Australia Financial Review Higher Education Awards

Australia Financial Review Higher Education Awards

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The AFR Higher Education Awards (AFR awards) recognise the contribution that the Higher Education sector makes to Australian prosperity and quality of life.

Awards are open to academic and professional staff. The categories for 2020 are:

  • Community Engagement Award
  • Education Technology Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Employability Award
  • Equity and Opportunity Award
  • Sustainability Award
  • Industry Engagement Award
  • International Education Award
  • Learning Experience Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award.

Important information

  • Macquarie can only submit one application per category
  • Staff interested in applying must contact their Associate Dean Learning and Teaching and/or team Directors and the Office of PVC Learning & Teaching in advance of deadlines to submit an expression of interest (EOI).
  • The Office of PVC (Learning and Teaching), in consultation with senior stakeholders, will review EOIs and make a final decision on applications going forward.
  • All endorsed applications will be submitted by the Office of PVC Learning and Teaching on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor.
  • All applications for external awards must follow the Learning and Teaching Awards and Grants Policy and Procedure.

Key dates - 2021

The key dates for the 2021 AFR awards will be added to this website once finalised.

2020 AFR Higher Education Award Winner

Macquarie University – Preparing Bachelor of Arts students for the world of work won the AFR Employability Award in 2020.

The University worked with major employers – including the NSW Government, Accenture, EY, Deloitte, Adobe and CBA – to redesign the Bachelor of Arts degree, ensuring students are provided with in-demand transferable skills, along with the knowledge and tools they require to be successful throughout their careers.

This Award is for strategies or initiatives that have demonstrably enhanced student employment outcomes. Initiatives focussed on improving the performance of students already in employment, or on improving the institution’s ability to gather and interpret meaningful data around employment outcomes.

2019 AFR Higher Education Award Winner

Winner: Equity and Opportunity Award

The LEAP UP Mentoring program won the AFR Equity and Opportunity Award in 2019.

This category is for strategies or initiatives that have significantly improved participation rates, engagement, educational outcomes, personal development opportunities, or employment opportunities of under-represented or non-traditional student groups.

2017 AFR Higher Education Award Winner and Finalist

Winner: Employability Award

The PACE team project entitled Enhancing the Employability of Macquarie Graduates won the AFR Employability Award in 2017.

This Award is for strategies or initiatives that have demonstrably enhanced student employment outcomes (i.e., resulted in a higher rate of relevant employment upon completion of a course). Initiatives focussed on improving the performance of students already in employment, or on improving the institution’s ability to gather and interpret meaningful data around employment outcomes, are also eligible when such improvements can be compellingly evidenced.

Finalist: Community Engagement Award

The National Indigenous Science Education Program was a finalist of the AFR Community Engagement Award in 2017.

This Award aims to recognise strategies and initiatives that bring together students and external communities or community groups in a way that delivers significant and demonstrable benefits to both – and contributes meaningfully to the educational and social goals of the Higher Education sector.

Questions? Please contact the Office of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) via pvclt@mq.edu.au

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