CBE Award for Programs that Enhance Learning


  1. Nomination is open to all CBE programs and services that enhance student learning at ANU. It is intended that programs are broader than one or two courses or a limited service that involves only a few students. For example, programs may involve a service or program provided at the College or School level, a program of study across a year or number of years, or a service or program directed at particular groups of students.
  2. Eligible programs must have been operating for at least 3 years.
  3. Previously unsuccessful nominees are eligible for renomination.
  4. Recipients of CBE or VC Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning are ineligible for renomination within 3 years unless:
    • they are a member of a team and not the lead applicant, and
    • the team nomination does not substantially replicate the original award.

Selection Criteria

1.    Distinctiveness, coherence and clarity of purpose.

Extent to which the program has clear objectives and systematic approaches to coordination, implementation and evaluation.

2.    Influence on student learning and the student experience.

Extent to which the program targets identified needs and directly or indirectly enhances student learning, student engagement and/or the overall student experience of higher education.

3.    Breadth of impact.

Extent to which the program has led to widespread benefits for students, staff, the institution, and/or other institutions, consistent with the purpose of the program.

4.    Addressing equity and diversity.

Extent to which the program promotes and supports equity and inclusiveness by improving access, participation and outcomes for diverse student groups.


Nominations can be submitted here. Nominations close 9am Tuesday 31 October 2023.


In assessing nominations against the four criteria, the assessment panel will take into account:

  • evidence of the effectiveness of the program in formal and informal valuation
  • the degree of creativity, imagination or innovation
  • evidence of sustained effectiveness of the program for no less than 3 years.

The following is a list of optional themes that might be helpful in framing your application. These reflect current OLT priorities in Program design and are used as categories in national teaching awards.

Widening participation

Encompassing approaches to learning and teaching, and/or student experience which enhance student access, widen participation, and support progression.

Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations

Encompassing partnerships between universities, and universities and other organisations, such as schools, private higher education providers, registered training organisations, professional bodies, businesses and industries in collaborative approaches to learning and teaching.

Innovation and flexibility in curricula, learning and teaching

Encompassing approaches to learning and teaching that afford flexibility in time, place and/or mode of learning and innovations that encourage novel approaches to learning and teaching, innovations that align assessment with curriculum design, innovations that encourage or support multidisciplinary, research-based learning and teaching approaches, innovations that utilise the potential of new and/or emerging technologies.

Postgraduate education

Encompassing programs and other activities that focus on postgraduate students, postgraduate coursework learning and teaching, postgraduate research supervision and research higher degree candidature and postgraduate learning support.

Student experiences and services supporting learning, development and growth in higher education

Encompassing services directly related to student learning such as services for specific groups of students, information access, course advising, language and learning support, counselling and disability support. Quality of learning engagement and other learning and teaching experiences within large student groups to sustain and retain students, student enhancement, whole personal development learning and the quality of the first-year student experience.

Global citizenship and internationalisation

Including valuing and enhancing the international student experience, student exchange, international recruitment, transition programs for international students and internationalising the curriculum.


Awardees will each receive A$1,000 to use in funding their university activities or professional development. Funds will be available for use until the end of 2024.

Application portfolio


Applications are to be submitted to edtech.cbe@anu.edu.au by: 5pm, 31 January 2024 . 

Application components

Application portfolio


Applications are to be submitted to edtech.cbe@anu.edu.au by: 5pm, 31 January 2024 . 

Application components

1. Application cover sheet
2. Written statement: Synopsis, Overview, Statement addressing assessment criteria (4-6 pages).  Do not include a contents page 
3. Curriculum vitae: 3 pages maximum
4. Supporting materials: student evaluations (if available), testimonials from students, website, media files, or teaching material (maximum 10 pages)