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Teaching Awards Criteria

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

LSESU Award for Personal AND PROFESSIONAL Development

  • Helps you to identify and utilise skills you learn in your degree to reach your full potential  

  • Adds value to your prospects by extending and developing your skill set  

  • Encourages you to excel professionally  

  • Shares networks and professional and academic opportunities with you 

  • You may nominate your academic mentor, or any other member of staff in the School 

LSESU Award for Welfare and Pastoral Support

  • Cares about your personal wellbeing and shows compassion  

  • Understands the pressures that you may be experiencing at University  

  • Signposts you to useful support services and welfare provisions   

  • Offers you individualised and appropriate support  

  • Provides a consistent point of contact for you throughout your time at LSE  

  • You may nominate your academic mentor, or any other member of staff in the School 

LSESU Award for Excellent Feedback and Communication

  • Provides constructive, useful and timely feedback on your assessments 

  • Helps you to understand your strengths, as well as how to apply their feedback to enhance your learning 

  • Uses effective and/or innovative methods in communicating and delivering their feedback  

LSESU Award for INCLUSIVE TEaching

  • Makes you feel comfortable in the classroom, and to contribute to discussions, whatever your identity.  

  • Creates space in the curriculum for diverse voices  

  • Establishes a supportive and inclusive community of learners in the class / on the course 

  • Creates a principled environment for learning which respects differences 

  • Effectively implements My Adjustments  

  • Ensures their lessons are accessible for everyone  

LSESU Award for Professional Services Staff


  • Is brilliantly organised, offers great administrative support, and communicates regularly and effectively 

  • Continuously works to develop and enhance your experience  

  • Thinks about building community within your department and provides you with social opportunities 

  • Listens to and acts upon your feedback, for example the feedback given by Academic Representatives at SSLC  

  • Offers you advice and support when needed 

LSESU Award for PhD Supervision

  • Is invested in your research and personal and professional development 

  • Balances supportive supervision with fostering your independence and intellectual curiosity  

  • Provides regular, constructive and focused feedback enabling you to develop your research, knowledge, and skills 

  • Supports you in your professional development by sharing contacts, networks and academic opportunities 

  • Fosters a sense of belonging, by integrating you into departmental and disciplinary communities 

LSESU Award for student voice and partnership

  • Offers frequent and timely opportunities for you to provide feedback on your experience within a course, programme or department 

  • Responds openly to your feedback, and is willing to make changes to improve your experience (or the experience of future students) 

  • Effectively communicates what changes have been made, or the reasons why suggested changes were not possible 

  • Takes a collaborative approach to teaching by giving you opportunities to shape your learning (as an individual or a class) 

  • Empowers you to get involved with projects/initiatives to enhance your learning, or your wider experience, in your course, programme or department. 

  • You may nominate academic staff or any other member of staff in the School 

LSESU Award for outstanding Teaching

  • Provides exceptional teaching that is forward thinking and utilises engaging teaching methods 

  • Transforms the way you see your field of study, by challenging existing theories, and offering exciting and new perspectives on the curriculum or subject  

  • Is willing to go beyond traditional methods of teaching delivery to ensure you understand the subject matter and develop useful skills  

  • Integrates opportunities for you to engage with and/or carry out research as part of the curriculum  

  • Effectively incorporates technology and multimedia resources into their teaching practices  

  • Includes innovative assessment options in their course(s)  

LSESU Award for Educating for impact 

  • Empowers you to think critically, innovatively, and insightfully, applying principles from your academic experience across LSE and the wider world to your learning 

  • Develops your strengths as a Social Scientist, to contribute to the betterment of society  

  • Invests in your community and helps you get more actively involved with education-related opportunities across the School 

  • Supports you to take action towards sustainability, inclusivity, and diversity so that LSE works for everyone 

LSESU Award for Departmental Excellence

  • Is brilliantly organised and has great administrative support  

  • Engages and interacts effectively, fostering a great departmental community  

  • Provides opportunities for you to network and socialise with other students in your department outside of the classroom 

  • Listens to and acts upon student feedback, for example the feedback given by Academic Representatives at Student Staff Liaison Committees (SSLC)  

  • Has excellent welfare and pastoral support services  

  • Puts diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything they do  

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