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. This has now expanded to include recognition and celebration of the support not only academic staff provide, but also professional services, support staff and Student Representatives.

The awards have continued to grow in success and popularity since their introduction. Nominations are an opportunity for students to thank staff for their hard work and show that our students value the support that they are given by academic staff, support staff, professional services and student reps, as well as the time that they dedicate to students' professional and personal growth.

RATE Awards 2023

In 2023, we received over 450 nominations, which were reviewed by our Student Shortlisting Panel to decide the shortlist and winners. Thank you to everyone who attended the RATE Awards Ceremony on the 22nd of May 2023, and congratulations to all nominees!


Student Service of the Year

Accessibility & Inclusion (Disability Support), Careers & Employability Service, Counselling & Wellbeing, Library and Information Services and Student Services Hub

Honourable Mentions: Careers & Employability Service and Library and Information Services

Winner: Student Services Hub


Outstanding Commitment to Innovation in Blended Learning

Debbie Waddell, Flora Rendell-Bhatti, Catherine Bradley, Robert Webb and Saihong Li

Honourable Mentions: Robert Webb and Saihong Li

Winner: Flora Rendell-Bhatti


Faculty Officer of the Year

Alex Graham, Gellert Turkevi-Nagy, Liam Wray, Mairi Calderwood and Sara Brandt

Honourable Mentions: Liam Wray and Sara Brandt

Winner: Alex Graham


Faculty of the Year

Arts and Humanities, Health Sciences and Sports and Natural Sciences

Honourable Mentions: Arts and Humanities and Natural Sciences

Winner: Health Sciences and Sports


Tutor of the Year

Ciaran McFadden, Ela Hamer, Gary Wilson, Sally Fraser, Staci Rowlison

Honourable Mentions: Gary Wilson and Staci Rowlison

Winner: Ela Hamer


Research Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year Award

Andrew Smith, Anna Bobak, Robert Webb, Saihong Li and Tom Bradwell.

Honourable Mentions: Andrew Smith and Anna Bobak

Winner: Tom Bradwell


Excellence in Teaching in the Stirling Management School

Hector Gutierrez Rufrancos, Isaac Tabner, Kirstine Collins, Sean (Alan) Somerville and Till Stowasser

Honourable Mentions: Till Stowasser and Kirstine Collins

Winner: Isaac Tabner


Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Damian Etone, Leslie Dodd, Peter Baker, Thomas Marsden and Tracy Kirk

Honourable Mentions: Peter Baker and Tracy Kirk

Winner: Damian Etone


Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Social Sciences

Ian McIntosh, Lorele Mackie, Louise McCabe, Sarah Wilson and Vikki McCall

Honourable Mentions: Lorele Mackie and Sarah Wilson

Winner: Vikki McCall


Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Health Sciences & Sport

Ela Hamer, Sara Rodriguez- Martin, Stephen Macdonald, Thomas Burns and Thomas Di Virgilio

Honourable Mentions: Ela Hamer and Thomas Di Virgilio

Winner: Sara Rodriguez- Martin


Excellence in Teaching in the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Brad Duthie, Carol Jasper, Jenson Lim, Flora Rendell-Bhatti, and Jason Adair

Honourable Mentions: Jenson Lim and Carol Jasper

Winner: Brad Duthie


Excellence in Teaching in INTO

John Heuston, Katy Forrest, Oyindamola Jacks, Patrick Thomas and Richard Larkham

Honourable Mentions: Katy Forrest and Patrick Thomas

Winner: John Heuston


Professional Services and Support Staff Of the Year

Amy Carr, Chris Gibson, George Findlay, Lisa Watterson and Pauline Darnbrough

Honourable Mentions: Chris Gibson and George Findlay

Winner: Pauline Darnbrough


Outstanding Commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Alan Law, Craig Anderson, Patricia Robertson, Peter Matthews and Saihong Li

Honourable Mentions: Patricia Robertson and Peter Matthews

Winner: Saihong Li


Outstanding Commitment to Sustainability

Amy Gove-Kaney, Charlotte Forbes, Craig Anderson, Isobel Anderson and Johannes Schamp

Honourable Mentions: Isobel Anderson and Johannes Schamp

Winner: Charlotte Forbes


Outstanding Commitment to Accessibility and Inclusion in Blended Learning

Carol Marshall, David Rolinson, Nikolaos Papadogiannis, Pauline Darnbrough and Verity Flower

Honourable Mentions: Pauline Darnbrough and Carol Marshal

Winner: Nikolaos Papadogiannis


In addition to the awards above which were all nominated by students, we have two awards which are awarded directly by the Students' Union:


Kate Howie Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Leigh Sparks


VP Education's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Academic Education

Winner: David Telford

Picture of all RATE Award Winners.