SSTAR Awards

The University of Plymouth Students’ Union, Student, Staff Teaching and Representation (SSTAR) Awards are now running into their 8th consecutive year where, since 2011, they have grown in size, awards and nominations, highlighting the amazing work that students and staff both do in order to ensure that students are getting the most from their university experience.

The nominations for each of these awards have come from each of the five faculties, both on and off campus, as well as our partner institutions. Both students and staff have the opportunity to nominate individuals for any of the 16 categories and are all submitted online. Student representatives can nominate themselves to sit on the selection panels for the winners of each award, with an oversight from the democratically elected VP Education, allowing the event to be student-led throughout, some of these awards will have faculty winners and an overall winner, and the others will have a runner up and an overall winner. As part of the nominations process, we asked nominators to detail reasons why their nominee deserved this particular award. The student panels will sit and decide on the winners of the awards.

The VP Education hosts the night, with a range of students and staff presenting awards during the course of the evening. The evening is an event to celebrate all of those who have been shortlisted, our runners up and winners and the achievements and good practise of both our students and staff right across the University.

For more information or questions, then please contact Maja Smith at or Student Voice at


  • Most Dedicated Project/ Dissertation Supervisor Award
  • Postgraduate Teacher/ Supervisor of the Year Award
  • Inspirational Teaching Award
  • Excellence in Championing Career Development Award
  • Most Effective Feedback Award
  • Outstanding Personal Tutor Award
  • One in a Million Support Staff Award
  • Sensational Programme Lead Award

  • The Big Thank You Award
  • Best Placement Support Award
  • Most Innovative Use of Teaching Methods Award
  • Sustainability in the Curriculum Champion Award
  • Course Rep of the Year Award
  • School Rep of the Year Award
  • Stand Out Part-Time Officer Award
  • Student Voice Gold Award

SSTAR Award Winners 2018

The SSTAR Awards were held on 26 April 2018, with 612 detailed and inspiring nominations from University of Plymouth staff and students.

Learn more about the 2018 award winners

Student awards celebrate teaching stars

She’s brought in playdough breasts and plastic knives so we can perform dissections on them and find the jelly bean ‘tumours’ of different types. This must have taken her ages to put together in her own time.

Carole Stoddard's use of playdough breasts in cellular science saw her scoop the award for Most Innovative Use of Teaching Methods.

Learn more about previous award winners

Photo by Agnes Morgan Photography

Past SSTAR Awards winners

The award for Inspirational Teaching was the most popular award in terms of nominations. This immediately suggests it is teaching itself that is the bedrock of the student experience.

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