SEDA Educational Development Initiative of the Year Award 2019

The aim of this annual award is to encourage and celebrate collaborative educational development initiatives that demonstrably improve practice and outcomes in higher education.

Eligibility criteria
  • Applications will be accepted either from single institutions or from partnerships of institutions. The main or lead institution must have full SEDA membership.
  • The initiative must involve cross-institutional and/or inter-institutional collaboration, including staff with specific roles in educational development as well as academic staff. It must have involved staff from other support services wherever possible (e.g. learning technologists, information and library specialists, careers staff etc).

Assessment criteria
The initiative must: 

  1. Make both practical and theoretical / scholarly contributions to important challenges, issues or opportunities in course design, student learning, teaching, assessment and / or student support in post-compulsory education.
  2. Involve cross-institutional and / or inter-institutional collaboration.
  3. Involve staff with specific roles in educational development, as well as academic staff and students.
  4. Also involve staff from other support and development services, for example, learning technologists, information and library specialists, student / learning developers or careers staff.
  5. Be demonstrably both cost-effective and sustainable.
  6. Provide evidence of positive outcomes in one or more important aspects of course design, student learning, teaching, assessment and / or student support.
  7. Show at least the potential to be adapted and transferred to other contexts, for example, other disciplines and / or institutions.


Shortlisting and final judging
Written applications will be shortlisted against the criteria by the SEDA Conference & Events Committee.

Three shortlisted applications will deliver a poster and presentation (as part of a keynote session) to the November SEDA Conference in the year of application. The overall winner will be selected at the conference by a panel comprising:

  • Chair - nominated by Conference & Events Committee, plus
  • One nominated member from each of the main SEDA Committees: Executive; PDF; Services and Enterprise; Papers; Educational Developments; and Scholarship and Research.

The winning initiative will receive:

  • Two free places at the next SEDA Conference (to cover full conference fees and subsistence, but not travel to/from the conference venue).
  • A feature in Educational Developments.
  • Certificate of achievement.

Each of the two runners-up will receive:

  • A certificate of achievement.
  • A feature article in Educational Developments



Please complete the application form application form and return it to the SEDA office by noon on Friday 30th August 2019.



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