The Australia Financial Review is proud to be hosting the fifth annual AFR Higher Education Awards on Tuesday, 27th August 2019 at the Hilton Brisbane.
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 2019 categories are:
- 1. Community Engagement Award
- 2. Education Technology Award
- 3. Emerging Leader Award
- 4. Employability Award, sponsored by Pearson
- 5. Equity and Opportunity Award
- 6. Facilities Innovation Award
- 7. Industry Engagement Award, sponsored by Deloitte
- 8. International Education Award
- 9. Learning Experience Award
- 10. Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by Uni Super
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.
Congratulations to the 2018 winners:
- Community Engagement | La Trobe University – La Trobe Accelerator Program
- Facilities Innovation Award | Monash University – Learning and Teaching Building
- Industry Engagement Award | UNSW Sydney – The Maker Games
- Education Technology Award | Charles Darwin University – Projection Augmented Physical Landscapes
- Education Technology Award | Deakin University – Deakin Genie
- Emerging Leader Award | La Trobe University – Professor Jessica Vanderlelie
- International Education Award | Monash University – IITB-Monash Research Academy: A Model for Australia-India Collaboration
- Employability Award | QUT – Real World Learning: Employability
- Learning Experience Award | UNSW Sydney – Hero Program
- Equity & Opportunity Award | Monash University – Access Monash Mentoring Cycle
- Lifetime Achievement Award | Professor Glyn Davis AC
Awards Gala Dinner
Date: Tuesday 27th August 2019
Venue: Hilton Brisbane – 190 Elizabeth St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Tel: (07) 3234 2000
Pre-Dinner Drinks: 7.00pm – 7.30pm
Dinner: 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Dress Code: Cocktail / business attire
The winners of the AFR Higher Education Awards will be announced and honoured at a sumptuous Gala Dinner, presented by UniSuper, on Tuesday 27th August 2019. The Gala will take place at the Hilton Brisbane.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 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.