Awards in teaching

Awards in teaching

Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor's Awards

Macquarie’s Vice-Chancellor's Learning and Teaching Awards (VC's L&T Awards) recognise, reward and celebrate individual teachers, teams of teachers and professional staff who increase student engagement and student learning outcomes.

Vice-Chancellor’s Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning 

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence

2017 nominations are now open

VC Awards key dates

  • 27 July 2017 (10am):   Award application writing workshop (RSVP's essential via pvclt@mq.edu.au)
  • 18 August 2017:          Faculty or Office provide an awards application summary to PVC L&T
  • 25 August 2017:         Submit final nomination(s) via pvclt@mq.edu.au

VC Awards categories and guidelines

  • Both professional and academic staff can apply for a faculty award and the Vice-Chancellor awards. 
  • Receiving an award or a citation is an esteemed accomplishment and will support academic promotion.
  • Generally, those who have won a faculty award are then nominated by the faculty for a Vice-Chancellor award. Speak to your Associate Dean Learning and Teaching for more information about awards in your faculty.
  • A selection panel makes recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor regarding Learning and Teaching Award recipients.
    • See our 2016 winners including videos of staff describing their teaching approaches and how they engage students.

There are three award categories, please refer to specific guidelines and nomination forms for more details.

  1. Vice-Chancellor’s Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  2. Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning 
  3. Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence

Tips for compiling your application

As you compile your application for a Learning and Teaching award, you will need to demonstrate how your contributions to student learning correspond with the three key objectives of the Learning and Teaching strategic framework:

  1. Provide connected, creative and innovative learning experiences
  2. Ensure deep, broad graduate capabilities through a connected curriculum
  3. Foster a culture that supports excellence.

Here’s some questions and pointers to help guide you when thinking about your application:

  • What is your philosophy of teaching?
  • Finish the following: I believe students learn best when…
  • What aspects of your teaching demonstrate creativity and innovation?
  • How do you engage with students?
  • How do you evaluate whether your practice style is successful?
  • What evidence can you provide to support your application? Some ideas are feedback from students, letters of commendation and examples of your work.

Previous award recipients

Listen to some of Macquarie's award winners talk about their teaching and how they engage students:
If you would like to see an example of a previously successful application, please contact us via pvclt@mq.edu.au

2016 VC's award recipients


2015 VC's award recipients

External awards

Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT)

Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) is the prestigious national awards to recognise quality teaching practices and outstanding contributions to student learning.

AAUT key dates

Key dates to submit final nomination(s) to PVC L&T office via pvclt@mq.edu.au

  • 28 March 2017: Award application writing workshop
  • 26 April 2017:   Citation entries close
  • 28 June 2017:   Program and Teaching Excellence application entries close

AAUT categories and guidelines

The 2017 AAUT Awards are open to academic and professional staff and include three categories:

  • Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Citation Awards)
  • Programs that Enhance Learning (Program Awards)
  • Teaching Excellence (Teaching Awards)

Interested?

  • Applicants should contact their respective Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching) and/or team directors well in advance of deadlines to express interest in applying
  • an approval from the Vice-Chancellor will be obtained by the Office on behalf of applicants prior the final submission to AAUT
  • all Macquarie applications will be submitted by PVC Learning and Teaching office on behalf of the University.

Australia Financial Review Higher Education Awards

The annual Australia Financial Review Higher Education Awards (AFR Awards) recognise the achievement, innovation and contribution the Higher Education sector makes to Australian prosperity and quality of life.

Higher Education Awards key dates

Key dates:

  • 27 April 2017, 2pm:  AFR Awards application writing workshop (RSVP via pvclt@mq.edu.au);
  • 21 April 2017:           Notice of intention to apply (category and brief synopsis);
  • 30 May 2017:           Final nomination(s) to PVC L&T Office via pvclt@mq.edu.au

Please contact PVC Learning and Teaching Office via pvclt@mq.edu.au (or call 9968 and 9976) ASAP, if you or your team is planning to apply. The PVC L&T team can help provide advice on what's required to complete your application.

Higher Education Awards categories and guidelines

The 2017 AFR Higher Education Awards are open to academic and professional staff. All applications will be assessed by an independent panel of eminent Higher Education veterans. The 10 categories for AFR Awards in 2017 are:

  1. Community Engagement Award
  2. Education Technology Award
  3. Emerging Leader Award
  4. Employability Award
  5. Equity and Opportunity Award
  6. Facilities Innovation Award
  7. Industry Engagement Award
  8. International Education Award
  9. Learning Experience Award
  10. Lifetime Achievement Award.

Interested?

  • Macquarie can only submit one application for each category 1-9. We can submit multiple applications for category 10.
  • applicants should contact their respective Associate Deans (Learning and Teaching) and/or team directors well in advance of deadlines to express interest in applying
  • an approval from the Vice-Chancellor will be obtained by the Office on behalf of applicants prior the final submission to the AFR Awards
  • all Macquarie applications will be submitted by PVC Learning and Teaching office on behalf of the University.
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