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What are the VCAETs?

This page offers information on what the Teaching Awards are, their history, aims, and past award winners’ experiences.

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Information about the Award

The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching recognises and celebrates inspirational teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU). The award is community-led by NTU staff and students, and the criteria for winning an award emerged from close consultation with NTU staff, students and alumni. Winning an Award is an esteemed mark of recognition that demonstrates awardees have made a significant contribution to the culture of inspirational learning and teaching at NTU.

There is no limit to the number of awards made in any one year.


Who can nominate, the nomination process, and winning an Award

Colleagues must be nomination by two people (colleagues or alumni).

The Award is open to NTU colleagues who hold HEA Fellow status, teach and who have been employed by the University for a minimum of eighteen months prior to nomination (on a full- or part-time basis).

Staff are given the Award for inspirational teaching practice, as demonstrated in a written nomination and an observed teaching session.

The Nomination Stage

Staff and alumni are invited to nominate members of staff for the award. A case must be made for inspirational teaching by two members of staff and/or alumni with supporting evidence provided by the nominee. A selection panel shortlists nominations to progress to the second stage of the application process.

The Observation Stage

Two panel members observe a teaching session chosen by the nominee in terms one or two of an academic year, and the selection panel moderates lesson observation outcomes and confirms a shortlist of nominees for the Vice-Chancellor’s approval.


Award winners are expected to actively support the development of a culture of inspirational teaching and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) at NTU.

Successful applicants are expected to support TILT publicity and may be asked to contribute to future TILT events.

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