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Nominations open to recognise excellence in teaching at Stirling

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Nominations have opened for this year’s RATE Awards, acknowledging excellence in teaching at Stirling University.

RATE (Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence) is a chance for students to nominate their favourite member of staff, faculty, faculty officer and tutor for the Awards, which are given towards the end of the academic year.

RATE was established by the Stirling Students’ Union in 2010, and its profile has been steadily growing over the years.

Last year, over 1200 students nominated, with votes received for 381 different members of staff.

Matt Adie, VP Education, pressed the importance of taking part in the Awards: “It’s important students take the time to RATE staff so that we can tell the university what the best methods of teaching are, and where recognition is deserved. RATE nominations allow us to share best practice and to ensure that all staff are striving for excellence.”

Since its inception, 4378 students have nominated in the RATE Awards. Nominations will close on 15 March 2017.

Stef Black, the Union’s policy and research co-ordinator, said: “RATE empowers students to be co-creators of their learning & teaching experience, as we facilitate a positive environment in which students are able to shape excellent learning and teaching practices through their feedback.”

Students can vote on the Portal for awards such as Faculty of the Year, I <3 My Tutor, Fantastic Feedback Award, and Faculty Officer of the Year.

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