The Partnership Awards 2023

The annual Business School Partnership Awards celebrate the achievements of staff, students and postgraduate researchers who truly put The Leeds Partnership into practice.

By winning – or being nominated for – one of these prestigious and widely-recognised awards, staff and students are acknowledged for their successes outside of traditional markers such as grades or performance reviews.

The Partnership Awards 2023

How do I make a nomination?

The nomination window is now open and closes Midnight Sunday 19 February 2023.

You can submit a nomination through this online form

If you would like further information about making nominations, you can visit the Leeds University Union Partnership Awards page for guidance on what to include and examples of nominations submitted in previous years.

Award Categories & Information

There are fourteen categories, celebrating the many different ways people at Leeds make a difference. Please click on the drop-down lists below to find out more information about each category.

Equality and Inclusion

Intended recipients: Student/Staff

The Equality and Inclusion Award encapsulates both the University of Leeds and Leeds University Union’s values.  Grounded in the belief that every student, regardless of background, should feel like they belong within the Leeds community.

Nominations in this category will recognise the work of people working inclusively, either in their everyday work or through initiatives to create a sense of belonging.  Nominees can be students, staff or groups from across the University.  This may include but is not limited to:

  • The development of initiatives which include a diverse range of students
  • Outreach and engagement work
  • Help to develop a culture where all members of the community belong.

Feedback and Assessment

Intended recipients: Academic Staff

This category will recognise commitment to our students by a member of staff or group of staff who provide our students with an excellent experience in assessment and feedback.

This person or group will use assessment and feedback to support and facilitate learning. Their approach will enhance the overall student experience and encourage students to become reflexive* learners. They will create assessment and feedback opportunities for students which are fair, inclusive and authentic.

[*reflexive in this context means examining one’s own beliefs, judgments and practices and how they influence or may influence how you react and act].

Global Award

Intended recipients: Student/Staff

The Global Award celebrates members of our community who work with a global focus. It aims to recognise excellence amongst those who have actively engaged in the promotion and maintenance of international or intercultural activities, education, or competence.

We welcome all nominations, including those for staff.  We particularly welcome nominations showcasing the amazing contribution our international students make to our community – wherever they are in the world!


Intended recipients: Student/Staff

The student, staff member or group who uses innovative methods and approaches to engage and excite others or solve problems.  Examples include but are not limited to:

  • Student support staff who have developed new methods to communicate and support students
  • An individual/group who has developed excellent opportunities linked to student success. Or an individual/group who has developed support/activities/campaigns to give students the opportunity to love their time at Leeds
  • A student group which has created ways to spark discussions to inform University best practice
  • Academic team members who develop innovative ways to enhance the student learning experience.

Inspirational Teaching /Supervisor

Intended recipients: Staff

This category will recognise the individual or group who continually inspires students, using their passion and dedication for a subject area to inspire others to continually develop their thinking and academic skills.


Intended recipients: Student/Staff

Whether an SES staff member, academic, or a student, this person’s guidance and support has encouraged and nurtured others to develop their skills and prospects for the future, helping them to grow and progress, either personally or in their learning.

Outstanding Student Award

Intended recipients: Student

This award will recognise a student or student group who has volunteered their time to enhance the learning experience of their peers.  This may be through the creation of community events or supporting the liberation of student groups.

Academic Personal Tutor/ Supervisor

Intended recipients: Staff

This category will feature nominations for an exceptional Personal Tutor, dissertation, thesis or final year project supervisor who, through their passion and leadership, promotes academic engagement and a sense of belonging.  This exceptional collaboration will enable our students to push the boundaries to develop and explore new knowledge.

Postgraduate Researcher

Intended recipients: Student

Any registered Leeds postgraduate researcher (PGR) who, while undertaking their own research, makes a significant impact on our learning/research community or the wider world.

Nominations in this category may include but are not limited to PGRs that have made:

  • A major and positive difference to your learning as an exceptional module assistant, seminar or workshop leader
  • A significant contribution to research culture, quality, or impact in or beyond your Institute, School or Faculty; or
  • A meaningful contribution to the sense of belonging within the University or our wider community.

Student Academic Rep of the Year

Intended recipients: Student

The School Rep, Course Rep, or Postgraduate Research Rep who has actively worked in partnership with others to secure positive, student-led change that makes a real difference to students and staff.


Intended recipients: Student/Staff

The Wellbeing Award recognises the partnership working across schools and services at Leeds.   Nominations should demonstrate how initiatives have involved students and provided dedication to their wellbeing.

School Community Partnership of the Year

Intended recipients: Student/Staff

This award will celebrate meaningful changes developed in partnership with school staff and students.

Some examples may include:

  • Community working to support the University to reduce the awarding gap
  • Partnership working to listen to and act upon student voice initiatives
  • The development of peer support within the school/ faculty or University
  • Creating a new society to support the school community.

Positive Contribution to Student Experience and Opportunities

This award recognises a person or group, either student or staff, who has made an exceptional difference to opportunities or experiences for students. This may include staff who have developed new methods to support and communicate with students, excellent opportunities linked to student success, support schemes, activities or campaigns to help students love their time at Leeds, activities to foster a sense of belonging in Leeds, or innovative ways to enhance the student learning experience.

The Overall Partnership Award

Intended recipients: Student/Staff

This Award is decided by the shortlisting panel and given to the person or people whose work embodies the ethos of the Leeds Partnership and has an exceptional impact on our community. Often this will be a person, group, or School that has been nominated broadly, or particularly active on a specific issue.