Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Citations recognise and reward the diverse contribution that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning. Up to 5 awards are granted annually.

Citations are awarded to staff / teams who demonstrate significant contributions to student learning, student engagement, and/or the overall student experience in a specific area of responsibility, over a sustained period.

The application process is based on the instructions as detailed in the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Awards.

The awards process runs from May – November annually and involves five main steps. Apart from Stage one (1), the VC’s L&T awards process operates via FedUni’s LMS, Moodle.

Stage 1. Recognition phase

Senior managers with a School / Department are invited to nominate  staff / teams who they consider demonstrate an outstanding contribution to student service via direct email correspondence from CLIPP.

Stage 2. Expression of interest phase

Staff / teams nominated by senior management are invited to submit an expression of interest form. This form indicates that the staff member / team accepts the nomination and wishes to apply for an award in the same year. The expression of interest phase is open for two (2) weeks in June.

Eligibility for application

  1. Applications are open to academic staff, teaching staff, professional staff, technical staff, sessional staff, and institutional associates (full-time or fractional, continuing or contract).
  2. Both team and individual applications are encouraged. Teams may be of any size. If a team is larger than five members, a team name must be provided.
  3. Previously unsuccessful applications for citations are eligible to apply.
  4. An applicant may only submit an applications for either a Citation or a Teaching Award in any one year.
  5. Applicants can be included in only one applications in any year.
  6. Individual citation recipients are not eligible for re application within five years of receiving a citation.

Stage 3. Eligibility Check phase

After expression of interest forms are submitted, CLIPP will review to assess, in particular the evidence supplied within, and determine eligibility for application.

Stage 4. Application phase

During the application phase of the VC’s L&T award process, applicants will learn how to write a strong written statement, how to use referee letter(s)  advantageously, and receive feedback on two drafts of the application via mentor partnerships in relation to one (1) of the following categories:

  • Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn.
  • Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field.
  • Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning.
  • Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience.

Stage 5. Evaluation phase

Selection panel for all awards

Applications for Citations and Awards are considered by a Selection Committee. This is made up of (where possible):

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) or nominee
  • Director, Centre for Learning Innovation and Professional Practice (CLIPP) or nominee
  • One Associate Dean Teaching Quality
  • One national winner equivalent to the AAUT and/or predecessors (ie ALTC, OLT)
  • One previous Vice-Chancellors Award winner
    One student representative

The panel will assess Citations for Student Service based on the degree to which the applicant has convincingly argued they have:

  • influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience
  • integrated evidence of both formal and informal data
  • received recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community
  • sustained practice for a period of no less than three years (two years for early career)
  • demonstrated creativity, imagination, or innovation, irrespective of delivery-mode / discipline

Awards presentation

A framed certificate, signed by the Vice-Chancellor, will be presented to Award winners at a ceremony in November.

Essential resources and forms

Additional Resources

Further information

Enquiries to be directed to or phone (03) 5327 6151.