About the awards

The Sussex Education Awards are an opportunity for staff and students to recognise members of Professional Services or academic staff who have had a positive impact on our community.

A judging panel led by Professor Kate O'Riordan, Pro Vice Chancellor for Education and Students, and made up of staff and students will decide the winners in each category. All nominated staff will be invited to an awards ceremony in April.

Award categories

There are five awards. Four are open to all staff and the Teaching to Disrupt Award is for staff with a teaching role.

Teaching to Disrupt Award

Recognising teaching staff who dare to be different in their approach, challenging current teaching practice and theory. Holders of this award are surprising, innovative and pioneering. They inspire their students’ critical or entrepreneurial imagination.

World Readiness Award

Recognising staff who help prepare and empower students for life after graduation. This includes staff who embed opportunities in their teaching for students to: apply their academic knowledge to social, community or business challenges; develop employability and entrepreneurial skills such as creative thinking and collaborative working; or engage with employers to explore future options.

The Better World Award

Recognising staff who are actively engaged in efforts to make a positive impact in the local community and wider world in creative and entrepreneurial ways.

This award in particular seeks to recognise where community engagement has been built into the curriculum.

Learning Together Award

Celebrating collaborations between staff and students and seeking to recognise those who embed meaningful participation in their approach to teaching and/or supporting the student experience. This could be through collaborative research projects or re-designing the curriculum, and may be demonstrated at a module-level or a wider interdisciplinary-level across the University.

To be eligible for this award the nominees must be a team comprised of staff and students.

Inclusive Sussex Award

An award that encompasses the five core values of kindness, integrity, inclusion, collaboration and courage, within the context of teaching and learning at Sussex.

Winners of this award will demonstrably put into practice at least one of these core values.

How to nominate

Nominations will open on Monday 29 January 2024.

Nominations will close on Friday 8 March 2024.

The ceremony will take place in April.

Previous winners and nominees

See the winners and shortlisted nominees for the 2023 Education Awards.

See the winners and shortlisted nominees for the 2022 Education Awards.

See the winners and shortlisted nominees for the 2021 Education Awards.