Teaching excellence to be ignored

Dream of being the next Uni Teacher of the Year? Wake up

The Australian Awards for University Teaching are no more (Education Portfolio Budget Statement, p57).

So that’s the end of 100 citations for contributions to student learning, of acknowledging four programmes that enhance learning, of nine awards for teaching excellence and for the Australian University Teacher of the Year, (Jack Wang from Uni Queensland last year).

It’s a bit odd, given Education Minister Alan Tudge’s view that, “the primary role of our publicly funded institutions is to educate Australians.”

It must be because the government desperately needed to save the $600 000 the awards and maintaining the Learning and Teaching research archive cost.