In 1988, the Academic Board of The University of Queensland, with financial support from the Alumni Association, instituted annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching (AET). In 2008, the awards were renamed Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE).

The awards give recognition to individuals and teams renowned for excellence in teaching and who have made a broad and deep contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at The University of Queensland.

There are eight ATE award categories and up to five ATE awards in total are 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 eight ATE categories, including:

    1. Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies (including Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Medical Sciences and Nursing, etc.)
    2. Early Career – open to staff with no more than five years’ experience teaching in higher education institutions. The five years can be non-sequential and must be counted on a semester basis. This includes all tutoring and part-time teaching. The selection panel will consider the career stage of applicants when assessing assessment criterion 4
    3. Humanities and the Arts
    4. Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies
    5. Indigenous Education – open to both individuals and groups who must demonstrate their contribution to Indigenous education. Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic staff may apply
    6. Physical Sciences and Related Studies (including Architecture, Building and Planning, Engineering, Computing and Information Science)
    7. Social and Behavioural Sciences (including Psychology and Education)
    8. High impact intervention for progression, retention and attainment
  • Eligibility

    General eligibility

    • Application is open to academic staff with teaching or teaching/research appointments.
    • Both individual and team applications are accepted. All teams must provide a team name.
    • Applicants must have ordinarily a minimum of three years of academic teaching-related employment at The University of Queensland.
    • 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.
    • A winner of a University of Queensland ATE may not be the recipient of a University of Queensland COCSL in the same year, unless they form part of a team application and are not the lead applicant.

    Eligibility of previous recipients

    • Winners of the University's ATE are not eligible to reapply, with the exception of:
      • Previous recipients of ATE are eligible to reapply for an award if they form part of a team application and are not the lead applicant; the team application should not substantially replicate the original award.
      • Members of teams that have received awards are eligible to reapply; the application should not substantially replicate the original award.
    • Previous University of Queensland Citation and/or Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation winners are eligible to apply for an ATE.
    • A winner of an AAUT ATE may apply for a University of Queensland ATE if they have not been a previous recipient.
  • Assessment criteria

    ATE expressions of interest and applications will be assessed on the evidence they provide of evaluation, innovation, leadership and scholarship in the written statement that the applicant’s contribution has for the following four criteria which will be given equal consideration by the Shortlisting Committee and Selection Committee:

    1. Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn. This may include:
      • fostering student development by stimulating curiosity and independence in learning;
      • participating in effective and empathetic guidance and advice for students;
      • assisting students from equity and other demographic subgroups to participate and achieve success in their courses;
      • encouraging student engagement through the enthusiasm shown for learning and teaching;
      • inspiring and motivating students through effective communication, presentation and interpersonal skills;
      • enabling others to enhance their approaches to learning and teaching; and
      • developing and/or integrating assessment strategies to enhance student learning.
    2. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field. This may include:
      • developing and presenting coherent and imaginative resources for student learning;
      • implementing research-led approaches to learning and teaching;
      • demonstrating up-to-date knowledge of the field of study in the design of the curriculum and the creation of resources for learning;
      • communicating clear objectives and expectations for student learning;
      • providing support to those involved in the development of curricula and resources; and
      • contributing professional expertise to enhance curriculum or resources.
    3. Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning. This can be in relation to evaluation of the applicant’s practice and / or assessment of students. This may include:
      • showing advanced skills in evaluation and reflective practice;
      • using a variety of evaluation strategies to bring about change;
      • adapting evaluation methods to different contexts and diverse student needs and learning styles;
      • contributing professional expertise to the field of evaluation in order to improve program design and delivery; and
      • the dissemination and embedding of good practice identified through evaluation.
    4. Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience. This may include
      • participating in and contributing to professional activities related to learning and teaching;
      • innovations in service and support for students;
      • coordination, management and leadership of courses and student learning;
      • conducting and publishing research related to teaching;
      • demonstrating leadership through activities that have broad influence on the profession;
      • providing innovative learning and teaching for different contexts, including technology enhanced environments, for large and small class sizes and/or to meet the needs of a diverse student cohort; and
      • influencing the overall academic, social and cultural experience of higher education.

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

    • Extent to which the claims for excellence are supported by formal and informal evaluation;
    • Extent of creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments; and
    • Information contained in student data or institutional student surveys, references, and selected teaching materials submitted by the applicant.
  • How to apply

    Expression of Interest

    ATE applicants must submit an expression of interest (EOI) by emailing a completed EOI form to

    This form will prompt applicants for the following information:

    • Part A: Applicant details, including name, school, faculty, email and team details (if applicable)
    • Part B: Category of award
    • Part C: Written statement, including:
      1. Synopsis (maximum 150-200 words)
      2. Overview of the applicant’s teaching and its context (maximum 200 words)
      3. Summary of evidence addressing all four assessment criteria provided in dot point format (maximum one A4 page).


    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 ATE 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



    Due date

    Expressions of interest close


    3:00pm, Monday 28 May, 2018

    Full applications close


    3:00pm, Monday 30 July, 2018

    UQ Awards Ceremony


    TBC (during Teaching and Learning Week 2018)

  • 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, Tuesday 24 April, 2018 in Room 202a, Learning Innovation Building (#17), St Lucia 
    • 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 29 June, 2018 in Room 202a, Learning Innovation Building (#17), St Lucia
    • 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, Monday 9 July, 2018 in Room 202a, Learning Innovation Building (#17), St Lucia
  • Previous recipients

    Please visit the UQ Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards page to view the 2017 ATE 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)
    Telephone: 3365 6351