The University of Newcastle, Australia

Teaching Excellence Awards

Recognises and celebrates outstanding teachers and the important role they play in student learning outcomes.

The Teaching Excellence Award is awarded under two categories:

Teaching Excellence Award

Awarded to an individual or team of teachers who have made an outstanding impact on student learning.

Sessional Academic Teaching Excellence Award

Awarded to an individual sessional academic, or team of sessional academics who have made an outstanding impact and contribution to student learning outcomes.

Nominees must address and provide evidence to support one of the following criteria:

  • Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn
  • Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field
  • Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning
  • Demonstrate the effective use of educational technologies and other teaching innovations in both face-to-face and blended and fully online environments for the benefit of student success

Eligibility and How to Nominate

As a staff member, you can nominate an individual or a team for a University of Newcastle Excellence Award.

Self-nominations are permitted, but nominees are responsible for informing their supervisor about the nomination detail before a nomination is submitted.

All University of Newcastle employees are eligible to be nominated, including professional staff (casual, fixed-term and ongoing) and academic staff (continuing, fixed-term, conjoint and sessional). Staff employed by an agency do not fall within the eligibility requirements.

Depending on the quality of the nominations, one award winner may be selected for each award sub-category. Subject to the quality of the nominations for a category, an award may not be made. Depending on the award category, you may choose to nominate an individual, or a team.

Individual nominations
You may choose to tell the person that you are nominating them before submitting your nomination. However, all nominees will be advised of their nomination via email once all submissions are received.

Team nominations
Team nominations would not normally exceed 8 members unless exceptional circumstances apply. You must advise team leaders of the nomination before you submit it to ensure that team composition and contributions are accurately reflected. A team member may be defined as someone who has made a significant contribution. Prize money for team awards will be distributed equally amongst all team members.

Re-nominations
A nominee or recipient of a University of Newcastle Excellence Award is only eligible for re-nomination in subsequent years on the basis that there were significant new achievements or developments to be considered.

Any award recipient who is no longer employed by the University at the time of the announcement of the awards will not be entitled to an award prize.

After clicking on the ‘nominate now’ link, you will be taken to an online form, where you will be asked to input:

  • Your full name and email
  • The nominee/s name, email, Faculty/Division. For team nominations, details will need to be provided for all team members
  • A 75 word succinct overview of the nomination, including
    • a description of the contribution, initiative, program, project or activity
    • how this outstanding and exceptional achievement or success exceeds normal expectations of performance
  • Your responses to the selection criteria (max 500 words). This should be prepared in a word document and uploaded as a PDF with the following document name: Nominee Full Name (or Team leader name)_Award name e.g. Joe Smith_Teaching Excellence Award
    This section should include a description of:
    • the contribution, initiative, program, project or activity
    • how this significant and outstanding achievement addresses the award-specific criteria

Please note that responses above 500 words will not be considered.

Nominate now Teaching Excellence Awards