Teaching & Learning

Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence


The Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence celebrate the University's outstanding teachers in their respective fields. These awards give recognition to teachers acclaimed for their teaching practice, who have demonstrated outstanding teaching outcomes and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at the University.

Winners of the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence will receive $5,000 each. A maximum of two awards will be offered each year to teams or individuals.


  • All members of academic staff, including pro bono staff, are eligible to apply
  • Winners are ineligible to reapply for the same Award
  • Winners are eligible to apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Medal for Sustained Commitment to Teaching Excellence five years following their Teaching Excellence Award
  • Winners may immediately submit an application for a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Programs that Enhance Learning but must demonstrate significantly different achievements than those for which the Teaching Excellence Award was received
  • Previously unsuccessful applicants in any category are immediately eligible to reapply

Nomination, Application and Selection Procedures

Refer to the Nomination and Application page for further information.

Application format

Paper must be A4 and plain white. Margins must be at least 2cm with clear definition between paragraphs. Font must be a minimum of 11 point Arial or Calibri. Individual pages that do not meet the requirements, for instance by exceeding the pages limits, will be removed.

The application is comprised of:

  • Application cover sheet (Word 59.0 KB)
  • Written statement (8 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae (3 pages + 1 for each team member)
  • Supporting materials (see information below)
  • References (2 references of 1 page each)

Application cover sheet

Applicants must complete the application cover sheet, cross-checking their application against the checklist provided.

Written statement

The core element of the application is a written statement in which applicants describe their contribution to teaching excellence at the institution. Applicants must address each of the assessment criteria, and provide a range of evidence to support their claims in line with each criteria. The written statement is limited to eight (8) A4 pages in total.

The written statement should be presented in order, under the following headings:

Synopsis (maximum 200 words, written in the third person)

The Synopsis of up to 200 words should include a description of the applicant's teaching area or discipline, teaching experience, teaching focus and methods. The Synopsis must be written in the third person, use plain English and inform the audience about the applicant's teaching.

Overview and context

The overview should summarise the claims made against the assessment criteria.

Assessment criteria:

1. Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn

This may include fostering student development by stimulating curiosity and independence in learning; participating in effective and empathetic guidance and advice for students; assisting students from equity and other demographic subgroups to participate and achieve success in their courses; encouraging student engagement through the enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching; inspiring and motivating students through effective communication, presentation and interpersonal skills; enabling others to enhance their approaches to learning and teaching; and developing and/or integrating assessment strategies to enhance student learning.

2. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field

This may include developing and presenting coherent and imaginative resources for student learning; implementing research-led approaches to learning and teaching; demonstrating up-to-date knowledge of the field of study in the design of the curriculum and the creation of resources for learning; communicating clear objectives and expectations for student learning; providing support to those involved in the development of curricula and resources; and contributing professional expertise to enhance curriculum or resources.

3. Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in learning and teaching

Evaluation comprises making judgments about the quality of programs and activities that are part of the academic, cultural and social experience of higher education. This may include showing advanced skills in evaluation and reflective practice; using a variety of evaluation strategies to bring about change; adapting evaluation methods to different contexts and diverse student needs and learning styles; contributing professional expertise to the field of evaluation in order to improve program design and delivery; and the dissemination and embedding of good practice identified through evaluation.

4. Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience

This may include participating in and contributing to professional activities related to learning and teaching; innovations in service and support for students; coordination, management and leadership of courses and student learning; conducting and publishing research related to teaching; demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession; providing innovative learning and teaching for different contexts, including technology enhanced environments, for large and small class sizes and/or to meet the needs of a diverse student cohort; and influencing the overall academic, social and cultural experience of higher education.


The conclusion should draw elements of the narrative together to provide a cohesive final statement.

Reference list

Nominees should use their preferred reference style throughout and include a reference list within the eight pages.

Applicants will be assessed on the evidence provided in their response to the criteria against the Citation and Vice-Chancellor's Award assessment rubric. The assessment panel will consider how each applicant's contribution has:

  • 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 two years, not including time taken for development or trial of any activity
  • Claims for excellence which are supported by formal and informal evaluation
  • Shown creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments
  • Information contained in student data, student surveys, supporting materials, and references submitted by the nominee

A broad range of evidence in support of the claims against these criteria must be provided. The views of students, collaborators and/or colleagues should be woven into this statement as appropriate, as they will be a key element in the assessment of applications.

Curriculum Vitae

The Curriculum Vitae may include the following:

  1. Educational qualifications (most recent first)
  2. Employment history (most recent first)
  3. Teaching positions
  4. Teaching experience
  5. Awards, prizes and recognition received for learning and teaching
  6. A list of publications relating to the scholarship of learning and teaching
  7. Invitations to deliver keynotes on learning and teaching in your discipline area

The Curriculum Vitae for an individual should be no more than three (3) pages.

For teams, the lead applicant should provide a brief Curriculum Vitae as outlined above and team members may submit one (1) additional page each.

Supporting materials

It is strongly recommended that applicants include additional materials supporting their claims against the assessment criteria. The relevance of the materials must be made clear in the written statement. Applicants may choose to submit one or two of the following support materials:

  • A link to a three-minute video (which could include footage of the nominee talking about their teaching, their teaching philosophy, or interviews with students and/or colleagues)
  • A link to a website
  • Ten (10) pages of teaching materials


Two references of no more than one (1) A4 page each must be provided by people who are able to comment on the applicant's outstanding contribution to teaching excellence against the nominated assessment criterion/a. One of the referees must be from the Head of School/College/Division/Institute, unless otherwise negotiated with the Acting Director Learning and Teaching. If the application is from a team, the references should refer to the team.