The Awards for Teaching Excellence recognise individuals and teams who make a substantial contribution to enhancing the quality of learning and teaching at The University of Queensland.

There are nine 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.

Key dates

ActionDue date
Expressions of interest closeFriday 19 May 2023
Full applications closeFriday 11 August 2023
UQ awards ceremonyWednesday 1 November 2023

Award categories

There are nine ATE categories, including:

1. Early Career
For academics with less than five years’ experience in teaching in higher education institutions.
In any discipline
2. Indigenous Education
For Indigenous teaching staff only
In any discipline
3. Natural and Physical Sciences, Agriculture, Environmental and Related studiesNatural and Physical Sciences
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Other Natural and Physical Sciences
Agriculture, Environmental and related studies
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture and Viticulture
  • Forestry studies
  • Fisheries studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Other Agriculture, Environmental and related studies
4. Engineering, Information Technology, Architecture and BuildingEngineering and related technology
  • Manufacturing engineering and technology
  • Process and resources engineering
  • Mechanical and industrial engineering and technology
  • Civil engineering
  • Geomatic engineering
  • Electrical and electronic engineering and technology
  • Aerospace engineering and technology
  • Maritime engineering and technology
  • Other Engineering and related technology
Information Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Information systems
  • Other Information Technology
Architecture and Building
  • Architecture and urban environment
  • Building
5. HealthHealth
  • Medical studies
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Dental studies
  • Optical science
  • Veterinary studies
  • Public Health
  • Radiography
  • Rehabilitation therapies
  • Complementary therapies
  • Other Health
6. EducationEducation
  • Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Education studies
  • Other Education
7. Business, Management and CommerceManagement and Commerce
  • Accounting
  • Business and Management
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Tourism
  • Office Studies
  • Banking, Finance, and related fields
  • Other Management and Commerce
8. Society and CultureSociety and Culture
  • Political Science and Policy studies
  • Studies in Human Society
  • Human Welfare Studies and services
  • Behavioural Science
  • Law
  • Justice and Law Enforcement
  • Librarianship, Information Management and Curatorial studies
  • Language and Literature
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Sport and Recreation
  • Other Society and Culture
9. Creative ArtsCreative Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts and Crafts
  • Graphic and Design Studies
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Other Creative Arts
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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 3 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, except when they:
    • Form part of a team application and are not the lead applicant; the team application should not substantially replicate the original award.
    • Are previous recipients of a University ATE in the Early Career category: they are eligible to reapply, in a different category, five years after receiving an Early Career award.
    • Are members of teams who have received awards and were not the lead applicant on the awarded nomination; 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.
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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. The criteria 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
  • 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:

  • 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
  • Contributing professional expertise to enhance curriculum or resources.

3. Effective assessment practices that bring about improvements in student learning, may have a focus on academic integrity or digital solutions, or any assessment strategies that bring about change.

This may include:

  • Showing advanced skills in assessment/alternative assessment practices
  • Using a variety of assessment strategies to bring about change
  • Adapting assessment methods to different contexts and diverse student needs and learning styles
  • Contributing professional expertise to the field of assessment in order to improve program design and delivery
  • Dissemination and embedding of good practice identified through assessment
  • Evaluating the quality of the assessment practices.

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.

Evidencing your contribution

In assessing applications against the four criteria, the Shortlisting Committee and Selection Committee will take into account the extent to which the submission shows evidence that the applicant’s contribution has:

  • Impacted student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience for a period of no less than three years (two years for early career), not including the time taken for development or trial of any activity which must be demonstrated in student testimonial, student improvement in results over time, and/or strong SECaT results
  • Gained recognition from colleagues, the University, and/or the broader community
  • Shown creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments
  • Drawn on the scholarly literature on teaching and learning to inform the development of initiatives, programs and/or practice.

Please refer to the information session resources: Addressing a Learning Challenge (PDF, 165.5 KB) and Evidence for your application (PDF, 107.1 KB) when drafting an Expression of Interest or Full Application.

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How to apply

Expression of Interest (EOI)

ATE applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest and upload their Summary of Evidence (DOCX, 50.9 KB) by 5pm, 19 May 2023.

The EOI online form will prompt applicants for the following information:

  • Application form:
    • applicant details including name, school, faculty, email and team details (if applicable)
    • category of award
    • synopsis (150–200 words)
    • overview of the applicant’s teaching and its context (max. 200 words).
  • File uploads:
    • summary of evidence addressing all four assessment criteria provided in dot point format (maximum one A4 page)
    • SECaT Teaching Summary Report for the last three years (i.e., if applying in 2023, this report must provide data for 2020, 2021 and 2022; if SECaT data for 2020 is not available, please also include 2019 data in addition to 2021 and 2022). Applicants may include a short explanation supporting this document if desired.


A Shortlisting Committee will appraise expressions of interest according to the published criteria, and will invite eligible applicants to provide a detailed application by 11 August 2023.

To download previous ATE applications, browse through our Exemplar award application library (staff login required).

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.

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Workshops and information sessions

1:1 Consultations

Applicants who need 1:1 support are recommended to request a consultation with ITaLI staff. 

Teaching Excellence Awards Information Session

20 April 2023 at 10:30am

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 (register now).

Writing a Teaching and Learning Award Application Workshop

This session is open to shortlisted applicants only, and will be held in June.

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.

Mentored Award Writing Session

This session is open to shortlisted applicants only, and will be held in July.

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.

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Previous ATE award winners

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