Frequently Asked Questions

Purpose of Awards

What is the purpose of ADEA?

The main purpose of ADEA is to promote good teaching through thoughtful integration of appropriate technology. This award is not intended to provide recognition simply for bringing technology into the classroom.

Types of Awards

Should the teaching awards at the faculty level also have two kinds of awards, FTEA and FDEA? Or is this decision left to FTEC?

It would make sense to create a local FDEA, but the decision is left to the faculty.


Are nominations to ADEA and ATEA mutually exclusive?

Yes. Applications may be submitted for only one university-level teaching award per year.

Can an applicant submit an individual award (for ATEA or ADEA) and also submit an application for a Team award (ATEA or ADEA)?

No. Applications may be submitted for only one university-level teaching award per year.

Can an applicant submit an individual award for (ATEA or ADEA) and be a member of a Team award application (ATEA or ADEA)?

Yes. Applications may be submitted for only one university-level teaching award per year, but it is possible for an individual nominee to be a member of a Team application as long as that individual is not the Team leader.

Can an Honour Roll awardee apply as a member of Team award?

Yes, all Honour Roll awardees (including existing awardees) will be able to apply for ADEA or ATEA awards under the Team sub-category as a member but not as a leader.

Can an Honour Roll awardee be eligible for ADEA?

Yes, but only as a member of a Team sub-category of ADEA—not as a Team leader.

Can ATEA Honour Roll awardee lead the Team award?


Can ADEA/ATEA applicants apply directly or nominate themselves to UTEC without going through FTEC?

No. All applicants (OEA/ADEA/ATEA), whether they are asked to apply by FTEC or decide to apply themselves, need to be supported by an FTEC report (a citation). Only FTEC can submit nominations to UTEC.

Can non-NUS staff or students be included as Team members?

Team members should include NUS staff and students only.  In a situation where the student has graduated, the Team leader and members should discuss and decide if it is appropriate to recognize the student's contributions and include him/her as a team member in the application.

How will ADEA impact Honour Roll?

All applicants who have received an award (ADEA/ATEA) three times, will be awarded the Honour Roll. This applies to individuals in the case of Individual awards and to the team leader in the case of Team awards.

Recipients of the ATEA are now shown as having won ATEA 2021, ATEA 2022, etc. when previously it was ATEA AY 2018/2019, etc.  Why is there a change?

In the past, the ATEA was recognized based on the academic year under review, e.g. AY 2018/2019.  Changes to the ATEA were introduced in Aug 2020 and it will no longer be limited to work done in the past AY.  This is to foster development of teaching over time.  Moving forward, the ATEA will now be recognized based on the Year of Award, similar to the OEA.  Please see illustration in the table below:

Year of Submission
ATEA & ADEAHonour Roll OEA 
 Aug 2019 AY 2018/2019 
(based on Year 
under review)
(based on year 
after receiving 
the 3rd ATEA)
(based on Year
of Award)
 Aug 2020
(Introduction of ADEA  
and Team award; ATEA
will no longer be based
on work done in past AY)
(based on Year 
of Award)
(based on 5-year 
sit out period)
(no change)
 Aug 2021 2022 (2023-2027) 2022


Is there a quota for Faculty Teaching Awards?

Faculty award quotas are a faculty matter and to be decided locally.

Is there any limit in the number of team members in the event of Team award?

No, but the Team leader and members will need to discuss and decide on what is an appropriate size for their own team in order to collaborate and work together effectively.



Who receives the award money for Team awards?

The award money will be credited into each team member's account based on the distribution agreed by the team.

Are team members considered as ADEA/ATEA awardees?

Yes, they will share the award money as well as being recognized at the university-wide Teaching Awards Ceremony.



For the demonstration of evidence (e.g. students’ work), will these be submitted as a separate appendix with the application?

Applicants are encouraged to integrate evidence in their impact narratives as part of the Teaching Statement. The evidence should be analysed and interpreted in relation to the claims about impact of teaching in the narrative. Raw data that are left unexplained are less helpful and should not be included.

Is it necessary to attach and submit student feedback and peer review reports together with the Teaching statement or Digital portfolio?

For ADEA and ATEA applications, there is no need to attach reports on student feedback or peer reviews. However, it is important to make use of the information in the student feedback and peer reviews as a potential source of evidence to demonstrate impact on students’ learning in your teaching statement.  From Aug 2022, the University Teaching Awards Portal (UTAP) will be able to provide the applicant's completed peer reviews (for the past 3 academic years and current year, if any) for easy reference.  The student feedback reports will be provided in UTAP from Aug 2023.

In the past, ATEA is evaluated with respect to teaching contributions in one year (year under review). What about ADEA? Can nominee include what is going on in the current semester?

The awards (OEA/ATEA/ADEA) are no longer limited to work done in the past 3 years (OEA) or 1 year (ATEA/ADEA) and this is to foster development of teaching over time. The criteria will help to guide applicants to prepare and write their Teaching Statement (and where relevant 3-minute video). While an applicant can submit a Teaching Statement based on work done for one semester, it may be challenging for the person to provide a reflective and narrative that demonstrates compelling evidence of impact.

Must applicants use the University Teaching Awards Portal (UTAP) to submit their applications?

All applications must be made using the University Teaching Awards Portal (UTAP).  Applicants will be able to use the UTAP from 10 Aug 2022 onwards to submit their applications after their FTECs have configured the Applicant Submission period in UTAP.

Can the ADEA/ATEA applicant upload the Teaching Statement as a document in the University Teaching Awards Portal (UTAP)  instead of providing the Teaching Statement in the text box?

ADEA/ATEA applicants must use the rich text editor box provided in the University Teaching Awards Portal (UTAP) to provide their Teaching Statement, including tables, charts, images, citations, references, etc. The rich text editor box will provide a word count limit of 1,500 words (maximum word limit for Teaching Statements for ADEA/ATEA applications).  Text included in the tables, charts, etc. will add to the word count.  The copy and paste function for images should be used to include real images such as photo images, etc.

Is it necessary to
adopt the guidelines for writing a Teaching Statement for submission? 

Applicants are encouraged to adopt the guidelines as it would help the FTECs and UTEC in their evaluations but they are free to provide their own format.

Are there two deadlines for application submissions?

Yes. The first Applicant Submission deadline is the internal faculty due date. This deadline is determined by the faculty (or school) internally and will vary from faculty to faculty. Applicants need to submit their applications by the internal deadline to their faculty teaching evaluation committee (FTEC).

After this, the FTEC will decide which of the applicants to nominate and then send through those nominations to CDTL by the UTEC deadline of 25 October 2022.

FTEC matters

Is it necessary for FTECs to rank their nominees?

Yes. The FTEC will rank their nominees before submission to UTEC. This serves two key evaluative purposes for UTEC: (a) an indication of the level of recognition of nominees as perceived by FTEC; and (b) the need for FTEC evaluative judgments of potential nominees in view of the absence of quota.