Australian Awards for University Teaching

National recognition of University of Melbourne staff and programs

Each year, staff from across the Australian university sector are recognised for their outstanding contributions to student learning and to the student experience. Universities are invited to nominate staff and programs for various award types, and within specified categories. These national awards are coordinated by the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT).

Many staff and programs from the University of Melbourne have been recognised by national awards for excellence.

The following is a list of the three categories of AAUT awards. Included are links to University of Melbourne recipients.

The nomination process for these Awards is integrated with the University of Melbourne Awards for Excellence.


Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning


Citations recognise and reward the diverse contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning.

Citations are awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the quality of student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period, whether they are academic staff, general staff, sessional staff or institutional associates.

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.

Up to 160 Citations, including the Early Career category, with prize value of $10,000 each, are available in 2014.

Honour roll of recipients

Application guidelines (2014) (PDF 1.56MB)

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. The programs and services that receive Program Awards must have demonstrated their effectiveness through rigorous evaluation and will set benchmarks for similar activities in other institutions.

The eight categories for Programs that Enhance Learning for 2014 are:

  • Widening participation

  • Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations

  • The first-year experience

  • Flexible learning and teaching

  • Innovation in curricula, learning and teaching

  • Postgraduate education

  • Services supporting student learning

  • Global citizenship and internationalisation

Up to 12 Awards with a prize value of $25,000 each will be granted across the eight categories in 2014.

Honour roll of recipients

Application guidelines - see Norman Curry Awards (PDF 1.55MB)

Awards for Teaching Excellence


Teaching Awards celebrate a group of the nation’s most outstanding university teachers in their fields. Teaching Awards give recognition to teachers (individuals and teams) renowned for the excellence of their teaching, who have outstanding presentation skills and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.

The eight categories of Awards for Teaching Excellence in 2014 are:

  • Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies (including Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Medicine and Nursing)

  • Humanities and the Arts

  • Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies

  • Social Sciences (including Education)

  • Neville Bonner Awards for Indigenous Education

  • Physical Sciences and Related Studies (including Architecture, Building and Planning, Engineering, Computing and Information Science)

  • Early Career

  • The Priority Area for 2014 is: High impact strategies for progression, retention and attainment.

Up to 16 Awards, each with a value of $25,000, will be granted across the eight categories in 2014.

Honour roll of recipients

Application guidelines - see Barbara Falk Award, David White Award, or Edward Brown Award (PDF 1.56MB)


For more detail about the OLT, including the award and grants schemes, see the OLT website



Michelle van Kampen
Professional Development Coordinator

T: +61 3 9035 4673