Teaching Innovation Awards

Information and Guidance

STEMLab is a fantastic new facility that presents lots of new opportunities to develop how we teach laboratory based subjects. These range from the new equipment that is available through access to facilities not previously in your School. STEMLab also facilitates collaborations across Schools and thus enables ideas and best practice to be shared more easily. The aim of these awards is to facilitate new developments in the use of STEMLab to improve the student learning experience.

Who can apply?

Staff members at Loughborough University.

What projects are suitable?

Practice-based projects supporting and developing teaching in STEMLab which will directly improve students’ academic experience. 

Projects must be grounded in innovating teaching practice and provide tangible output supporting the University’s strategic aims, the Framework for Good Practice in Learning and Teaching, and the Digital Strategy. The latter two documents can be found on the front page of the Staff Hub on Learn

Criteria for Teaching Innovation Awards

All applications will be judged against the following assessment criteria:

  • Focus on a specific practice-based activity
  • Deliver a tangible output which develops/enhances student learning experience
  • Involve innovative practice
  • Achievable within timescale
  • Potentially transferable and/or scalable across Schools/the wider University
  • Recognise existing work within the area
  • Detail robust plans for evaluation of impact
  • Include dissemination plans of the project findings or output.


Additional Advice which may prove useful for your submission

  • Learning and Teaching innovation in STEMLab needs to form the focus of your application
  • Central University systems should not form the basis of a proposal for teaching award funding


Conditions of acceptance

Award recipients will be expected to disseminate their work internally via:

  • A workshop or contribution to the Loughborough University Learning and Teaching Conference or relevant Learning and Teaching event throughout the academic year.
  • External conference or published paper/s where appropriate


How to apply

Application forms are available to download at the bottom of this page. 

Completed application forms (NO MORE THAN 4 PAGES) should be submitted to your Dean of School (or their nominee) or Head of Section for them to add their comments. The completed form should then be emailed to



The application closing date is the 31st January 2020. 


How are the awards decided?

Decisions concerning Teaching Innovation Awards applications are taken by a Panel including academics, the Loughborough Students’ Union Education Executive Officer, an ADT involved in STEMLab and experts from IT and CAP. The panel is chaired by Professor Rachel Thomson the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching).



Applications close 31st January 2020 - Panel meets mid-February 2020.