University of Newcastle teacher excellence celebrated


Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO today congratulated local Newcastle academics and professional university staff on their outstanding contributions to student learning.

Academics from the University of Newcastlehave been awarded four prestigious Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning through the Turnbull Government's 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching program.

“It gives me great pleasure to recognise the significant commitment and achievement of university teachers and professional staff in the University’s Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses, particularly in the areas of developing innovative curricula for students and importantly, for innovation in the provision of online Aboriginal Studies. ” Senator Sinodinos said.

“Improving the student learning experience is what these Citations are all about, and they confirm the crucial role teachers play in providing quality education to Australia’s students.

"The Citations awarded recognise a diverse range of contributions and are evidence of the innovative and dedicated work of our university teachers," Senator Sinodinos said.

Each of the four successful teams at the University will receive $10,000 to further their work supporting students.

Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham also praised the Citation recipients and reaffirmed the Australian Government’s commitment to ensuring a high quality of student learning.

“Excellent teachers and their work deserve celebration to ensure even more Australians can benefit from the lessons they’ve learned.  The Turnbull Government believes high quality teaching must be a core expectation of all Australian higher education providers.”

The University of Newcastle is among 36 universities around the country to have staff recognised through the 2016 programme with 109 recipients being awarded Citations.

A full list of Citation recipients is available from


Senator Sinodinos media contact: Nat Openshaw – 0439 885 930