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 eight 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

Round status – open

Action Due date
Expressions of interest close Wednesday 1 May 2019
Full applications close Friday 19 July 2019
UQ awards ceremony Monday 28 October 2019 (during Teaching and Learning Week)

Award categories

There are eight ATE categories, including:

  • Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies (including Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Medical Sciences and Nursing, etc.).
  • Early Career - open to staff with no more than 5 years’ experience teaching in higher education institutions. The 5 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 criterion 4.
  • Humanities and the Arts
  • Law, Economics, Business and Related Studies
  • Indigenous Education - open to both individuals and groups who must demonstrate their contribution to Indigenous education. Indigenous and non-Indigenous academic staff may apply.
  • Physical Sciences and Related Studies (including Architecture, Building and Planning, Engineering, Computing and Information Science).
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences (including Psychology and Education).
  • High impact intervention for progression, retention and attainment.


  • 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, with the exception of:
    • 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. 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; 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:

  • 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.
  • The 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 (EOI)

ATE applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest and upload their Written Statement (DOCX, 50KB) by 5pm, 1 May 2019.

The EOI online 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 (file upload), including:
    • synopsis (maximum 150-200 words)
    • overview of the applicant’s teaching and its context (maximum 200 words)
    • 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 19 July 2019, using the ATE application template (DOCX, 60KB).

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.

Workshops and information sessions

Drop-in sessions

Applicants who need 1:1 support may drop in to any of our upcoming sessions.

Teaching Excellence Awards Information Session

Tuesday 19 March 2019, 2–4pm

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.

Learn more and register now

Writing a Teaching and Learning Award Application Workshop

This session is open to shortlisted applicants only, and will be held on Monday 27 May 2019.

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.

Award Writing Session

This session is open to shortlisted applicants only, and will be held on Wednesday 3 July 2019.

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.

Previous ATE award winners