Postgraduate Excellence in Teaching International Studies Prize


The British International Studies Association (BISA) invites and welcome nominations from BISA members for the 2014/2015 Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies by a Postgraduate Student. 
The aim of the award is to recognise postgraduate students who have contributed to the positive learning experience of students in International Studies, to raise the profile of learning and teaching activity in International Studies in the higher education sector, and to contribute to the dissemination of best practice in teaching and learning among BISA members.  
The award winner will be decided by the BISA Learning and Teaching Subcommittee.  The winner will be formally announced and the award will be presented at the BISA annual conference, followed by publication on the BISA website.

Guidelines for submission

Individuals and teams are invited to nominate themselves or colleagues for the award. The deadline for application is 4:00pm on Friday 22nd January 2016. A brief covering letter, nomination statements and supporting evidence should be submitted electronically to the chair of the BISA Teaching and Learning Subcommittee, Nick Robinson, at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Departments are asked to encourage and support outstanding teachers to apply for this award.
Nominations should be accompanied by a brief covering letter, a statement of case, and supporting evidence. The statement of case should not exceed 2,000 words in total and should provide explanation and evidence of any of the following:
  • positive contributions to learning and teaching
  • use of innovative teaching strategies
  • meeting the needs of the diverse student population
  • stimulating independent learning and critical thinking
  • sharing of good teaching practice with colleagues
The committee is particularly interested to hear about innovative teaching practices and their impact on the learning experience among students of International Studies. Supporting evidence should also be submitted to clearly demonstrate the outcomes of the good teaching practice. Such evidence may include recent formal and informal feedback from students or peer review, student testimonials, a short statement of support from a colleague, or details of relevant publications and conference papers. Supporting materials should not exceed four sides of A4.


This award is open to all postgraduate students in international studies who engage in some higher education teaching. A postgraduate student who completes his or her programme of study and/or was appointed to a first teaching post during the current academic year may still apply for the award, making a case based on teaching undertaken while a postgraduate student.

Conditions of the Award

The award winner(s) will be expected to attend the BISA annual conference to receive the award and may be requested to present a paper on their teaching practice on one of the learning and teaching panels at the conference and/or to write up an account of their teaching practice for BISA's website.
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