Wollongong Academy for Tertiary Teaching & Learning Excellence


WATTLE members are passionate about Teaching and Learning, click on the videos to hear about the benefits of being involved:

Enhancing the student learning experience and developing opportunities for staff in teaching and learning at the University of Wollongong.

The Wollongong Academy for Tertiary Teaching & Learning Excellence (WATTLE) is a leadership community dedicated to providing space for teaching and learning recognition, development, passion and dialogue.

The WATTLE Academy was established in May 2014 and currently has a membership of over 200 Senior Fellows, Fellows and Associate Fellows committed to enhancing the learning experience of all our students. 

Every member of staff, whether they are part of the teaching, research or professional areas of the university, employed as casual, part-time or continuing are welcome to become members of this Academy. WATTLE aims to create a community of practice where a diversity of expertise can be recognised and utilised to further teaching and learning at UOW and beyond.

Our Academy focuses on promoting the following areas:

  1. Building a higher education-focused community of expertise, scholarship and research to lead discussion, collaboration and innovation in University teaching and learning, within and outside of the University of Wollongong.
  2. Building networks of knowledge fostering national and international relationships with respect to teaching and learning.
  3. Increasing UOW’s national and international reputation with respect to teaching and learning.

We welcome you to join our community or contact the committee.

Pictured L-R: WATTLE Executive Committee - Dr Tracey Kuit, Dr Kathryn Harden-Thew, Associate Professor Sarah O'Shea (Chair), Dr Simon Bedford. Committee members not pictured: Dr Ruth Walker and Dr Brad Stappenbelt

Coming Events

15 June 2017: WATTLE Seminar: Improving Participation, Success and Retention in Online Higher Education  Register Here

15 June 2017: WATTLE Launch: Fostering Asynchronous Online Discussion in Higher Education. Register Here


AAUT Program recipients 2016

UOW continue to deliver excellence in teaching and learning! Congratulates the Research and Critical Analysis (RCA) Program team (SMAH) on receiving a 2016 National Award for Programs that Enhance Learning. The program received an award for Innovation and Flexibility in curricula, learning and teaching on 1 December 16.

Citation recipients

On 16 September 16, WATTLE members Roy Brown and Dr Belinda Gibbons received 2016 National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Dr Gibbons pictured second from left.

Congratulations also go out to the 2016 recipients of the Vice-Chancellor's Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) Awards. Thank you all for your great contributions to teaching excellence at UOW. 

Recent Events
Citation recipient_Roy Brown

At a WATTLE networking and sharing event on 20 October 16 , colleagues joined DVC(A), Prof Joe Chicharo in congratulating Mr Roy Brown on his recent National Citation. 

Contact us 

Members are warmly invited to share ideas and feedback at any time. Contact us at wattle-academy@uow.edu.au