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AFR Higher Education Awards 2017

Celebrate Australia’s best Higher Education providers at a one night only event in Sydney

29 August 2017 | Sofitel Sydney

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Deadline for Entries: 9 July 2017

overview

The Australia Financial Review is proud to be hosting the third annual AFR Higher Education Awards on 29 August, 2017. Presented by UniSuper, the Awards are an initiative to highlight at a national level the tremendous contribution that the Higher Education sector makes to Australian prosperity and quality of life.

The Awards will be judged by an independent panel of eminent Higher Education veterans.

The categories for 2017 are:

  • Community Engagement Award
  • Education Technology Award
  • Emerging Leader Award, sponsored by Perrett Laver.
  • Employability Award, sponsored by Pearson.
  • Equity and Opportunity Award,
  • Facilities Innovation Award
  • Industry Engagement Award, sponsored by Technology One
  • International Education Award sponsored by Top Education Institute.
  • Learning Experience Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by UniSuper.

unisuper

UniSuper is Australia’s dedicated superannuation fund for people working in the higher education and research sector. With approximately 400,000 members and around $50 billion in net assets under management, we’re one of Australia’s largest super funds.

For more than 30 years, UniSuper has worked alongside Australia’s universities and research institutes delivering high quality, value-for-money retirement saving products and services. We are proud of the contribution the higher education sector makes in Australia and are thrilled to be the presenting partner at this year’s AFR Higher Education Awards.

We have assembled an independent judging panel composed of some of the most esteemed figures in Higher Education: former Vice Chancellors, former Chancellors, and experts from the worlds of international, online and private Higher Education. This distinguished group will meet in early October to review applications and select a shortlist of up to four finalists including an Award winner, for each category.

Our judging panel will look for evidence of innovation, impact, clear improvement in outcomes, value/efficiency and solid outcomes related to the sector’s core educational mission. The most outstanding initiatives may not be the largest or most high-profile: the judges will take into account wherever possible the specific scale, resources, and challenges of the applying institution. We encourage Higher Education institutions of all sizes and types to make a case for the initiatives of which they are most proud.

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Higher Education Awards 2017 will be presented by
James Valentine, Musician, Presenter and Entertainer
Judging panel:

Riley Batchelor
CEO, EduGrowth

Tim Dodd
education editor, The Australian Financial Review

Helen Garnett PSM
inaugural vice-chancellor, Charles Darwin University

Stuart Hamilton AO
former CEO, Open Universities Australia

Adrian McComb
former CEO, Council of Private Higher Education

Lisa Paul AO PSM
former secretary, Commonwealth Department of Education and Training

Alan Robson AO
former vice-chancellor, University of Western Australia

Bill Scales AO
former chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology

Categories

Please be sure to address all criteria and provide as much evidence as possible on each. You can attach up to 4 A4 pages of documentation in support of your entry; written references as well as evidence of positive outcomes are advised.

This Award aims to recognise strategies and initiatives that bring together students and external communities or community groups in a way that delivers significant and demonstrable benefits to both – and contributes meaningfully to the educational and social goals of the Higher Education sector.

For the purposes of this Award, community can be interpreted broadly. A target community may be defined by geographical parameters (local, regional, state, national or global), or by social, cultural, circumstantial or other parameters (e.g. indigenous Australians, asylum-seekers, the elderly, unemployed youth, etc.); or it may be a combination of the two. Alternatively, community could refer to the public at large. Engagement initiatives involving community groups and associations, educational institutions (e.g. schools and TAFEs), and not-for-profit and non-governmental organisations are also eligible for this Award.

Examples of eligible initiatives or strategies might include: volunteer programs, integrated service learning, internships/placements/practicum, community outreach and development initiatives, community organising, community research, knowledge exchange initiatives, community education, economic development programs, cooperative education initiatives, etc.

The principal criteria for assessing entries in this category are:

  • Demonstrated positive impact on the community – To what extent has this initiative/strategy improved the lives or prospects of community members? What identified problem, opportunity or societal issue does it address? How many community members have benefited? Has community participation in the initiative increased since its inception?
  • Demonstrated positive impact on participating students – To what extent has this initiative fostered civic values, enhanced learning, built valuable skills, or contributed to a new outlook amongst the participating students? How can you evidence this? Has student participation in the initiative increased since its inception? Do students play a significant role in designing and leading the initiative as well as delivering it?
  • Collaborative approach How, and by whom, was this initiative/strategy initiated? What role did the community play in identifying the challenge, determining goals and designing the program? What ongoing role do community members play in the initiative? Have you encountered and overcome any obstacles in the relationship? Can you demonstrate a positive impact on the culture, attitudes, behaviour or values of both parties? More broadly, how does your initiative contribute to a closer relationship between the Higher Education sector and the relevant community?
  • Innovation – How is your initiative/strategy innovative in concept, objective, approach, design, delivery or content?
  • Institutional support – How well does your initiative connect with your institutions larger public engagement strategy, and has your institution demonstrated commitment to this initiative by supporting it either financially, in kind, or through policy and recognition of its value?
  • Value for investment – How do the outcomes of your initiative for students and the community compare to the investment of resources, time and effort required to deliver and maintain it?
  • Sustainability and scalability – How will the initiative find sufficient resources to continue running in the longer term? Are the relevant communities committed to sustaining the initiative into the future? Is your initiative scalable and potentially applicable to other relevant communities or other units/departments/institutions? Does it have the potential to significantly promote and elevate community engagement in the Higher Education sector as a whole?

Educational technology has emerged as a driver of progress and innovation throughout all levels of education. Schools, TAFEs, Universities, government and corporate educators continue to incorporate educational technology to continually improve all parts of the learning experience. The question is no longer whether edtech will become entrenched in educational pedagogy but rather how much it will revolutionise our attitudes and methods of teaching, learning and evolving world-class educational institutions.

The pathways between industry and business are becoming more defined on the platform of edtech, with all sectors realising the potential that strong links with education can now bring to their own innovation cultures. By their nature, educational institutions are well placed to provide the guidance, research and investment to provide the critical support needed for young, tech based businesses to effectively innovate and scale.

For this reason, we are proud to include the Education Technology Award at the AFR’s Higher Education Awards.

The judging panel is looking for nominations of projects that:

  • Demonstrate clear objectives, with measurable outcomes to drive success for both the institution and service provider.
  • Provide clear evidence of their improved outcomes and practices through the development or utilisation of edtech
  • Embody the sector’s core values of curiosity, innovation and passion for learning management through, and with technology

Education technology refers to the effective use of technological tools for learning. Examples include recruitment and admissions; online courses provision; testing and assessment; teaching and learning; accreditation and credentials management; data analytics; internship management; student financing; parental engagement and infrastructure tools.

The principal criteria for assessing entries in this category are:

  • Demonstrated Positive Impact – what demonstrable and measurable impact has the product had on learning outcomes? To what extent has it successfully addressed an identified problem or challenge, and on what scale? How has it enhanced the learning outcomes of students and/or improved the management of students, staff or alumni? Has it contributed to better student employability outcomes?
  • Innovation – how is the product innovative in concept, objective, approach, design, delivery or content? Has it encouraged the development of new pedagogical approaches to learning?
  • Value for investment – how do the outcomes of the edtech product compare to the investment of resources, time and effort required to deliver and maintain it? In addition to positive results, does the product deliver any efficiency or productivity gains on previous practices?
  • Sustainability and scalability – Is the product scalable and potentially applicable to other units/departments/institutions? Does it have the potential to significantly elevate practices and outcomes in the Higher Education sector as a whole?

In addition to the above eligibility for Higher Education Providers, this award is also open to any Australian-registered company developing education technology products and services. Eligibility in this category does not require companies to be listed in the TEQSA National Register of Higher Education Providers.

The Emerging Leader Award will recognise a young leader who is already on track to effecting positive change for their institution and for the sector as a whole. Institutions may only nominate ONE candidate for this award, and the application requires sign-off by the head of the institution.

The judging panel is looking for nominations of individuals who:

  • Are Australian Permanent Residents and have been employed in  the Higher Education sector for 15 years or less
  • Have a track record of transformational leadership, whether in teaching, research, administration, policy or management
  • Can provide clear evidence of improved outcomes and practices at an institutional, sectoral, state/territory, national or global level as a direct result of their leadership
  • Have embodied the sector’s core values of reason, curiosity, innovation, humility, and passion for creating, transmitting and receiving knowledge; and have inspired those around them with their vision, ability and personal integrity

The winner will be chosen on the basis of verifiable evidence of their leadership achievements and the scope and scale of their positive effect on Higher Education policy and practices.

This Award is for strategies or initiatives that have demonstrably enhanced student employment outcomes (i.e., resulted in a higher rate of relevant employment upon completion of a course). Initiatives focussed on improving the performance of students already in employment, or on improving the institution’s ability to gather and interpret meaningful data around employment outcomes, are also eligible when such improvements can be compellingly evidenced.

Examples of eligible initiatives or strategies might include: work placements, networking opportunities, cooperative learning, work-orientated projects, service-learning, course/curriculum redesign, business and professional collaborations, initiatives to develop broader graduate attributes, initiatives to improve collection of employment data or employability methodology, etc.

The principal criteria for assessing entries in this category are:

  • Demonstrated Positive Impact – What demonstrable and measurable impact has your initiative had on employment rates and/or workplace performance within its target community? Can you show a clear trend of improved outcomes in the period since the initiative began? Has the initiative grown and/or attracted new participants since its inception? Can you demonstrate a further impact on the culture, attitudes, behaviour, feedback or values of employers or students?
  • Innovation – how is your initiative innovative in concept, objective, approach, design, delivery or content?
  • Institutional support – how well does your initiative connect with your institution’s larger strategy around employability, and has your institution demonstrated commitment to this initiative by supporting it either financially, in kind, or through policy and recognition of its value?
  • Value for investment – how do the outcomes of your initiative compare to the investment of resources, time and effort required to deliver and maintain it? In addition to positive results, does the initiative deliver any efficiency or productivity gains on previous practices?
  • Sustainability and scalability – how sustainable is your initiative over the longer term? Is your initiative scalable and potentially applicable to other units/departments/institutions? Does it have the potential to significantly elevate practices and outcomes in the Higher Education sector as a whole?

This category is for strategies or initiatives that have significantly improved participation rates, engagement, educational outcomes, personal development opportunities, or employment opportunities of under-represented or non-traditional student groups.

Examples of eligible initiatives or strategies might include: innovative pathways, access programs, transition and retention strategies, pastoral care initiatives, personal development programs, and employability initiatives, all aimed at under-represented or non-traditional student groups.

The principal criteria for assessing entries in this category are:

  • Demonstrated Positive Impact – To what extent, and on what scale, has your initiative increased participation and retention rates, educational outcomes, or employment opportunities within its target non-traditional or disadvantaged community? To what extent has it successfully addressed an identified problem or challenge, and on what scale? Can you show a clear trend of improved outcomes in the period since the initiative began? Has the initiative grown and/or attracted new participants since its inception? Can you demonstrate a further impact on the culture, attitudes, behaviour or values of students, staff, employers or the institution? More broadly, how does your initiative contribute to a more equitable society?
  • Innovation – how is your initiative innovative in concept, objective, approach, design, delivery or content?
  • Institutional support – how well does your initiative connect with your institution’s larger equity and opportunity strategy, and has your institution demonstrated commitment to this initiative by supporting it either financially, in kind, or through policy and recognition of its value?
  • Value for investment – how do the outcomes of your initiative compare to the investment of resources, time and effort required to deliver and maintain it? In addition to positive results, does the initiative deliver any efficiency or productivity gains on previous practices?
  • Sustainability and scalability – how sustainable is your initiative over the longer term? Is your initiative scalable and potentially applicable to other units/departments/institutions? Does it have the potential to significantly elevate practices and outcomes in the Higher Education sector as a whole?

This Award is for innovative capital/facilities projects or strategies that represent exceptional value for investment and have demonstrably enhanced the student and/or staff experience on campus.

This category encompasses all aspects of the built environment, including teaching and lecture spaces, labs, libraries, accommodation, leisure spaces, catering, enterprise, ICT installations and overall campus design. Eligible initiatives need not only be new builds; refurbishments, redevelopments, and alternative facilities strategies including innovative rental or shared facilities arrangements, are all eligible.

The judging panel is looking for innovation and value throughout the delivery chain, from master plan, design and financing through to delivery, maintenance and operation.

The principal criteria for assessing entries in this category are:

  • Innovation – how is your initiative or strategy innovative in concept, objective, approach, design, delivery or content? Consider each step of the delivery chain, including financing and operations management. Does it enable further innovation, for example in research, teaching or entrepreneurship?
  • Demonstrated Positive Impact – To what extent has your project successfully addressed an identified problem or challenge? What benefits has it delivered to students and/or staff in the short-term? On what scale is this impact, and how can you evidence it? Can you demonstrate increased usage, collaboration, safety, or other tangible outcomes? What further benefits do you anticipate in the coming decades?  More broadly, how does it improve upon national best practice in its area, and potentially contribute to driving improvement in facilities across the sector as a whole?
  • Value for investment – To what extent does your project represent value for money? How do the diverse benefits derived from your project stack up against to the investment of resources, time and effort required to deliver and maintain it? Can you evidence significant efficiency or productivity gains as a result of the project?
  • Institutional context – How well does your initiative serve your institution’s larger campus/facilities strategy? Is it being used as a model for further initiatives?
  • Sustainability and scalability – how sustainable is your initiative over the longer term? Could your project or its guiding principles be utilised for other projects? Does it have the potential to significantly elevate practices and outcomes in the Higher Education sector as a whole?

This Award aims to recognise Higher Education institutions working with industry in a way that goes beyond standard commercial relationships and is genuinely reciprocal, mutually beneficial, and highly valued by both partners. To be eligible, entries must show clear evidence of reciprocal investment/contribution and positive outcomes for both parties. The judges are particularly interested in how the Higher Education institutions involved have discovered and defined what the industry partner(s) was looking for, and shaped that insight into a mutually beneficial relationship.

For the purposes of this Award, “industry” is defined as publically- and privately-owned businesses and enterprises, as well as Government Business Entities (e.g. Australia Post) and employer bodies such as industry skills councils, industry and professional associations, unions, regulatory and licensing bodies, etc. Collaborations with branches of government and not-for profits are not within the scope of this Award; some such initiatives may be eligible for the Community Engagement Award.

Examples of eligible initiatives or strategies might include: research and development institutes, joint ventures and groups; industry-integrated courses and programs; industry-led educational innovations; industry-informed learning standards and assessment development, collaborative policy initiatives, etc.

The principal criteria for assessing entries in this category are:

  • Reciprocal understanding – How, and by whom, was this initiative/strategy initiated? How did you discover and define the problem or challenge that industry was seeking to address? What is the driving motivation for each partner, and what other important factors and influences have you had to take into consideration in structuring the relationship/initiative? Have you encountered and overcome any obstacles in the relationship? What does each partner contribute, and has their involvement/investment increased since the relationship began? Can you demonstrate a positive impact on the culture, attitudes, behaviour or values of both parties? More broadly, how does it contribute to better understanding and a more productive dialogue between industry and the Higher Education sector?
  • Demonstrated Mutual Benefits – What financial, educational, social, environmental or other benefits has each party derived from your initiative, and on what scale? To what extent has it successfully addressed the core problem or challenge faced by the industry partner? What particular benefits has the participating Higher Education institution enjoyed? Has the initiative grown and/or attracted new participants since its inception? Has the initiative resulted in any further collaboration on other matters?
  • Innovation – How is your engagement initiative/strategy innovative in concept, objective, approach, design, delivery or content? Has the collaboration produced something new, or resulted in the development of a new way for the parties to work together?
  • Institutional support – How well does your initiative connect with your institution’s larger public engagement strategy, and has your institution demonstrated commitment to this initiative by supporting it either financially, in kind, or through policy and recognition of its value?
  • Value for investment – How do the outcomes of your initiative compare to the investment of resources, time and effort required to deliver and maintain it? Does the initiative deliver any efficiency or productivity gains to your own institution?
  • Sustainability and scalability – How sustainable is your initiative over the longer term? Is your initiative scalable and potentially applicable to other organisations/industries or other units/departments/institutions? Does it have the potential to significantly promote and elevate engagement with industry in the Higher Education sector as a whole?

This Award is for strategies or initiatives that have demonstrably enhanced outcomes or improved on standard practice in in-bound, out-bound or collaborative international education, including off-shore campuses.

Examples of eligible initiatives or strategies might include: preparation, cultural integration, safety or post-graduation support initiatives for in-bound or out-bound international students; international brand establishment; innovative transnational partnerships, digital or other initiatives for engaging with off-shore students and staff; strategies to deal with changing policy or other circumstances in the environment in which you operate; etc.

The principal criteria for assessing entries in this category are:

  • Demonstrated Positive Impact – What demonstrable and measurable impact has your initiative had on international education outcomes? To what extent has it successfully addressed an identified problem or challenge, and on what scale? Can you show a clear trend of improved outcomes in the period since the initiative began? Has the initiative grown and/or attracted new participants since its inception? Can you demonstrate a further impact on the culture, attitudes, behaviour or values of participants, particular with regards to the development of a more truly global, diverse and collaborative culture? More broadly, how does it enhance Australia’s position in the global Higher Education market and/or contribute to a more globally conscious, connected and collaborative society?
  • Innovation – how is your initiative innovative in concept, objective, approach, design, delivery or content?
  • Institutional support – how well does your initiative connect with your institution’s larger internationalisation strategy, and has your institution demonstrated commitment to this initiative by supporting it either financially, in kind, or through policy and recognition of its value??
  • Value for investment – how do the outcomes of your initiative compare to the investment of resources, time and effort required to deliver and maintain it? In addition to positive results, does the initiative deliver any efficiency or productivity gains on previous practices?
  • Sustainability and scalability – how sustainable is your initiative over the longer term? Is your initiative scalable and potentially applicable to other units/departments/institutions? Does it have the potential to significantly elevate practices and outcomes in the Higher Education sector as a whole?

This Award is for strategies or initiatives that have delivered real and significant improvements to the learning experience and educational outcomes of both domestic and international students.

Examples of eligible initiatives or strategies might include: digital or blended learning innovations; new pedagogical approaches, teacher support/training initiatives, curriculum redesign, transition/retention initiatives, feedback or assessment initiatives, etc.

The principal criteria for assessing entries in this category are:

  • Demonstrated Positive Impact – what demonstrable and measurable impact has your initiative had on learning outcomes? To what extent has it successfully addressed an identified problem or challenge, and on what scale? Can you show a clear trend of improved outcomes in the period since the initiative began? Has the initiative grown and/or attracted new participants since its inception? Can you demonstrate a further impact on the culture, attitudes, behaviour or values of participants?
  • Innovation – how is your initiative innovative in concept, objective, approach, design, delivery or content?
  • Institutional support – how well does your initiative connect with your institution’s larger teaching and learning strategy, and has your institution demonstrated commitment to this initiative by supporting it either financially, in kind, or through policy and recognition of its value?
  • Value for investment – how do the outcomes of your initiative compare to the investment of resources, time and effort required to deliver and maintain it? In addition to positive results, does the initiative deliver any efficiency or productivity gains on previous practices?
  • Sustainability and scalability – how sustainable is your initiative over the longer term? Is your initiative scalable and potentially applicable to other units/departments/institutions? Does it have the potential to significantly elevate practices and outcomes in the Higher Education sector as a whole?

The UniSuper Lifetime Achievement Award will honour an individual’s outstanding contribution to the Australian Higher Education sector over a lifetime of leadership, innovation and service.

The judging panel is looking for nominations of individuals who:

  • Have 25 years or more of service and excellence within the Australian Higher Education sector
  • Have significantly advanced and improved practices in Higher Education through their leadership and advocacy at an institution, sectorial, state/territory, national or global level
  • Have made world-class and sustained personal contributions in research, teaching, administration and/or policy
  • Have embodied the sector’s core values of innovation, reason, curiosity, humility, and passion for creating, transmitting and receiving knowledge
  • Have inspired those around them with their vision, ability and personal integrity

The winner will be chosen on the basis of verifiable evidence of achievement and peer recognition.

Nominees for this category do NOT need to be currently employed in the Higher Education sector to be eligible, but they DO need to be permanent residents of Australia.

Nominations for this Award are open and can be received from any individual, unit or institution.

Awards Gala Dinner

The Winners of the AFR Higher Education Awards will be announced and honoured at a sumptuous Gala Dinner, presented by UniSuper, on 29 August 2017. The Gala will take place at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

The evening will commence with a drinks reception, followed by dinner and the presentation of the AFR Higher Education Awards. The dress code is cocktail/business attire.

You can book individual places or tables of 10 using our online booking system (below). Once you have booked your places you will receive a confirmation email that will include a link allowing you to submit your guests’ details. If you have any problems with your booking, please email info@informa.com.au

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2016 Winners

The Australia Financial Review proudly hosted the 2nd annual AFR Higher Education Awards on November 16, 2016. Presented by UniSuper, the Awards were an initiative to highlight at a national level the tremendous contribution that the Higher Education sector makes to Australian prosperity and quality of life.

The Awards were judged by an independent panel of eminent Higher Education veterans.

One of Australia’s highest profile young academics, Emma Johnston, won the Emerging Leader Award.

Professor Johnston, who is pro vice-chancellor (research) at UNSW Australia, a marine ecologist and was the co-presenter of the television series Coast Australia, was honoured for her scientific work, her public voice and her strength as a role model.
Emerging Leader award is a new category awarded for the first time this year.

Seven universities were also honoured as winners of seven other categories in the awards, which are sponsored by UniSuper.

Community Engagement

Sponsored by Top Education Institute in alliance with PwC

Queensland University of Technology – National Exceptional Teaching for Disadvantaged Schools (NETDS) program.

The judges said: “This initiative engages with disadvantaged students, schools and their broader communities in a way that is highly effective and beneficial for all involved parties.

“QUT is to be commended for its collaborative, long-term approach to the vital task of narrowing the educational gap in Australia.”

Employability

Sponsored by Pearson

The University of Queensland – Student Employability Team: getting students SET for their future

The judges said: “The University of Queensland is to be commended for its systemic, embedded approach to boosting employability, and the demonstrable results it has produced.

“Employability is going be an increasingly important issue in the years ahead, and the judging panel encourages more applicants next year to focus on employability strategies and initiatives which demonstrate measurable outcomes.”

Equity and Opportunity

Sponsored by YourTutor

Charles Sturt University – Outreach Team

The judges said: “Thanks to its superb Outreach Team, Charles Sturt University truly leads the sector when it comes to improving educational access, opportunities and outcomes for students from regional and remote areas – still one of the most disadvantaged and underserved groups in Australia.”

Facilities Innovation

Flinders University – New Plaza and Student Hub

The judges said: “The judging panel recognises the Flinders New Plaza and Student Hub as an impressive project that has truly delivered on its aims – genuinely transforming the heart of a campus, enhancing the student and staff experience, and significantly improving the overall functioning of the university.”

Emerging Leader Award

Sponsored by Perrett Laver Professor Emma Johnston FRSN, UNSW Australia

The judges said: “Professor Johnston has not only distinguished herself within her discipline and her institution, but has also emerged as a highly influential voice in the broader public realm.” An exceptional researcher, educator, science communicator, policy advisor and powerful advocate for the sector, she is a true role model for future generations of higher education leaders.

Industry Engagement

Sponsored by TechnologyOne

The University of Sydney – Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) The judges said: “In an area that will only continue to grow in importance for the Australian economy, the ACFR has clearly been very successful in securing the buy-in of major industry partners and creating deep, sustainable and mutually beneficial research relationships that already have an impressive track record of results.”

International Education

Sponsored by Raw Talent

Monash University – The Monash Warwick Alliance

The judges said: “The unprecedented breadth and depth of the alliance between Monash University and the University of Warwick has already won it considerable international admiration and prestige. Delivering a huge sweep of benefits for both partners, the alliance constitutes an outstanding model for global partnerships and the internationalisation of education.”

Learning Experience

Western Sydney University – The Academy

The judges said: “A truly inspiring initiative to broaden and enrich the educational experience for high-achieving students – and in the process, create the next generation of thoughtful, active and socially aware leaders and citizens.”

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by UniSuper

As announced on October 29, the winner is Professor Denise Bradley AC, who headed the federal government’s 2008 Review of Australian Higher Education and is a former vice-chancellor of the University of South Australia.
The judges said: “In a career spanning more than four decades Denise Bradley has exerted tremendous influence on Australian higher education policy and practice as a teacher, a policy adviser, an administrator and a university leader.
“Professor Bradley stood out as a candidate for the Lifetime Achievement Award because of the breadth, depth and weight of her contributions. Notably, her leadership of the 2008 Review of Australian Higher Education led to educational opportunities for tens of thousands of Australians who otherwise would not have had the chance to attend university.”

Higher Education Summit

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FAQ

What are the dates for 2017?

3 April – Entries open
9 July – Entries close
7 August – Finalists will be announced in the Financial Review; as will the winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Community Engagement Award.
29 August – Award winners announced at Awards Gala, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

 

How much does it cost to enter the awards?

Nothing – entry is free.

 

Who can enter?

All categories (with the exception of Education Technology category)
These awards are open to all institutions, public and private, that are listed in the TEQSA National Register of Higher Education Providers. This includes self-accrediting institutions (including universities) and TEQSA-accredited institutions offering Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications at associate degree level and above, and/or diplomas and advanced diplomas accredited in the Australian Higher Education sector. Institutions operating across multiple educational levels (ie VET and HE) must clearly show that their nominated strategies or initiatives are drawn from the HE side of their business.

As well as Higher Education Providers, this award is also open to any Australian-registered company developing education technology products and services used in higher education. Eligibility in this category does not require companies to be listed in the TEQSA National Register of Higher Education Providers.

 

Can we enter more than one category?

Institutions may enter as many categories as they wish, but must complete a separate submission for each category.

 

Can we submit more than one entry in a single category?

Only one entry per institution per category is allowed in most categories, which is why we require sign-off by the head of the relevant institution. The exception to this is the Lifetime Achievement award, for which we will accept nominations/applications from anyone without the need for institutional sign-off.

 

What period do these awards relate to?

Our judges will be judging applications based on core achievements that have taken place in the period 25 June 2016 – 25 June 2017. Naturally, projects that have had sufficient time to produce results and show real impact are more likely to be successful than projects still in their preliminary stages.

 

How will I know that my submission has been received?

Once you have pressed the submit button, you will see a confirmation page indicating the successful receipt of your entry. You can then return to the Awards homepage to make further applications in other categories. Please advise us if any of your contact details change once your application has been submitted.

 

Are collaborative entries accepted?

Yes, but the application should come from a single lead institution. You can name any other contributing HE institutions or external partners in the ‘Institution name’ field on the application form, and if your submission is shortlisted, we will give due credit to partners at the awards ceremony and in any media features or profiles.

 

When is the closing date for entries?

Applications close at midnight on 9th July 2017.

 

How do I submit an entry?

Please read the entry guidelines HERE then click ENTER NOW and select the relevant category.

 

How are the entries judged?

An eminent panel of Higher Education experts will meet to review applications against the selection criteria and choose our winners. See the JUDGING section of this website and well as the individual selection criteria of each Award.

 

When are finalists announced?

A shortlist of finalists for each category will be announced in The Australian Financial Review on 7th August 2017.

 

When are winners announced?

Announcement of the winners will be made at the Awards Gala, sponsored by UniSuper, on 29th August at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth.

 

Can I re-enter the same initiative/strategy/project next year if I don’t win this time?

Yes. Very promising initiatives may simply need slightly more time to be able to sufficiently demonstrate their full impact. We will happily consider repeat entries in 2017, provided they show further evidence of positive outcomes.

 

I won last year; can I re-enter this year?

You cannot re-enter the same initiative/strategy/project in the same category that it won last year, though you could potentially enter it in a different category, if you can make a strong case for it. However, you can certainly enter a different initiative/strategy/project in the same category you won last year.

 

How do I book tickets for the event?

You can book individual places or tables of 10 using our online booking system HERE. Once you have booked your places you will receive a confirmation email that will include a link allowing you to submit your guests’ details. If you have any problems with your booking, please email info@informa.com.au.

 

What is the dress code for the evening?

The Awards Gala is Cocktail/Business Attire.

 

What happens if I have purchased a ticket but am unable to attend?

Tickets are non-refundable but can be transferred to a colleague. In the event of a change in attendee, please email the new attendee’s details to info@informa.com.au as soon as possible.

 

Are under-18s allowed to attend the awards evening?

The venue’s licence does not preclude under-18s from attending; however we do suggest that the event might not be appropriate for younger children.

 

In addition to the above eligibility for Higher Education Providers, this award is also open to any Australian-registered company developing education technology products and services. Eligibility in this category does not require companies to be listed in the TEQSA National Register of Higher Education Providers.

 

Got a further question?

For queries relating to Awards categories, criteria, process or submissions, please contact Christopher Platt at Christopher.Platt@informa.com

If your question relates to the Awards Gala, please contact info@informa.com.au

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Entries open: 3 April 2017
Deadline for Entries: 9 July 2017
Finalists announced: 7 August
Awards Gala: 29 August 2017

For late entry request considerations, or for more information about the Awards, contact Christopher Platt via email here.

Please read the guidelines below and the selection criteria for each award. To apply, scroll down to the submission form and ensure you select the appropriate category.

The AFR Higher Education Awards are open to all institutions, public and private, that are listed in the TEQSA National Register of Higher Education Providers. For providers that offer education at multiple levels, submissions should relate only to higher education activities, ie Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications at associate degree level and above, and/or diplomas and advanced diplomas accredited in the Australian Higher Education sector.

All applications for the AFR Higher Education Awards must be submitted via the below application webform. You will need to select the Award category you are applying for, and provide the following:

  • The name of the institution, department, and the leader of the nominated project/strategy
  • Contact details for the person submitting/organising the Awards entry.
  • A title for your nominated initiative/strategy/individual. This is how the entry will be referred to by judges, organisers and the AFR.
  • The name of the head of your institution and a ticked box indicating that they are aware of and have signed off on the entry
  • A 50-word summary of the initiative/strategy/individual
  • A 500-word entry addressing the specific selection criteria for the relevant award, attached as a Word Document
  • Up to four (4) A4 pages of supporting documentation, attached as a single PDF or Word Document. File must be less than 5MB (see below)

The four (4) A4 pages of supporting documentation should evidence any claims made in your response to the selection criteria. It may contain, for example, statistics, graphs, research or evaluation reports, photographs, press cuttings or testimonials, with relevant sections highlighted as need be. Please do not, however, rely on these supporting materials to make your case; they will not necessarily be considered unless your application is shortlisted. Videos or PowerPoint presentations will NOT be accepted.

Applications will be judged on core achievements that have taken place in the period 1 July 2016 to 1 July 2017. Naturally, projects that have had sufficient time to produce results and show real impact are more likely to be successful than projects still in their preliminary stages.

For categories 1-9, institutions may enter ONE application per category, with each application requiring sign-off by the head of the applying institution. Collaborative initiatives, projects or strategies can be entered, but the application must come from a single lead institution. Additional contributing HE institutions or external partners can be noted in the ‘Institution name’ field on the application form, and if your submission is shortlisted, we will give due credit to partners at the awards ceremony and in any media features or profiles.

For category 10, the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by UniSuper, anyone may submit a nomination/application. There is no limit per institution, and you are not required to get sign-off from the head of the institution.

If you wish to apply for more than one category, submit you application for a category, and you will have the option to apply for another category on the confirmation success page. Please advise us if any of your contact details change once your application has been submitted.

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Chris Platt
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Christopher.Platt@informa.com

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