entry is by self, peer or management nomination by completion of the competition application form. The deadline for entries for the 2019 award is noon on Wednesday 24 October.

ExpandCloseHow does the judging process and the judging panel work?

ExpandCloseWhat is the Background to the Award?

The Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award has been developed from the UK Centre for Bioscience’s Ed Wood Teaching Awards which were established in 2008/09 to provide an annual opportunity for bioscience academics to receive national recognition for their outstanding learning and teaching practices, and to identify and publicise the practice of bioscientists which has been proven to enhance the student learning experience.

OUP were delighted to become sponsors of the award in 2011, working in partnership with the Centre to strengthen and raise the profile of teaching excellence in the biosciences.

In 2012, the running of the award passed to The Royal Society of Biology, with OUP continuing as sponsors.

The Ed Wood Teaching Awards were originally based on the scheme of the Higher education Academy Engineering Subject Centre and incorporated a framework of excellence adapted with permission from the University of Leeds.