Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards

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Every year, more than a dozen of our country's top teachers are celebrated at the national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards, hosted by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Innovation.

Since 2001, the awards have recognised 225 teachers across the following categories:

  • General – Sustained Excellence in Tertiary Teaching (up to 10 annual awards, each worth $20,000)
  • Kaupapa Māori – Sustained Excellence for Tertiary Teaching in a Kaupapa Māori Context ( up to three annual awards, each worth $20,000)
  • Excellence in Supporting Pacific Learners endorsement (one annual endorsement selected from the above two category nominees, worth $5,000)
  • Prime Minister’s Supreme Award (one annual award selected from the above nominees, worth an additional $10,000).

Eligible teachers

The awards are open to part time or full time teachers with more than six years' teaching experience. You can apply individually or as part of a team.

Awards criteria

Overall, the awards committee wants to see evidence of:

  • student-centred teaching practice maintained over a significant timeframe
  • teaching practices characterised by excellence, student engagement and effective learning
  • proactive professional development
  • positive influence on the teaching practice and development of others
  • sustained excellence, innovation and a unique contribution.

Awards entry process

To enter the awards, you will need to follow steps.

  1. Collect evidence of successful teaching practice.
  2. Develop work portfolio.
  3. Formal nomination from employer/workplace.
  4. Submit work portfolio to the awards committee.

Learn more about how to enter

Start by watching the three promotional videos below for a good overview of what's involved.

Video Gallery

The Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards

The Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards nomination process

Preparing a portfolio