The Australian Awards for University Teaching 2014 have been handed out, highlighting the value of some truly outstanding teachers.

The Awards are administered by the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT), and were presented last night at Parliament House

Each Award is valued at $25,000, with the Australian University Teacher of the Year receiving a total of $75,000 to further their teaching.

The Career Achievement Award was presented to Professor Paul Ramsden for his championing of research on the student experience, development of the Course Experience Questionnaire and authorship of seminal texts on higher education teaching and leadership.

The Australian University Teacher of the Year is given to an academic with an exceptional record of advancing student learning, educational leadership and scholarly contribution to teaching and learning.

This year’s recipient is Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartleet from Griffith University.

Education Minister Christopher Pyne congratulated the recipients, while claiming that the awards showed “the Australian Government’s commitment to high quality learning and teaching”.

“These Awards celebrate the best and most innovative teaching in the nation,” he said.

“Dr Bartleet’s innovative approach to music learning and teaching brings together universities and community partners and has had a significant and lasting impact on her students.

“I would like to congratulate all the Awards recipients who achieved excellence in their chosen fields and made a tangible and lasting difference to students and to higher education learning and teaching,” Pyne said.

A full list of winners is available on the OLT’s website