RATE Awards: Internationally recognised, ELIR endorsed and sector-leading!


The Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence (RATE) Award scheme was first introduced by Stirling Students' Union in 2010.  The need for such a scheme came from the Unions’ desire to recognise the excellent quality of teaching that is taking place at the University of Stirling, and to offer students the opportunity to let the teachers they admire and appreciate know how valued they are.  We also wanted to ensure we had a mechanism in place to affect change and improve the Learning and Teaching experience at Stirling, based on the experiences of current students.

The awards have continued to grow in success and popularity since introduced; to date, we have received 4,378 individual student nominations.   In 2016, we received the highest number of nominations ever with 1,273.  In the category 'I <3 My Tutor Award’, 323 nominations were received for 167 different members of staff; a staggering increase in the number of individual staff being nominated for such a sought after award.  We also saw an increase from 2015 of 97% across our 'Excellence in School Awards, and since our inception, we have seen an increase of 150% overall in the number of nominations received across the Institution.  

With our help and support, University of Stirling staff members have been able to go forward for National Learning and Teaching awards: in 2014, May McCreddie (School of Health Sciences) was shortlisted for the Most Innovative Teacher of the Year Award at the Times Higher Education Awards, using the qualitive data we had received from the RATE Awards as their evidence, and 2016 Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year winner, David Lavaelle (School of Sport) went forward for the THES Outstanding Research Supervisor Award. 

Our RATE Awards are internationally recognised, and presentations on our scheme have been delivered across the UK and in America, most recently at the ACUI Region VIII International Conference in New Hampshire.

In the University of Stirling's recent ELIR III, RATE was identified as an area of positive practice with reviewers commenting; "RATE incorporates a number of positive features including every member of staff nominated for an award being provided with written feedback on the reasons for their nomination. The awards are also linked to the annual learning and teaching conference which provides an opportunity to celebrate and share good practice."

The RATE awards depend on student nominations so we can tell the University what the best methods of teaching are, and so we know where improvements are needed, and recognition deserved. RATE empowers students to be co-creators of their learning & teaching experience by facilitating a positive environment to shape excellent learning and teaching practices through their feedback. 

Read our RATE 2016 Report here

If you would like to know more about RATE, please email Stef Black, Policy & Research Coordinator, who manages the RATE Awards. 

RATE Awards 2017

Rate nominations are now closed.

The winners will be announced at the Rate Awards, April 19th and will be posted here.

RATE is kindly sponsored by Santander.

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