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Australian Awards for University Teaching

Universities Australia (UA) (opens in a new window) continues oversight of the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) (opens in a new window) in 2021. There are three award types recognising quality teaching practices and outstanding contributions to student learning at a national level, Citations, Teaching Awards and Program Awards. These are highly competitive awards, with limits on the number of submissions from each institution, and caps on the number of citations awarded to an institution (a maximum of four out of six possible submissions). Given the relatively small number of applications that are successful, this does not necessarily reflect the quality of the applications. Outstanding applications may not be recognised in an outstanding pool of applicants. Equally, AAUT (opens in a new window) reserves the right not to award a prize if applications are not of a high standard. All expression of interests and considered by the panel via a rigorous peer review process prior to being supported to progress.

A national network of Award Mentors is available for 2021 applicants. These mentors can provide advice on:

  • The most suitable kind of award
  • Guidance on how to structure a narrative around the mentee’s teaching experience
  • What teaching and education activities are worth focusing on
  • Providing feedback on mentee’s written application.

Please contact LearningFutures@westernsydney.edu.au as the primary Western Sydney University contact for awards enquiries.

Overview of the 2021 AAUT Timeline

Mar – Jul Prepare for submission (access internal and national mentors)
August Online Submission Phase One – The internal closing date for the AAUT registration (Phase One) is Sunday 15 August 2021, 11.59 AEDT. All draft applications must be emailed through to LearningFutures@westernsydney.edu.au.
September Online Submission Phase Two – The internal closing date for the AAUT submission for Phase Two is Tuesday 7 September 2021, 11.59 AEDT. All final applications must be emailed through to LearningFutures@westernsydney.edu.au.
October – December Assessment period
January 2022 Notification of outcome
February 2022 Award Ceremony


2021 Instructions, submission requirements and Expression of Interest forms;

Citations 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 100 Citations are awarded nationally to academic, general and sessional staff and institutional associates who have made significant contributions to student learning.

Citations provide an opportunity for distinctive institutional missions, values and priorities in learning and teaching to be recognised. Citations are awarded for a range of contributions to student learning, both direct and indirect.

Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education: This award is part of Citations that reward the diverse contributions made by individuals to improve the quality of student learning, and the awards for Teaching Excellence. Nominees for this award must demonstrate their contribution to Indigenous education, through programs developed in any discipline. Indigenous teaching staff only may nominate.

In 2021, citations will be awarded across the categories below:

  • Early Career (For academics with less than five years teaching experience in higher education institutions)
  • Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education (For Indigenous academics only)
  • Natural and Physical Science, Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
  • Engineering, Information Technology, Architecture and Building
  • Health
  • Education
  • Business, Management and Commence
  • Society and Culture
  • Creative Arts
  • Multi-disciplinary
  • Sessional staff

Please submit all expressions of interest and any inquiries to LearningFutures@westernsydney.edu.au

Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning

Program Awards recognise learning and teaching support programs and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education.  Up to 6 Program Awards across six categories, are awarded nationally to programs and services that demonstrate effectiveness through rigorous evaluation that will set benchmarks for similar activities in other institutions. Please submit all expressions of interest and any inquiries to LearningFutures@westernsydney.edu.au

The six categories are;

  1. Widening participation
  2. Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations
  3. Innovation in curriculum design and pedagogy practice
  4. Postgraduate education
  5. Student experiences and learning support services
  6. Global citizenship and internationalisation
  • Maximum number of awards: up to 6
  • Maximum submissions per institution: 2
  • Maximum awards per category: 1

Below is the 2021 Program award overview as an indication of criteria and structure.

2021 Key Dates

OpenInternal Closing Date for Expressions of Interests - 15 Aug 2021
OpenAAUT Closing Date - 16 to 27 August 2021

Awards for Teaching Excellence

Teaching Awards celebrate Australia's most outstanding university teachers in their fields. Teaching Awards give recognition to university teachers (individuals and teams) who have demonstrated excellent leadership through a sustained commitment to innovation and delivery of quality teaching and sustained dedication to enriching and improving student learning outcomes in higher education. Up to seven Teaching Awards are allocated across seven categories nationally. Please note the prize money for this award is to be confirmed. Please submit all expressions of interest and any inquiries to LearningFutures@westernsydney.edu.au

The seven categories are;

  1. Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies (including Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Medical Sciences and Nursing, etc.)
  2. Early Career (for teachers less than five years of cumulative experience teaching in higher education institutions)
  3. Humanities and the Arts
  4. Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies
  5. Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education (individuals who must demonstrate their contribution to Indigenous education; Indigenous and non-Indigenous teaches may nominate)
  6. Physical Sciences and Related Studies (including Architecture, Building and Planning, Engineering, Computing and Information Science)
  7. Social and Behavioural Sciences (including Psychology and Education)
  • Maximum number of awards: up to 7
  • Maximum submissions per institution: 3
  • Maximum awards per category: 1

Below is the 2021 Teaching award overview as an indication of criteria and structure.

2021 Key Dates

OpenInternal Closing Date for Expressions of Interests - 15 Aug 2021
OpenAAUT Closing Date - 16 to 27 August 2021

Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year

This Award is the premier university teaching award. The recipient of this award is selected from the pool of Awards for Teaching Excellence recipients. It is awarded to an academic with an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to learning and teaching. Please note the prize money for this award is to be confirmed.

Support for the Australian Awards for University Teaching

Visit the Australian Awards University Teachers Networks Network (AAUTN) site for assistance in developing and writing your award nomination. The AAUTN Award Mentor Scheme draws on the skills and experience of Australian Teaching Award winners who can provide advice and support for aspiring award applicants on the development of their award applications.