UNSW's Teaching Commons

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A space for education and educators at UNSW

The Teaching Commons is a friendly space, where our teaching and education staff are able to connect, collaborate and share ideas. Colleagues are welcome to drop in to meet others and get help or advice from an Educational Developer, Education Focussed colleague, Academic Librarian, Academic Facilitator or a Learning Advisor. Our Teaching Commons is hosting many of our educational meetings, programs, workshops and events.

Coming up at Teaching Commons

Visit the Events page for all upcoming Education events including events held at the Teaching Commons.

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Book a meeting or event

UNSW staff can request to book a meeting or an event at the Teaching Commons using the form below. Prior to completing the form, please check room availability by looking up 'Kens F12 Gnd Commons Dalton Meeting Room' in your Outlook Calendar.

The meeting room can hold approximately 24. Larger events will need to use both the meeting room and Flexi Space. There is seating for up to 60 in cabaret style. Please contact the Teaching Commons team to discuss booking the Flexi Space. 

The space is accessible Monday to Friday in 2024. For any questions, please email the Teaching Commons team.

Request booking


Drop in for help or advice

Pop in any time during open hours 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday to chat with a Nexus or PVCESE colleague.

Team/s Date & time
Nexus colleagues Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Outreach Librarians Tuesday to Thursday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Library Feedback Sessions with Academic Staff 16 July: 1PM-3PM. 17 July: 10:30AM-12:30PM. 18 July: 1PM-3PM
PVCE colleagues Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


Book a time

Come and meet with a specialised colleague in a 1:1 setting to get advice on your educational questions.

  • Get advice from a Nexus Fellow on teaching and learning topics including Assessment and Feedback, AI in education, teaching strategies and more.
  • Chat with an Nexus Educational developer to discuss any ed-tech or learning design questions you have.

Make a booking

Interested in presenting here?

Would you like to present a talk or a workshop about Learning & Teaching at the Teaching Commons? Let us know!

Submit proposal

*Note, expressing your interest does not guarantee an event - the team will review and get back to you. 

What can you expect from these drop-in sessions?

Come and meet the UNSW Library Outreach Librarians at our drop-in sessions. Every Tuesday to Thursday from 11:00am – 1:00 pm at the Teaching Commons, we'll be your partners in guiding you to create dynamic Leganto reading lists, curriculum mapping, and content selection for teaching. We can provide tailored support, engaging teaching academic staff in one-on-one discussions, and guiding them through specialised databases.

This collaborative approach ensures that your reading lists are not only relevant but also captivating, enriching your students' learning journey. In addition, our Outreach Librarians offer customised pre-work tutorials and workshops for your students. These initiatives equip your students with essential skills for their courses, ensuring academic success. Join us on this exciting journey of enhanced education!


Drop-in times: Tuesday to Thursday 11:00 am -1:00 pm

Dalton building undercroft mosaics located within Teaching Commons

Created by Douglas Annand

Glass tile mosaic mural; four panels

Commissioned 1957. UNSW Art Collection

In 1957 UNSW commissioned leading modernist designer Douglas Annand (1903—76) to create a suite of mosaic murals for the undercroft and stairwell of the Dalton Chemistry Building. These mosaics epitomise the integration of art and architecture that informed the early planning of the campus and are amongst Annand’s most significant public works still in their original location. In 1999 the undercroft was enclosed, first becoming a café and in 2023 transformed into its present configuration.

Learn more about the mosaics and artist (number 19 & 20)