UniSA Teaching Awards

The University of South Australia's Teaching Awards recognise and reward excellence in university teaching.

These competitive awards are offered annually across four categories. (Click on each category for detailed information and full application details.)


  • Yaitya Tirka (Aboriginal Learning) Award 

    This award recognizes Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal academic staff who have made a significant contribution towards the development of teaching methods and materials that give UniSA students the knowledge of Aboriginal cultures and Aboriginal knowledges that they require for culturally competent professional practice.

  • UniSA Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

    This award recognizes the many and diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the creation of effective learning environments and to the quality of student learning. Citations are awarded to academic and professional staff who have made a significant contribution to student learning in a specific area or initiative over a sustained period of two-and-a-half years or more.

  • UniSA Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE)

    This award recognizes educators renowned for the excellence of their teaching, who have outstanding skills and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at the University of South Australia. Awardees demonstrate leadership through their sustained commitment to innovation, delivery of quality teaching and sustained dedication to improving the student experience and learning outcomes.

  • UniSA Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL)

    These awards recognize teams of staff that make innovative and outstanding contributions to student learning and/or the quality of the student experience via programs and services. They are awarded to programs and services that have set high standards for learning and teaching activities at UniSA.


Getting Started - UniSA Teaching Awards 





Tuesday 2 August 

P4-28, City East Campus



Tuesday 2 August

B1-55, Magill Campus 



Wednesday 3 August 

GK4-18, City West Campus



Tuesday 9 August

J1-03, Mawson Lakes Campus



Monday 8 August 2022

Online via Zoom



Key dates

Applications for UniSA Citations, Teaching Excellence, Programs that Enhance Learning and Yaitya Tirka (Aboriginal Learning) Awards, as per the guidelines outlined on the respective award information pages, must be lodged by 9am, Tuesday 4 October 2022.  Please note the final deadline for submission has been extended to 9am, Monday 10 October 2022.

All finalised materials are to be uploaded via the online submission form (see the respective award pages for How to Apply),

Selection panel

Applications will be assessed by the University's Grants and Awards Panel (GAP). For the assessment of the Yaitya Tirka (Aboriginal Learning) award, GAP will include the Pro Vice Chancellor: Aboriginal Leadership & Strategy (or nominee).

GAP will provide recommendations to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer who will determine the award recipients.


Award recipients will be announced by the Provost and Chief Academic Officer. Recipients will receive a certificate to commemorate their award and will be supported through the Teaching Innovation Unit to develop their application into a submission for any relevant national awards offered through the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT). The support can include mentoring by award winners.

Unsuccessful applicants will normally remain in the pool of applicants for a period of up to three years. During this time they can access support to further develop their evidence and materials for future rounds of the UniSA Teaching Awards.

Application advice and further information

See detailed information about how to apply on the respective award webpage. 

Remember to start your preparation early!  Preparing a award materials is a scholarly activity which takes time and planning.

You are recommended to book an online consult with a TIU Academic Developer, who can:

  • provide you with examples of successful applications;
  • facilitate mentoring relationships with previous awardees and/or Academic Developers;
  • discuss the focus of your application and types of evidence required to support your claims (e.g. of student learning); and
  • provide feedback on your draft application.


Note that this list includes resources produced for the national teaching awards. Although referring to the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT), the advice remains highly relevant to applications for the UniSA awards. 


For further information and assistance contact:  teaching.awards.grants@unisa.edu.au.