Advancing Academic Development Event & Awards

Published by on the 9 January 2019

The Advancing Academic Development Event & Good Practice Awards

The event featured keynote speakers, professional development workshops and presentations on innovative academic development practice across Australasian institutions, which culminated on the presentation of the 2018 Australasian Academic Development Good Practice Awards.

Good Practice Awards Winners

The Australasian Academic Development Good Practice Awards were initiated to recognise the good practices of academic developers, to share innovation, inspire others across the sector, and to raise the profile of the role that academic development plays in student success for all universities in the sector.

The Australasian Academic Development Good Practice Awards are proudly supported by the Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching (CAULLT). President of CAULLT, Professor Kevin Ashford-Rowe presented the awards, and commented that: “The organisers are to be congratulated for the way in which they have designed, developed and delivered these inaugural awards. The awards acknowledge an important community of leaders in learning in higher education”.

Overall Winner AND Peers’ Choice Awards: Jindaola, University of Wollongong (see also UoW’s media release)

Finalist with Distinction: Contemporary approaches to University Teaching MOOC, Swinburne University of Technology

Finalist with Distinction: Teaching in an Australian Context, QUT


  • Elevating Academic Development in a Bachelor of Nursing Course Transformation, QUT
  • Education Focused Career Support, University of New South Wales
  • Foundations of University Learning and Teaching, Bond University
  • Course Design Studios, QUT
  • VU Block Model, Victoria University
  • A University Program of Professional Development for Casual Academics, University of Technology Sydney
  • Peer Professional Learning Program for Awards, University of Tasmania

Advancing Academic Development Event

The Advancing Academic Development Event was supported by a grant from the Council of Australasian University Leaders in Learning and Teaching (CAULLT). We also acknowledge the support of Bond University in providing the venue for this inaugural event.

Event and Award Organisers, Associate Professor Marina Harvey (UNSW), Dr Andrea Adam (UTAS), and Professor Jillian Hamilton (QUT).

Keynote Speakers

International keynote Dr Kathryn Sutherland, (Co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development), spoke on global perspectives of academic development. National keynote Professor Suzi Derbyshire (Deputy Vice Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) at QUT), spoke on the value of academic developers across higher education institutions.