Higher Education Teaching Award


The Higher Education Teaching Award recognises outstanding teaching skills and/or development of innovative materials/methods in higher education, resulting in a strong impact on students.


2016 Winner

Dr Suzanne Fergus

Higher Education Teaching Award 2016 Winner

Dr Suzanne Fergus, University of Hertfordshire


General information


  • Run annually
  • The winner receives 2000, a medal and a certificate
  • The winner will complete a UK lecture tour
  • The winner will be chosen by the Education Division Awards Committee         

Guidelines for Nominators


  • Nominations open on 01 October
  • Nominations close on 16 January 
  • Only RSC Members can nominate for this award
  • Nominees may NOT nominate themselves
  • This award is open to nominees based in the UK or internationally
  • There are no age restrictions associated with this award
  • When nominating previous RSC prize or award winners, please remember that a person cannot be awarded twice for substantially the same body of work

To make a nomination please use our online awards nominations system  to submit the following:

  • Your name, contact details, and membership number (please contact the RSC Membership team if you do not know your membership details)
  • The nominee's name and contact details 
  • An up to date CV for the nominee (no longer than one A4 side, 11pt text) which should include their date of birth, summary of education and career, breadth of teaching experience and relevant publications (if applicable)
  • A supporting statement (up to 4500 characters, not including spaces) addressing the selection criteria
  • A short citation describing what the nominee should be awarded for. This must be no longer than 250 characters (not including spaces) and ideally no longer than one sentence
  • References are not required for this award and will not be accepted

Selection Criteria for RSC Awards


Our selection committees base their evaluations primarily on the overall quality of relevant contributions made by nominees and not simply on quantitative measures.

The selection committee(s) will consider the following aspects of all nominations for scientific research Awards as appropriate:

  • Originality of research
  • Impact of research
  • Quality of publications and/or patents and/or software
  • Innovation
  • Professional standing
  • Collaborations and teamwork
  • Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator   

Education Division Awards Committee


  • Gareth Price, University of Bath (Chair)    
  • Simon Lancaster, University of East Anglia
  • Peter Banks, The Purcell School 
  • Sheila Donegan, Waterford Institute of Technology
  • Karon Buck, Medway University Technical College 

Previous Winners

Higher Education Teaching Award Previous Winners

2000 - present

History of the Award


The RSC Higher Education Teaching Award was established in 2001. 


Submit your nomination

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Contact and Further Information

Awards
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 420066