Teaching excellence

We're recognised nationally and internationally for our excellence and innovation in teaching. This is a selection of our our recent fellowships and awards.

QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching (QALT)

These fellowships are international recognition of our commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning through the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT)

Our teachers have long sustained a track record of teaching excellence, recognised at a national level.

Award for Programs that Enhance Learning

Faculty of Law, for 'an innovative assessment framework for enhancing learning in the Faculty of Law at QUT Assessment and Feedback.'

Award for teaching excellence

  • Allan Chay, for 'effective use of work-integrated learning to provide students with a rich variety of authentic learning activities in both Practical Legal Training and undergraduate courses.'
  • Des Butler, for 'an acknowledged national expert in the areas that he teaches such as negligence, contract law, media law and maritime law. He was a pioneer of the use of information and communications technology in learning law, having developed engaging multimedia programs.'

Teaching Fellowship

  • Des Butler, for 'a project involving the development of the Entry into Valhalla program for teaching professional ethics and the transfer of the knowledge of producing cost-effective multimedia to other academics.'

Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

  • Donna Cooper, for 'the development of innovative curricula and authentic assessment that engages students in legal study and links them to their future professional work.'
  • Mark Thomas, for 'the creation of innovative blended learning environments that effectively develop and enhance critical thinking capacities and for enlivening the learning of legal theory.'

QUT David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Award

  • Nic Suzor, for 'excellence in creating engaging classrooms and a sustained positive impact on students' learning.'
  • Des Butler, for 'his demonstrated personal leadership and innovation in the context of the "classroom".'

Other awards

  • Des Butler, for 'innovative use of technology in legal education,' Janders Dean/LexisNexis Legal Innovation Index Award.
  • Des Butler, Lexis-Nexis/Australasian Law Teachers Association, Major Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Law (2008 and 2014).
  • James Duffy, Lexis-Nexis/Australasian Law Teachers Association, Major Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Teaching of Law.


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