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. In 2018 there will be up to 10 awards available in this category.

Citations are awarded to staff 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. There are five main steps in the awards process. Please ensure to follow the CLIPP schedule calendar (timeline) and supporting documents throughout the award process.

Step 1. Recognition phase

Senior managers with a Faculty / School / Department will be invited to nominate any staff who they consider demonstrate an outstanding contribution to student service via direct email correspondence from CLIPP

Step 2. Nomination phase

Staff nominated by senior management will be invited to submit an intention to apply form. This form indicates that the staff member accepts the nomination and wishes to apply for the 2018 cycle. The intention to apply phase is open from  4-8 June 2018, via the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Learning and Teaching Moodle site.

Eligibility for nomination

  1. All applications must relate to contributions to student learning, student engagement and/or the overall student experience at the University.
  2. Applications are open to academic staff, teaching staff, professional staff, technical staff, sessional staff and institutional associates (full-time or fractional, continuing or contract).
  3. 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.
  4. Applicants can be included in only one applications in any year.
  5. Individual citation recipients are not eligible for re application within five years of receiving a citation.
  6. Previously unsuccessful applications for citations are eligible to apply.
  7. An applicant may only submit an applications for either a Citation or a Teaching Award in any one year.

Step 3. Mentoring phase

After intention to supply forms are submitted, CLIPP will review these forms, in particular the evidence supplied within, to determine eligibility for application. This will occur via the Moodle site.

Step 4. Application phase

During the application phase of the 2018 Vice-Chancellor's Learning & Teaching award process you will learn how to write a strong written statement for your award application. You will also learn how to use your referee letter(s) to your advantage, craft strong supportive documentation (Teaching Excellence only) and receive feedback on two drafts of your written statement by CLIPP staff members

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


Applications for this award should have demonstrated one, of the following:

  • 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.

The application should also showcase the extent to which evidence demonstrates contribution to:

  • influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience
  • gained recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community
  • been sustained 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.

Awards presentation

A framed certificate will be presented to the Award winner signed by the Vice-Chancellor at a ceremony at the end of the year.

Award guidelines

Staff who intend on applying for a VC L&T Citation, should follow this step-by-step process:

  1. Read the 2017 Program Information and Nomination Instructions as detailed in the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Awards and refer to the appropriate section within the instructions; There is one section which is particularly relevant for Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Applicants need to address one selection criteria in a 4 page application).
  2. Complete the online eligibility for nomination via Moodle.
  3. Complete the Federation University Intention to Submit Form (Docx, 239kb) for Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
  4. Comply with the CLIPP Calendar Schedule regarding timelines for institutional submission.

Essential resources and forms

Additional Resources

Further information

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