Teaching Awards

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    The award was designed in 2015 by Aaron Beehre from the School of Fine Arts and made from reclaimed timber after the Christchurch earthquakes. Each is as unique as its recipient.

‌UC Teaching Awards recognise excellence in both undergraduate and graduate teaching. Introduced in 2001, the awards include $1,500 for each winner towards teaching-related activities. In addition, the Outstanding Teaching Practice Award recognises a special contribution by a UC teacher.  Up to two will be awarded annually.



For general teaching awards, the sub-committee will be looking for evidence that the nominee (individually or as a team):

  • Has maintained over a significant time-frame, high-quality teaching practices which engage students and promote effective learning appropriate to the subject level and the background of the students.
  • Is proactive in their professional development as a teacher, including the collection of, and reflection on, multiple sources of evidence of their personal teaching effectiveness.
  • Has had a positive influence on the teaching practice and/or the professional development of colleagues with respect to teaching and learning - either within their organisation or more widely.
  • Has demonstrated commitment, creativity and innovation in their teaching and made a unique contribution in their role as a teacher.

For Outstanding Teaching Practice awards, the sub-committee will be looking for evidence that the nominee (individually or as a team):

  • Has clear, documented evidence of the positive impact the teaching practice has had in relation to at least three of the following
    • Improved student achievement
    • improved student retention/enrolment numbers
    • improved student engagement
    • new connections with the graduate attributes
    • interdisciplinary integration and collaborative teaching and/or academic inquiry between colleges/schools/departments.

Frequently Asked Questions teaching awards 2020 (PDF, 149KB)

For information about the UC Teaching Medal, the University's highest award for teaching and leadership, please see the UC Teaching Medal Page.

How to apply

Applications for all teaching awards must be submitted by 18 May 2020 on the Teaching Portfolio Application 2020 (Word, 34KB) or, if you are seeking recognition for a particular teaching innovation, you should complete an Outstanding Teaching Award Nomination Form (Word, 21KB). Both forms contain all the information you need to prepare and submit a portfolio. You may also wish to look through the 2020 Outstanding-Teaching-Nominee-Information (Word, 23KB) or the ‌UC Teaching Award Nominee Information (Word, 14KB) to help you submit your portfolio.

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