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What is it for?

The Professional Practice Innovation Commendation is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated an approach that has had excellent impact on the student learning experience at Ulster University.

In particular, the individual’s contribution will be directly related to one or more of the Educational Excellence themes and priorities within the University’s strategy.

The purpose of the Commendation is to acknowledge and celebrate staff who support learning and teaching excellence and to create a proactive learning community within Ulster where effective practice is disseminated.

Unlimited Professional Practice Innovation Commendations are available with successful applicants receiving a Certificate in acknowledgement of their achievement.

Recipients will be expected to share their experience and practice with colleagues at Ulster.

Who is eligible?

  • Any member of staff who teaches or supports learning at Ulster University
  • Applicants should have achieved AFHEA, or another category of HEA fellowship, at the time of making their application.

Applicants should provide a Case Study (1000 words) on an innovation(s)/ approach(es)which make a transformative effect directly or indirectly on the Ulster student learning experience. Submissions should be endorsed by the Applicant(s) Line Manager to confirm the veracity of the claims made within the application.

How is the commendation 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 Learning Enhancement, the Awards’ Manager, representative University National Teaching Fellows and the President of UUSU.


The Assessment Panel will be looking for the following in successful submissions; applicants should:

  • Show evidence of an initiative(s) that demonstrates effective problem solving, enhancement, or innovation in L&T that aligns to themes and priorities within the University Strategy
  • Support the claim with independent evidence, such as testimonials (particularly from key stakeholders e.g. students, colleagues), supporting data and/or evidence of effectiveness and impact – (evidence should be integrated throughout the claim and contributes to the word count.)
  • Be underpinned by relevant professional knowledge base in HE learner support practice

When to apply

  • Applications should be received by next deadline TBC
  • Submission as a single PDF File via the Award Dropbox on BBL

Professional Practice Commendation Recipients



  • Heather Coleman
  • Dean Liggett
  • Keith Millar
  • William Smyth





  • Dr Priyank Shukla