National University Teaching Awards

National University Teaching Awards

From 2007 to 2018, The Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) in collaboration with the Council on Higher Education (CHE) hosted the annual National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards. To read more about previous awards click here.

In 2019, the National University Teaching Awards (NUTA) was initiated by a subcommittee of South African University Teachers (SAUT). NUTA will be a collaboration with various stakeholders represented on the National Coordinating Committee (NCC). The Minister of Higher Education will be the patron to the awards.

NUTA will direct its energies to:

  • Increasing the reach and widen stakeholder ownership of the award, which will be managed by an expanded group of stakeholders, including DHET, CHE, HELTASA and Universities South Africa.
  • Elevating the University Teaching Awards Programme as a valued and highly recognisable brand in the university sector and beyond.
  • Achieving equity and representativity while aspiring to minimise biased practices, which advantage better resourced institutions and teachers with privileged cultural and pedagogical capital.
  • Creating an enabling environment for academics from universities that have been unrepresented or underrepresented.
  • Developing a mentoring system for award candidates, especially those from un-represented or under-represented universities, drawing on suitable mentors which include past awardees.
  • Accommodating different categories, including individuals and teams, taking into consideration contextual and systemic disparities, while recognizing academics at different stages of their careers, as well as special awards related to specific temporal and contextual conditions.
  • Recognising the voice of students in the design of the awards, ensuring transparent criteria and fair adjunction processes.
  • Ensuring that award recipients are recognised at appropriate awards ceremonies.
  • Ensuring that appropriate media coverage is solicited to promote exposure of awardees.
  • Inducting awardees into the ‘Hall of Fame’, to provide an enduring tribute to their accomplishments.

Target Audience

The target audience for the National University Teaching Awards will be the following:

  • Academics
  • Academic management and leadership (from VCs, DVCs Academic / T&L, Deans, Directors and Heads of Academic Departments)
  • Directors and Heads of Centres of T&L or Continuous Professional Development
  • Academic development support staff
  • Stakeholders in HE. E.g. USAf, SATN, SAQA, other quality councils, professional bodies
  • The public
  • Students

Previous award winners of the National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards:


National Framework for Enhancing Academics as University Teachers Project 5 National University Teaching Awards Job Advertisement for Research Assistant x1

The National University Teaching Awards (NUTA) committee of the National Framework for Enhancing Academics as University Teachers project invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for a contract post as a Researcher Assistant. The successful candidate will support the NUTA committee and its various sub-teams as well as the Adjudication Panel for the awards. The selected candidate will assist with research-related activities including, but not limited to, administration of the research project, data collection, data analysis and report writing.