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The Trinity Teaching Award for Postgraduate Students 2019

The Trinity Teaching Award for Postgraduate Students aims to identify and recognise individual postgraduate students who make a substantial contribution to undergraduate student learning.   Under the terms of the scheme, Schools nominate postgraduate students that they believe merit recognition for undergraduate teaching /demonstrating.  These nominations are reviewed by a panel and a selection of nominated students are shortlisted for an award and, following interviews with and presentations from the shortlisted candidates a number of annual award winners are announced.  We now warmly welcome nominations of candidates for the 2019 iteration of these awards. 

Completed nominations (with Sections A and B) are due by Thursday 28th November 2019 and should be submitted to with ‘PG Teaching Award’ in the subject line.  Please note that these awards relate to the entire 2019 calendar year – and thus cover any Postgraduate Student who has taught in 2019.

The successful candidates will each receive a cash prize, certificate and a commemorative plaque. The Graduate Students Union are supporting this initiative and the scheme is being run as a collaboration between the Graduate Studies Office and CAPSL.

Disciplinary Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment (DELTA)

This award type aims to complete the multi-lensed national approach to identifying excellence in teaching. The award will be presented to discipline groups who can demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and learning enhancement and who commit to an ongoing, clearly articulated, shared process of continued enhancement.

The award will be presented to discipline groups who can demonstrate a record of excellence in teaching and learning enhancement and who commit to an ongoing, clearly articulated, shared process of continued enhancement.  The DELTA Award will recognise and celebrate disciplines for their achievements and commitment, with particular reference to their discipline-relevant pedagogical contexts, requirements, challenges and innovations.

A key focus will be on enabling disciplines to ensure that teaching and learning enhancement can also be effectively linked to other core activities – including research and scholarship – in ways that have clear benefits for learners. It will assist disciplines to link teaching and learning developments coherently with key relevant institutional, national and international drivers, while also enabling a discipline - and context specific - approach to teaching and learning enhancement.

The closing date is Submission of Expression of Interest is May 30th @5pm

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Dean's Awards for Innovation in Teaching

The Dean of Health Sciences in 2015 launched the Dean's Awards for Innovation in Teaching. The spirit of this award is to encourage teaching innovations within the Faculty of Health Sciences, where the outcomes will be shared with colleagues across the Faculty and beyond. The innovation could be a new way of encouraging learning, an artefact or a new method of delivery.

Trinity Teaching Innovation Grants

The Teaching Innovation Grants were available in 2015-16 and were focused on innovation in the design and delivery of research-based education in undergraduate curricula. "Research-based education should underpin the ability of our students to engage in research and inquiry by getting them to think about research, learn about research, do research, and learn to be researchers. It also develops independent and reflective thinking, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving and other attributes relevant for lifelong learning within and outside the academy".

The grants sought to:

  • Encourage innovation in the design of research-rich curricula and in undergraduate teaching practice which contributes to the quality, distinctiveness and originality of our educational provision, enhances the student experience, and fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration.
  • Encourage experimentation with teaching and learning techniques, tools or strategies that are novel or used in a new way to enhance student learning in Trinity College Dublin. There will be a very strong emphasis on defining and disseminating outputs and assessing their impact.
  • Encourage the sharing of best practice across College and encourage teaching staff to consider new approaches to course design, delivery and assessment;

Funding of up to a maximum of 20k was available, although not all projects were funded to this level and applications for amounts below this threshold were considered*. Academic guidance for the development of the funded projects was provided by the Centre for Academic Practice and E-Learning. The grant was funded by the generosity of a donor and was awarded on the basis of a competitive process.

Successful applicants participated in a mid-point networking event and submitted an interim report in January 2016.**

They also presented their proposals and its intended outputs in June 2016 at a showcase event which is designed to encourage opportunities for wider dissemination (e.g., across the School, Faculty or beyond). Grant recipients are currently implementing their proposal during this academic year 2016-17.

Showcase June 2016

Teaching Hero Awards - The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Best Higher Education Teacher Award Teaching Expert Award

These awards celebrate the impact that teachers in Higher Education are having on their students learning at a key transition. The term teacher in Higher Education includes lecturing staff, tutors, supervisors, technicians, librarians and any who are involved in teaching students across the sector. For details on the award please visit their website on


Prof Sheila Ryder, School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Trinity College Dublin was awarded a Best Higher Education Teacher Award Teaching Expert Award - The National Forum Expert Teaching Awards 2015-16.

Prof Ryder is also the recipient of a Provost's Teaching Award in 2014-15.