The Distinguished Teacher Award is the highest accolade awarded to teaching staff at all levels within the university and recognises excellent teaching. Through the award, the University of Cape Town acknowledges the primary place of teaching and learning in the university's work.

The Distinguished Teachers Award Committee may recommend up to a maximum of four recipients per year. In addition, at the discretion of the Committee, "Certificates of Teaching Merit" will be awarded to nominees who have not been awarded a DTA but who are nevertheless deserving of recognition for their outstanding contribution to teaching. The Awards are formally announced at an appropriate graduation ceremony in December. A citation recognising the recipient is set out in the programme for the ceremony and a purse of R35 000 is attached to the award.

For more information on criteria, nominations and previous recipients, visit the Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA) page.