Background

In the current education environment there are many complexities and challenges facing our tertiary educators. For example, new learning spaces; the potential of technology advances such as personal computers, smart phones and tablets, and diversity in students. These have implications for policy, infrastructure and the way we teach. Many universities are investing millions of dollars on informal learning spaces, and refurbishing or replacing didactic teaching spaces with spaces that encourage activity and interaction. Institutions rely on their elite academic teaching staff to be creative and innovate in ways that exploit and explore their potential.

Each year university teachers from across the Australia are recognised for their exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to learning and teaching.

This website, produced by the 2016 Victorian Tasmanian Promoting Excellence Network (VTAS PEN), captures the profiles of Australia’s most highly recognised teachers – the recipients of the Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year (AAUTY). The purpose of the website is to take a first step in creating a national network of leading educators.

Timeline for the Australian Awards for University Teaching

Award Scheme

1996

1992-1996

EXPLORATION OF NATIONAL TEACHING AWARD SCHEME IN AUSTRALIA
1996

1997

1997

AUSTRALIAN AWARDS FOR UNIVERSITY TEACHING (AAUT)
1997

1997

DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH AFFAIRS (DEETYA) COMMITTEE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF UNIVERSITY TEACHING [CAUT]
2000

2000

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAINING AND YOUTH AFFAIRS (DETYA) AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY TEACHING COMMITTEE [AUTC]
2000

2002

2002

2002

INTRODUCTION OF NEVILLE BONNER AWARD FOR INDIGENOUS TEACHER OF THE YEAR
2003

2004

2004

INTRODUCTION OF EARLY CAREER TEACHING AWARD
2005

2005

CARRICK AWARDS FOR AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY TEACHING
2005

2005

CARRICK INSTITUTE FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION (Carrick)
2007

2007

INTRODUCTION OF CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2007

2008

2008

AUSTRALIAN LEARNING AND TEACHING COUNCIL (ALTC)
2008

2012

2012

2012

OFFICE FOR LEARNING AND TEACHING (OLT)
2016

2016

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING (DET)
2016

2018

2018

Affiliations to Universities Australia

Administration of Award