Teaching Innovation Awards

Our community celebrates and shares outstanding teaching practices. The LearnSci Teaching Innovation Awards support innovation that positively impacts on teaching quality and enhances student learning.

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How it works

Applicants are asked to demonstrate how they have led innovation in teaching and learning in their institution. Winners will be chosen by an expert scientific educational panel.

Possible ways you may have innovated teaching and learning:

  • Solving a problem by improving tools and methods
  • Improving teaching materials and practices
  • Developing new digital learning resources
See this year's winners

New for 2021

The Teaching Innovation Awards 2021 are open to university and senior-secondary science educators

We are looking for an emphasis in one or more of the following areas:

Wider innovation in science education

Open to non partners

Innovative use of digital tools to aid science teaching at university or post-16 level. Not including LearnSci resources.


Open to 2020 awards applicants

Impressive development of a Teaching Innovation Awards 2020 applicant project.

Creative innovation

Open to current partners

Creative innovation using LabSims and/or Smart Worksheets in teaching.

Evidence of impact

Open to current partners

High quality analysis of the impact of an implemented teaching and learning practice using LabSims and/or Smart Worksheets.

Department-wide impact

Open to current partners

Innovation in teaching and learning across a whole department, using LabSims and/or Smart Worksheets.

Student involvement

Open to current partners

Focusing on use of feedback within digital assessments and how we can make this more effective, for both students and academics.

Hear from our previous applicants

What are the benefits of applying? Find out from some of our previous winners and finalists

Bhaven Patel talks about the innovation awards
Dr. Bhaven Patel
London Metropolitan University
Magda Wajrak talks about the innovation awards
Dr. Magdalena Wajrak
Edith Cowan University, Australia
Neil Williams talks about the innovation awards
Dr. Neil Williams
Kingston University

Why apply?

  • Details of each innovation project made by applicants will be showcased on the LearnSci website to enable sharing of good practice within our community.
  • Winners will receive a £200 cash prize to be used for an educational purpose of their choice.
  • Winners also receive a hand-crafted trophy by the Bristol-based glass blowing experts, Bristol Blue Glass.

How to apply

Demonstrate how you have innovated teaching and learning in your institution in no more than 500 words via the online application form.

Applications for the Teaching Innovation Awards 2021 have now closed.

The judging panel

Prof. Nicola King

Prof. Nicola King

Associate Dean for Education in the College for Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences and Director of Studies for the Natural Sciences programme at the University of Exeter

Dr. Juliet Stoltenkamp

Dr. Juliet Stoltenkamp

Director of the Centre For Innovative Education & Communication Technologies (CIECT), University of the Western Cape

Prof. Dudley Shallcross

Prof. Dudley Shallcross

Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Bristol and President of the Education Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr. Dee Scadden

Dr. Dee Scadden

Director of Teaching and Digital Learning, Dept of Biochemistry, and Director of Technology-enabled Learning, School of Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge

Dr. Leanne Williams

Dr. Leanne Williams

Associate Professor at the University of Warwick School of Life Sciences

Dr. Andrew Allsebrook

Dr. Andrew Allsebrook

Lead Demonstrator at the University of Queensland School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

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