The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT)

About

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) reward outstanding achievements in learning and teaching at a national level.

AAUT consists of the following five categories:

  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning
  • Awards for Teaching Excellence
  • Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year
  • Career Achievement

The Centre for Education Futures assists UWA staff with applications and information.

Proformas

The following proformas are provided for use by faculties when submitting a nomination for consideration and subsequent nomination to the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).

Latest awardees

Congratulations to the three UWA awardees:

Image of Cosimo FaielloAssociate Professor Cosimo Faiello
For influencing, motivating and inspiring postgraduate engineering students studying sustainable project management to make a long-lasting positive impact throughout their career.
Denese Playford imageAssociate Professor Denese Playford
For developing and leading innovative medical education programs using transformative learning experiences to inspire and prepare students to serve rural and disadvantaged people.
Bonnie Thomas imageDr Bonnie Thomas
For sustained commitment to student learning through empathetic, caring and intuitive teaching that allows students to feel safe and supported in their learning of French.

Previous winners

2016

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Associate Professor Paul Abbott: School of Physics and Astrophysics
For 25 years of pioneering design and development in teaching computational science to scientists and engineers using real-world problems, across all year levels.
Professor Farid Boussaid: School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
For sustained and outstanding commitment to creating inclusive and authentic learning environments, that actively engage electronic engineering students in contextually grounded learning experiences.
Ms Penny Carruthers: Law School
For creating engaging, challenging, contemporary and inspirational learning environments and for supporting learning for all law students by promoting broader student experiences.

The Centre for Education Futures interviewed Penny Carruthers from the Law School to talk about her teaching style and what qualities are important in excellent teaching.

2015

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Professor J Robert Grove: School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health
For creating motivational, inspirational and engaging classroom environments, and enhancing the learning of undergraduate and postgraduate sports science students.
Ms Kate Offer: Law School
For motivating and inspiring law students with a combination of innovative strategies which enhance learning and encourage a love of the law.
Award for Programs that Enhance Learning
Aspire UWA
A highly innovative educational outreach program working with 52 Western Australian secondary schools to inspire and assist students from low socio-economic status backgrounds to access the lifelong benefits of university study.

2014

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Winthrop Professor Denise Chalmers: Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning
For 25 years of scholarly innovation and leadership to enhance student learning and engagement through developing university teachers and teaching.
Professor Jane HeyworthMedicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
For encouraging, inspiring and enabling students to become well-rounded practitioners through application-based learning and supporting their journey from enrolment to graduation.
Ms Jo Hocking: Student Services
For sustained contributions to student learning and engagement through development of an innovative industry mentoring program that promotes students' personal and career development learning.

2013

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Dr Lisa Cluett: Student Support Services
For sustained and innovative influence on student learning and engagement through the development of leadership networks and online communities.
Associate Professor Peter Hammond: School of Physics
For sustained, inspirational and enthusiastic teaching illuminating the real world relevance of quantum physics concepts and inculcating a love of science across all year levels.
Program Awards
The ULTRIS Program – UWA Award for Excellence in Teaching

2012

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Mr Malcolm Fialho: Equity and Diversity
For leadership and innovation in implementing a University-wide Cultural Competence Program to engage, sustain and deepen an action-oriented conversation around cultural diversity, racism and community harmony.
Assistant Professor Ambelin Kwaymullina: Law School
For excellence in teaching an innovative curriculum development in the area of Indigenous Peoples and the Law (Early Career)
Winthrop Professor Cheryl Praeger: Engineering, Computing and Mathematics
For developing the gold standard in mathematics research supervision and more than 30 years of nurturing a research community where undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics research flourishes.
Winthrop Professor Richard Weller: The Australian Urban Design Research Centre
For sustained commitment to inspiring and enabling students to engage creatively and critically with complex design problems.

UWA Awards

About

The individual and collective efforts of teachers and other staff are recognised through awards at individual, school, faculty, University and national levels.

University awards

UWA awards for excellence in teaching

These awards acknowledge the University's outstanding teachers and support staff and are competitive at the University level.

Award categories are selected each year and include such areas as postgraduate supervision, early career, team or program, and teaching and learning support.

Overview

Procedures

Congratulations to the 2016 winners of UWA Awards for Excellence in Teaching
Image of Cosimo FaielloAssociate Professor Cosimo Faiello
UWA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Image of Penny CarruthersMs Penny Carruthers
UWA Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
Image of UniAccess TeamUniAccess Team: Deborah Allen, Alastair Miller, Pauline Pannell, Elizabeth Sullivan and Rosemary Woodward
UWA Award for Programs that Enhance Learning
Image of Fit for Study TeamFit for Study Team: Dr Deena Ashoorian, Emma Boyne, Ella-Louise Brook, Liz Caddy, Bronwyn Milkins and Tricia Wylde
UWA Award for Programs that Enhance Learning
Congratulations to the 2016 winners of UWA Awards for Exceptional Contribution to Education Futures

This new award category for 2016 recognises significant achievements in the pursuit of Education Futures:

  • Dr Marinella Caruso, Dr Nicola Fraschini and Sabine Kuuse for their project Facing the Revolution in the Language Classroom: Interactive On-Screen Feedback for French, Italian and Korean Learners
  • Dr Tristan Clemons, Dr Shannon Maisey and Dr Dino Spagnoli for the project Using Technology to Improve Transferrable Skills and Enhance the Laboratory Experience in First Year Chemistry
  • Dr Michael Gillan, Dr Andrzej Gwizdalski and Professor Phil Hancock for the project UWA Blogs: Digital, Mobile and Transformative Learning

Faculty teaching awards

The Faculty Teaching Awards are based on peer review and assessment of good teaching, with input from the student body.

The awards are based on national criteria for excellence in teaching used by the Department of Education and Training (DET).

Overview

Between 1991 and 2006 the University and Guild of Undergraduates had joint oversight of the University's Excellence in Teaching Awards. From 2007 teaching awards have been embedded in the faculties.

Winners of Faculty Teaching Awards may be nominated for consideration by the University for the UWA Excellence in Teaching Awards and the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).

Procedures

The procedures for nominating have been developed by each Faculty:

Contact your Faculty's Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) for further information on procedures.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners of the Faculty Teaching Awards

Previous winners

Awards for contributions to learning (non-faculty)

The Awards for Contributions to Learning (non-faculty) recognise and reward outstanding contributions to student learning and the student experience by staff employed in units outside faculties at UWA.

The Awards for Contributions to Learning (ACL) consist of the following two categories:

  • Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • Central Program Awards

More information can be found in the award guidelines.

Nominations for 2017 have now closed.


Congratulations to the award winner and nominees for 2016

UWA Central Program Award Winner
UWA Fairway image
Fairway UWA

Mary Lynn Da Silva, Dr Tristan Fidler, Jun Hua Guo and Dr Umneea Khan

Fairway UWA is a highly innovative educational outreach program working with Year 12 students who face challenging circumstances in demonstrating their academic potential. Fairway UWA offers comprehensive academic, financial and social support throughout their final year of secondary school to assist participants to achieve their higher education goals.

All participants face financial disadvantage; many are recent migrants or refugees, often from language backgrounds other the English; they may have caring responsibilities, or undertake excessive work to support the family financially. Some have serious medical conditions; others live in remote regions, several thousand kilometres from the nearest university. They share a desire to succeed and Fairway UWA's unique program supports their aspirations to attend and succeed at university.

Since 2012, more than 500 students have participated in Fairway's structured academic program of learning activities designed to enhance their academic achievement and build their confidence. Positive outcomes are evident in that 96 per cent of students completing the program receive a university offer; retention rates for Fairway UWA students who enrol at the University of Western Australia (UWA) of above 91 per cent; and in the wholehearted endorsement from teachers, parents and students.

Nominees
Individual award
  • Michael Azariadis
  • Debra Basanovic
  • Sonia Boccardo
  • Joanne Edmondston
  • Jo Hocking
  • Louise Kilpatrick
  • Terry Larder
  • Patrice Mitchell
  • Jennifer O'Neil
  • Linda Papa
Team award
  • Careers Centre
  • UniAccess
  • UniStart
Previous winners

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