The University of Hertfordshire has been announced as a finalist for the prestigious Global Teaching Excellence Award (GTEA) 2018. The award recognises institution-wide commitment to the pursuit of teaching excellence and is held in association with both Advanced HE and Times Higher Education.
Following a rigorous review and selection process, the University has been selected as one of 17 finalists, alongside universities from Switzerland, Spain, Canada, South Africa and Australia. Finalists from the UK include the University of Birmingham and the University of Derby.
The University’s submission focused on the value the institution places on attracting, developing and celebrating outstanding people; providing excellent teaching and the level of student support provided at all points in the academic journey.
Dr Helen Barefoot, Deputy Director of the Learning and Teaching Innovation Centre said: ‘We are delighted that the University has been shortlisted for the 2018 GTEA. As a leading business-facing University we are particularly proud of the commitment of our people to world-class teaching and to ensuring students graduate with the skills and attributes required to succeed in the global work environment today.
‘Employing staff with expertise in research, the professions and business ensures we are delivering innovative courses and students have access to live industry projects and work-place learning. Over 96% of students are in work or further study six months after graduating with us.’
Alison Johns, chief executive of Advance HE, said: ‘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 award ceremony in Edinburgh on 18 July. This year for the first time, five of the finalists will also receive a GTEA Spotlight award recognising a particular aspect of an institution’s teaching excellence.