Australian Council of Engineering Deans National Award for Engineering Education Excellence

About this Award

Awarded for demonstrated excellence in Engineering Education, which may include curriculum design, student support, peer support, or other significant initiatives with enduring positive impact. This award is intended to recognise significant and sustained contributions to Australasian Engineering Education at a multi-institutional or sector-wide level. Applicants may be individuals or small teams who can demonstrate sustained excellence using appropriate evidence.

2022 Nominations Open 1 March 2022
Judging Criteria
Submission Guidelines

Judging Criteria

  • Focus and relevance – clearly articulate the challenges addressed and the outcomes achieved, focusing on significance of the work to engineering education practice at an institutional and/or national level.
  • Context – situate the work within relevant bodies of knowledge and describe how it draws on this to address our understanding of teaching and learning in your context.
  • Contribution – Clearly demonstrate how the work has contributed to Australasian Engineering Education and in particular the AAEE community
  • Evidence of continuous monitoring and evaluation – present original ideas and results of significance supported by clear reasoning and compelling evidence over a sustained period.
  • Clarity and readability – exhibit clear, concise, and precise exposition that appeals to a broad readership interested in engineering education research and practice, and provide tables and figures, as needed, that meaningfully add to the narrative.

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following for your submission:

  • Profile image
  • Short biography (200 words)
  • Abstract summarising nomination (150 words)
  • For team nominations: Statement communicating the percent contribution of each team member and a summary of what each team member’s contribution was to the substantive work.
  • Statement addressing the criteria (maximum of five A4 pages with minimum 12-point font)


$5000, plus a framed certificate

2020 Winner

Associate Professor Keith Willey, University of Sydney

For his sustained contributions and excellence in engineering education, focused on collaborative learning and assessment practices.

Keith Willey is the leader of the Integrated Engineering Program, Co-director of the Faculty of Engineering Educational Innovation Unit and Associate Professor in Engineering Leadership Education at the University of Sydney. He began his academic career after 20 years in the Broadcast and Telecommunications industry. He has previously held engineering academic positions at UNSW and UTS.

Keith an Australian Learning and Teaching fellow, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Senior Member of IEEE has been an international keynote speaker, visiting scholar and workshop facilitator. He has received an Engineers Australia excellence award, and multiple awards for teaching and research. Keith is a facilitator of the AAEE Research Winter School and represents Australasia on the governing board of the Research in Engineering Education Network (REEN).

Keith’s commitment to leading, developing and disseminating high-quality teaching and learning practice is informed and supported by his educational research, published in numerous peer-reviewed conference papers and journal articles.

Keith is the Project Manager and lead developer of the collaborative learning and self and peer assessment software tool known as SPARKPLUS, that has been used worldwide by academic staff at more than 50 universities to facilitate and enhance learning activities for more than 750,000 students.

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