The National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology 2018
This award is intended to highlight and celebrate outstanding practice/innovative teaching in Criminology across HEIs in the UK and it is supported by the British Society of Criminology, the HEA, and SAGE who sponsor the annual prize. Applications are welcomed from individuals or small clusters of teaching staff who can be early career or well as established academics and/or Criminology/Criminal Justice Teaching Teams.
Applicants can be self-nominated but nominations will also be accepted by academic colleagues for a learning and teaching practice they feel should be recognised. The criteria for nominations have been informed by the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning.
The winner/s of the award will be announced and the prize presented at the annual BSC Conference. However, the BSC reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year if the submissions received do not clearly identify what it is that is particularly outstanding or innovative in the delivery of teaching and learning in the applicant’s Criminology and/or Criminal Justice Module/Programme. It should also be understood that this award is not to ratify or support the rigour of a Criminology/Criminal Justice Programme – that is already covered in-house by University Quality Assurance requirements and External Examination process. Programme applications are therefore discouraged and particular aspects of innovation within programmes encouraged. It is about identifying, acknowledging and disseminating ‘excellence’ in relation to learning and teaching; something that we can all learn from. Therefore, the focus of your applications should be clearly evidenced on specific practice.
Each nomination must be accompanied by a covering letter, countersigned by the Head of Department/Head of Learning and Teaching (or equivalent), together with a short overview of no more than 2000 words explaining the learning experience and how this not only meets the UK Professional Standards Framework but why it is significant and how it represents excellence. Supporting evidence is also required and this can be in the form of statements from a colleague, peer review report, and if applicable student feedback/comments.
Application forms can be downloaded from the link below:
In order to make the award available to those teaching criminology across the academy, eligibility for the award is not restricted to BSC members but nominations from non-members will have to be accompanied by a letter of support from a BSC member and the award winner will be encouraged to become a member prior to the presentation of the prize.
Entries should be submitted by 12th February 2018 to Suzanne.email@example.com and T.Miles-Berry@shu.ac.uk
The Awards Panel will require evidence that the applicant’s submission meets the QAA Criminology Benchmarks for Learning and Teaching and should therefore include at least one of the following areas:
- The use of innovative teaching strategies to make a positive contribution to learning and teaching of criminology that is flexible and inclusive in mode of delivery
- The clear demonstration of an approach that enhances the teaching and learning experience to that which would normally be expected
- The incorporation of criminological research, scholarship and/or professional practice into teaching that is centred around skill building and self-development
- The development of a teaching strategy to meet the needs of a diverse student population including diverse political, cultural and social contexts
- Inclusive teaching practices which encourage collegiality and provide varied contexts for learning
- Commitment to the development of autonomy and critical thinking skills in students within criminology
- Teaching practice that is clearly grounded in the academic literature on pedagogy in HEIs.
The L&T Committee will determine the eligibility of submitted proposals, select a shortlist, which will then be passed to the judges who will decide the winning entry.
The award, sponsored by Sage, consists of £100, plus £100 worth of SAGE books. Winners of the award will be invited to write a full paper for future publication in the BSC Journal Criminology and Criminal Justice, which will be subject to the Journal’s normal editorial and peer review processes. The winner will also be invited to write a short article for the BSC and HEA newsletters.
The Awards Panel reserves the right not to make the award, in the event that the standard of submissions is not deemed sufficient
If you have any questions about the application, please get in touch with us.
Suzanne Young, Senior Lecturer in Criminology: Leeds Beckett University
Tanya Miles-Berry, Principal Lecturer in Criminology: Sheffield Hallam University
Dr Linda Asquith
Dr Martyn Chamberlain
Dr Michael Fiddler
Dr Liz Frondigoun
Dr Nic Groombridge
Dr Mathew Jones
Dr Phil Johnson
Dr Andrew Newton
Dr Helen Nichols
Dr Suzanne Young
Professor John Craig, Leeds Beckett University
Professor Stephen Case, Loughborough University
Dr Mary Corcoran, Keele University