Edge Hill University is one of six UK finalists in the Global Teaching Excellence Awards 2018.

Introduced last year by Advance HE in association with Times Higher Education, the award recognises and celebrates institution-wide commitment to the pursuit of teaching excellence. The 17 finalists include prestigious institutions from Australia, Canada and South Africa.

This isn’t the first time Edge Hill has been recognised for its commitment to teaching excellence. Last year the University achieved Gold, the highest rating in the national Teaching Excellence Framework, for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for students.

Lynda Brady, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience) and University Secretary said:

“We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for a significant award in recognition of our commitment to teaching excellence. To be one of only six universities in the UK to have been shortlisted for this global award is already a huge achievement.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching, and the dedication of our staff. Providing an environment where students can achieve their academic goals is at the heart of everything we do.”

The Global Teaching Excellence Awards (GTEA) are open to all providers of higher education across the world, and this year, following a rigorous two-stage review and selection process, there are 17 institutions from six countries in contention for the overall award and for one of five new ‘Spotlight’ awards, which recognise a particular aspect of an institution’s pursuit of teaching excellence.

Svava Bjarnason, chair of the GTEA 2018 judging panel and a former member of the World Bank Education Sector Board, said:

“Having chaired the inaugural GTEA judging panel last year, it was an honour to continue in the role in 2018. This year’s entries were of a very high calibre and I congratulate all the 2018 finalists.  I’d also like to thank all the institutions that entered; there were some incredibly difficult decisions in selecting the finalists, the Spotlight award winners and the overall winner.”

Alison Johns, chief executive of Advance HE said:

“I am delighted that the 2018 Award is continuing under the Advance HE banner. Teaching excellence is a core strand of our work alongside leadership and equality, diversity and inclusion, which are all key strategic priorities for institutions.

“The quality of submissions for GTEA 2018 was outstanding. The finalists all provided exemplary evidence of their commitment to the pursuit of teaching excellence and it is so important to recognise and reward this on a global stage.  Great teaching galvanises staff and students. It also has far-reaching implications for society as a whole. The GTEA 2018 finalists deserve to be recognised – and celebrated!”

The GTEA 2018 overall winner will be revealed at an awards ceremony held at the iconic venue of The Hub on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on Wednesday 18th July.