Background

Awards for Contributions to Learning (non-faculty) are available for staff located outside the faculties and the SIS who contribute to student learning and/or enhance the student experience. These awards complement Faculty and SIS Teaching Awards and ensure there is an equivalent award process for staff located outside of faculties.

There are two categories of awards that can be applied for:

  1. Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning or
  2. Central Program Awards

Eligibility

To be eligible for an Award for Contributions to Learning (non-faculty) you will be a staff member from an area external to a faculty or the Student Guild who makes a significant contribution to student learning or enhancing the student learning experience.

Who can be nominated?

  • Professional and academic staff, full-time, part-time, casual or sessional, employed by the Student Guild or the University in organisational units outside of faculties.
  • The nominee(s) must be able to make a case for contribution to student learning and/or programs that enhance learning.
  • The completed application must be supported and signed by the Head of Section or delegate.
  • Teams within or across divisions (including combinations of non-faculty and faculty staff) can also nominate, with team names recommended and nomination forms signed by relevant Heads of Sections and Faculty Deans as appropriate.

Who can nominate?

The following categories may nominate a professional or academic staff member or team for an Award for Contributions to Learning (non-faculty):

  • Student nomination
  • Self nomination (self nominations must be endorsed by the supervisor or Head of Section)
  • Peer nomination

Promotion and dissemination

Heads of organisational units will be responsible for establishing appropriate processes within their areas for the promotion, selection and submission of nominees.

Selection

The winners of the Awards for Contributions to Learning (non-faculty) will be selected by the UWA Learning and Teaching Innovation Awards Selection Group.

Awards

Up to three Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Awards and three Central Program Awards will be awarded each year. Award nominees will be acknowledged at the University's Teaching Awards Ceremony. The 2017 ceremony will be held in October/November.

A certificate and monetary prize of $1,000 will be awarded to each winner, funded from the University's Education Committee. The Committee's support will be reviewed annually as part of the budget process.

Winners of the 2017 Awards for Contributions to Learning (non-faculty) will be eligible for consideration of nomination for UWA and national awards in 2018.

Award categories

A. Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Awards

Selection criteria are aligned to the 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) criteria for the national Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning awards, namely:

  1. Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn
  2. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field
  3. Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning
  4. Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience

Nominees should address only one of the above selection criteria. Submissions should also address the UWA Education Futures Vision. Submissions should be no more than two pages in length and include evidence to support the written statement within the two pages.

Selection process

All nominations will be assessed on the quality of the nomination against the selected criterion and the extent to which they show evidence (in the written statement) that their contribution has:

  • influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience;
  • gained recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community; and
  • been sustained for a period of no less than three years

B. Central Program Awards

Categories are aligned to the 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) categories for the national Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning, namely:

  1. Widening participation
  2. Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations
  3. Innovation and flexibility in curricula, learning and teaching
  4. Postgraduate education
  5. Student experiences and services supporting learning, development and growth in higher education
  6. Global citizenship and internationalisation

Nominees should address only one of the above categories. Programs that also address one or more of the UWA Education Futures Vision are encouraged.

Submissions should be no more than four pages in length (with an additional page for teams explaining roles and percentage contribution of team members). Additional information to support the written statement can be included in appendices to a maximum of ten pages.

Selection process

All nominations will be assessed on the quality of the nomination against each of the selected criterion stated below and the extent to which they show evidence (in the written statement) that the program has:

  • distinctiveness, coherence and clarity of purpose;
  • influence on student learning and the student experience;
  • breadth of impact; and
  • concern for equity and diversity

The Selection Group will take into account:

  1. Evidence of the effectiveness of the program in formal and informal evaluation
  2. The degree of creativity, imagination or innovation
  3. Evidence of sustained effectiveness of the program for no less than three years

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