The Principal's Office

Selection process

The Principal chooses the winner from the nominations put forward by the Heads of College and Professional Services Group and recommend them to the Chancellor

Nominations should be submitted to the relevant Head of School or Professional Services Lead who will decide who to recommend to their respective Head of College or Professional Services Group. The Head of College/Professional Services Group may then submit a maximum of two nominees per category to the Principal.

  • The Head of School / Directorate/Departmental Lead must approve all nominations in the first instance before passing them to the Head of College or Professional Service Group for approval in ranked order.
  • Colleges should group nominations according to the award sought and should rank nominations in order of preference – please indicate clearly the top two choices for each Award.
  • Professional Services Heads should submit a maximum of two nominations in rank order.

Points to note

It is intended that one award in each category (Teaching, Research, Outstanding Contribution, and Rising Star) will be made although this is subject to variation depending on the nominations received.

Successful nominees must make themselves available for the Chancellor’s Award dinner to receive their award, this usually takes place in autumn but may be subject to alternative arrangements. Successful nominees will be contacted in the summer or once the ceremony date has been confirmed.

There will be internal and external communication of the awards, which may involve Award winners in public speaking engagements.

The Principal relies on the nomination form being an accurate and complete description of the reasons why an award should be bestowed. The University of Edinburgh reserves the right to withdraw the award at any point.