Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards

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Important information regarding the 2019 Excellence Awards

We're currently reviewing our awards criteria with the aim of creating a more inclusive national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards (TTEA).

 The forthcoming changes will make the Awards more accessible for individuals and groups working in private training establishments, wānanga, adult and community education and industry training organisations, in addition to the institutes of technology and polytechnics and universities sectors.

The Awards redesign begins with revisions to the existing criteria for the round in 2019, followed by the roll out of further changes in 2020.

Initial key changes

  • Reduced total word limit for portfolios (likely to be 6,000 max) – nominees may include digital footage as a pro rata part of the total.
  • New criteria and guidelines for 2019 focus on 5 guiding prompts and questions (available via the Ako Aotearoa website from early February next year, at the latest).
  • The closing date has been extended to 31 May 2019 (to allow additional portfolio preparation time).

Find out more

For those people already working on their nominations, please contact: ian.rowe@ako.ac.nz if you have any questions before that time.


About the awards

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).


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The Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards

The Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards nomination process

Preparing a portfolio