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Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


This new award recognises the contribution that students make to enhancing educational practices at the University of Cambridge.

There are already two awards to recognise excellence in teaching: the Pilkington Prize and the CUSU Student-Led Teaching Awards. With this new Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Award the CCTL would like to encourage members of the collegiate University (staff and students alike) to show our appreciation of our students' efforts to improve the learning and teaching experiences of their peers, and to celebrate their contributions to enhancing the excellence of Cambridge education through their voluntary or extracurricular activities.


Congratulations to the 2019 winners!

Thank you to everybody who submitted a nomination. The full shortlists and profiles of the winners can be found via the OSCEA Winners 2019 page.

For more information on the selection criteria used for judging, please see the Nominations Process.


Award categories - click for details

In light of the University's commitment to widening access and participation, it is important to acknowledge the outstanding work undertaken by students in giving voice to underrepresented cohorts, and in driving initiatives to improve the educational experience of all. Students might be nominated for their voluntary or extracurricular initiatives, or for stepping up to demonstrate or advocate for particular inclusive teaching and learning practices.

The transition to university can be challenging, and the voluntary contributions by students in supporting their peers are often unrecognised but of great value to the university community. Students might be nominated for supporting their peers' learning in large or small ways, for instance in taking the initiative to set up a study group.

Being an elected Academic Representative allows students to work with their institutions to resolve issues raised by their peers, and work together with CUSU and their Departments/Faculties to share good practice or even contribute to larger-scale institutional changes. Students might be nominated for going above and beyond in representing the student voice on learning and teaching matters.

While the focus of most JCR and MCR committee members is community-building and welfare within their colleges, they might also make significant positive contributions to the learning experience of their peers. Students might be nominated for going above and beyond in their efforts for the educational experience of their college communities.


Further information

Full details of the award are provided in the OSCEAs Guide 2019. If you have any further queries about the nomination categories or processes, please contact Dr Ruth Walker at


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