Academic Awards

The Aston SU Academic Awards 2020



Aston Academics and staff make your university experience, and they deserve recognition for the impact that they have on the lives of students at Aston. But it's not just staff who work hard to change your academic experience for the better; Student Reps play a key role in ensuring that students are active partners in their education. The Aston Students' Union Academic Awards are a perfect opportunity to say thank you to those staff and students who make your experience at Aston memorable.

The Academic Awards 2020 was due to take place on Tuesday 28 April in the Upstairs SU hall however due to the current COVID-19 situation has been cancelled.  The Awards will still be acknowledged digitally.
You are welcome to submit as many nominations as you like; however, remember that nominations are judged on quality, not quantity, so you should spend time making sure your nomination is as detailed and convincing as possible.
Submit a nomination to be in with the chance of winning a £50 Amazon voucher, or one of five £10 Amazon vouchers!




Click on the categories to read more about them and to submit your nomination.

Staff Awards

Personal tutor

In this category, we are looking for nominations for personal tutors who have gone above and beyond in helping their tutees to grow as people. They might have helped you to realise your academic strengths, or encouraged you to recognise your areas for improvement. They might have provided extra support in accessing academic and non-academic services across the university, helped with choosing a module or placement, or offered advice for career and personal development.
If your personal tutor has helped you to achieve your potential this year, then nominate them for this award!

Feedback & Development

High quality feedback is an essential part of your progress throughout university. Good feedback doesn’t just show you what you did right or wrong, but gives pointers that make it clear how you can progress and improve on your work. It encourages you to reflect on your current knowledge and motivates you to do even better in your next assignments. This can be done in all sorts of engaging ways.
In this category, we are looking for nominations for Aston staff who excel in some or all of the following areas:

• Providing clear and detailed feedback that is easy to understand

• Using innovative methods to keep feedback engaging

• Giving students a clear picture of what is needed to be done to improve.

Innovation Award

This award is for academic staff who do things differently.
Maybe your lecturer has an interesting approach that makes you see things in a different way - or perhaps they use technology in a way that helps you progress. Whatever they do, the best word to describe their approach is innovative. In this category, we are looking for nominations for Aston staff who excel in some or all of the following areas:

• Using unusual teaching methods to increase interest from students

• Using technology to encourage participation and reflection from diverse groups of students

• Accommodating different learning styles in their teaching

Inspiring Teaching

Does your lecturer’s passion for their subject come across in their teaching? Do they make you eager to challenge yourself and learn more? Perhaps they push you to debate your ideas and back up your claims in your contact hours, or simply make their content come alive through their teaching.

In this category, we are looking for nominations for Aston staff who excel in some or all of the following areas:

• Putting student engagement and interaction at the heart of their teaching

• Instilling passion for their subject into students

• Encouraging students to explore areas of learning beyond the confines of the lecture

Research or Dissertation Supervisor

If you are working on an extended research or practical project, then your supervisor can offer valuable insight into areas of your subject area that makes your work stand out. An outstanding supervisor might direct you to literature you haven’t considered before, encourage you to critically examine your methodology and research questions, and keep you motivated, even when you reach ‘dissertation hell’ and are tempted to give in! If your supervisor has been invaluable in helping you progress in your project, then nominate them for this award!

Non-Academic Staff

Aston University needs more than lecturers to carry on being the outstanding institution that it is. Hundreds of staff work behind the scenes to ensure your timetables are correct, your computers are working correctly, your library is well stocked, and that you have the help that you need if something goes wrong. If there is a member of Aston staff who isn’t an academic, but has gone out of their way to provide an excellent service for you, or you think that they deserve recognition for the consistently high quality service that they provide, then nominate them for this award.

Student-Staff Partnership Award

As a student, you have a say in how your university works. Any issues that you have deserve to be taken seriously. In this category, we are looking for nominations for Aston staff who recognise the importance of the student voice at Aston. They take students’ feedback on board, and are committed to working with students to make changes that enhance the student experience. They are open to new ideas and value students’ input as much as they do that of academics. If you know an academic who has consistently shown that they're willing to listen to the student voice, and to make changes based on students' opinions, nominate them for this award!

Rep Awards

Student Reps - Dedication Award

In this category, we are looking for nominations for Student Representatives who have done outstanding work this year in representing their fellow students, regularly going the extra mile to ensure that their coursemates know where to go if they have feedback about their course, following up on action points, and closing the feedback loop so all students know that their feedback is being acted upon. They attend as many relevant meetings and functions as they can, and generally show commitment to their role throughout the year.

Know a Student Rep who has put an exceptional amount of effort into their role this year? Then nominate them for this award!

Student Reps - Impact Award

In this category, we are looking for nominations for Student Representatives who have had a significant win as a result of their work as a student rep. Sometimes, changing one aspect of your academic experience can make the difference between a memorable experience and an unforgettable one.

If you know a Rep who has worked hard to identify an issue, build support and push for change, resulting in a positive change to students’ academic experience, then nominate them for this award!

Student Reps – Teamwork Award

In this category, we are looking for nominations for Student Representatives who have worked together to effect change, enhancing the student experience for themselves and their fellow students. The team could be a whole Staff-Student Committee representative team, or as few as two Student Reps who have worked together to make a change at the university.

Know some reps who work well together? Nominate them for this award!




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