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University of Bristol shortlisted for Global Teaching Excellence Award

Press release issued: 14 July 2017

An international panel of judges has shortlisted the University of Bristol for the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) first Global Teaching Excellence Awards (GTEA).

The GTEA 2017 Award, in partnership with Times Higher Education, is open to all providers of higher education and included entries from around the world.

The GTEA Award recognises institution-wide approaches to teaching excellence.

Professor Judith Squires, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students for the University of Bristol, said:

“It is an honour to be shortlisted for the inaugural Global Teaching Excellence Award. Here at the University of Bristol we take great pride in our teaching and offer a research-rich, innovative and inclusive education.

“Our students are taught by passionate individuals who are leaders in their fields, and all our academic staff have the opportunity to teach. We challenge and develop our students, offering a wealth of teaching approaches and learning opportunities that help them achieve outstanding outcomes and the skills and attributes that employers most highly value.

“We are delighted to be among the finalists for this Award which recognises and celebrates excellence and innovation in teaching.”

Svava Bjarnason, chair of the GTEA judging panel and a former member of the World Bank Education Sector Board, said:

“There were some fantastic entries for GTEA. Our panel was looking for robust evidence of excellence in three areas:  leadership, teaching and in student support.

“We found a great deal of outstanding practice in these submissions, and I believe this presents a superb opportunity for others to consider these lessons for their own institutional teaching strategies.”

Professor Stephanie Marshall, HEA Chief Executive Officer, said:

“The HEA’s mission is about improving learning outcomes by raising the status and quality of teaching in higher education, and these awards help do that by highlighting outstanding practice wherever it is happening in the world.”

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