University of Oxford – The Bodleian Libraries Awards Scheme for
Support of Teaching and Learning 2012
The scheme is an annual exercise for acknowledging and rewarding excellence in teaching,
the organisation of teaching, and support for teaching and learning. Awards can be made to
individuals and to teams, and the winners will be invited to receive their awards from the
Vice-Chancellor at a special Teaching Awards ceremony in Michaelmas Term.
The Bodleian Libraries has funding for awards for those staff that support student
learning, and the scheme is coordinated by the Staff Development team. A panel will be
established to judge the applications consisting of curators, senior management and
librarians. The value of the awards will be determined on consideration of the applications,
but it is anticipated that awards of up to £1,000 (taxable) will be made.
The panel will be especially interested to reward those who have made contributions of
strategic significance. In particular, the panel would especially like to hear about work that
promotes the links between research and teaching, and work to underpin students' long-
term educational development within their disciplines.
There are many other areas where applications for awards can be considered, and there is
an illustrative list at the end of this notice. Examples of sustained excellence may also be
Who can apply for the awards?
Applicants may be individuals or teams of staff who have collaborated on improving or
delivering learning support whilst employed by the Bodleian Libraries.
Can staff be nominated by their colleagues for an award?
Yes. All applications must include a testimonial or other statement of support (see below).
What form should an application take?
All applications should consist of:
i. a letter of application or nomination
ii. a case of not more than one typed page for an award
iii. statements of support (e.g. testimonials) as appropriate from colleagues, students,
faculty or department colleagues, or the line manager (endorsement by the line
manager is not a requirement)
iv. other evidence of excellence and impact.
The statements of support and other evidence (items iii and iv) should together not exceed
What criteria will be used to assess applications?
Evidence of excellence and contributions, above what is normally expected from the
post holder, that demonstrably make a difference to the quality of teaching and/or
Projects will be judged according to their perceived likely value in contributing to
improved support for teaching and learning.
The supporting statements and other evidence submitted will be viewed as important
sources of corroboration for the claims and assertions made in the applicant's case.
If the panel consider the quality of submissions is insufficient, the award may not be granted.
Applications should be submitted by 08 June 2012.
Decisions will be made and announced by 22 June 2012.
How is the application submitted?
The Bodleian Libraries Staff Development team administers the scheme, and all applications
should be submitted as Word or pdf files by e-mail directly to
email@example.com. Electronic submissions are acceptable, along with a
signed hard copy to follow.
If you have queries about the scheme, please e-mail Tamsyn Prior.
Some possible areas for applications
This list is not intended to be exhaustive; it is merely illustrative of the broad range of areas
to which learning support staff contribute, and it is intended to encourage applications in
relation to any aspect of learning support in its broadest sense.
promotion of links between research and teaching
work to underpin students' long-term educational development
improving support for graduate students
supporting innovative methods of assessment
use of IT to support student learning
support of introductory teaching and other means of educational support for
students less well prepared for Oxford
support of skills teaching (including teaching of study skills) at undergraduate or
support for research supervisors
raising students' awareness of and engagement with international research and
raising students' awareness of and engagement with industry and commerce
support for the development of new undergraduate or postgraduate courses
support for students in Colleges
support for interdisciplinary teaching and learning
improved collection and analysis of feedback from students
Address for the submission of signed hard-copy applications
Staff Development Team
Osney Mead OX2 0EW