In 2001, the Academic Board of The University of Queensland established the annual Awards for the Enhancement of Student Learning (AESL). The awards were renamed Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL) in 2008.

These awards recognise learning and teaching support projects, teams and services that make an outstanding contribution to the quality of student learning and the quality of the student experience of higher education. The projects, teams and services that receive these awards must have demonstrated their effectiveness through rigorous evaluation.

There are six award categories with up to four awards in total granted each year at the discretion of the University Teaching and Learning Committee. Each award winner will receive a certificate and a grant of $10,000.

  • Award Categories

    There are six APEL categories:

    1. Widening participation, encompassing approaches to learning and teaching, and/or student experience which enhance student access, widen participation, and support progression.
    2. Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations, encompassing partnerships between universities, and universities and other organisations – such as schools, private higher education providers, registered training organisations, professional bodies, businesses and industries in collaborative approaches to learning and teaching.
    3. Innovation and flexibility in curricula, learning and teaching, encompassing approaches to learning and teaching that afford flexibility in time, place and/or mode of learning and innovations that encourage novel approaches to learning and teaching, innovations that align assessment with curriculum design, innovations that encourage or support multidisciplinary, research-based learning and teaching approaches, and innovations that utilise the potential of new and/or emerging technologies.
    4. Postgraduate education, encompassing programs and other activities that focus on postgraduate students, postgraduate coursework learning and teaching, postgraduate research supervision and research higher degree candidature and postgraduate learning support.
    5. Student experiences and services supporting learning, development and growth in higher education, encompassing services directly related to student learning such as services for specific groups of students, information access, course advising, language and learning support, counselling and disability support. Quality of learning engagement and other learning and teaching experiences within large student groups to sustain and retain students, student enhancement, whole personal development learning and the quality of the first-year student experience.
    6. Global citizenship and internationalisation, including valuing and enhancing the international student experience, student exchange, international recruitment, transition programs for international students and internationalising the curriculum. 
  • Eligibility

    General eligibility

    • Application is open to all projects, teams and services that enhance student learning at The University of Queensland. Applications should be broader than one or two courses or a service or team that involves a small number of students. For example, applications may involve a project, team or service provided at the institutional, Faculty or School level, a program of study across a year or number of years, or a service or project directed at particular groups of students.
    • All applications must relate to projects, teams or services that have been sustained for a period of at least three years.
    • Cross-Faculty, cross-School/Unit or cross-discipline applications will be considered. 
    • Teams may be of any size. All teams must provide a team name.
    • Previously unsuccessful applicants for APEL are eligible to reapply.
    • A winner of a University of Queensland Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE) may not be the recipient of The University of Queensland APEL in the same year, unless they form part of a team application and are not the lead applicant.
    • An application which is considered to be more closely aligned with the criteria for a Citation may be referred to the Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (COCSL) Selection Committee for consideration in the same year.

    Eligibility of previous recipients

    • Previous University of Queensland Citation and/or Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation winners are eligible to apply for an APEL.
    • Projects, teams or services that have received a University of Queensland APEL are ineligible to reapply.
    • Recipients of a University of Queensland APEL can only reapply if they form part of a team application and are not the lead applicant. The new application should be for a project, team or service that does not substantially replicate the original award.
    • A winner of an AAUT APEL may apply for a University of Queensland APEL if they have not been a previous recipient.
  • Assessment Criteria

    APEL expressions of interest and applications will be assessed on the evidence provided in response to the following four criteria which will be given equal consideration by the Shortlisting Committee and Selection Committee:

    1. Distinctiveness, coherence and clarity of purpose – extent to which the project, team or service has clear objectives and systematic approaches to coordination, implementation and evaluation;
    2. Influence on student learning and the student experience – extent to which the project, team or service targets identified needs and directly or indirectly, enhances student learning, student engagement and/or the overall student experience of higher education; 
    3. Breadth of impact – extent to which the project, team or service has led to widespread benefits for students, staff, the institution, and/or other institutions, consistent with the purpose of the project, team or service; and
    4. Addressing equity and diversity – extent to which the project, team or service promotes and supports equity and inclusiveness by improving access, participation and outcomes for diverse student groups.

    In assessing applications against the four criteria, the Shortlisting Committee and Selection Committee will take into account:

    • Evidence of the effectiveness of the project, team or service in formal and informal evaluation;
    • The degree of creativity, imagination or innovation; and
    • Evidence of sustained effectiveness of the project, team or service for no less than three years.
  • How to apply

    Expression of Interest

    APEL applicants must submit an expression of interest (EOI) using the online form

    The online form will prompt applicants for the following information:

    • Part A: Applicant details, including:
      • Project, team or service title
      • Project team or service start date
      • Lead applicant’s details, including name, School, Faculty and Email
      • Team details (if applicable)
    • Part B: Category of award
    • Part C: Written statement, including:
      1. Synopsis (maximum 150-200 words)
      2. Overview of the project, team or service and its context (maximum 200 words)
      3. Summary of evidence addressing all four assessment criteria provided in dot point format (maximum one A4 page).

    Please note: Parts A and B are filled out directly in the EOI online form. Part C must be completed using the UQ APEL EOI Template – Part C Written Statement and uploaded as a separate attachment in word format. 

    Application

    A Shortlisting Committee will appraise expressions of interest according to the published criteria and invite eligible applicants to provide a detailed application by a nominated closing date.

    Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a workshop facilitated by ITaLI where advice and guidance will be given on the format and content of their APEL application.

    A Selection Committee will appraise applications according to the published criteria and make recommendations for awarding commendations and citations to the University Teaching and Learning Committee for approval.

  • Key dates

    Action

    Responsibility

    Due date

    Expressions of interest close

    Applicant

    3:00pm, Friday 21 April, 2017

    Full applications close

    Applicant

    3:00pm, Friday 14 July, 2017

    UQ Awards Ceremony

    VC/DVCA

    TBC (During Teaching and Learning Week 2017)

  • Workshops and Information Sessions
    • The University of Queensland Teaching Excellence Awards Information Session
      This session will provide an overview of the Teaching and Learning Award schemes offered at UQ and tips for structuring an effective expression of interest.
      Time and date: 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Thursday 9 March, 2017
       
    • Writing a UQ Teaching and Learning Award Application Workshop
      The purpose of this workshop is to provide applicants with guidance on the format and content of their application and discuss tips for a successful application.
      Time, date and location: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Friday 19 May, 2017 in Room 202a, Learning Innovation Building (#17), St Lucia
      Register: teaching.awards@uq.edu.au 
       
    • Award Writing Session
      The purpose of this session is to provide applicants with time and space to work on their draft application, with ITaLI staff and previous UQ award winners available to provide advice and clarification.
      Time, date and location: 1.30pm – 3.30pm, Wednesday 21 June, 2017 in Room 202a, Learning Innovation Building (#17), St Lucia
      Register: teaching.awards@uq.edu.au 
       
  • Previous recipients

    Please visit the UQ Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards page to view the 2016 APEL recipients. A full list of Teaching and Learning Awards recipients, by year and award, can also be found here.

  • UQ Application Documentation
  • Contact Information

    Teaching Awards and Grants Officer
    Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI)
    Email: teaching.awards@uq.edu.au
    Telephone: 3365 6351