Applying for an award

Applying for an award

Writing an award application is a different genre to other academic writing. It can take a while to master this form. Keep in mind that most awards are very competitive, so aim to make your application as competitive as possible. It is very important to:

  • Carefully read guidelines and related information
  • Consult your Associate Dean Learning and Teaching or Director prior to commencing application. The initial consultation will assist you in sorting out any potential approval problems in advance of preparing your application
  • Anchor your writing to the criteria – use criteria headings provided to assist panel assessment.

Teaching Evidence

  • Provide a combination of qualitative and quantitative evidence and data to support the claims made in your application to develop an engaging and strong narrative
  • Use bench-marking evidence from the sector and engage with relevant literature. Make clear links between information and the assessment criteria
  • Tailor supporting material to strengthen the claims
  • Consider the assessment panel - Panel members may not be expert in your field, avoid technical terms or abbreviations

Teaching journey

Use scholarly literature to support your teaching philosophy, and be honest about your journey:

  • Provide context and highlights (university, background, discipline, cohort, etc)
  • Show sustained and broad contribution, especially regarding innovation
  • Highlight your research
  • Show the difference you have made and outline what’s next.

Student learning

Articulate evidence of your engage with students and their learning. Show impacts, for example: whole course experience,  institution wide, national and/or internationl?

  • Students self-reported learning – knowledge and skills gained
  • Rates of attrition/retention – progression to further study, and grade distributions
  • Course identification and evaluation of generic skills, outcomes, attributes
  • Student work – assessments, projects, research
  • Employer and workplace feedback

Student feedback

Outline your approach to evaluation. Corroborate student evaluation to illustrate the whole picture, it can be both formal and informal, for example:

  • Feedback on teaching and courses
  • Student interviews and survey results
  • Student logs and journals
  • Class participation patterns

Peer recognition

  • Demonstrate impact on colleagues and academic field via publications, conferences, etc
  • Request feedback from peers who know your work, but also from people who don't know your work, to demonstrate a diversity of influence
  • Use employer feedback
  • Mention awards and grants recognition

Applications may go through many iterations. Make time to include feedback and polish your application to ensure it is focused and meets criteria.

Questions? Contact the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) via

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