Vice-Chancellor's Awards

We recognise and celebrate outstanding members of the Bath Spa community.

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In partnership with the Students' Union, the VC Awards aim to recognise outstanding individual and team achievements at our University. The awards take place annually, with nominations generally opening in the new year and closing in spring. The winners are announced at the awards ceremony in the summer. 

Everyone at Bath Spa can nominate staff members and students that they feel have made outstanding contributions to the University community. Each nomination will be assessed by an awards panel comprising staff from across the University, Sabbatical Officers from the Students' Union and student representatives.

Award categories

Staff can submit a nomination for the following categories: 

Colleague of the Year

Awarded to a member of staff who has enhanced a culture of respect, engagement and integrity in the University through their enjoyment of work and their promotion of friendliness and collegiality.

This award focuses on the attributes of the person rather than the job role that they perform. This award is open to any member of staff from the University or Students' Union, regardless of team or role.

There will be six finalists and two winners for this award – a winner from academic staff and a winner from professional services (including Students' Union) staff.

Manager of the Year

Awarded to a member of staff who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and management, which is reinforced by excellent results in their area of responsibility.

Any individual that has a formal responsibility for other staff members can be nominated in this category, this includes staff from the Students' Union. Nominations are welcomed from those who lead teams both large and small, operating at all levels of the University.

There will be six finalists and two winners for this award – a winner from academic staff and a winner from professional services (including Students' Union) staff.

Team of the Year

Awarded to a team of staff who have made a significant contribution to the overall success of the University during the past year.

The nomination for this award will need to demonstrate how the team goes beyond 'business as usual', consistently delivers best practice, and is ready to innovate, keen to improve and make a difference to the University. It might be that this team has met a challenge head on and improved the way they work or the service they offer as a result.

There will be six finalists and two winners for this award – a winner from academic staff and a winner from professional services (including Students' Union) staff.

Student of the Year

Awarded to a student who exemplifies the University’s graduate attributes. There will be eight winners – one for each school of study.

Please note the nominations for this award are made within each School of Study and then carefully selected by the Head of School.

Academic Impact

This award recognises the impact students have had on the learning experience; whether that be as a Rep, working to improve the course, supporting other students or campaigning for resources.

It recognises students who have worked to create conditions to make studying at Bath Spa the best it can be. 

Impact on Student Life

This award recognises the work that students do for the lives of others outside of their studies.

It recognises the work students have done supporting you and/or others throughout student life such as housing, friendships, life changing experiences, settling in, inspiring and supporting others.

Community Impact

This award recognises students who have made a difference to their community.

It recognises volunteers, fundraisers, and people who campaign on behalf of those in need. This award recognises inspirational students who put others before themselves, bring the community together and make a difference. 

New for 2020: Unsung hero/heroine

Awarded to a member of staff who quietly makes a significant impact to the success and day to day running of the University. This award is for any member of University staff who deserves recognition for their hard work. 

There will be six finalists and two winners for this award – a winner from academic staff and a winner from professional services (including Students' Union) staff.

Students can submit nominations for the following categories: 

Lecturer of the Year

Awarded to a member of staff who has, in the opinion of the student nominators, demonstrated outstanding and inspirational teaching.

This might be evidenced in a number of ways, for example through innovative teaching methods, creating an inclusive learning community, challenging students to develop new skills, knowledge and abilities, embedding social responsibility and global issues into the curriculum.

Supervisor of the Year

Awarded to a postgraduate supervisor who has, in the opinion of the student nominators, demonstrated outstanding and inspirational research supervision.

Outstanding Support

Awarded to a member of staff who has, in the opinion of the student nominators, demonstrated outstanding support and going above and beyond to enhance the experience for students.

This might be evidenced in a number of ways, for example through technical support provided, support for student wellbeing, careers advice, library and learning support, advice and support provided by a member of staff from the Students' Union, service in the catering outlets etc. The nominee can be any member of University or Students' Union staff.

Academic Impact

This award recognises the impact students have had on the learning experience; whether that be as a Rep, working to improve the course, supporting other students or campaigning for resources.

It recognises students who have worked to create conditions to make studying at Bath Spa the best it can be. 

Impact on Student Life

This award recognises the work that students do for the lives of others outside of their studies. It recognises the work students have done supporting you and/or others throughout student life such as housing, friendships, life changing experiences, settling in, inspiring and supporting others.

Community Impact

This award recognises students who have made a difference to their community. It recognises volunteers, fundraisers, people who campaign on behalf of those in need.

This award recognises inspirational students who put others before themselves, bring the community together and make a difference. 

New for 2020: Student Champion of the Year

Awarded to a member staff who has shown commitment to championing the student voice and making positive changes at Bath Spa University. This could be a member of staff from the Students' Union or a member of staff from within the University that you believe has collected and acted on student feedback to make positive changes. 

 

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