Recognising Teaching Excellence: Awards, Grants and Promotions

Outstanding teaching by those in the University of Sydney community is recognised in many ways.

Teaching Awards

Teaching awards provide another way for outstanding teaching to be recognised. Awards are offered by the faculties, the University, and the Department of Education and Training , as well as other groups, such as those below.

NSW Quality Teaching Awards

The Quality Teaching Awards are open to permanent, part-time and casual government and non-government pre-school, early childhood, primary, secondary, university, TAFE and community education teachers. The awards are conducted by the Australian College of Educators, a national professional association, and presented by the NSW Minister for Education and Training. The Quality Teaching Awards recognise and applaud accomplished teaching practice through a rigorous process involving referees’ reports, professional learning portfolios and workplace visits.
View the Guidelines for the awards including application forms.

The Business- Higher Education Round Table Awards

B-HERT Awards were established in 1998 to recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between business and higher education in the fields of research & development and education & training. The objective of the program is to highlight at a national level the benefits of such collaboration and enhance links between industry and universities.  The Awards are designed to recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between one or more higher education institutions and one or more industry partners. In this regard industry is defined broadly as publicly and privately owned companies, associations and recognised community and welfare organisations. The underpinning interaction must be a true collaboration above and beyond what would normally be expected as part of routine activities. All parties must be actively involved and contributing, having a relationship well beyond a commercial or service delivery arrangement.  Further information.


A range of university and national competitive grants and fellowships are available to university staff who wish to pursue particular projects related to teaching development. There are internal grants.


The academic promotion process at Sydney builds in the requirement that in order to be promoted – even on a Research Focused pathway – an applicant must demonstrate Superior achievements in teaching. There is also the option of being promoted at all levels (including to Professor) on the Education Focused pathway, primarily on the basis of a staff member’s exceptional teaching. The EI team offers support to applicants in preparing a convincing promotion case for teaching.