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Team Teesside's Star Awards

Team Teesside's Star Awards

Teesside University and the Students' Union collaborate to celebrate the excellence and service demonstrated by staff throughout the year.

The Star Awards brings together the annual presentations for long service and academic achievement, with a series of special awards that recognise the outstanding contributions made by nominated colleagues from across the University.

Each year we invite staff and students to nominate staff in a variety of categories, including individual and team awards. The finalists are invited to the Star Awards dinner, where we announce the winners and celebrate the best of Team Teesside.

We are asking staff and students to nominate staff in a variety of categories, including individual and team awards. If there is someone who you feel deserves to be recognised this year, now is your chance to help make it happen.

Has someone gone above and beyond? Has a team, School or department gone that extra mile? Has a lecturer inspired you? Or is there just someone who is always happy to help out?

Use the form below to make your nomination(s) for one or all of the awards. Make sure to include a description for why you’re nominating that person or team in between 50 - 200 words. Please provide as much detail as possible as this will benefit your nomination at the judging stage.

Before you make your nomination, please read the criteria carefully and read the tips for award nominations.

All nominations must be received by 5.00pm on Friday 17 February 2023.

For further details contact events@tees.ac.uk.

Hints and tips for writing a Star Award nomination

Read the award criteria carefully and make sure you’re nominating them for the correct award. Check the other awards so you are sure the award you have chosen is the most appropriate one.

Write a draft list of reasons why you think the nominee deserves to be recognised, listed against the criteria so that you can give specific examples about how they meet them.

If possible, include a clear introduction or closing summary about why the nominee deserves to be recognised.

Give evidence that shows exactly why that person should win the award. For example:

  • What did they do?
  • What was the impact?
  • How has this benefitted students and staff?
  • Did they overcome any challenges?
  • Do they do anything that is above and beyond what is expected of them usually?
  • How have they been innovative?

Quality is better than quantity. Keep your submission clear and concise and avoid sweeping general statements. It is recommended that you write around 200 words.

Proofread your statement, and make sure the information you submit is accurate and has no spelling or grammatical errors.

Ask your fellow students or colleagues if they want to submit their own nomination, but encourage them to write their own statement. Don’t all submit the same text.

Describe unique characteristics that are more than just what a great or nice person this nominee is.

Always assume that the judging panel does not know the nominee, so don’t leave out any important information.

Star Awards 2023 categories

Innovation, Enterprise and Engagement

This award recognises where a colleague or a team has demonstrated creativity, enterprise and innovation. They have continually challenged boundaries to succeed in their field of work or expertise. They take every opportunity to learn and seek out new ideas and apply something new or different. This could include significant involvement in commercial enterprise, a spin-out company or a workplace initiative where the individual or team has encouraged creativity and pushed the boundaries.

When making your nomination please give details of the project or initiative that has been created and / or delivered which has had significant benefit to the University.

Nominations for this award can be made by staff only.

Living our Values

This award recognises where a colleague or a team has applied the ‘Team Teesside’ ethos by demonstrating that the University’s values are embedded in everything they do. This will include teams and individuals who are inclusive in their approach, respectful of all colleagues, forward thinking, committed to service excellence and improvement and see change as a positive opportunity.

When making your nomination please give details of how the individual or team’s approach has demonstrated one or more of the University’s values and a respect for all colleagues.

Nominations for this award can be made by staff only.

Research Excellence

This award recognises a research team who have demonstrated excellent teamwork, mentorship and support, to colleagues in the pursuit of research excellence. The award recognises all of those working collaboratively to support research endeavour including technicians, research staff, students service users, and community members as well as academic colleagues.

Outstanding Leadership

This award recognises a colleague who effectively leads and inspires individuals and/or teams to reach their full potential. They do this by effortlessly demonstrating leadership and management skills that instil confidence in others and motivate people to achieve results above and beyond what is expected. Through their people skills they bring out the very best in themselves and in others and provide support and encouragement to enable successful outcomes.

When making your nomination give examples of how this individual has had a visible and positive impact on the people who they work alongside. Your nominee can have leadership responsibility at any level.

Nominations for members of the University’s Senior Management Team cannot be considered.

Nominations for this award can be made by staff only.

Unsung Hero

This award recognises a colleague who goes out of their way to provide an exceptional service. They do a great job, in fact, they go the extra mile and don’t shout about it! They demonstrate that they are competent and confident in what they do and take ownership and accountability for the achievement of their priorities and goals. They can be relied upon in any given situation.

When making your nomination provide evidence of how you think the nominee has exceeded what would normally be expected of them in their role.

Nominations for this award can be made by staff only.

Team of the Year

This award recognises a team that demonstrates excellence by driving forward continuous improvements. They demonstrate forward thinking and view change as a positive opportunity. By enhancing the experience of our students, staff and/or external partners, this team will have provided exceptional customer service and shown a clear commitment to the future success and sustainability of the University. This may be an existing team or a team that has been brought together to undertake a particular objective.

When making your nomination give examples of how this team have worked together and provide details of the project, activity or change initiative that has made such a positive impact.

Nominations for this award can be made by staff only.

Fantastic Feedback

This award recognises a member of staff who is exceptional when it comes to giving students feedback. They provide different methods of innovative feedback and always provide clear and concise comments on what students did well and how they can improve. They demonstrate how they communicate openly, honestly and respectfully at all times through their active listening and effective interventions.

When making your nomination give examples of how the nominee has communicated effectively to students, fostered trust based relationships by offering time to listen, provided effective feedback and given supportive advice and guidance.

Nominations for this award can be made by students only.

Outstanding Student Support Service

This award recognises where a member of staff or a team has provided an outstanding service to students. Through a commitment to deliver an enhanced student experience they have demonstrated inclusion, worked across barriers and embraced differences. The service provided could be from any area within the University with a focus on student engagement.

When making your nomination give an example of the level of service provided and the impact this has had on the student experience.

Nominations for this award can be made by students only.

Outstanding Teaching

This award is given to a member of staff who delivers excellence in teaching practice, and shows drive, commitment and passion in their role. Inspiring students to be the best that they can be they share their depth of knowledge and expertise both inside and outside the lecture theatre and classroom, and think outside of the box when delivering lessons.

When making your nomination give specific examples of teaching excellence and how inspirational teaching methods always keep students engaged and interested.

Nominations for this award can be made by students only.


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Star Awards 2022 finalists


We received over 400 nominations from students and staff for the 2022 Star Awards, highlighting the efforts and achievements of those individuals and teams who make Teesside such an inspiring place to work and study.

Thank you to everyone that took the time to submit a nomination. We announced the winners at the Star Awards dinner on Thursday 26 May, and are delighted to share them with you here.

Award Categories and Winners

Innovation, Enterprise and Engagement

This award recognises where a colleague or a team has demonstrated creativity, enterprise and innovation. They have continually challenged boundaries to succeed in their field of work or expertise. They take every opportunity to learn and seek out new ideas and apply something new or different. This could include significant involvement in commercial enterprise, a spin-out company or a workplace initiative where the individual or team has encouraged creativity and pushed the boundaries.

When making your nomination please give details of the project or initiative that has been created and / or delivered which has had significant benefit to the University.

Nominations for this award can be made by staff only.

Living our Values

This award recognises where a colleague or a team has applied the ‘Team Teesside’ ethos by demonstrating that the University’s values are embedded in everything they do. This will include teams and individuals who are inclusive in their approach, respectful of all colleagues, forward thinking, committed to service excellence and improvement and see change as a positive opportunity.

When making your nomination please give details of how the individual or team’s approach has demonstrated one or more of the University’s values and a respect for all colleagues.

Nominations for this award can be made by staff only.

Research Excellence

This award recognises a research team who have demonstrated excellent teamwork, mentorship and support, to colleagues in the pursuit of research excellence. The award recognises all of those working collaboratively to support research endeavour including technicians, research staff, students service users, and community members as well as academic colleagues.

Outstanding Leadership

This award recognises a colleague who effectively leads and inspires individuals and/or teams to reach their full potential. They do this by effortlessly demonstrating leadership and management skills that instil confidence in others and motivate people to achieve results above and beyond what is expected. Through their people skills they bring out the very best in themselves and in others and provide support and encouragement to enable successful outcomes.

When making your nomination give examples of how this individual has had a visible and positive impact on the people who they work alongside. Your nominee can have leadership responsibility at any level.

Nominations for members of the University’s Senior Management Team cannot be considered.

Nominations for this award can be made by staff only.

Unsung Hero

This award recognises a colleague who goes out of their way to provide an exceptional service. They do a great job, in fact, they go the extra mile and don’t shout about it! They demonstrate that they are competent and confident in what they do and take ownership and accountability for the achievement of their priorities and goals. They can be relied upon in any given situation.

When making your nomination provide evidence of how you think the nominee has exceeded what would normally be expected of them in their role.

Nominations for this award can be made by staff only.

Team of the Year

This award recognises a team that demonstrates excellence by driving forward continuous improvements. They demonstrate forward thinking and view change as a positive opportunity. By enhancing the experience of our students, staff and/or external partners, this team will have provided exceptional customer service and shown a clear commitment to the future success and sustainability of the University. This may be an existing team or a team that has been brought together to undertake a particular objective.

When making your nomination give examples of how this team have worked together and provide details of the project, activity or change initiative that has made such a positive impact.

Nominations for this award can be made by staff only.

Fantastic Feedback

This award recognises a member of staff who is exceptional when it comes to giving students feedback. They provide different methods of innovative feedback and always provide clear and concise comments on what students did well and how they can improve. They demonstrate how they communicate openly, honestly and respectfully at all times through their active listening and effective interventions.

When making your nomination give examples of how the nominee has communicated effectively to students, fostered trust based relationships by offering time to listen, provided effective feedback and given supportive advice and guidance.

Nominations for this award can be made by students only.

Outstanding Student Support Service

This award recognises where a member of staff or a team has provided an outstanding service to students. Through a commitment to deliver an enhanced student experience they have demonstrated inclusion, worked across barriers and embraced differences. The service provided could be from any area within the University with a focus on student engagement.

When making your nomination give an example of the level of service provided and the impact this has had on the student experience.

Nominations for this award can be made by students only.

Outstanding Teaching

This award is given to a member of staff who delivers excellence in teaching practice, and shows drive, commitment and passion in their role. Inspiring students to be the best that they can be they share their depth of knowledge and expertise both inside and outside the lecture theatre and classroom, and think outside of the box when delivering lessons.

When making your nomination give specific examples of teaching excellence and how inspirational teaching methods always keep students engaged and interested.

Nominations for this award can be made by students only.


View a list of all nominations

Long Service 2022

We are honoured to pay tribute to a very special group of staff who have completed an incredible 25 years’ service, as well as those celebrating 40 years’ with our university.

40 years' service

  • Colin Blair, Student and Library Services
  • Morven Morley, IT & Digital Services

25 years' service

  • Angela Ackerley, School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies
  • Jeff Belt, IT & Digital Services
  • Lesley Davidson, Finance and Commercial Development
  • Abbie English, Student Recruitment & Marketing
  • Lynne Foster, Finance and Commercial Development
  • John Goldfinkle, Campus Services
  • Jackie McKenna, Campus Services
  • Emma Owens, Finance and Commercial Development
  • Hilary Rodgerson, Student Recruitment & Marketing
  • Ellie Serafin, School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies
  • Darren Skelton, Campus Services
  • Paul van Schaik, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
  • Claire Waterhouse, Student and Library Services

As a new member of staff, Team Teesside is a supportive and encouraging place to work, a place where you are welcomed and valued.

Lisa Bone, Higher Degree Apprenticeship Workplace Assessor, ACA

I’m proud to be a part of such a warm community as Team Teesside, as both a graduate and member of staff. There is a true sense of belonging, teamwork and camaraderie in the University which is very rare to find and this makes for a fantastic working environment.

Lauren Heslop, Communications Assistant (Content Production), Communications & Development

I feel privileged to be a part of Team Teesside because it's a community like no other. You are working collectively to achieve a common goal which makes your work truly valued. There’s a sense of pride and belonging that comes with being part of Team Teesside.

Demi Falshaw, Student Adviser (Mental Health and Autism), Student & Library Services

Team Teesside to me encompasses collaborative thinking and working. We've achieved so much already and it's exciting to see where we will go next.

Charlotte Murray, Project Coordinator (North East Uni Connect Programme), Student Recruitment & Marketing

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