This prize recognises inspirational, innovative and dedicated people in the first five years of their career in higher education.
- Run annually
- The winner receives £3000, a medal and a certificate
- The winner will be chosen by the Education Prize Committee
2022 Early Career Prize for Excellence in Higher Education Winner
Dr Ben Pilgrim MRSC, University of Nottingham
For inspirational teaching contributions at the school-university interface, most notably through significant contributions to the UK Chemistry Olympiad.
Guidelines for nominators
- Nominations open 27 March
- Nominations close 21 June, 17:00 BST
- The prize is open to nominees working in the higher education sector in the UK or Ireland.
- Nominees should be within 5 years of starting their career in education (inclusive of any training year) at the closing date for nominations. Consideration will also be given to those who have taken career breaks, changed to a career in education or followed different career paths.
- Nominees do not need to be members of the RSC.
- Nominators do not need to be members of the RSC.
- Nominees may not nominate themselves.
- We will not consider nominations of deceased individuals.
- Nominees can only be considered for one of our individual Excellence in Education prizes in any given year. In the case where an individual is nominated for more than one prize independently, RSC staff will ask the nominee which prize they would like to be considered for.
- Individuals named in any of the following roles during the nomination and judging period are not eligible to nominate or be nominated:
- Education Prize Committee members
- RSC Subject Community Presidents
- RSC Prize Committee members
- Trustees of the Royal Society of Chemistry
- Royal Society of Chemistry staff
- When nominating previous RSC prize winners, please remember that a person cannot be awarded twice for substantially the same body of work.
- Nominees should only be nominated once for this prize in any given prize cycle. In cases where we receive more than one nomination for the same nominee, only one nomination will go forward to judging.
- Starting from the 2023 cycle, unsuccessful nominations for this prize will automatically rollover to the next prize cycle, unless the nominee’s circumstances have changed so as to make them ineligible, in relation to the eligibility criteria for the prize as outlined above. We encourage nominators to update their nomination between cycles when the nomination window is open. Nominations will be considered for two consecutive prize cycles.
To make a nomination, please use our online nominations system to submit the following information:
- Your name and contact details.
- Your nominee's name and contact details.
- A short citation describing what the nominee should be awarded for. This must be no longer than 250 characters (including spaces) and no longer than one sentence.
- A supporting statement (up to 750 words) addressing the selection criteria.
- References are not required for this prize and will not be accepted.
The RSC reserves the right to rescind any prize if there are reasonable grounds to do so. All nominators will be asked to confirm that, to the best of their knowledge, their nominee's professional standing is such that there is no confirmed or potential impediment to them receiving this prize. All winners will be asked to sign the RSC's Code of Conduct Declaration for Recognition.Make a nomination
Selection Criteria and Judging Panel
Our selection committees base their evaluations primarily on the overall quality of relevant contributions made by nominees and not on quantitative measures. In your nomination, you should show how the nominee demonstrates emerging impact in one or more of the selection criteria below. While nominees for this prize should be working in higher education, they may demonstrate evidence of the criteria within any stage of education. Nominees do not have to demonstrate all of the selection criteria in order to be considered for the prize.
The selection committee will consider the following aspects of nominations for this prize:
- Demonstrated effectiveness in delivering or supporting teaching and/or assessment of chemistry.
- Contributing to the design of an innovative and effective chemistry curriculum.
- Enthusing students through practical chemistry.
- Raising the profile of chemistry in the curriculum and through extra curricular activities so that students are inspired to become more aware of chemistry and its relevance to society.
- Inspiring and encouraging students to take chemistry further, in study or in their career choice.
- Championing inclusion and diversity in chemistry education.
- A commitment to continuing professional development.
- Other indicators of esteem indicated by the nominee/nominator.
Education Prize Committee
- Niki Kaiser, Notre Dame High School (chair)
- Rebecca Lamb, Stalham Infant & Junior Schools
- Ryan Mewis, Manchester Metropolitan University
- Bhavik Patel, University of Brighton
- Katharine Pemberton, Modbury Primary School
- Jacquie Robson, Durham University
- John Sandford, Andrews Memorial Primary School
- Sharon Smith, The Pilgrim School
- Holly Yu, University of Glasgow
History of the prize
This prize was created in 2020, as part of a series of changes introduced following an independent review of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s recognition programmes.
Re-thinking recognition: Science prizes for the modern world
This report is the result of an independent review of our recognition programmes. Our aim in commissioning this review was to ensure that our recognition portfolio continues to deliver the maximum impact for chemical scientists, chemistry and society.
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