Staff awards

We are proud to recognise and promote the successes of staff across our campuses through a wide variety of awards.

High Fives

The High Fives recognise the great work of Student Services staff in upholding the department’s values in their everyday work. The High Fives are an ongoing, year-round scheme and all staff members employed by Student Services are eligible to be put forward by their colleagues within the department.

Everyone who is recognised by a colleague for work under a particular value will receive a personal thank you card from the Director of Student Services. Staff who receive a card relating to each of the five values within one year will be given an award.

Graduate School Prizes

These annual prizes recognise the excellence of its postgraduate researchers and the outstanding work carried out by academic and administrative staff members in support of postgraduate research and education.

This year there are five categories:

  • Postgraduate Research Prize (three prizes available)
  • Research Degree Supervisor (three prizes available)
  • School Director of Graduate Studies
  • Postgraduate Administrator Prize
  • Postgraduate Teacher Prize


Winners of the Research Degree Supervisor competition would be entered as Kent nominations for the Times Higher Education ‘Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year’ which normally has a deadline for applications toward the end of June. 

These winners would also be asked to share their expertise with other academic staff members as part of supervisor development activities.

Information Services Staff Excellence Awards

These annual awards recognise individuals and teams who excel in project work or their day-to-day roles.

Innovation Awards

These annual awards recognise the value of innovation and enterprise at Kent, and showcase successful collaborations with partner businesses and organisations.

Categories include Early Career Research Enterprise, Impact Through Knowledge Exchange, ICE (Innovation, Creativity & Enterprise) Award, Most Innovative Staff Project, External Innovation Champion(s) and Student Knowledge Exchange.

Promotions and Salary Awards

Our continuing success is underpinned by the personal growth and career achievements of our staff. The University has a number of ways to recognise the outstanding performance and contribution of staff - through promotion, additional increments, one-off payments or team awards. 

Teaching, Research and Innovation Awards

These annual prizes showcase the exceptional achievements in teaching, research, innovation and public engagement of our staff. 

Categories include: 

  • Teaching 
  • Learning Support
  • Public Engagement with Research 
  • Advanced Research
  • Consolidator Research
  • Starting Research
  • Technical Support
  • Early Career Researcher in Knowledge Exchange
  • Innovation and Enterprise Collaboration.

Staff Excellence/Customer Services Awards

Estates Department's monthly Staff Excellence Award recognises staff for exemplary performance, support for their teams and upholding the department’s core values. 

The monthly Customer Services Award is presented to an Estates staff member or team for professional, courteous and considerate handling of customers.

Both these awards are open to nominations from colleagues in Estates and across the University and each of the winners receives a £20 Amazon voucher.

All winners of the Staff Excellence and Customer Service Awards are entered into the Staff Member of the Year Award, chosen by the Estates Senior Management Team for outstanding commitment to the department. The winner receives a £100 Amazon voucher and the runner-up is given a £50 Amazon voucher.

Teaching Enhancement Small Support Awards (TESSAs)

Teaching Enhancement Small Support Awards (TESSAs), introduced in 2017, aim to support colleagues in enhancing teaching, learning and the student experience. 

TESSAs offers funding of between £500 and £3,000 per award and are available to staff in academic schools and professional service departments.

Up to £5,000 is available for large, high-impact, collaborative awards operating across schools and ideally in more than one faculty, or across schools and professional service departments.

Vice-Chancellor's Cup

An inter-departmental competition, run by Kent Sport, for staff of all abilities to encourage them to keep active in a fun way. The competition runs every year from January to September and includes a variety of sports and challenges, from volleyball and frisbee to a school sports day and pub quiz.

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