Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT)

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) are an important part of the University's mission to promote and advance learning and teaching through recognition and reward of individuals and teams who go above and beyond standard practice. The AAUT Awards can form an integral part of the academic reward and recognition pathway.

Creating a culture of excellence starts with the support of a School/Department Leadership Team, and the commitment of staff within, to recognise and reward outstanding and exceptional practice.

Essential information

Please view each of the following tabs that outline the award types, scheduled timelines, process phases, estimated time commitment for nominees and Expression of Interest form. A summary of this information can be downloaded in the following:

Phases

The AAUT Awards process involves four (4) internally set phases between May – September:

  • Preparation Phase (May) – Resources are opened for exploration by prospective nominees
  • Nomination Phase (June) – Nominees submit an Expression of Interest.  These are reviewed to determine if the nominee meets the eligibility criteria, and has access to sufficient evidence over a period of time to generate a quality application.
  • Application Phase (July & August) – Approved nominees progress to the development of three drafts, utilising the feedback provided by allocated mentors
  • Submission Phase (September) – Final submissions completed and uploaded.

Schedule

The following is a summary of the internally set AAUT timeline, lead responsibility, and associated milestones, in order to make the timelines set by Universities Australia.  It is important to note that many of the dates within this schedule are not negotiable. Timelines have been established to ensure that nominees  remain on track and maximise their opportunity to develop a quality application, and are conducted within a timeframe that supports a streamlined academic career progression pathway.

MonthPhaseActivitiesLead
April Planning Identify potential nominees and mentors, and support required. Promote at School forums/meetings. School Deans
May Preparation Advertising. AAUT Nomination Information Packs released CLIPP and Schools
Resources: Webinars | online resources | online learning modules Nominees
June Nomination Expressions of Interest due Monday 1 June 2020 Nominees
Nominees notified of EOI approval/denial on Monday 15 June 2020 CLIPP
Approved applicant collates evidence to support application Applicant
Mentor(s) allocated CLIPP
July Application Applicants draft 1 due Monday 6 July 2020 Nominee
Mentor feedback due Monday 20 July 2020 Mentor(s)
August Application Applicants draft 2 due Monday 3 August 2020 Nominee
Mentor feedback due Monday 17 August 2020 Mentor(s)
Applicants draft 3 due Monday 31 August 2020 Nominee
September Submission AAUT Nomination Registration Forms uploaded into AAUT Awards Portal due Friday 4 September 2020 Institutional Contact Officer
Mentor feedback due Monday 14 September 2020 Mentor(s)
Nominees final internal submission due Wednesday 23 September 2020Nominees
Final submissions uploaded to AAUT Awards due Friday 25 September 2020Institutional Contact Officer
October -
December 2020
 AAUT assessment of 2020 nomination applications 
January 2021 AAUT notification of outcomes 
February 2021 AAUT Award Ceremony 
March 2021 Formal feedback forwarded to nominees

Time commitment

The following is an estimate of the time required to maximise success for each role within the AAUT award process.

  • Prospective nominees – It is anticipated that prospective nominees should allocate approximately 3 – 5 hours to explore the various resources, consider eligibility, research evidence to support chosen assessment criteria, and discuss with line manager.
  • Approved nominees – It is anticipated that approved nominees should allocate approximately 20 – 45 hours – depending on award types – across 12 weeks (ie: 2 – 4 hours per week),  to collate evidence, develop and submit drafts, engage with feedback, and liaise with mentors.
  • Mentors – It is anticipated that mentors should allocate approximately 6 – 10 hours to provide feedback to drafts and liaise with nominees to discuss feedback, when required.

Award types

There are three types of awards that recognise outstanding contributions to student learning, programs that enhance learning, and teaching excellence in higher education  at a national level.

AAUT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Recognises and rewards the diversity of contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning in higher education. A Citation is awarded to an academic teacher or teaching team who have made a significant contribution to the quality of student learning, in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period

  • Open to academic and professional staff involved in student learning in higher education
  • Ability to demonstrate outstanding practice for three (3) years or more [Early Career: more than two (2) years but less than five (5) years]
  • Involves a four (4) page nomination form, four (4) page written statement and two (2) one page letters of reference, and a digital photograph.
  • Traditionally up to 100 awards may be granted, with no prize money
  • For full information, download the AAUT Citation Nomination Instructions (pdf, 302kb)

AAUT Award for Programs that Enhance Learning

Recognises learning and teaching programs and services that make innovative and outstanding contributions to student learning outcomes and the quality of the student experience.

  • Open to academic and professional teams involved in programs or services that enhance student learning in higher education.
  • Ability to demonstrate outstanding practice for three (3) years or more [Early Career: more than two (2) years but less than five (5) years]
  • Involves a four (4) page nomination form, ten (10) page written statement, two (2) one page letters of reference, and a digital photograph.
  • Traditionally six (6) awards may be granted with prize money of $15,000 per award
  • For full information, download the AAUT Program Award Nomination Instructions (pdf, 416kb)

AAUT Award for Teaching Excellence

Recognises excellence in teaching and sustained commitment to improving student learning outcomes in higher education.  This award is awarded to an academic teacher or teaching team who have demonstrated excellent leadership through sustained commitment to innovation, delivery of quality teaching and continued dedication to improving the student experience and learning outcomes in higher education over a sustained period.

  • Open to academic staff  in a current teaching or teaching/research appointment
  • Ability to demonstrate outstanding practice for seven (7) years or more [Early Career: more than three (3) years but less than five (5) years].
  • Involves a five (5) page nomination form, eight (8) page written statement, Curriculum Vitae, two (2) of the following support materials – 3-min video link/ website URL and/or 10 page PDF, two (2) one page letters of reference, and a digital photograph.
  • Traditionally seven (7) awards may be granted with prize money of $15,000 per award
  • For full information, download the AAUT Teaching Award Nomination Instructions (pdf, 415kb)

Note:

Staff must be a recipient of a Vice-Chancellors Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning/Service, or Vice-Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence (or equivalent) to be eligible to apply for a national award. Please access the tabs at the bottom of this web page to view full details of eligibility, assessment criteria, plus individual schedules, time commitment and expectations, all presented as an easy step-by-step ‘what to do’ for each phase of the process.

Expression of interest

Staff can either self-nominate or be nominated by a peer or line manager. School/Department  Leadership Teams are asked to identify staff within their area  who excel in their role beyond standard practice, over a sustained period of time. Regardless of how nominees are identified, an endorsement from the School Dean is a requirement for the submission of an Expression of Interest. This is to ensure nominees (a) meet the eligibility criteria, and (b) have the time commitment required to create a quality application within current workloads.

Expressions of interest are reviewed by the Director of CLIPP, on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, to determine if the nominee meets the eligibility criteria, and has identified sufficient evidence over a period of time, to create a quality application. Approved nominees will be invited to progress to the application phase. Nominees considered not eligible at this time will be provided with feedback to support future applications.

Expression of Interest forms can be obtain here, or in the tabs of each award types, at the bottom of this web page.

Access the Submission Portal: AAUT EOI (Moodle)

Support resources

The Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP) support eligible nominees through the process with the provision of online resources, professional learning modules, mentoring and feedback on drafts.

Professional Learning Modules

Due for release mid-May 2020, these self-paced professional learning modules work through the value of applying for a learning and teaching award and how it can support career progression, tips and tricks for collecting and displaying evidence of your outstanding practice, and how to construct a strong award application.

Webinars

A webinar was held on Friday 1 May 2020 at 1:30pm to explore the value of an AAUT award as recognition of exemplar practice, outlines the award process, highlights the resources and support offered as part of the journey, and is an opportunity to answer any questions you may have.

Mentoring

Nominees are provided with two mentors – one within CLIPP, and another within their academic or professional portfolio. Mentors are allocated depending on expertise to support applicants through the process by providing advice, critical feedback and recommendations for writing a strong award application.

It is the expectation that previous AAUT Award recipients make themselves available to mentor new nominees. To support new mentors with the roles and responsibilities of academic mentorship, please access the following professional learning module:

Additional guidance, advice and supports will be offered to mentors during the awards process.

Nominees are also encouraged to access the externally offered AAUTN Mentor Scheme.AAUTN Mentor Scheme

Online resources

Internal Resources - Please refer to the three tabs at the bottom of this web page that outline specific details for each award types, including:

  • Eligibility criteria
  • Key Information
  • Step-by-Step process
  • Links to relevant forms and learning modules

External Resources – Please refer to the AAUT 2020 website that contains a range of resources and supports:

Past recipients

Awards panel

Applications for the Australian Awards for University Teaching are considered by a panel assembled by Universities Australia from October – December 2020. The panel will assess applications based on the degree to which the nominee has convincingly argued they have:

  • Impacted on student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience for a period of no less than the minimum years stated in the award type (not including time taken for development or trial of any activity).
  • Gained recognition from colleagues, the institution, and/or the broader community with strong support from a wide range of evidence in the form of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Shown creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments.
  • Drawn on the scholarly literature on teaching and learning to inform the development of initiatives, programs and/or practice.

Further information

Contact Tulsa Andrews on t.andrews@federation.edu.au or phone: +61 3 5327 9654.