Distinguished Teacher Awards

University of Cape Town
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The Distinguished Teacher Award is the highest accolade awarded to teaching staff at all levels within the university. Through the award, the University of Cape Town acknowledges the primary place of teaching and learning in the university’s work. All full-time and permanent academic staff who have taught students at the institution for at least five years are eligible.

Each nominee is evaluated on their distinct contribution to teaching and learning at UCT, including:

Their teaching philosophy and pedagogical approach in the context of the teaching and learning challenges in South African higher education

Their contribution to curriculum renewal, transformation and innovation in teaching and learning

Evidence of their scholarship of teaching and learning including any relevant publications, conference attendance, research projects

Evidence of a lasting positive impact on their students, beyond formal teaching time

Evidence of a positive impact on the teaching and learning approaches of their colleagues.

The committee may recommend up to 4 recipients per annum.


Nominations should be submitted by email and addressed to the committee. Nominations must consist of a detailed statement making the case for the award in line with the above criteria.

Upon acceptance of the nomination, nominees will be required to prepare a teaching portfolio of no more than 20 pages For further information, please email Amanda Barratt.

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Cape Town , South Africa