Education at UWA

Excellence in Education

Further Information

Teaching and Learning awards

The University's performance in international rankings and awards reflects the quality of its teaching.

Rankings and reputation

Education awards

The individual and collective efforts of staff working in teaching and areas of the student experience are recognised through awards at individual, school, faculty, University and national levels. 

The University has achieved notable success in Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning, Awards for Teaching Excellence and Fellowships from the Office of Teaching and Learning. The UWA Awards for Excellence in Teaching, UWA Faculty Teaching Awards and UWA Contributions to Student Learning Awards are awarded each year to outstanding staff and programs. 

The University has an outstanding record in national awards for teaching.

The University has received 46 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, six Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning, four Awards for Teaching Excellence and two Fellowships from the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) from 2006-2012.

Student experience

The consistently high entry (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) scores for UWA mean that the University’s undergraduate cohort is the most academically talented of any West Australian university and is generally recognised as being of the highest quality in Australia. Consequently, our students find fulfilling employment, win scholarships, and graduate into excellent long-term career prospects:

  • In the Federal Government’s annual Graduate Destination Surveys, UWA graduates consistently rank as the most employable in Western Australia. According to the survey, our graduates are employed at a greater rate than other WA university graduates on average.
  • In the past 60 years, students at UWA have been awarded 57 Rhodes scholarships.
  • We count among our graduates:
    • former Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke
    • Australian Ambassador to the United States and former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Kim Beazley
    • Federal Government ministers, the Hon. Stephen Smith and the Hon. Christopher Evans and many current and past Federal Members of Parliament
    • Nobel Prize winners Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren
    • the Hon. Justice Robert French, Chief Justice of the High Court
    • Academy Award winner Shaun Tan
    • Premier, the Hon. Colin Barnett and every WA Premier since 1988 as well as many State Members of Parliament and ministers
    • five of the last six Australian Ambassadors to China
    • and thousands of other leaders across all fields of human endeavour and community activity.

Quality and performance indicators

The UWA Executive Information System (EIS) provides analysis of the University's performance over time against plans and relative to other institutions.  The University also participated in the Group of 8’s (Go8’s) Quality Verification System (QVS) which is a process of external, discipline-led, academic peer review of final year undergraduate student outcomes. 

The UWA Annual Reports summarise the University's activities over the stated year. It is an official report on its operations, statistical profile, financial statements and performance indicators.  The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) provides and reports and communicates progress to UWA governing bodies including the Senate and Academic Board.