These awards celebrate the impact that teachers in Higher Education are having on their students learning at a key transition. The term teacher in Higher Education includes lecturing staff, tutors, supervisors, technicians, librarians and any who are involved in teaching students across the sector.


Individual students nominate their Teaching Hero through the online nomination form. The form asks students to write a short personal piece that explains why this person is their Teaching Hero.

A Teaching Hero is an individual who has made an impact at a key transition, innovating and inspiring during a students learning journey in higher education. Students should only nominate an individual who taught them while they were a registered student.

Based on student nominations, local student working groups will identify up to two Teaching Heroes to receive a National award. The identification process used in each institution is locally implemented but informed by the National guidelines produced by the National Forum in partnership with USI and other student representatives.