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The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) awards

Please note that although the OLT ceases operation on 1 July 2016, national teaching awards will continue to be available through the Commonwealth Government. This website will be updated once details about the awards program are announced.

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) are administered by the Commonwealth Government's Department of Education through the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT). There are a number of award types recognising outstanding contributions to student learning and teaching excellence:

UniSA encourages and supports academic (including contract and sessional) staff, and professional staff who make a direct contribution to student learning, to apply for these awards. Applicants may apply as individuals or teams. The University seeks to develop applicants through the UniSA teaching awards, and prospective OLT applicants are encouraged to initially secure a competitive UniSA teaching award before proceeding to the national awards.

OLT information and forms

Detailed information about the awards and application instructions are available from the Office for Learning and Teaching website.

Developing written statements

Interested staff and/or teams are strongly advised to discuss their proposals with Dr Gavin Sanderson, Senior Lecturer, Teaching Excellence and Innovation, well in advance of submission (e.g. 3-6 months). Staff are also encouraged to speak with their Dean: Teaching and Learning or equivalent and Lecturers in Academic Development.

Important dates for 2016

Award category Submission for Internal Review Final Submission to OLT

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Thursday 21 April 2016 (5.00pm CST) Thursday 5 May 2016 (4.30pm CST)

All other Teaching and Program Award nominations

Monday 20 June 2016 (5.00pm CST) Thursday 7 July 2016 (4.30pm CST)


Completed submissions must be emailed as MSWORD attachments to teaching.awards.grants@unisa.edu.au by the internal review deadline listed in the table above. Deadlines are not negotiable. Works-in-progress and advanced drafts are not acceptable. Submissions undergo internal review by the University's Learning and Teaching Grants and Awards Panel (LTGAP). LTGAP provides feedback to authors on elements of submitted materials including an overarching recommendation to the Provost and Chief Academic Officer who endorses submissions.


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