Excellence Awards

The University recognises excellence through two excellence awards awarded on an annual basis. Details of the awards are included below:

The Distinguished Teachers' Award requires candidates not only to be outstanding teachers demonstrating successful and effective learning outcomes, but to have made a sustained contribution to teaching and learning through: demonstrated contribution to the innovation and improvement of teaching and learning practices within the candidate’s discipline or School and in community engagement; demonstrated contribution to curriculum and/or materials development in the discipline; and/or demonstrated reflection on practice translated into the scholarship of teaching.

The Distinguished Teachers' Awards will be formally presented at the Graduation ceremonies of the subsequent year and shall be formally announced at the appropriate graduation ceremony. Awardees will be presented with a certificate by the Vice-Chancellor. The citation will appear in the graduation programme.

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal Distinguished Students' Award recognises academic excellence and outstanding community engagement or University service. The award covers postgraduate studies and their community engagement or university projects. Students are nominated by the University's staff and students.

The award gives concrete expression to the values implicit in African Scholarship that underpin our University. Two awards are made to the most talented, caring and exceptional graduates and young leaders from final year undergraduate or honours level who have been judged as being most exemplary in embodying the ideals and attributes that the University seeks to create in every graduate.

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