HEA Global Teaching Excellence Award 2017 – Finalists Announced

Thursday, 13 July, 2017

An international panel of judges has shortlisted 27 institutions as finalists for the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) first Global Teaching Excellence Awards (GTEA). 

The award, in partnership with Times Higher Education, is open to all providers of higher education and GTEA 2017 included entries from around the world.

GTEA is awarded to an institution as a whole in recognition of institution-wide approaches to teaching excellence.

The finalists this year are:

Aston University United Kingdom
Edith Cowan University Australia
Falmouth University United Kingdom
Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
Leeds Beckett University United Kingdom
McMaster University Canada
Monash University  Australia
Norwegian Academy of Music Norway
Queensland University of Technology


Swiss Hotel Management School Switzerland
Teesside University United Kingdom
The Open University United Kingdom
The University of Adelaide Australia
The University of Law United Kingdom
University College London United Kingdom
University of Bath United Kingdom
University of Birmingham United Kingdom
University of Bristol United Kingdom
University of Derby United Kingdom
University of Essex United Kingdom
University of Exeter United Kingdom
University of Huddersfield United Kingdom
University of Johannesburg South Africa
University of Plymouth United Kingdom
University of Salford United Kingdom
University of Wollongong Australia
Utrecht University Netherlands

While we will celebrate all finalists as “winners” we will also announce an overall winner at a ceremony in London, Monday 4 September.

Svava Bjarnason, chair of the GTEA judging panel and a former member of the World Bank Education Sector Board, said, “There were some fantastic entries for GTEA. Our panel was looking for robust evidence of excellence in three areas:  leadership, teaching and in student support. 

“We found a great deal of outstanding practice in these submissions, and I believe this presents a superb opportunity for others to consider these lessons for their own institutional teaching strategies.”

“I congratulate all the finalists. And I’d also like to thank all the institutions that entered; there were some difficult decisions in selecting the final 27.”

Professor Stephanie Marshall, HEA Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are delighted by the response to the inaugural GTEA and I add my congratulations to all the finalists.  I thank the judges for their detailed work.

“The HEA’s mission is about improving learning outcomes by raising the status and quality of teaching in higher education, and these awards help do that by highlighting outstanding practice wherever it is happening in the world.”

Entries for GTEA 2018 open immediately after this year’s London award ceremony.

Global Teaching Excellence Awards