Students Staff

Excellence in Teaching Award (ETA)

*Revised deadline

The Excellence in Teaching Award has been established for all University of Essex full and part-time staff and Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) who can demonstrate excellence in supporting the student learning experience. Applications from all UK partner institutions are also welcome.

The award

Each year there will be up to four individual awards of £1,000 made to staff in the “Early Career” (up to five years full-time teaching experience or part-time equivalent) or “Experienced” (more than five years full-time teaching experience or part-time equivalent) category, and up to four awards of £250 to GTAs, who can demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

  • Individual excellence - evidence of promoting and enhancing the student learning experience
  • Raising the profile of excellence - evidence of supporting colleagues and influencing support for student learning in your department and the institution (it is acknowledged that GTAs' responsibilities are likely to allow only limited fulfilment of this criterion)
  • Developing excellence - commitment to your ongoing professional development

How to apply

The 2016/17 call for applications for ETA awards will open on Tuesday 2 May 2017 and close on Friday 26 May 2017* at 5pm. If your application is successful the award will be allocated to your department to support your own professional development or learning and teaching activities. The Award has been aligned with the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and it is envisaged that successful applicants at the "Experienced" level will work towards submitting an application to the NTFS at some time in the future.

Please note that all applications need to be signed off by your Head of Department or Head of Section, and a letter of support from your HoD/HoS is needed for "Early Career" and "Experienced" candidates. Only one individual and/or one group nomination per department or section may be submitted unless accompanied by an explanatory letter from your HoD or HoS.

For any enquiries related to submission of an Excellence in Teaching Award, please email 

2016-17 recipients

We would like to congratulate the following colleagues who were recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Award for the academic year 2016-17:    

Graduate Teaching Award 

  • Ahmad Abras, Essex Business School (Accounting)
  • Demah Alqahtani, Language and Linguistics
  • Zeina Alsharkas, Economics
  • Angeliki Balantani, Language and Linguistics
  • Paloma Carretero Garcia, Language and Linguistics
  • Eleni Galata, Language and Linguistics

Early Career 

  • Dr Anastasia Kopita, Essex Business School (Accounting)
  • Dr Gillian Sandstrom, Psychology
  • Dr Giovanni Serafini, Essex Business School (Management Science and Entrepreneurship Group)
  • Dr Nicolae Zabet, Biological Sciences

Experienced Award 

  • Dr Leanne Appleby Hepburn, Biological Sciences
  • Dr Steve McMellor, Human Resources
  • Natasha Sore, Health and Human Sciences