The Student Academic Choice Awards - or SACAs for short - are Imperial College Union's flagship event for empowering students to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence among College staff.
Launched in 2012 and awarded for the first time in May 2013, the SACAs enable students to reward excellence and innovation amongst Imperial’s academic and professional staff. We believe teaching and supervision are skills of equal worth and value to research, and we aim to build a community in which academics, staff and students all feel empowered to bring forth new ideas.
Eight awards in total cover all faculties, departments and campuses, as well as all modes of study – undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral research. Every student at Imperial will have the chance to recognise the innovation, skill, engagement and energy of the staff they learn with.
The SACAs cycle covers almost an entire academic year - nominations open soon after teaching begins, leading to a prestigious prize ceremony held in May of each year. Invites, certificates and the famous mug sent to each nominee are highly sought after by staff - as are the eight winners' trophies presented each year.
SACAs - The Categories
- Best Supervision
- Best Tutoring
- Best Graduate Teaching Assistant
- Best Teaching for Undergraduates
- Best Support Staff
- Best Innovation
- Best Feedback
- Best Teaching for Postgraduates
The 2017 SACAs marked the fith cycle of the SACAs.
To mark the momentous occasion, we filmed a special retrospective video, reflecting on the past five years, how the SACAs came about and the value of the awards themselves. Watch the video below.