The 6th Annual AFR Higher Education Awards will also return this August. Join us on 25 August 2020 at the Hilton Brisbane for a Gala Dinner honoring the most impressive contributions in the Higher Education space. Nominations are now open across 10 categories.
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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 2019 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 can be viewed HERE.
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 2018 to June 2019. 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 submission. The email may be in your junk inbox if not received within the hour. 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.
Entries Open: 1st April 2019
Entries Close: 30th June 2019
Nothing – entry is free.
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.
Institutions may enter as many categories as they wish, but a separate submission form must be completed for each 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.
Applications should reflect strategies or initiatives with core achievements in the period 1 January 2018 to June 2019. 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.
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.
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.
Applications close at midnight on 30th June 2019.
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.
A shortlist of finalists for each category will be announced in The Australian Financial Review on 6th August 2019.
Announcement of the winners will be made at the Awards Gala, sponsored by UniSuper, on the 27th August 2019 at the Hilton Brisbane.
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.
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.
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
The Awards Gala is Cocktail/Business Attire.
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.
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.