Nominations are now closed.

The Recognising and Advancing Teaching Excellence (RATE) Award scheme was first introduced by Stirling Students' Union in 2010.  RATE was born from the Union's desire to recognise the excellent quality of teaching at the University of Stirling and to provide students with the opportunity to identify areas of good practice within their learning experience.

The awards have continued to grow in success and popularity since their introduction. In 2017, we received over 1,300 nominations, resulting in the nomination of 420 academic and professional staff to be nominated for an award. Those 1,300+ nominations showed that our students value the support that they are given by professional and academic staff, as well as the time that they dedicated to students. Engaging students in course material, through innovative lecture styles, was found to be at the heart of good practice for our students.

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. 

The RATE awards depend on student nominations. Your nominations are used to inform the University about what you, as a student body, consider to be the best methods of teaching. They are also used to identify any necessary improvements in learning and teaching at the University. RATE is intended to empower students to be co-creators in their learning & teaching experience through feeding back about their learning experience at Stirling.

If you would like to know more about RATE, please email Amy Eberlin, our Democracy & Research Coordinator.

RATE Awards 2018 - shortlist!

The final shortlist has been announced!

Those shortlisted will recieve an email inviting them to the ceremony, unfortunately as space is very limited, those not shortlisted (but still nominated) shall not be invited to attend. You will still receive your nomination information in due course for reference. 

If you have been shortlisted and haven't received your email by Friday 30th March, please email amy.eberlin@stir.ac.uk

Excellence in Teaching (Faculty) Awards

Excellence in Teaching (Arts & Humanities)

Excellence in Teaching

(Health Sciences & Sport)

Andrea Schapper

Emma Lyons

Tikus Little

Oliver Witard

Matias Margulis

Gwendoline Drysdale

Emma McLeod

Janet Smith

Frances Stewart

Andrew Kirkland

Excellence in Teaching (Natural Sciences)

Excellence in Teaching (Social Sciences)

David Cairns

Sarah Wilson

Matthew Tinsley

William Munro

Savi Maharaj

Jane Callaghan

Jessica Enright

Nicola Ewing

David Copplestone

Vicki McCall

Excellence in Teaching

(Stirling Management School)


Kevin Campbell

Paul Marnie

Lorraine Fergusson

Tanya Wilson

Kenneth Thomson

Institution-Wide Awards

Innovation in PG Teaching

PGR Supervisor of the Year

Amir Hussain

Leah Macaden

Regina Serpe

Mark Priestley

Giuseppe Paladini

Cate Watson

Alasdair Rutherford

Richard Quilliam

Andrew Haas

Nicola Cunningham

Outstanding Mentoring & Guidance

Innovation in Online Module Content

Douglas Robertson

Roger Watt

Craig Fitzgerald

Terrie-Lynn Thompson

Mirko Moro

Alasdair Rutherford

Gwendoline Drysdale

Graeme Acheson

Lynda Grant

Charles Paine

Best Tutor Award

Fantastic Feedback

Christina Johnson

David Griffiths

Tom Collins

Sarah Smith

Jennifer Young

Duncan Hotchkiss

Peter Lynch

Fraser McQueen

Gwendoline Drysdale

Beatriz Basso

Exceptional Student Support

Outstanding Admin

Tom Kowalski

Xiaomei Wang

Derek Hodge

Gemma Gardiner

Marion Bowie

Jo Haggerty

Fiona Harris

Lynne Black

Jean Scotland

Barbara Kettlewell

Santander Outstanding Achievement

Faculty of the Year

Charles Paine

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Roger Watt

Faculty of Health Sciences & Sport

Tessa Parkes

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Dolores McCloskey-Webb

Faculty of Social Sciences

George Findlay

Stirling Management School

Student Service of the Year


Careers & Employability Services

Library & Information Services

Accommodation Services

Student Learning Services

Accessibility & Inclusion

Student Officer of the Year - to be announced on the night!


RATE is kindly sponsored by Santander.

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University of Stirling Students' Union
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The University of Stirling

email: theunion@stir.ac.uk
phone: 01786 467166

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