17 institutions from six countries in contention for the overall award and for one of five new ‘Spotlight’ awards. Advance HE is delighted to announce the finalists for the Global Teaching Excellence Award (GTEA) 2018. Introduced last year in association with Times Higher Education, the award recognises and celebrates institution-wide commitment to the pursuit of teaching excellence.
GTEA is open to all providers of higher education across the world and in 2018 attracted expressions of interest from institutions based in 41 countries in the six permanently populated continents. Following a rigorous two-stage review and selection process, the GTEA 2018 finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
Charles Sturt University - Australia
Edge Hill University - United Kingdom
ETH Zurich - Switzerland
Falmouth University - United Kingdom
McMaster University - Canada
Royal Northern College of Music - United Kingdom
The Open University - United Kingdom
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance - United Kingdom
Universidad de Deusto - Spain
Universidad Pontificia Comillas - Spain
University of Birmingham - United Kingdom
University of Derby - United Kingdom
University of Hertfordshire - United Kingdom
University of Johannesburg - South Africa
University of New South Wales - Australia
University of Wollongong - Australia
Vancouver Island University - Canada
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 award ceremony held at the iconic venue of The Hub on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on Wednesday 18 July. The achievements of all finalists will be celebrated at the ceremony. This year for the first time, five of the finalists will also receive a GTEA Spotlight award. These new commendations recognise a particular aspect of an institution’s pursuit of teaching excellence.
All GTEA 2018 entries underwent a rigorous review process. In the first phase, each submission was assessed by three peer reviewers. Their scores and comments were used to identify those institutions that proceeded to the judging stage. A distinguished panel of international judges then independently assessed, shortlisted submissions and ranked those in contention for the top award. They came together to review all the evidence and deliberate on those that best addressed the criteria to select the finalists, Spotlight winners and the overall winner.