Vice-Chancellor's Education Awards 2022

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Applications for the Education Awards 2022 have now closed. Award winners will be announced in late September

Following the success of the inaugural Vice-Chancellor's Education Awards in 2020, the Education Awards will again take place in 2022.

The biennial Vice-Chancellor’s Education Awards are designed to celebrate and showcase educational activity at Oxford that has a clear and demonstrable impact upon the educational experience of our students.

The Education Awards in 2022 will provide an opportunity to celebrate high-quality education across the collegiate university - recognising new and innovative approaches to teaching, and the steps being taken by individuals and teams to further Oxford’s exceptional educational experience for our students. This includes curriculum design/redesign, projects to understand and improve student learning experiences, and the introduction of innovative technologies for educational aims.

Applications close at 12noon (BST) on Monday 25 April 2022, and must be submitted via this MS Form

The awards ceremony will be held at Worcester College on Thursday 29 September 2022.

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Applications that showcase excellence in the following five themes are encouraged (but not limited to):

  1. Diversifying assessment
  2. Student-staff partnerships
  3. Race and equality in the curriculum
  4. Flexible and inclusive teaching
  5. Digital education.

The judging panel will review each application against two criteria:

  1. The value and impact of the educational activity/s
  2. Evidence of collaborative working across Oxford. 

Applications are encouraged from:

  • individuals
  • multi-disciplinary teams
  • teams that span academic, professional, support and administrative services
  • teams that span career stages (eg from early career to senior roles).  
  • teams that include students as consultants, co-designers, and/or collaborative partners.

If applicable, you may wish to highlight a core team who initiated, designed and/or carried out, and/or evaluated the initiative and a wider group who made a contribution but to a less significant extent.

If a team submission, a minimum of two and a maximum of nine names (plus the team lead) are permitted to be included on the application form, but further contributions can be acknowledged in your description of the approach to working.

There is no limitation on the job and student roles that might be included. For example, academic, professional services, support staff, administrative staff and students may all be named as part of the team, or as main contact.

    Applications are welcome from all parts of the collegiate university and are invited from individuals and teams teaching or supporting student learning across Oxford.

      Applications must be completed and submitted by the individual or team which undertook the educational activity. If you know of an individual or team which deserves an award, please encourage them to apply.

      Applications must be submitted via this MS Form no later than 12noon (BST) on Monday 25 April 2022.

      All submissions will be acknowledged with an email receipt.

      Late submissions will not be included in the judging process.

      Applications that exceed any of the section word limits by more than 10% will be judged to have not met the eligibility criteria and will not be included in the judging process.

      • Educational activity/s eligible for nomination include all forms of education including outreach, undergraduate and graduate taught degrees, research degrees, programmes for matriculated and non-matriculated students, college initiatives, skills and development training, etc.
      • Educational activity/ which are at the design stage cannot be nominated for the awards, but leaders of such work are advised to explore if their idea might be entered for project funding from a relevant division.  
      • Educational activity/s which have previously received funding from divisional awards, or any other funding source are eligible for the awards, provided they have reached a stage at which their impact can be evidenced.
      • Applicants should ensure that the educational aspect(s) of the activity/s which is being entered for the awards are made clear within the application. The judging panel may decide not to shortlist or award submissions that do not clearly make this case.
      • A member of a team or a lead applicant may be nominated for, and/or may self-nominate for a divisional award in the same year as they are part of a nomination for a Vice-Chancellor’s Education Award.

      The judging panel comprises:

      • the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education)
      • an education representative from each academic division
      • an education representative from the Department for Continuing Education
      • a representative from the libraries
      • two representatives from the Student Union, and
      • a former winner of a Vice-Chancellor's Education Award.

      In exceptional circumstances, a member of the panel may nominate another substitute with appropriate expertise and standing.

      The lead contact person for each application will be notified if they have been short-listed for an award by 31 July 2022.

      All those who have been shortlisted will be invited to the awards ceremony at Worcester College on Thursday 29 September 2022 (3-5pm), and should ensure they have reserved the date in their diaries.

      Award winners will be announced at the ceremony.

      The judging panel will provide feedback on all unsuccessful applications.

      If you have any queries about the Vice-Chancellor's Education Awards 2022, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

      Do you know about the other Vice-Chancellor's Awards for 2022? Find out more about the awards for innovation and engagement (staff only), diversity (staff and students) and environmental sustainability (staff and students). 


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