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.  

National teaching awards

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT), formerly known as OLT Awards, are awarded in recognition of outstanding teaching practices. Staff in the Academic Development Services team in the PVC(E) can support you in applying for an award. Please see below for further information.  

2017 winners announced.


Citation 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 2018

To be announced.

Further information

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.

2018 Application dates to be announced 

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

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 Research 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.

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.