Awards and Recognition

UNSW Medicine Learning and Teaching Awards

The Faculty offers a range of awards to recognise and reward outstanding contributions in teaching and to further the development of scholarly practice in learning and teaching. These awards and the nomination process are based on the Vice Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence and the previous Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching Awards.

  • Award for Teaching Excellence (One award)
  • Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Maximum of three awards)
  • Award for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (One award)
  • Award for Excellence in Enhancing the Student Experience (One award, specifically for Professional & Technical staff)

2016 Nominations are now closed. Deadline for submissions is usually the end of October.

All submissions should be sent to Dr Rachel Thompson: 

Nomination Process:

  • Download the information and nomination form (note: revised 2016):  editable PDF or Word Doc
  • Nominations are judged by faculty nominated academic panels.
  • Awardees are announced and presented with their certificates at the UNSW Medicine Learning and Teaching Forum in December of each year, UNSW Kensington campus.

Nominations open in Semester 2 of each year. If you are interested in applying, it is advisable to start in the new year to:

  • Collect feedback from students and colleagues during the year - use formal and informal evaluation methods
  • Draft and seek feedback on the nomination criteria (see forms and instructions provided here)
  • Approach your head of department and head of school early for support and advice
  • secure an official letter of support  - this is necessary for all nominations.

Key tips for success:

  • Check with your head of school or department which award you should nominate for.
  • Stick to the instructions and answer the appropriate crtieria carefully and concisely.
  • Use recent evidence to support the nomination - choose a few of the best of the following: feedback from CATEI, informal and/or formal evaluation comments from students and collleagues, examination or assessment results.
  • Ask a colleague to read through the nomination - to advise on content, clarity and to proof read.

For more information or assistance, please contact your Department Head / Head of School or Dr Rachel Thompson on T: 9385 8038; E:

Current and past award recipients

Other available awards