The team behind the OU’s innovative approach teaching has been recognised at the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) inaugural Global Teaching Excellence Awards (GTEA).
The team, led by Professor Hazel Rymer, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching Innovation at the OU, was shortlisted from a 27-strong field of universities from around the world.
Professor Rymer said the pioneering work in teaching excellence of the OU had been recognised for many years.
I am proud that we have once again won recognition for the excellence of our teaching. Everything we do is grounded in in top quality research and we are very pleased to be acknowledged again as a world leader in the field.
The OU’s submission focused on its excellence in leadership of teaching and learning, excellence in teaching, and excellence in student support.
The judging panel said:
The institution’s unique approach to module materials with multi-stakeholder design, and clear leverage of research in teaching and learning was regarded as a particular strength.
Professor Stephanie Marshall, HEA Chief Executive, said,
I would like to say well done to all the finalists. With high quality submissions from around the world, I think this award has really captured the imagination of the higher education sector and will help raise the profile of teaching globally.
The 27 finalists all had compelling submissions in meeting the criteria of leadership, teaching and student support, and we are delighted to recognise that outstanding work and share the learning from GTEA.
The eventual winner, The University of Huddersfield, was announced at a special event in London on Monday 4 September 2017.