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Awards and grants

The University of Auckland grants and awards

Change One Thing Challenge

Launched in February 2023, the Change One Thing challenge grants small awards to recognise impactful teaching practices.

Congratulations to the eighteen 2024 recipients.

Small change
Big impact

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants are designed to enhance student learning experiences through the integration of teaching, learning and research, and support colleagues as they develop educational leadership capability. The grants fund projects that are aligned to the University’s institutional priorities.

Three streams of funding are available:

  • Small scale projects – Development and Innovation Grant
  • Medium scale projects – Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grant
  • Capacity building – Learning Leaders Grant

A call for applications is now open and the deadline is 5pm Tuesday 12 November 2024.

University of Auckland Teaching Excellence Awards

These annual awards recognise excellence in teaching. Successful applicants receive a medal and a prize of $6,000. There are up to five Teaching Excellence Awards made each year in the following categories:

  • Sustained Excellence in Teaching (x2)
  • Early Career Excellence in Teaching (x2)
  • Leadership in Teaching and Learning

Applications are now open and the deadline is 5pm Monday 9 September 2024.

Congratulations to the award recipients for 2023.

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Values and Te ao Māori Principles

These awards are designed to support the aspirations of Taumata Teitei and the vision of a values-led culture. They acknowledge not just the extraordinary work our staff do to meet Waipapa Taumata Rau’s call to excellence, but also the way they go about that work and the enduring impact our staff create through our shared values.

These awards replace the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Awards.

Nominations open in November.

Congratulations to the .


The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FHMS) Awards

FHMS offers its own selection of annual awards to support excellence in teaching among its staff – the Butland Teaching Awards and Dennis Pickup Clinical Educator Awards.

Faculty of Science Awards

The Faculty of Science offers multiple awards, grants and scholarships to support its teachers, including Teaching Development Grants, Teaching Scholarship Grants, and Goldstone Travel Award for PTFs/Senior Tutors.

Business School Teaching Excellence Awards

As part of its annual Staff Excellence Awards, the Business School recognises outstanding educational practices by granting awards in six categories, including excellence in early-career teaching, supervision, innovation, professional programs, and external partnerships.

National awards

Te Whatu Kairangi | Aotearoa Tertiary Educator Awards

These Awards are coordinated by Ako Aotearoa and recognise tertiary educators who share their commitment to outstanding practice and make a difference to learners.

Two new categories (for Pacific educators and collaborative teaching) were added to the award in 2023, and a new category, Te Tohu Reo Māori, for teaching practice in te reo, has been introduced in 2024.

Congratulations to Melanie Wall, who received this prestigious award in 2023 for innovation in learning, teaching and curriculum.

Melanie teaches in the School of Environment and uses relational pedagogies (including role plays and team work) to engage her students in active learning. You can read more about her contribution to learning and teaching on the Ako Aotearoa website. To learn how Mel builds connections with her students in large classrooms, watch her video on YouTube.

Nominations close 5pm, Friday 28 June 2024.

Read about the previous winners of this prestigious award.


Academic Career Advancement Programme

The ACAP (formerly DALI) gives mid-phase doctoral candidates a head start in their academic future. It involves a series of regular seminars over two semesters, with a focus on careers in academia, teaching, and research. Tuition is funded by the Academic Career Advancement Award.

Page updated 09/05/2024 (opened applications for TEA and SoTL)

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