The innovation and commitment of academics and educators in Queensland have been recognised as part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

The Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) recognise and reward staff who have made significant contributions to the quality of student learning over a sustained period.

A total of 23 citations were awarded to Queensland institutions at today’s awards ceremony at Customs House in Brisbane, with citations awarded to the following institutions:
• Bond University – 1 citation
• Central Queensland University – 2 citations
• Griffith University – 5 citations
• James Cook University – 4 citations
• Queensland University of Technology – 3 citations
• The University of Queensland – 3 citations
• University of the Sunshine Coast – 3 citations
• University of Southern Queensland – 2 citations

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham, said there is an exciting level of innovation and initiative at the heart of the work of this year’s citation recipients from Queensland.

“This year’s citations are recognising educators from a wide variety of disciplines including health and medical sciences to sociology, business and accounting, law, mathematics and journalism,” Minister Birmingham said.

“Amongst the winners was Dr Lisa Fitzgerald from the University of Queensland who was recognised for her success in motivating and inspiring students to understand social determinants of health and use that knowledge in their role as public health practitioners to reduce health inequalities.

“The Student Success Coaching Program team from Griffith University were also recognised for their important work developing a targeted strategy for supporting the early engagement, academic success and retention of commencing at-risk students.

“The Australian Government is proud of the strength of the higher education sector, but it’s only made possible thanks to the dedication and professionalism of our university educators, some of whom we recognise through these citations.

“I congratulate all of today’s winners for their hard work and enthusiasm, and hope they will continue to inspire students and fellow colleagues in the years ahead.”

A full list of recipients is available at: