• Higher Education Awards

    Recognising excellence in higher education

    25 August 2020
    Adelaide Hilton

    Register Your Interest

Overview

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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Gala Dinner

Date: Tuesday 25th August 2020
Venue: Hilton Adelaide, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000, +61 (08) 8217 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 celebrated at a Gala Dinner, presented by UniSuper, on Tuesday 25th August 2020. Hosted by TV personality and satirist, Mark Humphries, the Gala will take place at the Hilton Adelaide on Tuesday, 25 August 2020.

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 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

MARK HUMPHRIES

Best known for his viral political sketches, Mark Humphries is the resident satirist on ABC’s 7.30. On Network Ten, he was the host of the quiz show Pointless, and also made appearances on Show Me The Movie, Hughesy We Have a Problem. He presented a weekly comedy segment on ABC News’ The World in 2018, and has been a regular guest on ABC’s Insiders since 2016.
Mark cut his teeth as a presenter on ABC2’s nightly comedy show The Roast (2012-14), presenting a rapid-fire headlines segment which was ultimately picked up by The Guardian in 2015. He joined SBS Viceland’s The Feed later that year where he began his trademark political sketch work.
On radio, Mark guest-hosted The List and TV Club on ABC Radio National in 2016, and co-hosted Radio Chaser for the Triple M Network in 2017. He co-created and starred in the Audible Original series Riot Act, which was released in late 2019.
He co-authored the satirical book, The Chaser’s Australia: the 100% error-free guide to Austria. He has also contributed to The Chaser Quarterly and has toured nationally with The Chaser’s War On… live shows since 2017.
Follow him on Twitter @markhumphries, Instagram @humphriesmark and Facebook www.facebook.com/markhumphriescomedy

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

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.

Nomination Form


Pricing

Single Ticket
$310 + GST

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FAQ

What are the deadlines for 2019?

Entries Open: 1st April 2019
Entries Close: 30th June 2019

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 a separate submission form must be completed 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.

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 time period do these awards relate to?

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.

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 30th June 2019.

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 6th August 2019.

When are winners announced?

Announcement of the winners will be made at the Awards Gala, sponsored by UniSuper, on the 27th August 2019 at the Hilton Brisbane.

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.

Need more information?

For queries relating to Awards categories, criteria, process or submissions, please contact Keith Barks at Keith.Barks@informa.com.au

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

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.

Image Gallery

Photos from AFR Higher Education Awards 2019

View the full album on our Flickr page here.

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Awards Finalists for 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 finalists

Community Engagement Award:
Australian National University – Guinness World Record Stargazing attempt
La Trobe University – Himilo Community Connect Partnership
University of Melbourne – The Well-Being Profiler
University of New England – UNE Oorala Aboriginal Centre

Education Technology Award:
Deakin University – RIOT Lab Enabling Effective Cloud and Located Learning
Murdoch University – Virtual Preparation for Future Teachers
The University of Newcastle – Virtual Anaesthesia
University of Adelaide – CSER Digital Technologies Education Program

Emerging Leader Award:
Bond University – Dr Christian Moro
Deakin University – Professor Emma Kowal
The University of Newcastle – Associate Professor Nikola Bowden
University of Adelaide – Professor Carolin Plewa

Employability Award:
Charles Darwin University – CDU IT CODE FAIR
La Trobe University – The Agency
Swinburne University of Technology – Emerging Leader
The University of Sydney – Job Smart

Equity & Opportunity Award:
Curtin University – Curtin AHEAD Program
Macquarie University – LEAP UP
Swinburne University of Technology – Swinburne AccessAbility Careers Hub for Students with Disability (SwD)
The University of Adelaide – Karnkanthi Indigenous Education Program

Facilities Innovation Award:
Bond University – The conversion of physiology and anatomy laboratories into digital learning facilities
Monash University – Gillies Hall
QUT – The Peter Coaldrake Education Precinct
Victoria University – The HIVE – creating a buzz about learning design

Industry Engagement Award:
Deakin University – HSBC Blue Carbon citizen science program
Southern Cross University – Farming Together
The University of Newcastle – Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)
The University of Sydney – Transforming air travel health and wellbeing

International Education Award:
Bond University – Bond University Kirakira Program
Deakin University – DIRI
Monash University – English Connect
University of Technology Sydney – UTS SILC

Learning Experience Award:
Griffith University – Commonwealth Games WIL
The University of Queensland – UQ Physiotherapy Standardised Patients Program
University of New England – Program of study – Graduate degree program
UNSW Sydney – SECedu

AFR Higher Education Summit

The AFR Higher Education Summit 2020 will take place on 25-26 August 2020 at the Hilton Adelaide. For more information and to register, please click here.

When & Where

25 August 2020

Hilton Adelaide
233 Victoria Square
Adelaide SA 5000
+61 (08) 8217 2000

Contact Us

Still have a question?

Keith Barks
General Manager
+61 2 9080 4342
Keith.Barks@informa.com.au

Alex Cook
Sponsorship Manager
+61 2 9080 4425
Alex.Cook@informa.com.au