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Trinity Laban up for global teaching award

Tue 15 May 2018

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is one of just 17 universities from around the world to be announced as a finalist in the Global Teaching Excellence Awards (GTEA) 2018.

Introduced in 2017 in association with Times Higher Education, the awards recognise and celebrate an institution-wide commitment to the pursuit of teaching excellence. There were expressions of interest from universities from 41 countries across 6 continents, and Trinity Laban was selected as a finalist following a rigorous two-stage review from a distinguished international panel of experts.

Alison Johns, chief executive of Advance HE commented:

“The quality of submissions for GTEA 2018 was outstanding. The finalists all provided exemplary evidence of their commitment to the pursuit of teaching excellence… Great teaching galvanises staff and students. It also has far-reaching implications for society as a whole. The GTEA 2018 finalists deserve to be recognised – and celebrated!”

Trinity Laban’s submission focused on three key messages:

  • Diversity and inclusivity
  • Experiential learning, informed by both research and professional practice
  • The development of a learning community

The submission celebrated Trinity Laban’s achievements in supporting a diverse cohort of students through a range of innovative and excellent teaching models. There was a focus on Trinity Laban’s acclaimed Learning Enhancement Unit, which was set up in 2014 by Professor Louise Jackson, a National Teaching Fellow, and which actively promotes teaching excellence both at Trinity Laban and across the conservatoire sector.

Professor Jackson commented:

“We are very excited that the international judging panel has recognised our commitment to excellent teaching founded upon research and professional artistic practice. To be shortlisted as a finalist alongside other world-leading universities shows that Trinity Laban maintains its position as a leading institution in the pursuit of teaching excellence.”

Professor Anthony Bowne, Principal of Trinity Laban, commented:

“I am delighted that the world-class nature of teaching at Trinity Laban has once again been recognised by a panel of experts. I am immensely proud of all of our incredible teaching and support staff, who help our students achieve such wonderful things throughout the year.” 

The GTEA 2018 overall winner will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Wednesday 18 July. For more information visit the GTEA website.

Read more on the Times Higher Education website.

(Image credit: JK Photography. A class with renowned pianist and Distinguished Artist in Residence Pascal Rogé)