The SLTAs will incorporate many different categories of achievement in recognition of the myriad of activities academic staff undertake in their learning and teaching roles. Staff will be awarded on the practice they undertake and students will be encouraged to define what practice enhances their student experience in learning and teaching. This might include practice related to technology, assessment, employability or researchled teaching and more.
Similar schemes have been created at other HEIs and proven so successful that the NUS and the Higher Education Academy are encouraging universities across the UK to establish Student-led Teaching Awards.
STLAs will allow students to have their say on what good teaching looks like and to reward members of staff that have gone the extra mile. Students will nominate staff across categories set by the student body. Nominations will then be assessed against the student-set criteria and the winners will be presented with i-pads at an event scheduled for 2nd May. Details of the process will be made available through KUSU web pages.
ADC and KUSU have been following best practice set by the NUS/ HEA pilots to create the 2013 Student-led Teaching Awards, including creating a mascot "Dave" Cougar, who will be giving staff his PAW of approval to all nominees.