The Teaching Hero Awards are student-led awards which celebrate the best of Ireland’s higher education teachers for the impact they have on the development of their students and the part they play in promoting educational excellence in higher education.

These awards are organised by the National Forum, in collaboration with the Union of Students in Ireland. The awards aim to enhance and motivate outstanding teaching in all our higher education institutions. Teaching Heroes are nominated by individual students, who submit a short personal piece that explains why the person is their ‘Teaching Hero’. Based on student nominations, local student working groups follow a nationally-agreed process to identify Teaching Heroes to receive the national award.

The Teaching Hero Awards were first presented in 2014, and again in 2016.

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Characteristics of a Teaching Hero

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Teaching Heroes 2014 & 2016

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