Vice-Chancellor's Office

Students and staff are warmly encouraged to nominate their peers and colleagues either as individuals or teams. Members of the community who have worked or engaged with the University can also nominate staff or students who they feel deserve to be recognised and celebrated by the University.

Nomination Process

Before completing the nomination form please read the following guidance.


Who can nominate and be nominated

  • All students (e.g. undergraduate, postgraduate, distance learners, those undertaking CPD, whether full-time or part-time),
  • All staff (e.g. academic, administrative, technical, service and support staff, in Faculties or central Services, whether full-time or part-time)
  • Members of the community who support or work in partnership with the University
  • Nominations can be made to recognise either a team or an individual

Restrictions

  • Self-nominations will not be permitted
  • Nominations will not be accepted for a Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence for a contribution which has already been recognised by a University Recognition Award or a Students’ Union Award
  • Nominations should be for an exceptional contribution over the previous or current academic year (the contribution could have started earlier, but the core achievement should be within the previous or current academic year, i.e. 2018-19 or 2019-20)

Assessment

Please make it clear how the achievement is above and beyond the individual or team’s job. There will be three elements to the assessment of the nominations, which should be addressed, as appropriate, in nominations:

1) Innovation (e.g. in entrepreneurship, in developing efficient and effective systems or processes, in education, in research and innovation, in developing or supporting international links or partnerships, in enhancing the student experience, in cross-disciplinary themes, etc.).

Nominators should try to address the following questions:

  • How significant is the achievement in terms of contributing, through innovation, to the University, its values, its ambitions, its success, as set out in the University Strategy?
  • What type or level of innovation is the achievement?

 

2) Engagement (e.g. in the local community, with student experience, with industry partners, in the community of learning, with extra-curricular activity, in cross-disciplinary themes, etc.).

Nominators should try to address the following questions:

  • How significant is the achievement in terms of engagement within the University or externally?
  • What type or level of engagement did/does the nominee(s) achieve?

 

3) Impact (e.g. in local, national, international community, in cross-disciplinary themes, on student experience, on financial sustainability, in research and innovation, in education, etc.).

Nominators should try to address the following questions:

  • How significant is the achievement is in terms of impact within the University or externally?
  • What type or level of impact did/does the nominee(s) have?

Nomination Form

In a change from previous years, this year nominators are asked to complete a single-stage nomination process:

  • In the first section of the nomination form, a short citation of 200 words will briefly describe the achievement of the individual or team. This 200 word summary will be used on our website and read out at the celebratory event. Only successful nominations will be made public. Please see examples of 2018 successful citations & 2019 successful citations.
  • In the second section of the form, the nominators are asked to detail and provide evidence (in a maximum of 600 words across the three elements combined) of how significant the achievement is in terms of i) contributing through innovation to the University, its values, its ambitions, its success (as set out in the University Strategy); ii) engagement within the University or externally; iii) impact within the University or externally.

Nominees must not be made aware of their nomination.

Assessment Panel

The Vice-Chancellor has selected a Panel comprising members of the UEB, members of the UPSU (both Sabbatical Officers and staff), and staff from across the University (drawn from both Faculties and Services) including previous Award winners.

Timeline

• Nominations are open from 5 November 2019 to 14 February 2020.
• Panel will meet in February-March.
• Outcomes made public in March.
• The Awards Ceremony will take place on 22 April 2020.