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HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year

About the award

The Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award seeks to identify the UK's leading bioscience higher education (HE) teachers, recognising the invaluable role they play in educating and inspiring the next generation of biologists. The award seeks to recognise excellence in all of its forms, we particularly encourage applications from women, and biologists from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds.

The scheme rewards lecturers who:

  • Display individual excellence through the design and development of approaches to teaching that have proven successful in promoting bioscience student learning and achievement
  • Undertake scholarly and professional developmental activities that actively influence and enhance the learning of their students
  • Support colleagues and influence bioscience student learning beyond their own department and institution
  • Exhibit innovation in relation to teaching that has proven to improve teaching practices and enhance student learning

Previous finalist case studies and video entries are available to read/view.


The HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award has been developed from the UK Centre for Biosciences Ed Wood Teaching Awards, which were established in 2008/09 to provide an annual opportunity for bioscience academics to receive national recognition for their outstanding learning and teaching practices.

The closure of the UK Centre for Bioscience in 2011 means that the award is now offered and managed by the Royal Society of Biology. The Society is delighted to be able to ensure that this Award continues despite the Centre's closure. The Award is sponsored by Oxford University Press (OUP).


The winner receives the Ed Wood Memorial Prize of £1,000 to spend as they wish; £250 worth of OUP books of the winner's choice; and one year's free Membership of the Royal Society of Biology at the appropriate grade (MRSB or FRSB).

The remaining finalists all receive a £150 prize for their case study, and one year's free Membership/Fellowship to the Royal Society of Biology. All shortlisted candidates receive a free place at the Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) Annual Meeting and have their application fee waivered for the Chartered Science Teacher Register.

The Ed Wood Memorial Prize is named in honour of Professor Edward J Wood, who established and became the first director of the Learning and Teaching Support Network for Bioscience, subsequently the UK Centre for Bioscience, and who dedicated himself to the promotion of biochemistry and molecular biology education.

How to apply

To apply for the Higher Education Bioscience Teacher of the Year Award 2020 please view the Guidance Document for full information and if you have any questions regarding the award process, please contact

The competition is open to all employed bioscience teachers in the UK HE sector. Individuals can enter Round 1 by being nominated, either by themselves or a colleague. Students can also now suggest candidates for the Award.

Applicants who are selected to progress to Round 2 will be required to complete a case study, present this in person and complete an interview with the judging panel.

Applicants can be nominated by peers or management or self-nomination, by the completion of the below nomination form. Completed forms should be submitted by email to no later than Sunday 17th November.

Nomination Form - HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year 2020

Students can also suggest their lecturer for the award using the below form. Student suggestion forms should be sent to by Wednesday 9 October 2019. The Royal Society of Biology will then forward this information to the candidate. It is then up to the suggested candidate to formally nominate themselves for the award.

Student Suggestion Form - HE Bioscience Teacher of the Year 2020

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