Student-Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2019

The Winners of the 2019 Student-led Teaching Excellence Awards Have Been Announced

Nominations for the Student-led Teaching Excellence Awards are now closed, and the winners have been announced.

This competition is designed to allow students to recognise those members of staff who have made a difference to their time at LSE and say thank you to staff members who have had a positive effect.

Nominations are accepted in the following 7 categories:

  • Excellent Feedback and Communication
  • Innovative Teaching
  • Inspirational Teaching
  • Mentoring and Personal Development
  • Research Guidance and Support
  • Sharing Subject Knowledge
  • Welfare and Pastoral Support

We also run a Departmental Excellence Award, where students can nominate a department who have been particularly helpful to them.

Categories and criteria

LSESU Award for Excellent Welfare and Pastoral Support

  • Understands the pressures that LSE students face at University
  • Is knowledgeable about the support services and welfare provisions that they can signpost you to
  • Cares about your personal wellbeing?
  • Offers appropriate and valuable support
  • Provides a consistent point of contact for you throughout your time at LSE

LSESU Award for Mentoring and Personal Development

  • Helps you to utilise skills you learn in your degree to reach your full potential
  • Adds value to your prospects by extending and developing your skillset
  • Encourages you to excel professionally
  • Adds value to your LSE experience
  • Shares networks and academic opportunities with you where appropriate

Award for Sharing Subject Knowledge

  • Facilitates engaging debates and dialogue
  • Demonstrates broad knowledge and variety in course materials
  • Takes the time to make sure the subject matter is completely understood
  • Has a positive and encouraging approach to teaching and learning

Award for Excellent Feedback and Communication

  • Provides constructive and relevant feedback in a timely manner
  • Provides comments to help you build on previous success and to make future improvements
  • Is approachable and responsive to students
  • Uses innovative methods in communicating and delivering feedback

Award for Research Guidance and Support

  • Considers you to be their intellectual equal
  • Is personally invested in the success and outcomes of your research
  • Acknowledges the value that you bring to the LSE academic community
  • Equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to successfully carry out your work
  • Shares networks and academic opportunities with you where appropriate

Award for Innovative Teaching

  • Is willing to go beyond the traditional model and methods of teaching delivery to ensure the subject matter is understood
  • Provides different and exciting perspectives on the curriculum or subject
  • Seamlessly incorporates technology into their teaching practices
  • Brings cutting edge research to their teaching

Award for Inspirational Teaching

  • Is charismatic and personable
  • Has a comprehensive knowledge of their subject area
  • Challenges existing theories and offers new perspectives
  • Drives you to further your knowledge and understanding of the subject area
  • Encourages you to apply the principles of the subject area within the wider world

LSESU Departmental Excellence Award

  • Is brilliantly organised and has great administrative support
  • Engages and interacts effectively, fostering a great departmental community
  • Listens and acts upon student feedback
  • Has excellent welfare and pastoral support services
  • Puts diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything they do

Nominees do not have to hit all the criteria. Try to use examples to describe your nominee.


Who can I nominate? Provided the person you nominate is an employed staff member at the LSE, you can nominate them! In the past lecturers, PhD Supervisors, Halls Wardens and Graduate Teaching Assistants have all won. If you think they are great then nominate them!

Can I nominate someone in more than one category? Absolutely – As long as they meet the criteria of the category specified, you can nominate them in as many as you like.

Can I nominate multiple people? You can submit as many nominations as you like; however you will have to do this by completing a new submission form for each new nominee.

I’m worried my department is too small for my nominees to win- is this a prohibitive factor? Not at all! More nominations do make a stronger case, however some of our previous winners have won after just one very strong nomination.

We have devised a selection method that primarily focuses on the quality of nominations and how well the nominee hits the award criteria, so a very good nomination submitted by a student can definitely do the trick.

How are the award winners decided? The final decision on who receives the awards is taken by SSLC reps from across different departments within the school, usually in the form of a shortlisting panel. This process is facilitated by your Education Officer, Martha Ojo.

How many awards are given out in each category? Each category has 1 award winner, however due to the huge numbers of nominations received (we usually get well over 1000 across the 7 categories) the awards also recognise other staff members nominated in the following bands:

  • Runners-up (usually 1-4 staff members in each category)
  • Highly commended (usually 3-10 staff members in each category)

What if my nominees don’t win? Although it’s fantastic to win an award, not everyone can. We are fully committed to providing all nominees with your anonymous comments and recognition. Just one nomination from you can make someone’s teaching year worthwhile.