Te Whatu Kairangi Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

The awards are for tertiary educators in their broadest sense and may include those in a role such as teacher, facilitator, kaiako, assessor, trainer/employer, lecturer, tutor, mentor, and course leader. This may also include technology developers or learning advisors who work behind the scenes but have a big impact on educational outcomes. This may be particularly applicable to the new group awards that will be available in 2023.

Where do I submit the nomination?

There is an online form to submit your nomination.

You will complete the form with information about the nomination and the educational history of the nominee, and upload the completed Word document and any video or audio files. The 'How to enter’ section on the main Te Whatu Kairangi page has more information.

What information is required in the online submission form?

The 'Nomination Information' Word document outlines the information required on the online form. Use it to help you prepare, before completing the online form.

How do the Awards categories work?

These apply to the General Awards. Select one category and then use the criteria as a guide for preparing your nomination. Although your nomination is submitted in just one category, it is possible to refer to another. For example, if your category is on progressing hauora and wellbeing then it is possible to have a section on the wellbeing elements of transitions between contexts.

Do the General awards criteria apply to all categories?

Yes—use the criteria to help you develop your nomination for any of the categories.

Are there set numbers of awards for each category?

No. The number of awards in each category is not set. However, a maximum of seven awards are given annually in the General Awards.

The criteria have five sections with questions. Do all of the questions need to be answered?

We do not prescribe how the nominee should tell their stories. People may cover the five sections but do not need it to answer all questions. They are there to start people thinking about their practice.

Where are the nomination form and the educator history form?

These are now online. You will fill these when you submit the nomination. We advise you to look at the link before the deadline so that you can see what is required. Go to the website and look for the ‘How to enter’ section then ‘Submit a nomination’ to see what is required.

The nominator needs to consult with student representative bodies and verify that the student representatives support the nomination. Who can be the student representative?

The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that student voice has been considered in submitting a nomination. There are a range of student groups that could represent students. This can be at a departmental or an organisational level. For those organisations that do not have student representative groups then a selection of students can be gathered together to support the nomination. These are separate from the student references that may be included.

Are nominations always written by the nominee?

Usually, the nominee writes the nomination. However, it is acceptable for this to be written by someone who is not the nominee but who works closely with the nominee on the contents. It is also acceptable and encouraged for the nominee to have support in the writing and/or finalisation of the nomination.

How do you gather evidence of impact and outcomes?

This will vary depending on the context of the nominee. Consider what an outstanding educator will do in your context. Consider what outcomes that you want in your context. Think about outcomes beyond the classroom as well as the impact to the learners. Formal classroom evaluations can be a source of good information, but they are not the only one.

Are very polished portfolios going to be discouraged?

Awards will still be made to outstanding educators. The design will become more standardised through the Word template. The narrative is important so the nominee should focus on talking about their practice and how they are having an impact.

How many nominations can Te Pūkenga make?

We welcome nominations from all parts of Te Pūkenga. Each subsidiary and transitional part of the organisation can submit nominations according to the information in section 2.1 of the guidelines.

Can groups be nominated in 2022?

Yes, in 2022 groups apply in the same way that individuals can. Groups have always been able to apply. In 2023 we will have a new award specifically for groups in the General Category so watch out for that.

Can nominees add evidence of the broader impact of their work outside of the tertiary sector? For example, the impact the nominee has in the school sector.

The primary focus is tertiary but the impact that an educator has on the wider community is relevant to the awards. Some of the categories directly address other sectors. There are categories about transitions or collaborations. These are about ways that the different parts of the education system interact with each other and including reference to elements of this is acceptable.

What are the timeframes for the evidence? Does some experience go out of date?

Educators may include their work from several years of educational practice and how this has changed over time. More recent work will also show that the nominee is current.

Is there a definition of good education practice?

There is no one definition that will fit all of the tertiary sector, though elements are universal. Think about your context and consider what is good practice there. The guidelines will have some criteria that will help nominees evidence their impact.

Can we include some contested ideas?

Make your case and challenge ideas – this will make an interesting nomination. Articulate what is really important in education in your context.

What is the place of research in the nomination?

Research on your teaching or that informs it may be part of the evidence that you may want to provide. This is not a requirement as the evidence can come from many different places. Research may be relevant to evidence of impact, reflection, and leadership. In some contexts, disciplinary research can inform the teaching and would have a place in the nomination.

How often can a nominee be nominated?

There is no limit on how many times a nomination for an individual educator can be made. However, there is a stand-down period of six years after a nominee is awarded.

How do we use the template?

The template is deliberately minimal. We do not want the template to dictate how the nominee tells their story. The intention is to make the nomination process easier for all by having a basic Word document with text in regular or bold and up to ten images. You can also have tables if required. We do not want people to spend time on the design and layout.

What type of nomination can we submit?

The nomination will be in written form and submitted using the Word template. Video or audio material up to 3 minutes can be supplied. This will reduce the word count by 100 words per 30 seconds of video or audio. For example, if a three-minute video is provided, then the written nomination will be 3900 words.

What happens if a nomination goes over the word count?

The word count is checked and if there is a discrepancy the nominee will be informed. Only nominations within the word count limit are accepted.

Is there a file size limit?

Although there is no file size limit try to keep the file size of video and audio small. A three-minute video should aim to have a file size of 10 MB or less.

What format should we submit the document in?

Use the template for your nomination and submit it as a Word document.

Can you change the template font?

Keep the font and the size of the font. The intention of the template is to reduce the formatting in the nomination. The font can be in bold for headings and other areas that need emphasis.

Can we add in hyperlinks for additional information?

No. The nomination in the Word template needs to stand alone and hyperlinks are not allowed.

Can the Word template include photos and/or images?

Yes. The nomination is based on a Word template. This can include up to ten images.

Do we need images?

Images can help convey who you are as an educator. Some images may be helpful. They are not essential as there are other ways of doing this either in words or a short video.

What is the rationale for the reduction in the word limit?

The word limit is now 4500. This is consistent with other similar awards nationally and internationally. The previous word limit was a barrier to some.