Enhancing students’ scientific inquiry and encouraging innovation in the teaching of bioethics are just some examples of leading edge university teaching recognised at ceremonies across the country over the coming month.

A total of 109 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning will be awarded to university academics as part of the Government’s prestigious 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching program.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said staff members from the successful universities were assisting in the creation of a world class higher education system with an international reputation for excellence.

“Creativity and innovation in learning and teaching are the bedrock of a quality higher education system. We are fortunate to have so many dedicated people who consistently go above and beyond to deliver better teaching and student outcomes,” Minister Birmingham said.

“Excellent teachers and their work deserve celebration to ensure even more Australians can benefit from the lessons they’ve learned. That’s why the Turnbull Government believes high quality teaching must be a core expectation of all higher education providers.”

More than 100 of the nation’s leading university academics and professional staff are being recognised over the next month through the Citations that are awarded annually and valued at $10,000 each. 

Minister Birmingham said 36 universities across the country featured in the Citations showcasing innovation in student learning in education, health, arts and humanities, IT, business and science. 

“I commend and congratulate the 2016 Citation recipients for the work you do, and for your dedication to student-centred learning and teaching.” 

The Citations will be presented at a ceremony in Melbourne today and at four ceremonies over the coming weeks in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth. 

A full list of recipients is available at http://www.education.gov.au/australian-awards-university-teaching