External Teaching Awards

Australian Awards for University Teaching

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) are administered by Universities Australia on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.

There are a number of award types recognising outstanding contributions to student learning and teaching excellence:

  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
  • Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year (selected annually by AAUT from a recipient of an Award for Teaching Excellence in the current year)
  • Career Achievement Award (bestowed periodically at AAUT's discretion)

UniSA encourages and supports academic (including contract and sessional) staff, and professional staff who make a direct contribution to student learning to apply for these awards. Applicants may apply as individuals or teams. The University seeks to develop applicants through the UniSA Teaching Awards, and prospective AAUT applicants are encouraged to initially secure a competitive UniSA Teaching Award before proceeding to the national awards.

AAUT information and forms

Detailed information about the awards and application instructions are available from the AAUT web site (refer to link above).

Developing written statements

Interested staff and/or teams are strongly advised to discuss their proposals with Dr Ruth Fazakerley: Academic Developer, well in advance of submission (e.g. 3-6 months). Staff are also encouraged to speak with their Dean of Programs or equivalent and their local Academic Developer.

Important dates for 2021

Award Category

Submission for internal review

Final Submission to AAUT

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

9am 18 August 2021 TBC

Nominee registration 27 August 2021

Full submission 17 Sept 2021

All other Teaching and Program Award nominations

9am 18 August 2021 2021 TBC

Nominee registration 27 August 2021

Full submission 17 Sept 2021 

Completed submissions must be emailed as MSWORD attachments to teaching.awards.grants@unisa.edu.au by the internal review deadline listed in the table above. Deadlines are not negotiable. Submissions undergo internal review by the University's Learning and Teaching Grants and Awards Panel. The panel provides feedback to authors on submitted materials as well as recommendations to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer.