Beryl Dean Teaching Award

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The Embroiderers’ Guild Beryl Dean Award

for Teaching Excellence in Embroidery and Design

We are looking for a teacher who can demonstrate effective and on going teaching success and a talent that would provide the next generation with an outstanding practitioner; someone who generously and tirelessly inspires and enhances the learning experience.

The prize pool is £1,000 to help inspire the winners to take their practice and teaching to an even higher level. Two awards are available. One is open to those teaching in a Further or Higher Education institution in the UK or Ireland. The other is for those involved in an established teaching practice in adult and community education. The criteria for both awards are the same.


  • Teachers may nominate themselves, or a peer or student may initiate an application.
  • The prospective nominee should be involved in an established teaching practice either freelance or employed in a Further or Higher Education institution or in Adult / Community Education in UK and Ireland. Applications will be judged on the basis of evidence offered in response to the Award Criteria.

To nominate a person for this award please follow steps 1 to 5 below.

The application will include:-

1 Nominee’s Statement
addressing the Award Criteria [not exceeding two A4 typed pages] which provides evidence of …

  • The quality of teaching excellence attained. Reference should be made to the level of teaching and the years of commitment and any awards won.
  • Inspirational approaches and techniques.
  • Student outcomes, in particular, performance that exceeded expectations.

For details of Award Criteria please see separate document.

2 Evidence of involvement in innovative and inspirational practice and promotion of the subject of hand embroidery is important. The statement may be accompanied by illustrations/examples.*

3 Nominations should state clearly what this award would enable – such as a further qualification; research; plans for a new series of workshops or lectures; the purchase of equipment that could benefit their students.

4 Testament from a teaching peer, addressing the Award Criteria.

5 Testament from a student, addressing the Award Criteria.

Please include a brief, bullet-point summary of each item/document accompanying the application.

The completed application should be submitted, preferably by email, to or by post to Embroiderers' Guild c/o Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 2QP.

Please note: The Guild cannot accept responsibility for any hard copies of supporting materials.

All applications should include the full contact details for the nominee and both referees (including address, phone and email) and brief information about the nominee’s current teaching practise. (e.g. courses run, location and student group(s)).

Please Note: Subsequent to any initial application sent by post all communications to nominees will be by email.


  • Anthea Godfrey – Artistic Director of the Embroiderers’ Guild and former Principal Lecturer, the London School of Fashion in the Arts.
  • Jan Dowson - joint winner of Beryl Dean Award 2015, and textile teacher and artist specialising in Adult education in Lincolnshire
  • Elizabeth Elvin - former Principal of the RSN and first woman liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Broderers
  • Hannah Maughan, winner of Beryl Dean Award 2016 and Senior Lecturer, Textile and Design, University of Falmouth
  • Thelma Nye - Executor of the Beryl Dean Estate and publisher of Beryl Dean’s books
  • Diana Phillips - Archivist, The Beryl Dean Archive, Beryl Dean Education Trust
  • Diana Springall – Artist, embroiderer and former Chairman of the Embroiderers’ Guild


Judging will be in two stages. A shortlist will be drawn up and shortlisted candidates will be invited for a final interview, which will take place in London.
The judges’ decision will be final. No correspondence will be accepted regarding the decision.


  • Friday 2nd February 2018 Application Deadline
  • February 2018 Shortlisting
  • March 2018 Interviews (date and venue will be advised to applicants)
  • April/May 2018 Award Presentations

The successful candidate will also be invited to attend the Embroiderers’ Guild 2018 AGM to be held on Saturday 14th April 2018 at Milton Keynes and also the public presentation, which is planned to take place in Central London in May.

For full details of the application process please download the following documents:

Beryl Dean Award Judges Report 2015

Beryl Dean Award Judging Criteria

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