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UniSA Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

The UniSA Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning recognize and reward 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. 

For the purposes of this award, a program may be a program of study across a number of years (eg a coursework degree) or an initiative or service. See the available award categories below.

Each Award recipient (team) receives $5,000.


  • Applications are open to team nominations only for UniSA programs and services that enhance student learning in higher education.
  • Teams can be of any size. The team lead and majority of team members must be employed by UniSA. At least one member must have a teaching or teaching/research appointment (full-time or fractional; continuing or fixed-term contract).
  • Programs should be broader than one or two subjects, or a limited service that involves only a few students. For example, programs may involve a service or program provided at the institutional or Unit level, a program of study across number of years, or a service or program directed at particular groups of students.
  • Unsuccessful applicants for the Award for Programs that Enhance Learning can reapply in later years
  • Applicants, whether as a team or individuals, may not apply concurrently for this award and another UniSA Teaching Award (e.g. Citation).
  • Programs that have received a Program Award previously are ineligible for renomination in later years.
  • Past recipients (team members) of the Award for Programs that Enhance Learning can reapply for the Award in later years, only if they can demonstrate significantly different achievements.


  • Applicants must seek agreement from their Executive Dean (or equivalent) to apply for an Award for Programs that Enhance Learning.  The Dean of Programs (or equivalent) signature on the application form indicates their endorsement.
  • Applications are made by teams only.


Applicants for Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning must select one of the following program categories:

1. Student experience that supports diversity and inclusive practices

This category encompasses:

  • Services directly related to student learning for specific groups of students, that promote participation, information access, course advising, language support, counselling and/or disability support.
  • Learning engagement activities and learning and teaching services that support diversity and inclusive practices, such as those to sustain and retain students, encourage personal development and improvement of the quality of the first-year student experience

2. Collaborative educational partnerships in learning and teaching

This category encompasses:

  • Internal partnerships related to teaching quality and student learning, such as between schools/faculties and central services.
  • External partnerships between universities, and/or other organisations—such as schools, private higher education providers, registered training organisations, professional bodies, businesses, government and Not-For-Profit Organisations in collaborative approaches to learning and teaching

3. Curriculum transformation and innovative pedagogy

This category encompasses:

  • Curriculum design and approaches to learning and teaching that afford flexibility in time, place and/or mode of learning, such as micro credentials, stackable curriculum, flexible curriculum, online learning that enhances student learning outcomes.
  • Curriculum that encourages novel approaches to learning and teaching with aligned assessment that encourages or supports multi-disciplinary, research-based learning and teaching approaches, and utilise the potential of new and/or emerging technologies, remotely, synchronously or asynchronously.
  • Innovation in curriculum to be considered as a form of evidence.

4. Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs that value and enhance student employability

This category encompasses:

  • Experiential learning to Work Integrated Learning (WIL) programs and other WIL related activities that focus on valuing and enhancing student’s employability.
  • It includes internship programs, work placement coursework, industry placement, industry consulting project and other learning and teaching programs.

Selection criteria

Applications for Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning will be assessed on evidence they provide in relation to each of the following four criteria, which will be given equal consideration by the assessors:

  1. Positively impacted on student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience for a period of no less than three years (two years for early career), not including time taken for development or trial of any activity.
  2. Gained recognition from colleagues, the institution, and/or the broader community.
  3. Shown creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments
  4. Drawn on the scholarly literature on teaching and learning to inform the development of initiatives, programs and/or practice.

Evidencing your contribution

The case needs to be strongly supported by a diverse range of evidence. It is recommended that the qualitative and quantitative data are from an extensive range of formal and informal sources, including nominee’s self-reflection, student learning, student experience and evidence of institutional, peer and stakeholders’ interactions. Student voices, through examples and quotations, can convey a cogent account of their experiences.

The Grants and Awards Panel may contact applicants and/or referees for clarification or further information. 

Essential documentation

The following items must be submitted in support of the application:

  1. Application cover sheet: UniSA Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning: application cover sheet (Word 45kb - opens in a new window)

  2. Written statement (10 pages) The core element of an application for an Award for Programs that Enhance Learning is a written statement describing the programs activities and achievements, specifically addressing each of the four selection criteria and providing evidence to support claims. The written statement is limited to ten A4 pages in total (11 point type in Arial or Calibri, margins at a minimum of 2cm). Material in excess of this limit will not be considered by the Selection Panel. The use of a column (newspaper) format is unacceptable.

  3. Team statement of contribution (1 page): This is one A4 page that consists of the name of each team member, with an indication of their percentage contribution and an explanation of their role.  The font must be either 11 pt Arial or 11 pt Calibri.

  4. Supporting teaching materials (up to 2): Selection is based primarily on the written statement addressing the selection criteria. However, selected teaching materials supporting claims made against the selection criteria must be included.
    The relevance of any such material must be made clear in the written statement.
    Supporting teaching materials are limited to a maximum of two of:
    • Website (provide the URL)
    • Three minutes of audio, video or other media files in commonly accessible formats (e.g. .WAV, .AIF, .MP3, .MID, .MPG, .MOV,. WMV, .RM). This might include footage of the team in action, interviews with team or students). (Provide a URL.)
    • The equivalent of 10 pages of printed materials in PDF (additional pages will be removed)
  5. Letters of reference (2):
    • Two references of no more than one A4 page each, to be provided by those able to comment on the applicant's teaching performance against the selection criterion.
    • One of the referees must be either the applicant's Dean of Programs or Head of institute, administration or unit.
      Applicants are encouraged to provide a referee external to UniSA who can comment on the wider impact of the program.
    • The references should apply to the whole team.
    • References must be on letterhead and signed by the referee. Electronic signatures are acceptable.

Note that the written statement (no more than 10 pages total)  should have three components, presented in this order:

  1. Synopsis (150-200 words written in the third person) which includes a plain English description of the program and its contribution to student learning.
  2. Overview (generally 1 to 1.5 pages). The overview focuses on the specific character of the program or service and its context. It is recommended that the overview be no more than one page and include the applicant's educational philosophy and beliefs, a description of the teaching context and an integrated summary of the claims relating to the selection criteria. 
  3.  A statement addressing each selection criterion, in order.
  4. A Reference list. Any recognised reference style is acceptable.

The majority of the written statement should be devoted to addressing each of the four criteria in turn.

Applicants must provide evidence in support of their claims against these criteria.

How to apply

Upload the Essential Documentation above via this UniSA Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning Online Form by the application deadline 9am Tuesday 4 October 2022 Please note the final deadline for submission has been extended to 9am, Monday 10 October 2022.

You can submit a single compiled document (preferred) with components in the order above or up to 6 separate files (word or pdf).

Title your file: NAME_2022_APEL.docx or .pdf, where NAME is your family name or the team name. Append a number if submitting multiple files (eg NAME_2022_APEL_1.pdf)

You can preview a copy of the online form (159 kb PDF, opens in a new window)

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