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SSTAR Awards

What are the SSTAR Awards?

The SSTAR awards are our Student Staff Teaching and Representation Awards. They can be an opportunity to show your appreciation for someone at the University who has made a major difference to your time and experience this year. This could be a caring personal tutor, an engaged course rep, an inspiring lecturer or an individual who champions equality and diversity.

Why is it important?

The SSTAR awards are important this year due to the massive amounts of change we have gone through this year. There are individuals who have gone above and beyond to support students, and they should be recognised for this. These awards are incredibly powerful, whether your nominee wins or not, your words can mean so much to that person. Because knowing you have made a difference for at least one person can really mean the world.

Tonari Arikekpar - VP Education (2022-23)

Nominate

Are you a student or staff member?

As a student, you can submit your nominations for the SSTAR awards through the surveys linked below.

Awards for Staff

Creative teacher of the year
This Award is given to someone who thinks outside the box when delivering the curriculum by incorporating a number of different teaching methods, effectively engages students and keeps them interested in what is being taught.
Inspirational teacher of the year
Awarded to University of Plymouth staff member who shows passion and enthusiasm for teaching and inspires their students to be the best they can be.
Mel Joyner award for championing equality and diversity
Awarded to an individual or individuals who really put equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything that they do.
Most dedicated dissertation/ project supervisor of the year
Completing a large project or a dissertation can be one of the biggest sources of stress for a student, the Award for the Most Dedicated Dissertation/Project Supervisor goes to a member of staff who has been by your side to support and guide you throughout.
Personal tutor of the year
The Outstanding Personal Tutor Award recognises those Personal Tutors who make time for you and treat you as an individual, show willingness to listen, advocate your needs, champion and inspire and make a real difference to your University experience.
Placement support of the year
The Placement Support Award is awarded to someone who has made a significant positive impact on your placement. This can be either a year out placement, part of your course, an internship, or summer placement.
Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year
This award goes to a Postgraduate supervisor to recognize their contribution to your academic experience.
Programme leader of the year
This award is for a Programme Lead who has made a recognisable difference to your experience within your Programme.
Support staff of the year
Supporting students throughout their time at University can make a world of difference. The One in a Million Support Staff Award recognises those members of support staff who, in any shape or form, aid students to make their lives and their student experience better.
Big thank you
The Big Thank You Award is given to anyone that makes your day that little bit better, it could be any individual member of staff, staff team or a student that enhances your experience at the University of Plymouth. No matter what they do, why not say thank you by nominating them for this award.

Awards for Students

Nominations guidance document

For any queries and questions, you can contact the student voice team on: studentvoice@su.plymouth.ac.uk

As a staff member, you can submit your nominations for the SSTAR awards through the Survey Monkey link below.

Cast your Nomination

The categories you can nominate for are:

  • Awards for Staff
  • Creative teacher of the year
    This Award is given to someone who thinks outside the box when delivering the curriculum by incorporating a number of different teaching methods, effectively engages students and keeps them interested in what is being taught.
  • Inspirational teacher of the year
    Awarded to University of Plymouth staff member who shows passion and enthusiasm for teaching and inspires their students to be the best they can be.
  • Mel Joyner award for championing equality and diversity
    Awarded to an individual or individuals who really put equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything that they do.
  • Most dedicated dissertation/ project supervisor of the year
    Completing a large project or a dissertation can be one of the biggest sources of stress for a student, the Award for the Most Dedicated Dissertation/Project Supervisor goes to a member of staff who has been by your side to support and guide you throughout.
  • Personal tutor of the year
    The Outstanding Personal Tutor Award recognises those Personal Tutors who make time for you and treat you as an individual, show willingness to listen, advocate your needs, champion and inspire and make a real difference to your University experience.
  • Placement support of the year
    The Placement Support Award is awarded to someone who has made a significant positive impact on your placement. This can be either a year out placement, part of your course, an internship, or summer placement.
  • Postgraduate supervisor of the year
    This award goes to a Postgraduate supervisor to recognize their contribution to your academic experience.
  • Programme leader of the year
    This award is for a Programme Lead who has made a recognisable difference to your experience within your Programme.
  • Support staff of the year
    Supporting students throughout their time at University can make a world of difference. The One in a Million Support Staff Award recognises those members of support staff who, in any shape or form, aid students to make their lives and their student experience better.
  • Big thank you
    The Big Thank You Award is given to anyone that makes your day that little bit better, it could be any individual member of staff, staff team or a student that enhances your experience at the University of Plymouth. No matter what they do, why not say thank you by nominating them for this award.
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  • Awards for Students
  • Course rep of the year
    The Course Rep of the Year Award is awarded to a Course Rep who has gone above and beyond to ensure that the student voice is truly heard and acted upon.
  • School rep of the year
    The School Rep of the Year Award recognises those Reps who go above and beyond to make time for students and form a clear link between the student body, the Students’ Union and the University at a School and Faculty level.
  • Part-time officer of the year
    The winner of this award will have made time for students, used appropriate and tailored methods to proactively collect students – feeding the outcome back to the students they represent.
  • Student led representative campaign/ project of the year
    The Best Led Student-Led Representative Campaign Award is given to an individual or group of students that has planned and delivered a campaign, making a positive change to the lives of students.
  • Big thank you
    The Big Thank You Award is given to anyone that makes your day that little bit better, it could be any individual member of staff, staff team or a student that enhances your experience at the University of Plymouth. No matter what they do, why not say thank you by nominating them for this award.

Nominations guidance document

For any queries and questions, you can contact the student voice team on: studentvoice@su.plymouth.ac.uk