"In my plans for the future development of the University, I place high value on excellence in learning and teaching and I am proud of our high standing in the National Student Survey and International Student Barometer. It is therefore important that high quality teaching is being recognised and celebrated through the recently initiated Teaching Awards."

Professor Pete Downes, Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

The University values high quality teaching as part of its mission and strategy and acknowledges this with a suite of awards at School and institutional level which recognise and reward excellent teaching. These awards are complemented by both discipline-specific awards, such as the FaME (Faculty of Medical Educators) and the DUSA-organised Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTAs), where teachers are nominated by their students based on what has best supported their learning over the year.

The awards at institutional level have been reviewed to take into account the developing School Good Practice Awards and the SLTAs and now comprise two awards: one to recognise excellence in inclusive practice and another to recognise excellence in sustained contribution to teaching at the University of Dundee.

Chancellor’s Award

This award aims to acknowledge and reward senior teachers for outstanding achievement in contributions to teaching at the University of Dundee over a significant period of time. Winners will also have demonstrated effective leadership in teaching and mentorship of new teachers, and have made significant contributions to the development and promotion of excellence in teaching within their respective discipline and/or the wider University. Up to four awards are made each academic year; each School is invited to nominate one individual each year.

Winners 2015-16

Professor David Coates Professor Calum Colvin OBE Professor Mairi Scott

Professor David Coates

School of Life Sciences

Professor Calum Colvin OBE

School of Art & Design (DJCAD)


Professor Mairi Scott

School of Medicine


Chancellor's Award Winners 2014-15

  • Professor Ian Ball, Graduate School of Natural Resources, Law, Policy & Management
  • Dr Keith Edwards, School of Computing
  • Professor Gary Mires, School of Medicine
  • Professor Mike Stark, College of Life Sciences (Research)

Chancellor's Award Winners 2013-14

  • Professor Frank Sargent, Division of Molecular Microbiology, CLS
  • Mrs Barbara Illsley, School of the Environment, CASE
  • Mrs Jeanette Paul, Duncan of Jordanstone, CASS
  • Professor Jean Ker, School of Medicine, CDMN

Honorary Graduates’ Award for Inclusive Practice

Thanks to an initiative from Dr J McPherson and the generosity of honorary graduates, the University established an annual award in 1994. The award was extended in AY 11-12 and renamed in order to recognise and promote the provision of inclusive practice across the University that removes barriers to access for students protected by the Equality Act.
The Honorary Graduates’ Award is open to both teaching staff and those based in central services. In order to encourage and support developing good practice, submissions may now be made for pilot stage inclusive approaches to teaching or service provision which could be fully realised through the award of the practice development funding, in addition to examples of fully formed practice. The Award takes the form of a £1,000 practice development fund.

Submissions should be sent to Monica Matthews by 28th April 2017

Inclusive Practice Award Poster 2017 (PDF 307 KB)

Inclusive Practice Award Submission Form 2017

‌W‌inners 2015-16:

Dr Linda Martindale and Dr Linda McSwiggan‌‌D‌r Linda Martindale and Dr Linda McSwiggan, from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences for their project ASK4Books. This will begin with 1st year students in September 2016, and promotes an inclusive and equitable approach to teaching their diverse student population. Through reading novels and biographies related to health and social care, the new students will be introduced to the topic while also developing their academic skills as they read. ASK4Books will be integrated into the undergraduate module Academic Skills and Knowledge  (ASK), with follow-up activities focussing on critical reading, academic writing and critical thinking; through online quizzes, short reviews, comparing book extracts and voting on healthcare messages in these books. 

Read the Update on ASK4 Books Project Feb 2017

Winners 2014-15:

Nicola Long (Institute of Sports & Exercise) and Sheena Stewart (Student Services). Students with mental heath difficulties coupled with financial difficulties were identified by the University Health Service, Counselling, Disability and other areas of student support. These students were then offered a free 12 week gym membership with an exercise package tailored to their needs, since it is proven that exercise can help with issues such as depression, anxiety, isolation, mood swings and confidence. 

Read the Update on the Healthy Body Healthy Mind project Feb 2017

Winner 2013-14:

Dr Rachel Menzies, Computing, CASE, for her invaluable contribution to the success of the BSc Applied Computing (Games) Co-Curriculum Programme, in collaboration with Dundee & Angus College‌.

Read the Update on BSc Applied Computing Co-Curriculum Programme Feb 2017

A number of winners are invited to speak at the Discovery Days event held in January. Award winners are also encouraged to share good practice across the University by engaging with the Teach at Dundee academic induction programme, the PGCAPHE programme and the inspirED Academic Development programme.