The Australia Financial Review is proud to be hosting the fourth annual AFR Higher Education Awards on Tuesday 28th August at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne. 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 2018 are:
- Community Engagement Award
- Education Technology Award
- Emerging Leader Award
- Employability Award
- Equity and Opportunity Award
- Facilities Innovation Award
- Industry Engagement Award
- International Education Award
- Learning Experience Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award
UniSuper is Australia’s dedicated superannuation fund for people working in the higher education and research sector. With approximately 400,000 members and around $66 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.
- Alan Robson AO – Former Vice-Chancellor, UWA
- Malcolm Gillies AO, Former Vice-Chancellor, London Metropolitan University and former Deputy Vice Chancellor, ANU
- Steven Schwartz AM, Former Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University
- Stuart Hamilton AO – Former CEO, Open Universities Australia
- Helen Williams AO, former Secretary, Department of Education
- Jan Thomas, former Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Southern Queensland
- Elizabeth Alexander, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne
- Margeurite Evans-Galea, Executive Director, Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS)
Awards Gala Dinner
Tuesday 28th August | Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
The Winners of the AFR Higher Education Awards will be announced and honoured at a sumptuous Gala Dinner, presented by UniSuper, on Tuesday 28th August. The Gala will take place at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.
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 email@example.com
What are the dates for 2018?
26 March – Entries open
29 June – Entries close
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?
Applications should reflect strategies or initiatives with core achievements in the period 1 January 2017 to June 2018. 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 29th June 2018.
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 2018.
When are winners announced?
Announcement of the winners will be made at the Awards Gala, sponsored by UniSuper, on 28th August at the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome drinks at 7pm
Dinner to commence at 7.30pm
Guidelines & Selection Criteria
Please read the guidelines below and the selection criteria for each award. When you are ready, click APPLY NOW from the bar on the right and select the category you wish to enter.
The AFR Higher Education Awards are open to all Australian Higher Education institutions.
All applications for the 2018 AFR Higher Education Awards must be made online via our application portal. Submissions are limited to 500 words (text only), and must clearly address the key selection criteria. The selection criteria is below.
You may also attach up to four A4 pages of supporting evidence (e.g., statistics, graphs, research or evaluation reports, photographs, press cuttings or testimonials) in PDF format, 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. Please note that videos or PowerPoint presentations will NOT be accepted.
Applications should reflect strategies or initiatives with core achievements in the period 1 January 2017 to June 2018. 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. Please note that more specific rules with regards to timeframes and eligibility apply in some categories.
Institutions may enter ONE application per category, with all applications requiring sign-off by the head of that 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.
Once you have submitted your entry you will receive an email confirming your institution name, the title of the nominated strategy or initiative, and the category you have entered. Please advise us if any of your contact details change once your application has been submitted.
Our distinguished panel of experts will meet in July to review applications. They will select a shortlist of up to four finalists, and an Award winner, for each category.
Please contact the HE Summit’s Higher Education Analyst with any further questions about the Awards.
Across the ten categories of the 2018 AFR Higher Education Awards, applications will be assessed upon their address of four key selection criteria, each of which asks for an articulation of the applicants’ achievements in response to the spirit – rather than the letter – of the follow questions:
• Demonstrated Positive Impact
The Judging Panel will look for and take into account evidence pertaining to relevant benefits that have arisen from the project, which ideally would include all or some of the following benefits:
- Outreach and Inclusion – Has the project or program attracted new participants since its inception? Has it become a model for other projects or programs?
- Wider Outcomes – These may be economic, financial, social, educational, environmental, or community benefits. Please include any attempts to expand this project to other parts of the University, industry or to other users. Examples might include growth in exports, creation of new jobs, reduction of disadvantage, and so on.
- Cultural Impact – What impact has the project or program had on the cultures of the participating organisations? What changes have there been in attitudes, behaviour or values of the participants? Have any other overall relevant benefits been achieved?
- Has the initiative produced new concepts, products or services as a result of the collaboration or has it involved developing a new way for the parties to collaborate?
- How innovative (i.e., novel and useful) is the concept or idea, design, delivery or content?
- How has the activity in question uniquely mobilised actors and processes to achieve its stated aims?
- What new challenges have been met or barriers surmounted?
- In what ways has the activity in question shown itself to be conscious of its own long-term costs and contributions as part of a commitment to sustainable practice?
• Stakeholder Engagement
- To what extent has the activity engaged and coordinated with stakeholders – from communities to institutions – in ways that are becoming of the other criteria of impact, innovation and sustainability?
- What is the extent of the responsibilities and involvement of the partners?
- How has this grown over the life of the project or program?
- How do the partners collaborate in regard to people, facilities, access to information, technology transfer, etc.?
- Are there obstacles and barriers the partners have had to overcome to make the collaboration work?
- Have there been other productive relationships that have developed as a result of the project or program?
N.B. For those categories that rely on multiple actors, the underpinning interaction must be a true collaboration above and beyond what would normally be expected as part of routine activities. All parties must be actively involved and contributing, having a relationship well beyond a commercial or service delivery arrangement.