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Distinguished Teacher Award

The Distinguished Teacher Award is the highest accolade awarded to teaching staff at all levels within the university and recognises excellent teaching.

Through the award, the University of Cape Town acknowledges the primary place of teaching and learning in the university’s work. All full-time or 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.

Find out about how nominations work and see a full list of previous winners.

Read stories about previous Distinguished Teacher Award winners.

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