Who has made a positive mark on the learning environment and/or the quality of education at UiA? The faculties, the Teacher Education Unit and the Student Organisation in Agder (STA) are invited to nominate candidates for this year's Education Prize.
“UiA's Education Prize is NOK 100,000 and is awarded to an individual, an environment or a unit at the university. We need good candidates and challenge the various units to come up with proposals”, says Vice Rector for Education, Morten Brekke.
The application must clearly state how the candidate has excelled in relation to development and innovation within the learning environment and/or the quality of study programmes. The learning environment encompasses physical, psychosocial, organisational, digital, and pedagogical conditions. The quality of study programmes concerns academic and pedagogical activities.
The prize winner in 2020 was the PhD specialisation in information systems at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor Bjørn Erik Munkvold.
“The award committee believes that the PhD specialisation in information systems is a good example of how to work systematically and strategically with the PhD education. The committee wants to highlight the specialisation as an example to follow”, the justification for the 2020 award states.
No prize was awarded in 2019. But in 2018, Associate Professor Arngrim Hunnes and Associate Professor Torunn S. Olsen from the School of Business and Law at UiA were awarded the prize for their work to incorporate ethics in business education.
In 2017, the award went to Jørn Hustad and the late Arne Leland. They were honoured for having introduced several teaching methods to motivate nursing students to make individual efforts and perform better.
Associate Professor Reidun Renstrøm received the award in 2016 for her commitment, communication skills and methodical development of physics education.
On 22 January 2020, the University Board adopted a revision of the prize statutes. This led to a simplification of the process and documentation requirements, and means that the faculties, the Teacher Education Unit and the Student Organisation in Agder (STA) can nominate one candidate each for the university's award, Brekke says, and refers to the education prize website on uia.no.
The nomination deadline this year is 1 October, and each individual unit has its own internal procedures for nominating its candidate. The prize is awarded by the University Board.