Faculty of Science and Technology Dean’s Awards 2023
FST is proud to announce the 2023 Faculty of Science and Technology Dean’s Awards are open for nominations until 29th September 2023. The Dean's Awards are intended to recognise the excellent contributions of staff to the work of the Faculty in all areas of activity, and there are six awards open to individuals or teams. It is possible to award more than one award for a category. The categories are as below:
- Science and Technology Researcher of the Year - this award is for staff active in research (at Lancaster and elsewhere, post-PhD)
- Science and Technology Teacher of the Year – this award is for staff delivering teaching (at Lancaster and elsewhere, post-PhD)
- Science and Technology Engagement Staff of the Year – this award is open to all staff
- Science and Technology EDI Staff of the Year – this award is open to all staff
- Science and Technology Professional Services Staff of the Year – this award is for professional services staff (administrative)
- Science and Technology Technical Staff of the Year – this award is for professional services staff
- Outstanding Contribution to the Faculty of Science and Technology - this award is open to all staff to recognise excellence in leadership and/or citizenship
Any student or member of staff can make a nomination, and nominations should be made using the FST Dean’s Awards nomination form. The deadline for submissions is 29th September 2023 and nominations should be sent to FST Staff Resources. For nomination criteria, please see our awards criteria document.
Nomination for a Science and Technology Dean’s award does not prevent nomination for the University level staff awards; the Science and Technology awards are designed specifically to recognise contributions made within the Faculty of Science and Technology, and are complimentary to the University level staff awards.
Award winners will be announced December 2023 and award winners will be invited to an awards dinner in January 2024 and receive a prize of £300 (amounts for team awards may vary).
If you have any questions, please contact FST Staff Resources.
The application process
- Nominations can be put forward by any colleague within the Faculty and are invited on behalf of the nominated colleague/s.
- The nomination must detail the case for the award, using the appropriate nomination form.
- The nominee must have given their permission for the nomination to be submitted.
- The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 29th September 2023
- Evaluation of nominations will be made by an awards panel, chaired by the Dean.
The focus will be on performance in the previous academic year; this should also reflect longer-term sustained track record and recognition in the case of the senior awards.
Nominations should outline how and why the nominee is an outstanding researcher. It is important that you provide evidence to support the nominations. You may want to address some of the following areas:
- Research funding success
- Outstanding paper / outstanding publication record
- High quality applied research that influences public policy
- High quality applied research shown to impact and shape practices outside academia
- Contribution to the research environment
- Support for early career staff (for the senior award)
- Outstanding international profile (for the senior award)
- Excellence in research leadership (for the senior award)
- Developing a major international research partnership (for the senior award)
Nominations should outline how and why the nominee is an outstanding teacher. It is important that you include examples to support the nomination. You may want to address some of the following areas:
- Responses to specific challenges
- Innovative course design
- Research stimulated exemplary teaching
- Distinctive learning processes
- Eliciting and engaging with student feedback
- How the nominees support and influence student learning
- Impact on employability
- Dissemination of effective practice: within the university, outside the university, through publications or other mechanisms
- Development of support materials for students (any media)
- What is truly distinctive/creative about the teaching in class sessions and beyond
- Creative and effective use of technology to enhance flexible learning opportunities
- How is a good rapport with students created
- External profile in the scientific community (for the senior award)
- Developing major international teaching partnership (for the senior award)
- The leadership of teaching practice/programme development (for the senior award)
- Any other indicators of outstanding teaching
Outstanding Contribution to the Faculty of Science and Technology award
The outstanding contribution award is designed to recognise staff who have gone above and beyond in any aspect of their role, or who have had a significant positive impact on the Faculty as a whole. All staff are eligible for this award. The contribution can be in relation to any specific area of the Faculty’s activity, or for exceptional performance across a range of activities.
Nominations will be judged on:
- Outstanding contribution over and above what is normally expected in the role.
- Excellence and innovation in work activity, including:
- engagement with Lancaster and the local community
- enhancement of the student and college experience
- exemplary doctoral supervision
- the active transfer and exchange of knowledge
- making a key contribution to enhancing, celebrating, and promoting the Faculty’s national/international outlook
- Activity that positively links to the Faculty Strategy in areas that include:
- exemplary leadership
- research excellence
- enhancing the student experience
- impact and engagement at a regional, national, and/or international level
Excellence in External Engagement and Impact in Science and Technology
This award is designed to highlight and reward truly outstanding and impactful research that has been undertaken by Faculty researchers, analysts, and academics. All staff are eligible for this award. The focus is on excellence in leading the external engagement agenda in science and technology. Delivery of outstanding collaborative engagement which supports long term impact from our research or teaching excellence. Development of new initiatives and programmes which support our engagement activity.
Examples of excellent research impact may include demonstrable and significant effect on, change or benefit to the:
- Public policy or services
- The Environment
- Quality of life
Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience in Science and Technology
All staff are eligible for this award
- Developing, piloting and delivering new ways to enhance the student experience in science and technology
- Development of outstanding co-curricular activities in science and technology
- Excelling at student recruitment
- Making a real difference to the employability attributes of our students
- Internationalising the student experience
- Developing a strong sense of student identity and satisfaction
Science and Technology Team of the Year
All staff are eligible for this award. Contribution can be in relation to any specific area of the Faculty’s activity, or for exceptional performance across a range of activities.
Science and Technology Professional Services individual contribution award
All professional services staff (administrative and technical) are eligible for this award. Contribution can be in relation to any specific area of the Faculty’s activity, or for exceptional performance across a range of activities.
Who assesses the Science and Technology Dean’s awards?
The Science and Technology Dean's Awards Panel comprises the following membership:
- Associate Dean UG
- Associate Dean PG
- Associate Dean Research
- Head of Faculty P&BE
- Faculty Manager
- Faculty Technical Director
- 2 x Head of Department
- 1 x Director of Teaching
- 1 x Director of Research
- 1 x departmental professional services rep (superintendent/DO)
- Director of Students, Education and Academic Services, or representative