Enhancing the Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTA) Process - University of St Andrews Students Association

Many students’ associations run Student-led Teaching Awards; however, only rarely [see footnote] are student-submitted nominations analysed to draw conclusions about excellent teaching practice. Student-submitted nominations for these awards offer unique insights into how students prefer to learn. In their praise of deserving staff members, students offer data that can be leveraged to make enhancements to learning and teaching. The St Andrews Students’ Association has enhanced its Teaching Awards process to include an in-depth analysis of the nominations in order to incorporate student-identified good teaching practice into its quality assurance and enhancement processes.

Footnote: Two examples include reports from The University Edinburgh Students’ Association (2016) and QAA Scotland (2018).


The provided resources include:

  1. A guide for Students’ Associations to run similar processes.
  2. A copy of the final findings from St Andrews in our initial year of running an enhanced SLTA process.
  3. A plain-text version of the process guide for accessibility purposes.

For information about the Award Categories and Criteria used at St Andrews, please see their Teaching Awards website.


For further information, please contact: 

  • Name – Chase Greenfield
  • Role – Academic Representation Co-ordinator (St Andrews Students’ Association)
  • Emailcmg9@st-andrews.ac.uk

(November 2022)

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