Vice-Chancellor's Education Awards

Please note the Education Awards will not be held in 2021, but will return in 2022. A new biennial event for Oxford will be held in 2021 – the Teaching and Learning Showcase

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New for 2020, the Vice-Chancellor’s Education Awards celebrate high-quality education across the collegiate University - recognising new and innovative approaches to teaching, and the steps being taken to further students' educational experience at Oxford.

Winners for 2020 have been announced

Read on to find out who the winners are

Winners for 2020 were announced with an email from the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and via the AAD News Alert. A dedicated webpage has also been created.

PGCert Portfolio Prize

The PGCert Portfolio Prize is part of the Education Awards. The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCert) is a University of Oxford degree award programme which is only open to staff who are teaching at Oxford. The PGCert Portfolio Prize is presented to the participants in each cohort scoring the highest grade in their teaching portfolio. Find out more about recent winners of the PGCert Portfolio Prize.


I have seen first-hand that colleagues across Oxford are pushing back the boundaries of education. These awards recognise the commitment of our staff and students, and shine a light on the significant contributions to educational innovation and enhancement that is taking place across the University.

- Martin Williams, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education

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The judging panel will review each entry against the two criteria set in the entry form:

  • the value and impact of the project
  • and collaborative working within Oxford.

The panel will normally consist of the PVC Education; an education representative from each division; an education representative from the Department for Continuing Education; and the Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning. In exceptional circumstances a member of a panel may nominate another substitute with appropriate expertise and standing.

The judging panel will offer feedback on all unsuccessful nominations.

Please note that the decision of the judging panel is final.

The lead contact for a winning team/group was notified of the outcome of the judging panel in May 2020.

We very much regret that we will be unable to celebrate winning projects at the Education Awards Ceremony, due to the current restrictions on public gatherings. The awards will instead be celebrated across the University via a number of communications.  

The Education Award winners were announced on Monday 29 July via an email from Martin Williams, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and other internal communications including the AAD News Alert. 

The winners are: 

  • An Introduction to Computer Programming for Life Scientists, led by Dr Eoin Malins, IT Manager, Doctoral Training Centre
  • Classics in Communities, led by Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Research Fellow in Classics Education, Faculty of Classics 
  • SmashMedicine and SmashInitiative, led by Dr Benjamin Harris, Lecturer in Biochemistry and Medical Sciences, St Anne’s College
  • The Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a Truly Integrated Chemistry Practical Course for Undergraduates – the first in the World?, led by Dr Malcolm Stewart, Director of Teaching Laboratories, Department of Chemistry and Lecturer at St Hugh's College
  • Voices in the Gallery, led by Clare Cory, Learning Officer: Secondary & Young People, Ashmolean Museum

More information about the winning projects can be found on the dedicated webpage


Thinking about applying to the Education Awards? You can get in touch with informal enquiries at