Aston is finalist in Global Teaching Excellence Awards

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14 July 2017

  • Aston one of 27 institutions to be shortlisted as finalists for the Higher Education Academy’s first Global Teaching Excellence Awards 

An international panel of judges has shortlisted Aston University as a finalist for the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) first Global Teaching Excellence Awards (GTEA).

The award, in partnership with Times Higher Education, is open to all providers of higher education and GTEA 2017 included entries from around the world.

GTEA is awarded to an institution as a whole in recognition of institution-wide approaches to teaching excellence.

An overall winner will be announced at a ceremony in London, Monday 4 September.

Svava Bjarnason, chair of the GTEA judging panel and a former member of the World Bank Education Sector Board, said: “There were some fantastic entries for GTEA. Our panel was looking for robust evidence of excellence in three areas:  leadership, teaching and in student support.

“We found a great deal of outstanding practice in these submissions, and I believe this presents a superb opportunity for others to consider these lessons for their own institutional teaching strategies.”

“I congratulate all the finalists. And I’d also like to thank all the institutions that entered; there were some difficult decisions in selecting the final 27.”

Professor Stephanie Marshall, HEA Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted by the response to the inaugural GTEA and I add my congratulations to all the finalists. I thank the judges for their detailed work.

“The HEA’s mission is about improving learning outcomes by raising the status and quality of teaching in higher education, and these awards help do that by highlighting outstanding practice wherever it is happening in the world.”

Entries for GTEA 2018 open immediately after this year’s London award ceremony.


Notes to the editor

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University has always been a force for change. For 50 years the University has been transforming lives through pioneering research, innovative teaching and graduate employability success. True to Aston’s Coat of Arms which bears the word ‘Forward’, in 2016 Aston held a year-long anniversary celebration to recognise its heritage and achievements, but with a focus to drive forward the next stage in the University’s exciting journey.

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