Partnership Awards

Nominations for the 2020 Partnership Awards closed on Monday 17 February 2020, with the exception of nominations for the Southwest Jiaotong University Joint School. Please do not make a nomination if you are not from this area, as it will not be counted.


We have received over 2700 nominations, each of which celebrates the work done at the University of Leeds. Thank you to everyone who went the extra mile, and made someone's year by nominating them. 


Faculties or services will announce their local winners in the Spring Term (and some will have their own celebration events). We will announce the overall winners at the Partnership Awards Ceremony on Monday 27 April 2020.


If you have any questions, please contact LUU's Academic Representation team.




You can read about each category for the awards below the FAQ's. 


 Frequently Asked Questions


At Leeds we value our academic community, actively involving all staff and students in working together to provide an exceptional learning experience.

The Leeds Partnership is an agreement setting out the mutual expectations of us all as members of the University community.

You can read more about the Leeds Partnership here.

You can nominate anyone who studies or works at the University of Leeds:

  • An undergraduate or taught postgraduate student
  • A postgraduate researcher/PhD
  • Academic staff
  • SES and administrative staff
  • Staff working in other services, eg. Facilities Directorate or LUU

All nominations go through the same three-step process:

  • They’re longlisted by LUU
  • A panel from your Faculty/area reads the longlist, and selects finalists
  • Finalists go to the Central Judging Panel, which selects winners

The winners are selected on the following grounds:

  • The extent to which their nominations demonstrate the category description
  • The range and depth of examples given
  • The impact demonstrated by the nominations

The winners of the University of Leeds Partnership Awards will be announced at a ceremony on Monday 27 April 2020.

If you are unable to access Google Forms please email Josephine Paul at An alternative format nomination form will be emailed to you.

The text of your nomination will be shared with you after the winners of the Partnership Awards have been selected. The name of your nominator will only be shared at this time, and only if they have given permission for this.

For any other queries, please contact Josephine Paul at



Student Academic Rep of the Year

The School, Course, or Postgraduate Research Rep who has actively worked in partnership with others to secure positive, student-led change that makes a real difference to both students and staff.

Enter your nomination here



The person who provides invaluable and supportive academic feedback, in both content and delivery method, which helps others to develop and excel in their work. 

Enter your nomination here


Equality and Inclusion

This person or group strives to create a fair and equal environment in which everyone can achieve their potential. This could include, but isn't limited to:

  • Teaching or administrative practice
  • Outreach and engagement work
  • Contribution to student success
  • Curriculum content (such as responding to student-led campaigns to liberate the curriculum e.g. Why is my curriculum white?)

Enter your nomination here



The Global Award celebrates staff members, students, or groups who work with a global focus. It aims to recognise excellence amongst those who have actively engaged in the promotion and maintenance of international or intercultural activities, education; or competence. It also recognises those who are involved in the internationalisation of the University of Leeds or Leeds University Union, formally or otherwise.

Reasons for nominating a person could include (but are not limited to) activities related to:

  • teaching
  • co-curricular activities
  • engagement work
  • events
  • or educating peers about different cultures

Enter your nomination here


The person or group who uses innovative methods and approaches to engage and excite others. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Embracing new technology to the benefit of students and staff
  • Developing new and innovative ways to enhance the academic or non-academic student experience
  • Presenting challenging ideas in a way to spark discussion that furthers the understanding of a subject area

Enter your nomination here


Inspirational Teaching

The person who has used their passion and dedication for a subject area to inspire others to be ambitious, enthusiastic and challenged to develop new ideas.

Enter your nomination here



Whether an SES staff member, academic, or a student, this person’s guidance and support has encouraged and nurtured others to develop their skills and prospects for the future, helping them to grow and progress, either personally or in their learning.

 Enter your nomination here

Personal Tutor

The personal tutor who does their utmost to support their students, promoting engagement with academic and co-curricular activities, and facilitating their personal development.

 Enter your nomination here

Positive Impact

The person who has made an exceptional difference to others’ experiences through an outstanding contribution to their School, Faculty, Department or Service or who has worked hard to make individuals’ experiences better.

 Enter your nomination here

Postgraduate Researchers who Teach or Demonstrate

Any registered Leeds PhD student who, while undertaking their own study, has also actively and exceptionally contributed to other students’ education as a module assistant, seminar leader or demonstrator. 

 Enter your nomination here


The dissertation, final year project, or thesis supervisor who has guided and inspired others to push the boundaries of their research for a dissertation, final year project or thesis. 

 Enter your nomination here


The staff member, student, or group who makes an exceptional contribution to wellbeing at Leeds through raising awareness, supporting individuals and/or actively referring others at Leeds.

 Enter your nomination here

The Partnership Award

This Award is decided by the shortlisting panel and given to the person or people who have been deemed to have had an exceptional impact. Often this will be someone who has been nominated broadly, or particularly active on a specific issue.