What is it for?

The Early Career Educator Award is awarded to individuals who have been teaching/supporting learning in HE for five years or less and can demonstrate an outstanding contribution to learning, teaching and/or assessment practice within the University.

In particular, the individual’s contribution will be directly related to the Educational Excellence themes and priorities within the University’s strategy and will focus on an initiative that demonstrates effective problem solving, enhancement, or innovation in L&T.

The purpose of the award is to recognise, reward and celebrate our Early Career Educators in teaching/ supporting learning excellence and to create a proactive learning community within Ulster.

Up to four awards are normally available and the award of £800 to successful applicants should be used to support the recipients’ CPD in learning and teaching.

Early Career Educator Award recipients will be expected to share their experience and practice with colleagues at Ulster supported by CHERP.

Who is eligible?

Applicants should provide a 2000-word Reflective Statement and Case Study on their particular contribution to excellence in teaching/ learning support through an innovation which has had a transformative effect on student learning.

Submissions should be endorsed by the applicant’s Line Manager to confirm the veracity of the claims made within the application.

How is the award judged?

The award scheme is judged by a panel including the PVC Academic Quality and Student Experience, all Associate Dean(s) (Academic Quality and Student Experience), representatives of CHERP, the Awards’ Manager, representative University National Teaching Fellows and the President of UUSU.


The Assessment Panel will be looking for applicants’ ability to:

When to apply

Early Career Educator Excellence Award Winners

2022 Winners

2021 Winners

2019/2020 Winners

2018/2019 Winner

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