Recognising top teachers

Recognising that good universities benefit from great school teachers, ANU will be offering a prize this year for excellence in secondary school teaching. We’re asking all ANU undergraduates who are graduating in December to nominate a favourite teacher.

I’m rather chuffed that this has gone ahead, since I proposed it to our Vice-Chancellor last year. ANU’s scheme is shamelessly modelled on one implemented by Williams College, and it’d be great if other Australian universities shamelessly copied our scheme.

Graduating ANU students – please nominate a teacher before nominations close on Oct 20. Details over the fold.


Will you be graduating in December this year?

Have you got to this stage because your life was influenced by in inspirational teacher at secondary school?

ANU would like to recognise those teachers at your graduation in December and ask that you nominate them.

We need:

  • The name of the teacher
  • The name and address of the school where he or she was working
  • The year which made a difference to you (eg 1998)
  • The year of schooling were you in at the time (eg Year 9)
  • Your name
  • Your student number
  • Your degree program
  • Four or five points about the teacher which made him or her inspirational.

Nominations including the information set out above may be made – by email to: prizes AT, or in writing to: The Prizes and Undergraduate Scholarships Office, Pauline Griffin Building (11), ANU  ACT  0200

We will contact the teachers and check that they are happy to be nominated.

A Committee chaired by Professor Penny Oakes, Pro Vice-Chancellor (University Community) will consider the nominations.

The successful teachers will be flown in for your graduation and each will receive a certificate and a cheque for $3,000 for themselves and $1,500 for the school.

Nominations close Friday 20 October 2006

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