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Learning Support Awards are made to individuals or teams whose work involves the support of teaching and learning activities within the Collegiate University, but who do not have formal teaching responsibilities. Recipients of this award will have made a contribution to supporting these activities significantly beyond that which would normally be expected in their role.

In considering nominations for Learning Support Awards, the Selection Panel will look in particular for evidence of some or all of the following:

  • The individual has made a contribution to supporting learning and teaching activities which goes significantly beyond that which would normally be expected in their role
  • The individual has an excellent understanding of the needs students have when seeking out a member of support staff
  • The individual is approachable for students and seeks to be responsive to student needs
  • The individual has improved the organisation of teaching and learning, and may have developed new initiatives to improve the student experience, perhaps in response to student feedback. The impact of these activities might be evidenced through student feedback

Please also read the section on ‘Evidence taken into account in considering nominations for Personal awards’ in the Further Details

Learning Support Awardees receive an associated financial reward: a single lump sum. This is for personal use without constraints: usually, this will augment the recipient’s salary (subject to tax and NI contributions); but alternatively, recipients may ask for the funds to be held by their Department, so that they may subsequently use the funds in association with their work or for personal professional development (provided this can be arranged). This year’s sum is yet to be agreed, but previous awards have been in the region of £1,500-£2,000.


  1. Non-teaching staff within the Collegiate University who are ineligible under other similar schemes (such as those run by the Bodleian Libraries or IT Services) can be considered for a Learning Support Award from the Division. This includes administrators, technicians, and others whose work involves the support of teaching and learning.
  2. Previous recipients of an award in this category are not eligible to be nominated for another Learning Support award.
  3. Staff are strongly advised to contact Julia Leung or Elena Martin if they have queries regarding an individual’s eligibility for an award.


The 2023 Learning Support Awards are now closed for nominations. Find out more about the 2021 winners on the 2021 Awardees page.


Please note:

  • the nominee(s) must consent to being put forward for an award.
  • self-nominations will not be accepted for Learning Support Awards.