Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards
They provide an opportunity for teachers to further their careers and share good practice in teaching. Up to 12 Sustained Excellence Awards of $20,000 each are awarded annually. One recipient also receives the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award.
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- Previous TTEA recipients
- Background and purpose of the Awards
- Find out about applying for the TTEA's
Latest news about the Awards
The national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards (TTEA) were established in 2001.
A key focus of the awards is to identify and reward teaching practices that are student-focused and committed to promoting effective learning. They are open to teachers from across the entire tertiary education sector. To date, more than 130 teachers have been celebrated through the Awards.
Funding for the Awards is provided by the Tertiary Education Commission and managed and administered by Ako Aotearoa.
Choosing the recipients
The TTEA Committee is responsible for setting the criteria for the Awards. They select the recipients from evidence provided in a portfolio submitted by each nominated teacher. The committee prepares a citation for each recipient, recognising their achievements.
The Tertiary Teaching Awards Committee for 2015 was chaired by Phil Ker, chief executive of Otago Polytechnic. The committee members listed below show a wide range of stakeholder representation in tertiary education in New Zealand.
The other panel members were:
Ngahiwi Apanui, Ako Aotearoa Māori Caucus
Rikke Betts, Tertiary Education Union
Dr Selena Chan, Ako Aotearoa Academy of Tertiary Teaching Excellence
Dr Peter Coolbear, Ako Aotearoa
Edwige Fava, Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand
Rory McCourt, New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations
Dr Mary Simpson, Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand
Dr Amanda Torr, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand
Alieta Uelese, Association of Maori Providers of Training Education and Employment
Aneta Wineera, Te Tauihi O Ngā Wānanga
Presentation of the Awards
The awards are formally presented at a function at Parliament, jointly hosted by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (currently Hon Steven Joyce) and Chairperson of the Education and Science Select Committee (currently Dr Jian Yang MP). The Prime Minister presents his Supreme Award to one of the Sustained Excellence awardees.