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 supporting staff members and Faculty Officers.

The awards have continued to grow in success and popularity since their introduction. On average, we recieve over 1,300 nominations, resulting in the nomination of 420 academic and professional staff to be nominated for an award. Those nominations show that our students value the support that they are given by academic staff, support staff, and Faculty Officers, as well as the time that they dedicate to 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, student engagement, and student support. They are also used to identify any necessary improvements in learning and teaching, and student support 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.


nominations open for 2021

Nominate via your portal here! If you have any questions about how to nominate, please contact rosamund.vickers@stir.ac.uk

Awards Categories 2020-2021

Student Service of the Year

Innovation in Online Connection 

Faculty Officer of the Year

Faculty of the Year

Best Tutor Award

Fantastic Feedback Award

Research Postgradaute Supervisor of the Year

Innovation in Postgraduate Teaching Award

Outstanding Admin Award

Excellence in teaching in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Excellence in teaching in the Faculty of Social Sciences

Excellence in teaching in the Faculty of Health Science and Sport

Excellence in teaching in the Faculty of Natural Science

Excellence in teaching in the Stirling Management School

Excellence in teaching in INTO

Outstanding Support Award

Dedication to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Dedication to Sustainability

Dedication to Online Accessibility and Inclusion

Kate Howie Lifetime Achievement Award (awarded by the Students' Union)


winners & runners up 2020

You can watch the awards presentation video below or check out the full list of winners and runners up. Congratulations everyone! 


You can also view our final report from the RATE Awards 2019 by clicking the image below.


This project was partially funded thanks to the philanthropic support of staff, alumni and friends via the Stirling Fund