Awards and Recognition

UNSW Medicine Education Awards 2019

Dr Arvin Damodaran, Award for Teaching Excellence, with Prof Gary Velan, 2018UNSW Medicine is committed to providing a working environment focused on excellence where employees are able to reach their full potential and develop their career. Medicine prides itself on the calibre of its staff.


The UNSW Medicine Education Awards
UNSW Medicine recognises great teaching and research on an annual basis by presenting the following categories of awards:

  1. Award for Excellence in Enhancing the Student Experience (Professional & Technical Staff)
  2. Award for Excellence in Professional Support Services (Professional & Technical Staff)
  3. Award for Excellence in Educational Design or Development
    • a. Academic (Individual)
    • b. Team (All Staff)

  4. Award for Teaching Excellence (Casual or Sessional Staff)
  5. Award for Teaching Excellence (Early Career Academic Staff)
  6. Award for Teaching Excellence (Conjoint Academic Staff)
    • a. Best Overall Conjoint Teacher
    • b. Best Innovation by Conjoint Staff Member in Teaching Program
    • c. Best Service in Teaching Delivery by Conjoint Staff Member
  7. Award for Teaching Excellence (Academic Staff)
  8. Award for Teacher of the Year (Nominated by the Award Panel)

Note that you can also nominate for UNSW Research Awards: 

  • Award for Research Excellence (Early Career Academic Staff)
  • Award for Research Excellence (Conjoint Academic Staff)
  • Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision (Academic / Conjoint Academic Staff)
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research by a Higher Degree Student
  • Award for Research Excellence (Academic Staff)
  • Award for Researcher of the Year

2019 Nominations are now open.  Deadline COB Monday 18th November 2019

The award presentation for 2019 will be in the first week of December at 1pm in WW LG03.

All nominations are to be submitted to  and must be received by COB Monday 18 November 2019. The award presentation will be on Friday 6 December 2019.
For queries regarding teaching awards you may email Professor Gary Velan or Dr Rachel Thompson
For queries regarding research awards you may email Professor Sean Emery

The Nomination Process:

  • The criteria and instructions are now available - Nomination Information
  • All academic nominations require staff to access and use myEducation Portfolio as part of their application.
  • Nominations are judged by faculty nominated academic panels.
  • Awardees and their head of school will be advised by email before the beginning of December. The award ceremony will be held on Friday 6th December at 1pm.​

Nomination Form - [pdf].

Each nomication must be accompanied by a completed nomination form, signed by the nominee and the Head of School or equivalent.

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 criteria carefully and concisely
  • Use recent evidence to support the nomination - choose a few of the best of the following: feedback from myExperience, informal and/or formal evaluation comments from students and collleagues, examination or assessment results
  • Ask a colleague to read through your nomination application - to advise on content, clarity and to proofread.

For more information or assistance, please contact your Department Head / Head of School, or email the contacts above.

Please note that the award presentation for 2019 will be held on Friday 6 December at 1pm in the Kirby Institute Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington (following after the UNSW Medicine Education Forum 2019)

Further Advice:

If you are interested in applyin in the future, it is advisable to start early (e.g. the year before) to:

  • Collect feedback from students and colleagues during the year - use formal and informal evaluation methods
  • Draft and seek feedback on the nomination criteria
  • Approach your Head of Department and Head of School early for support and advice
  • Secure an official letter of support from your Head of School or similar (e.g. convenor or Head of Department).  This is helpful as supporting evidence for all nominations.

Current and past award recipients

Other available awards