RATE

 

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 theunion@stir.ac.uk

RATE Awards 2017 - winners!

Huge congrats to our winners, runners up and honourable mentions at the RATE 2017 Awards. See below for the full list. Photos from the evening can be viewed here

If you weren't able to attend and wish to collect your certificate or trophy, please email theunion@stir.ac.uk

Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Winner

Angus Vine

Runner-Up

Katherine Halsey

Honourable Mention

Beatriz Bassu

Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Health Sciences & Sport

Winner

Jennifer Young

Runner-Up

Pete Coffee

Honourable Mention

Cari Malcolm

Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Winner

Eoin O’Sullivan

Runner-Up

Charles Pain

Honourable Mention

Trevor Telfer

Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Social Sciences

Winner

Dalene Swanson

Runner-Up

Sarah Wilson

Honourable Mention

Beth Cairns

Excellence in Teaching in the Stirling Management School

Winner

Christine Wilson

Runner-Up

Alan Goodacre

Honourable Mention

Dimitrios Kolyperas

Fantastic Feedback Award

Winner

Charlotte McPherson

Runner-Up

Joe Higgins

Honourable Mention

Frans de Vries

Outstanding Admin Award

Winner

Virginia Respinger

Runner-Up

Allison Butler

Honourable Mention

Barbara Kettlewell

Exceptional Student Support Award

Winner

Darren Matheson

Runner-Up

Clare Kennedy

Honourable Mention

Kathleen Stoddart

Outstanding Professional Mentoring & Personal Development Award

Winner

Alison Jasper

Runner-Up

Maria Fotopoulou

Honourable Mention

Pauline Keith

Innovation in Postgraduate Teaching Award

Winner

Roger Watt

Runner-Up

Kevin Campbell

Honourable Mention

Nils Bunnefeld

Research Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year Award

Winner

Markus Kittler

Runner-Up

Tessa Parkes

Honourable Mention

Angus Hunter

I ♥ My Tutor Award

Winner

Alisdair Dobie

Runner-Up

Hannah Buchannan-Smith

Honourable Mention

Dimos Kambouroudis

Faculty of the Year

Winner

Stirling Management School

Runner-Up

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Honourable Mention

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Student Service of the Year

Winner

Information Services

Runner-Up

Student Money Advice & Welfare Service

Honourable Mention

Careers & Employability Services

Course Rep of the Year Winner Marie Costardi Marok

Faculty Officer of the Year

Winner

Kelsey Blemings

Runner-Up

Suzanne Buiter

Honourable Mention

Jenny Brass

Santander Outstanding Achievement Award

Winner

Maureen Egan

Runner-Up

Clare Wilson

Honourable Mention

Alan Somerville

 

 

 

RATE is kindly sponsored by Santander.

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