Nature of the award

The award will consist of travel and accommodation to attend the U21 HSG annual meeting, where the recipients will be required to collaborate to facilitate an educational workshop that will be delivered at the U21 HSG annual meeting. Recipients of the 2017 award will attend the annual meeting in 2018, hosted by the University of Melbourne.

The award will be given to two nominees from different institutions and, ideally, from different professional disciplines. The recipients may share some educational commonalities, but are not required to have previously collaborated.

The 2017 winners will be announced to the HSG community during the 2017 annual meeting in Johannesburg, and they will be presented with an ornament in 2018, when they will be attending the meeting. 


Nominees must be faculty or instructors in one of the U21 HSG member institutions. Nominees should hold a position with a significant component of teaching. Nominees are normally expected to have completed between three to ten years of teaching duties. The award is designed to support Faculty who are on promotion tracks, therefore it is primarily targeted towards junior faculty. Only one candidate should be nominated by each U21 HSG member institution per year.

Selection criteria

Evaluators will be looking for evidence of impact of the teaching activities developed by nominees. In their application, nominees should focus on the following questions[1]

- What did you do? (Activities)
- What impact has it had and on whom? (Impact)
- How do you know? (Evidence)

Evidence in the three following areas will be sought:

1) Outstanding and sustained record of teaching which can include but is not limited to:
- Evidence of excellent overall quality in teaching courses as determined by students and peers at both the undergraduate level and, where possible, the graduate level;
- Evidence of sustained commitment to excellence in teaching and learning over a number of years;
- Incorporation of innovative and evidence-based teaching and learning approaches where possible and appropriate;
- Effective and appropriate use of technology for online, blended, and face-to-face contexts;
- Utilization of effective and innovative assessment methods that focus on the deep learning of the subject and the development of critical thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving skills;
- Ability to engage and inspire in students independent and original thinking.

2) Contributions to advancing teaching and learning with a particular focus on interdisciplinary teaching and on students’ interdisciplinary learning that can be demonstrated by some of the following:
- New or revitalized initiatives that engage students in interdisciplinary learning;
- Community or workplace interdisciplinary learning initiatives;
- International interdisciplinary learning initiatives;
- Classroom and/or specialized interdisciplinary learning.

3) International collaboration in teaching and learning or internationalisation of curricula that can be demonstrated by some of the following:
- Use of international contacts and networks in the professional area;
- Presentations or input from guest lecturers with international experience;
- Use of international case studies or examples; analysis of information from a range of international resources;
- Use of fieldwork/internship/placement with local organisations working on international projects or in international agencies;
- Exploration of cultural and regional differences in values and assumptions affecting the discipline and how these might impact on the actions of individuals;
- Use of online multicultural teams for problem-solving tasks related to the professional area.

[1] Adapted from Professor Simon Bates, University of British Columbia. Educational leadership stream faculty: History, challenges and current activities, October 2016.

Application process

Interested health sciences faculty/instructors who wish to apply to the U21 Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award should contact their institutional contact for this award to find out about the internal nomination process and deadlines. Please use the following list of contact persons to submit your application:

  • The University of Auckland: John Fraser, Dean, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
  • University of Birmingham: Sharon Buckley, Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, College of Medical and Dental Sciences
  • Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile: Marcela Grez, Responsible for Internationalization and International Accreditation, School of Medicine
  • University of British Columbia: Susana Leon, Administrator, Office of UBC Health
  • University College Dublin:  Jason Last, Associate Dean, School of Medicine
  • University of Edinburgh: Charlotte Clarke, Head, School of Health in Social Science
  • Fudan University: Yanni Lai, Vice Director, Medical Education Office
  • University of Glasgow: Tom Evans, College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences
  • The University of Hong Kong: Maggie Cheuk, Assistant Registrar, Faculty of Medicine
  • University of Johannesburg: Shahed Nalla, Vice Dean Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Korea University: Yong Jin Lee, International Manager, College of Medicine
  • Lund University: Christina Gummesson,  Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Medicine
  • University of Melbourne: Marilys Guillemin, Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
  • Tecnologico de Monterrey: Silvia Olivares, Academic Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • University of Nottingham: Derek Chambers, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • University of Queensland: Sarah Roberts-Thomson, Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Nomination process

Each university will develop their own nomination and review process. One nomination per university should be submitted by the designated Teaching Excellence Award contact to the selection committee via the U21 Health Sciences Executive Officer no later than June 16, 2017.

Supporting documents to be submitted with the nomination:

  • Teaching portfolio/dossier (maximum 5,000 words)
  • Supporting documentation to show evidence of impact of teaching activities (letters from colleagues/HoD/Dean, student/peer evaluations, awards and prizes, etc.)
  • Letter from nominee explaining what topic area she/he would be interested in presenting at the U21 HSG annual meeting workshop and why (maximum 500 words)

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection committee

The selection committee for the U21 HS Teaching Excellence Award will include the following:


  • 1 March 2017: Award is announced and applicants may apply
  • 16 June 2017: Deadline for universities to submit their nominee
  • 1 August 2017: Winners designated by selection committee
  • 15 August 2017: Recipients are informed of their selection by email; all nominees informed of the results
  • 20 September 2017: Recipients are announced at U21 HSG annual meeting in Johannesburg
  • September 2018: Winners facilitate workshop at the U21 HSG meeting in Melbourne and are also presented with award


For any questions about the award, please contact the U21 HSG Secretariat.