HEFi Awards for Educational Enhancement and Innovation

HEFi Awards for Educational Enhancement and Innovation reward and recognise staff from across the University who provide, and contribute to, an inspirational student experience. 


They raise the profile of such activity throughout the University, through the nominations and award-giving process. The awards are complementary to the VC/Guild of students Outstanding Teaching Awards.  All staff, academic and professional, are eligible for nomination.

Nominations are now open for 2018. There will be up to eight awards across four themes, which are detailed below. Nominations can be made by filling in the nomination form  below and forwarding to hefi@contacts.bham.ac.uk by Friday 30th November 2018.

The winner of each award will receive £1,000 (or an equal share, if the award is made to a team). There will be a celebratory awards event held on February 6th 2019, to which all the winners are invited.

Learn more about the themes, which recognise the range of education-related activity: 

Educational leadership

This award recognises those individuals or teams who demonstrate a commitment to embedding the enhancement of educational practice and innovation within their own discipline and beyond (e.g. in a School/Department, College or at University level). This year we would particularly welcome nominations for leadership at programme level.

Supporting student learning

Excellence in this category can be demonstrated in a variety of ways including supporting a diverse range of learning needs, embedding inclusive practice and taking a student centred approach. Examples of effective approaches to personal tutoring that could be shared across the institution would be welcomed.

Research-intensive learning and teaching

The winner(s) of this award will be individuals or teams whose teaching is informed by engagement with research and whose research is informed by engagement with teaching, providing students with an opportunity to become part of an intellectually stretching, research-rich, multi-disciplinary learning community.

Educational Innovation

This award recognises those who have demonstrated innovation in curriculum design, assessment and feedback methods or use of learning technologies and development of digital literacies. We are particularly interested in receiving nominations for staff innovating in the curriculum in ways that will support Curriculum 2020 and the shape of the new academic year.