Australian Awards for University Teaching

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) recognise quality teaching practices and outstanding contributions to student learning. Recipients, with the support of their institutions, further contribute to systemic change in learning and teaching through ongoing knowledge sharing and dissemination.

The Commonwealth Government will fund Universities Australia (UA) to run the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) each year until 2021.

2018 AAUT update

This year, all award categories and selection criteria will remain unchanged.

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning recognise and reward the diverse contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning.

In 2018, up to 60 Citations will be granted, including the Early Career category.

Maximum of six Citations submissions per institution across all categories.

Please note that no more than three Citations will be awarded to each participating institution.

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning recognise learning and teaching support programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education.

The six categories for 2018 Programs that Enhance Learning are:

  • Widening participation
  • Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations
  • Innovation in curriculum design and pedagogy practice
  • Postgraduate education
  • Student experiences and learning support services
  • Global citizenship and internationalisation

In 2018, six Program Awards will be granted across all categories, and there will be one Award per category.

Maximum of two Program Awards submission per institution across all categories.

Awards for Teaching Excellence

Teaching Awards celebrate a group of the nation's most outstanding university teachers in their fields. Teaching Awards give recognition to teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for the excellence of their teaching, who have outstanding presentation skills and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.

The seven categories for 2018 Awards for Teaching Excellence are:

  • Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies (including Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Medical Sciences and Nursing, etc.)
  • Early Career (for teachers less than five years cumulative experience teaching in higher education institutions)
  • Humanities and the Arts
  • Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies
  • Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education (individuals who must demonstrate their contribution to Indigenous education; Indigenous and non-Indigenous teaches may nominate)
  • Physical Sciences and Related Studies (including Architecture, Building and Planning, Engineering, Computing and Information Science)
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences (including Psychology and Education)

In 2018, seven Teaching Awards will be granted across all categories, and will be one Award per category.

Maximum of three Teaching Awards submissions per institution across all categories.

Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year

The Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year is the premier university teaching award and is presented to one of the recipients of the Awards for Teaching Excellence. The award is made to an academic with an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to teaching and learning. The recipient is selected from among those who have received an Award for Teaching Excellence in the same year.

Submission process

Applications are due internally to the Monash Education Academy by COB Wednesday 24 October 2018.

The internal closing date for all selected Monash University nominees is Wednesday 28 November 2018.

Final submission to Universities Australia is due by Monday 10 December 2018 at 11.59pm.

No late submissions will be accepted.

Award typeKey details Key changes

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
(Citations)

  • 4 categories
  • up to 15 awards per category
  • maximum of 6 submissions per institution
  • maximum 3 citations awarded per institution
  • Recipients of citations will receive a certificate.
  • Prize money will not be awarded.
  • Maximum of three citations will be awarded to each participating institution.

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
(Program Awards)

  • 6 categories
  • 1 award per category
  • maximum of 2 submissions per institution
  • Recipients of program awards will receive a certificate.
  • Prize money will not be awarded.

Awards for Teaching Excellence
(Teaching Awards)

  • 7 categories
  • 1 award per category
  • maximum of 3 submissions per institution
  • Details of prize money is TBC.
  • Award recipients will be announced at the 2019 UA Higher Education Conference in Canberra.

Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year

  • 1 award
  • Details of prize money is TBC.
  • The award recipient will be announced at the 2019 UA Higher Education Conference in Canberra.