UWA Excellence in Teaching

These awards acknowledge the University's outstanding teachers and support staff and are competitive at the University level. The Award categories include areas such as early career, team or program, and learning and teaching support.


The UWA Award winners are honoured by the University community at an Award ceremony held in November of the current year.

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT)

The UWA Learning and Teaching Selection Group are responsible for selecting the winners of the UWA Awards for Excellence in Teaching from the faculty winners and the nominees for the national Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT), chosen from the UWA Award recipients.

The UWA Award recipients are invited to complete a submission for an AAUT within in their category, which is assessed and reviewed by their peers.

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) reward outstanding achievements in learning and teaching at a national level. The nominees are chosen from the recipients of a UWA Award.

The 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 Educational Enhancement Unit (EEU) coordinates and supports staff with their AAUT submissions on behalf of UWA.

To further assist staff the EEU have developed this UWA and AAUT Handbook and we encourage staff to review this document for further information, in conjunction with the AAUT webpage.

UWA Awards

The UWA Awards acknowledge the University's outstanding teachers and support staff and are competitive at the University level. The Award categories include areas such as casual/sessional teaching, early career, team or program, and teaching and learning support. Recipients of a faculty award are eligible to be invited by their faculty to put forward a submission for the following awards:

  • Award for Excellence in Teaching acknowledges and rewards the outstanding service that UWA academics deliver
  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (for faculty/professional or casual/sessional teaching staff) recognise the contribution that individuals and teams make to enhance student learning outcomes and encourage continued excellence in learning and teaching within the faculty and other professional areas, both direct and indirect.
  • Programs that Enhance Learning Award provide an opportunity for the University to recognise learning and teaching support programs and services that make innovative and outstanding contributions to student learning outcomes and the student experience at the faculty/area level.
  • The Indigenous Award for Excellence in Teaching acknowledges and rewards individuals or teams who demonstrate their contribution to Indigenous education.
  • Professional Staff Award for Service and Support provides an opportunity for the University to recognise staff in non-teaching roles that make an outstanding contribution to the student experience, by supporting the University strategic mission, vision and objectives. You may nominate a colleague, team or yourself for this Award via this Nomination Form. Nominated staff will receive an invitation to submit for this Award.

The Learning and Teaching Awards Selection Committee are responsible for selecting the winners of the UWA Awards for Excellence in Teaching and the nominees for the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT). The faculty award recipients are eligible for a UWA Award and the AAUT nominees are chosen from the UWA Award recipients.

The UWA Award winners and AAUT nominees are honoured by the University community at an award ceremony held in the current year.

Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Service Awards

The Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Service Awards are conferred annually to celebrate and reward excellence in teaching and service that academic and professional staff deliver. They are based on peer review and assessment of good teaching, with input from the student body and nominations are acceptable from students, staff and self.

If you wish to nominate a staff member for an award, complete this nomination form.

Winners of Faculty Teaching Awards may be nominated for consideration by the University for the UWA Excellence in Teaching Awards.

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