Your awards ceremony will be the main way to make your winners feel special and highlight their good work. However, celebrating their success more widely will boost the recognition associated with the awards and the prestige of winning one.
NUS Scotland, HEA and the project partners all put out press releases to publicise the awards project and the award ceremonies and winners to the wider public. These were well received and a number of the awards ceremonies and the project overall have been covered in the press which is a great way of raising the profile of all awards and the winners (link) In the future we hope to hold an event to recognise the great work of all the teaching awards winners.
Making sure your institution management knows who your winners are can help to spread the word too. Following EUSA’s awards, Edinburgh University have also nominated one of their Teaching Award winners for a Times Higher Education (THE) award using the student comments from the awards.
Heriot Watt will be putting up a board of awards winners in the student union building to which the winners will be added year on year, in the same way as university principals and vice principals, to emphasise the importance of the awards and ensure a constant reminder of the winners is there. This also helps to embed the awards as part of what the students’ association and institution does.
At Strathclyde, the Principal acknowledged the winners again at ‘University Day’ which is where the founding of the university is celebrated and honorary degrees are awarded. Departments were staff were nominated highlighted nominees on their own websites and in their newsletters.