Fifty-five individuals have been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy, which supports excellence in teaching.
The winners will each receive £10,000 to help continue their professional development in teaching and learning or other aspects of pedagogy.
More than 180 academics from England, Wales and Northern Ireland were nominated for the sector's most prestigious teaching prize.
The successful nominees, who were backed by their institutions, had to show that they performed well on three criteria: individual excellence, raising the profile of excellence and developing excellence.
This year's fellows include academics working in a diverse range of subjects, from neuroscience to photographic art, while a member one university's student affairs team has also been recognised.
One of the new fellows is Brendan Stone, from the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield.
Dr Stone left school at the age of 16 with few qualifications. He was in his mid-thirties when he returned to education on a university access course.
He was nominated for the fellowship for his work on several innovative initiatives, including the Storying Sheffield project - a degree module in which undergraduates and residents of the city study together.
"It's been incredibly heartening to see how participants on Storying Sheffield have built on and used the experience of the course to benefit their careers and lives," Dr Stone said.
"I have worked a great deal with people who have serious mental health problems, and many people who have taken the course have gone on to make positive changes in their lives, including returning to education, taking up volunteering opportunities and gaining employment."
Craig Mahoney, chief executive of the HEA, said the awards helped to recognise and reward excellence within higher education.
"Students deserve - and expect - the best possible learning experience during their time in higher education, and fantastic staff such as the National Teaching Fellows help to deliver this experience," he said.
"I am extremely proud of the HEA in delivering this programme, and I congratulate all successful recipients."
The new teaching fellows will officially receive their awards at a ceremony in London on 10 October.
This year's National Teaching Fellows are:
Heather Barnett, University of Westminster
Brendan Bartram, University of Wolverhampton
Helen Bilton, University of Reading
Stuart Brand, Birmingham City University
Jo Brown, St George's, University of London
Charles Buckley, Bangor University
Gráinne Conole, University of Leicester
Fiona Copland, Aston University
Tony Cowling, University of Sheffield
Gerry Czerniawski, University of East London
Coral Dando, Lancaster University
G. C. Basiro Davey, The Open University
John Davies, Coventry University
Luke Dawson, University of Liverpool
Christine Dearnley, University of Bradford
Paul Farrand, University of Exeter
Suanne Gibson, Plymouth University
Christopher Goldsmith, De Montfort University
Anna Lise Gordon, St Mary's University College
Claire Hamshire, Manchester Metropolitan University
Janet Hargreaves, University of Huddersfield
Paul Hewson, Plymouth University
Sara Holmes, University of Portsmouth
Peter Howarth, Queen Mary, University of London
Rebecca Huxley-Binns, Nottingham Trent University
Stella Jones-Devitt, Sheffield Hallam University
Helen Keegan, University of Salford
David Killick, Leeds Metropolitan University
Fiona Lamb, Loughborough University
Beverly Leeds, University of Central Lancashire
Cristina Leston-Bandeira, University of Hull
Ruth Matheson, Cardiff Metropolitan University
Rachel McCrindle, University of Reading
Undrell Moore, Newcastle University
Jane Morris, University of Brighton
Neil Morris, University of Leeds
Sheila Oliver, Cardiff University
Anita Peleg, London South Bank University
Nicky Reid, University of Roehampton
Laura Ritchie, University of Chichester
Tim Roberts, Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
Zoe Robinson, Keele University
Vivien Rolfe, De Montfort University
Kim Russell, University of Worcester
Jonathan Scott, University of Leicester
Rhona Sharpe, Oxford Brookes University
Ayona Silva-Fletcher, Royal Veterinary College
Brian Smith, Edge Hill University
Steve Stanton, City University London
Brendan Stone, University of Sheffield
Janet Strivens, University of Liverpool
Jane Thomas, Swansea University
Barbara Walsh, Liverpool John Moores University
David Wilson, Birmingham City University
Richard Winsley, University of Exeter