benguinsMarcus Stein

The benguins are back! And that can only mean one thing – it’s time to nominate for the Student-Led Teaching Awards!

Legend has it that the benguins originated from the idea that staff members tend to huddle together, avoiding interaction with students. All students know that one member of staff – the one that stands out from the crowd, and goes above and beyond to engage, support, and inspire students – these are the golden benguins! The SLTAs take place every year, and provide a platform to acknowledge and reward these members of staff.

Students can nominate a member of staff for any number of the awards, which cover teaching, learning, and support – the criteria for these, along with the nomination form, can be found at The nominations submitted provide a means to showcase what students really value when it comes to their learning and teaching, which informs the education policies and strategies developed by the University.

The overall result is an event that provides the tools and knowledge required for staff to improve their individual offerings, which in turn benefits the students! In this respect, the more students take part, the more they ultimately get out, so I would encourage as many students as possible to submit a nomination!