This award recognises academics whose innovation and passion have transformed a course and inspired students.

The category is open to institutions, academics themselves or their colleagues, but in all cases the institution must support the submission and student testimonies must be included in the supplementary documentation. Entrants can be members or non-members of APM, both from in and outside of the UK.

Entries must take the form of a 1,000-word personal statement addressing the criteria below, and up to three letters of support, one of which must be from the entrant’s department head, others may be from students or other colleagues. Entrants may also submit up to two additional pieces of supporting evidence which may only include:

  • images and/or graphics (no text, just short captions)
  • a link to a video no more than 2 minutes in length

  Category criteria 


Professional pedagogy development

Evidence of how the nominee evaluates and develops their professional progress with regard to teaching, learning and assessment.


Student engagement

Exceptional engagement with students and how this has impacted positively in and beyond their academic role. If applicable, explain how this has had an effect beyond their institution in the careers of their students.


Continued commitment to student experience

Evidence of a sustained commitment to advancing and positively influencing the student experience.


Innovation in curriculum development

Evidence of successful innovation in curriculum development based on cutting-edge knowledge and practice.


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