Overview

The 2020 Higher Education Awards ceremony has been cancelled.
The winners will be announced on this website and in the Financial Review on the 19th November.

The winners of The AFR Higher Education Awards will be announced on 19th November 2020.

The AFR Higher Education Awards is a special yearly event dedicated to recognising the remarkable contributions that tertiary institutions have made to the Australian community over the year.

The 2020 shortlist has been released, click here to view the finalists.

AWARDS PRESENTATION

Date: Wednesday 18 November 2020
Venue: A virtually delivered event
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm AEST

he winners of the AFR Higher Education Awards will be announced and celebrated at a virtually delivered presentation of awards on Wednesday 18th November 2020. Hosted by TV personality and satirist, Mark Humphries.

Watch the presentations from the comfort of your home or workplace for $47.50 + GST per virtual attendee.

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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

Awards Submission Guidelines

Entries open: 1 May
Deadline for Entries: 31 July
Shortlists announced: 7 September
Winners announced online and in The AFR: 19 November

Nomination Form


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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.

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Photos from AFR Higher Education Awards 2019

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Awards Finalists for 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 finalists

Community Engagement Award:
Deakin University – All Play Learn
Monash University – Wunungu Awara: Animating Indigenous Knowledges
The University of Newcastle – FluTracking Health Surveillance System
University of Melbourne – Cutting the Commute for Students with Disability

Education Technology Award:
Australian Catholic University – Improving the Quality and Impact of Teacher Education
La Trobe University and Monash University – Lightboard Studios
The University of Newcastle – Angry Stan – virtual Reality in Conflict Resolution
University of Canberra – Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA)

Emerging Leader Award:
Deakin University – Professor Alexander Newman
The University of Queensland – Andrea Strachan
University of Technology Sydney – Murray Hurps
UNSW Sydney – Professor Rebecca Guy

Employability Award:
Macquarie University – Preparing students for the world of work
UNSW Sydney – Career Accelerator @ UNSW Business School
Western Sydney University, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney, University of Newcastle, Central Queensland University, Australian Catholic University, Notre Dame University, StudyNSW, The FRANK Team – Interchange
Wirltu Yarlu – Wirltu Yarlu Cadetships Program

Equity & Opportunity Award:
Charles Darwin University – COVID-19 Emergecny Student Response
Deakin University – Deakin Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training and Education
Flinders University – Innovative Admissions Assessment Centre
University of the Sunshine Coast – Establishment of the USC Moreton Bay Campus

Industry Engagement Award:
Australian Catholic University – Future-Proofing Education
Central Queensland UniversIty and Flinders University – On-track for the health and safety of Australian train drivers
Murdoch University – Launchpad
The University of Newcastle – University of Newcastle tackles COVID-19 equipment shortages

International Education Award:
Kaplan Business School – COVID-19 Student Welfare Plan
Monash University – Global Immersion Guarantee: Transforming Transnational Student Mobility
The University of Newcastle – Connect 88
The University of Queensland – Global Start-Up Adventure

Learning Experience Award:
ANU – Master of Applied Cybernetics
La Trobe University – FARLabs
University of Melbourne – Learning book publishing in the hands-on way at the University of Melbourne
University of Wollongong – LTC – Preparing to Teach Online

Sustainability Award:
Deakin University – Voyages of Discovery – unlocking the secrets of Bass Strait
The University of Queensland – Warwick Solar Farm
University of Sydney – Saving energy on campus
University of Technology Sydney – UTS Plastic Free Food Court

AWARDS WINNERS FOR 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 winners

Community Engagement Award:
University of Melbourne – The Well-Being Profiler

Education Technology Award:
Murdoch University – Virtual Preparation for Future Teachers

Emerging Leader Award:
Bond University – Dr Christian Moro
Deakin University – Professor Emma Kowal

Employability Award:
The University of Sydney – Job Smart

Equity & Opportunity Award:
Macquarie University – LEAP UP

Facilities Innovation Award:
Monash University – Gillies Hall

Industry Engagement Award:
Deakin University – HSBC Blue Carbon citizen science program
Southern Cross University – Farming Together

International Education Award:
Deakin University – DIRI

Learning Experience Award:
The University of Queensland – UQ Physiotherapy Standardised Patients Program

AFR Higher Education Summit

The AFR Higher Education Summit 2020 will take place on 30 September – 1 October 2020 in a virtually delivered format. For more information and to register, please click here.

When & Where

18 November 2020

A virtually delivered event

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