The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) were established in 1997 by the Australian Government to celebrate and reward excellence in university teaching.

Since then, with an honour roll that includes many highly respected and celebrated members of the sector, the Australian Awards for University Teaching have become a valued form of recognition for university educators Australia wide.

About the awards

The Australian Awards for University Teaching recognise the impact that educators have on the learning and teaching experiences and outcomes of university students. They celebrate and reward programs practices that support students and enhance learning and promote excellence in learning and teaching in all aspects of higher education.

Recipients, with the support of their institutions, contribute to systemic change in learning and teaching through the ongoing sharing and dissemination of knowledge. This year, there are four award types promoting and recognising excellence in learning and teaching.

Award programs

There are four awards recognising excellence and outstanding contributions to student learning:

  • 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.

For more information on awards and to download the up-to-date information packs for each of the awards categories, visit the Universities Australia website.

2021 AAUT key dates

  • Tuesday 15 June: deadline for expression of interest see the expression of interest template (DOCX, 45 KB) (email to [email protected]) (login required when off site)
  • Monday 21 June: feedback on expression of interest
  • Monday 9 August: full submissions due for internal review
  • Monday 18 August: panel review meeting
  • Friday 20 August: panel feedback to applicants
  • Friday 10 September: final submissions due for endorsement by panel and DVC (A&S)
  • Notification of outcome: January/February 2022

2021 AAUT information packs

For instructions on how to submit your nomination, please download the relevant information pack:

Support for award programs for VU staff

For more information regarding application support, please email [email protected]

Award mentors for 2021 applicants

The AAUTN Award Mentor Scheme draws on the skills and experience of Australian Teaching Award winners who have volunteered to act as mentors for future awards applicants.

Mentors can provide advice and support for aspiring award applicants on the development of their award applications. This may take the form of:

  • advice on the most suitable award type based on career stage and experience (Citation, Award for Teaching Excellence etc.)
  • guidance on structuring a narrative around the mentee’s teaching experience
  • advice on what teaching and education activities are worth focusing on
  • feedback on mentee’s written application.

Citation endorsement

The VU awards panel is responsible for endorsing citations for submission. No applications may be submitted outside of this process.