The Goldsmiths Student-Led Teaching Awards aim to celebrate outstanding teaching and the staff members who make Goldsmiths what it is. Students can nominate any University staff member, either academic or non-academic, in four distinct categories, including inspiring teaching, use of contemporary research, and non-academic staff going above and beyond for students.
All nominations will be considered by a panel of students and the overall winners will be announced at the July Graduation ceremonies.
Criteria For Awards
There are four awards available, so four separate categories. They are:
Category One: Challenging or Inspiring Teaching
This can be for a lecturer, seminar, workshop or class leader who encourages self-learning, debate and critical thinking amongst students, whether that’s through their extensive knowledge of the subject, challenging perspective, engaging style, or simply their keenness to teach.
Category Two: Outstanding Use of Research in Teaching
This is for an academic staff member (including postgraduate students who teach) who have involved students in their research, this could be through teaching their research to students or involving students in the practical element of their research.
Category Three: Compelling or Diverse Curriculum Content
This award is for an academic department and is related to the content of teaching and curriculum. It can be for compelling course content, diverse content, or both of the above.
One of the key campaigns of Goldsmiths Students' Union recently has been 'Diversifying the Curriculum', aimed at taking academia beyond an outdated and Eurocentric canon. Therefore, this category can be awarded to a Programme you feel is representative of the student body (e.g. an ethnically diverse list of authors in the reading list) or course content that excites, interests and compels you to be fascinated by the subject you are learning about.
Special Non-Teaching Category Four: Non-Academic or Support Staff Member Who Has Gone Above and Beyond
This is an award for a support, administrative or professional services (non-academic) staff member who has consistently gone above and beyond the call of duty to help and support the student body. This can be awarded to non-teaching staff within and outside of academic departments.