Awards for Learning and Teaching

The process of applying for an award provides an opportunity to reflect on the principles and scholarship that underpin your teaching practice. The receipt of an award is evidence of your impact on student learning and is an important component of a teaching portfolio and career advancement.

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT), formerly known as OLT Awards, has now released their Award program. The PVC Education Portfolio can support you in applying for an AAUT teaching award or grant. Please see below for further information.

Citations Awards for University Teaching

Citation Awards for University Teaching are designed to recognise quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning. 

Citations for outstanding contributions to Student Learning are awarded to academic, general, and sessional staff and institutional associates who have made significant contributions to student learning in a specific area, over a sustained period of no less than three years

Submission date for 2017

The first draft submission to PVC (E) is due by 27th February 2017.

Please submit your final application PVC (E)  by 24th April for the AAUT deadline on 10th May 2017.

Further information

  • See the AAUT for detail of Citations and how to nominate. 

Resources for Writing Your Application:

Awards for Teaching and Program Excellence

Awards for University Teaching are designed to recognise quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning and comprise citations and teaching and program excellence awards. 

Awards for teaching excellence are awarded to recognise teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for excellence in teaching.  Recipients will have made a significant contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.
2016 Applications: draft submission to the LTU is due by 18 April 2016.

Awards for program excellence are aimed at programs and services that demonstrate effectiveness through rigorous evaluation that will set benchmarks for similar activities in other institutions.
2016 Applications: draft submission to the LTU is due by 18 April 2016

Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year is presented to one of the recipients of the Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Career Achievement Award is awarded from time-to-time to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to learning and teaching that is recognised across the higher education sector.

Further information

  • See the OLT for detail of Awards and how to nominate. 
  • Submit an enquiry to the Learning and Teaching Unit.

Resources for Writing Your Application:

Vice-Chancellor's Awards

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching and Supervision Excellence

The list of past Award Recipients and Guidelines for Nomination are available on the UNSW: Human Resources website. For more information contact David Gleeson (Human Resources) via email This page on How to present a case for excellence in teaching may also assist.

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Postgrad Research Supervision

The VCATE award recognises and encourages sustained excellence in postgraduate research supervision. Up to two awards are allocated each year. Further information is available on the UNSW: Graduate Research School website.

Faculty Teaching Awards

Individual Faculties at UNSW also recognise excellence in learning and teaching through a variety of Faculty-based teaching award programs. Please refer to your Faculty for more details.

Benefits of a Teaching Award

In this video, Tim Hanna talks about how a teaching award validated his sessional teaching.


Staff Excellence Awards

The University recognises and rewards staff who have demonstrated excellence in their performance through either sustained outstanding performance or a single one-off exceptional success which has delivered an outstanding contribution throughout the year. Information about these awards is available through People and Culture Development Unit via the myUNSW portal.