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The Prize, the Judging Process and the Award Criteria

Proudly supported by the Royal Society of Biology, Oxford University Press and Heads of University Biosciences, the Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award seeks to identify the UK's leading bioscience higher education teachers, recognising the invaluable role they play in educating and inspiring the next generation of biologists.

For questions regarding the Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award process, please contact hubs@rsb.org.uk.

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The Prize

The winner of the teaching award receives:

  • the Ed Wood Memorial Prize of £1,000 to spend as they wish
  • £250 worth of OUP books of their choice
  • one year's free Membership of The Royal Society of Biology at the appropriate grade (MSB or FSB)

The remaining finalists all receive a £150 books prize for their case study, and one year's free Membership/Fellowship to the Royal Society of Biology. All shortlisted candidates receive a free place at the Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) Spring Meeting and have their application fee waivered for the Chartered Science Teacher Register.

The Ed Wood Memorial Prize is named in honour of Professor Edward J. Wood, who established and became the first director of the Learning and Teaching Support Network for Bioscience, subsequently the UK Centre for Bioscience, and who dedicated himself to the promotion of biochemistry and molecular biology education.

The Award Criteria

The HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award is open to all employed bioscience teachers in the UK HE system. The award recognizes outstanding learning and teaching practice in the biosciences. Each nomination for the award will be judged against the following criteria, with equal weighting being given to each:

  • Display individual excellence through the design and development of approaches to teaching that have proven successful in promoting bioscience student learning and achievement
  • Undertake scholarly and professional developmental activities that actively influence and enhance the learning of their students
  • Support colleagues and influence bioscience student learning beyond their own department and institution
  • Exhibit innovation in relation to teaching that has proven to improve teaching practices and enhance student learning

The Judging Process

In Round 1, all applications will be collated by The Royal Society of Biology and circulated to the judging panel, who will select a shortlist of finalists. The finalists will be then be informed that they have been shortlisted.
Applicants who are selected to progress to Round 2 will be required to complete a case study, present this in person and complete an interview with the judging panel.

The Award Ceremony

The winner is announced and the award will be presented at the Spring HUBS Meeting. The finalists are invited to present their case studies at the meeting. All shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend the whole conference and their conference fees will be provided by HUBS.

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More information

Please view the Guidance Document for full information and if you have any questions regarding the award process, please contact hubs@rsb.org.uk.