Octal Awards

VC’s Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning - OCTAL Awards 

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The Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) are presented each year to staff members who have made major contributions to teaching and learning excellence within the University of Wollongong.

Alongside the overall OCTAL, a series of specific category awards for teaching and learning are also presented that recognise staff commitment, achievement and contribution to the University’s exceptional learning and student experience.

Category Awards

Vice Chancellor's OCTAL Award

One Overall recipient across the Institution

Faculty Teaching Award

One recipient in each category selected from;

  • Each Faculty
  • UOWD
  • UOWC 
  • DVC(A) Central Unit

Early Career Faculty Teaching Award

Sessional Lecturer/Tutor/Demonstrator Faculty Teaching Award

Program that Enhances Learning Award

Two programs selected across all Faculties and Units

Professional Services Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

One recipient selected across all Faculties and Units


Application Process for Successful Nominees


1. Nomination

Nominations can be made online anytime and close in September for one week to collect data.

Individuals or teams with two or more nominations are then invited to develop and submit an application, in the form of a portfolio, that demonstrates their contribution to student learning.

Nominations are valid for two years.

NOTE:  The nominations for the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s OCTAL awards are now being processed. Nominations submitted in the current nomination period will be submitted to the 2019 round.

2. Information Session/workshop

OCTAL information sessions are open to all staff.

  • 2017 dates are listed below

Register for sessions here.

View the LTC Professional Development Calendar for a complete list of all learning and teaching events.

3. Acceptance Form

Nominees wishing to engage in the OCTAL application process are asked to signify their intent to submit an application by completing the Nominee's Acceptance Form.

This will ensure that you are provided with support during the application process. However, it is understood that this acceptance does not commit you to the submission of an application.

4. About the Application Process

Nominees wishing to be considered for an OCTAL Award must complete a portfolio addressing the selection criteria. Portfolios should also include a completed and signed Application Form. The next round of portfolios are due 7 February 2018.

There are a range of awards for academic, sessional and professional staff. All applicants should consult the Application Instructions and Support for Applicants documents.

Where might you find support?

  • Past successful portfolios are available for viewing. Contact the LTC Programs Coordinators to arrange a suitable time
  • Work through the above Support for Applicants documents to help think through each criterion, your case, evidence and support materials
  • Consider chatting with a past OCTAL Award Recipient about their experiences and what advice they may have to share
  • Think about talking to a WATTLE member or a member of the assessment panel
5. Checklist

There are a number of application components that must be included in your portfolio for submission. Use the Applicant Checklist to ensure that you have included all the necessary components and adhered to the page limits. Any additional information and pages will be removed prior to assessment.

6. References and Head of Unit/Course Coordinator Report

Applicants are required to include two references as part of their portfolio submission. Referees can be internal or external to UOW and should be provided by people who are able to comment on your performance against the selection criteria.

References should be one single A4 page on official company letter head and signed. 

Head of Unit/Course Coordinator Report:
Applicants are required to include one report from their Head – this may be a Head of Unit/Faculty/School. For sessional staff, this may be provided by your Course Coordinator. 

NOTE: Your Head’s Report may be used as a second reference.  E.g. you may choose to submit two references and one Head’s Report OR one reference and one Head’s Report.

The Head’s Report Template should be used.

7. Submission

Applicants should merge all the application components into one PDF document. Email your PDF portfolio submission (including your Application Form) to grants-awards@uow.edu.au prior to 7 February 2018.

8. Assessment, Outcomes and Recipients

Applications are assessed in February/March by the Internal Teaching Review Panel.

Applicants are advised of the outcome of their submission in April.

Award recipients are celebrated at the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony in August.


Key Dates

Friday, 1 September 2017

2018 Online nominations closed 

Monday, 4 September 2017 

2019 Online nominations open 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 (12.30pm - 1.30pm)

Information workshop for interested applicants 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 (11.30am - 12.30pm)

Information workshop for interested applicants 

Wednesday, 1 November 2017 (12.30pm - 1.30pm)

Information workshop for interested applicants 

Monday, 13 November 2017 (12.30pm - 1.30pm)

Information workshop for interested applicants 

Friday, 17 November 2017

Acceptance Form due 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018 

Applications due 

Note: The next round of key dates will be advertised after February 2018.


Forms and Resources

2018 OCTAL Awards - Nominee Acceptance Form 

2018 OCTAL Awards – Application Form 

OCTAL Awards – Report Template (Head of Unit/Course Coordinator) 

2018 OCTAL Awards – Application Instructions 

OCTAL Awards – Support for Applicants, Individuals and Teams

OCTAL Awards - Support for Applicants, Programs that Enhance Learning

OCTAL Awards - Support for Applicants, Sessional Staff

Octal Awards – Applicant Checklist 

OCTAL Awards – Past Recipients 

2017 OCTAL Awards – Report  

2016 OCTAL Awards – Report  

2015 OCTAL Awards – Report  



For all Reward and Recognition enquiries, please contact the LTC Programs Coordinators.

Phone: 02 4221 5012 and 02 4221 5456

Email: grants-awards@uow.edu.au


Last reviewed: 7 December, 2017