Your ALTF newsletter for October 2016
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Sally Kift, ALTF President

National Citation Ceremonies
Many of us will have the privilege of attending a Citation Ceremony to celebrate the outstanding contributions to student learning that so many of our sector colleagues make with quiet passion and dedication. The Minister’s announcement is testament to the depth and breadth of Australian learning leadership and a welcome acknowledgment of critical work so well done. I am sure you will join with me in congratulating all Citation winners and thanking them for their contributions.
Change in the “pin process”
As Fellows will be aware, Fellowship pins have previously been awarded to Fellows at the completion of their Fellowship. This has recently been changed, such that current Fellows will receive their pins at the various State Citations ceremonies. The exception to this will be Tasmania, where a UTAS conference at which I am speaking in December will be used as the forum to complete this most pleasant task.
International Federation of National Teaching Fellows 
Fellows may be interested to hear that the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows (IFNTF) was launched recently. The IFNTF is comprised of the growing network of the “world’s finest teachers”. The Federation is an independent, stand-alone organization not affiliated with any particular country or countries, but representing individual Teaching Fellows from regions who have Teaching Fellow programs. This is a volunteer organization, relying exclusively on the support from post-secondary institutions, partners and sponsors from across the world for funding its operations. 
The Federation’s fledging website may be found here. The ALTF is very grateful to David Boud who attended the Federation launched and subsequent meeting on September 8 this year in London. Further information about the IFNTF and some photos from David are available here. 
Post-OLT grants
With the closure of the OLT, and in a pleasing initiative, a number of universities are now offering alternative OLT grants.  You can find information for the ATN university scheme here.
All the best to everyone as the semester hurtles towards the business end of another year.
Kind regards
Sally Kift
President, ALTF



International Federation of National Teaching Fellows

The IFNTF is a growing network of the "world’s finest teachers”. The Federation was launched on September 8 this year, and David Boud represented us at both the launch and the subsequent meeting. The IFNTF website ( ) is brand new and very sparse, but the organisers have plans to feature national networks and organisations such as the ALTF as well as individual members. This should start to happen fairly soon.

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ALTF logo download

 The password for all fellows to access the resources page on the website is 'learning&teaching'. Here you will find the new ALTF logo and an ALTF PowerPoint template to download and use. 

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Professor Angela Brew


Macquarie University

Fellowship title: 
Enhancing undergraduate engagement through research and inquiry

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The National Forum on first-in-family learners
November 24th -25th

For those of you interested in educational equity, you might like to attend (or publicise) the upcoming National Forum on Engaging and Retaining First-in-Family HE Learners (Link
This free Forum is being organised by A/Prof Sarah O’Shea as part of her 2015 Fellowship and will showcase research and best practice in the field. If you want to follow updates on this fellowship, visit her blog (link to and sign up for a newsletter. Resources for supporting the FiF cohort are available here (link to


2017 ALTF Forum
June 26 - save the date

Planning is in progress for a 2017 ALTF forum to align with the 2017 HERDSA conference in Sydney. The forum will be held on Monday the 26thof June prior to the HERDSA conference so please save the date in your diaries.


Participate in the Times Higher Education teaching survey

Is teaching valued at your institution? How do your students respond to your teaching? Are standards holding up? Should academics be available electronically to students at all times of day?

These are just some of the issues explored in Times Higher Education’s inaugural teaching survey. Both academics and professional staff, from the UK and overseas, are encouraged to have their say on the status, efficacy and assessment of pedagogy.

You can find out more and access the survey here

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