Award guidelines

The University of Queensland (UQ) is committed to recognising and rewarding sustained levels of outstanding performance in the supervising, mentoring, and training of Higher degree by research candidates. The Awards for Excellence in Higher degree by research Supervision were developed in 2000 following a proposal by the Student Union and the success of the Awards for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to the remunerated Awards, the Selection Committee can award commendations and recognise excellence in advising for emerging academic staff. The Awards are presented annually during Research Week.

Nomination process (nominator)

The nominator must provide a succinct overview (maximum 300 words) of the nominee including a description of the contribution, initiative, program, project and/or activity and key outcomes and achievements in the performance of supervising, mentoring, and training of Higher degree by research candidates.

Steps to nominate:

  1. Review the eligibility and requirements for 2017 Awards for Excellence in Higher degree by research Supervision.
  2. Complete the online Nomination Form.

Eligibility (nominee)

  • Nominee must be a current UQ academic staff member with a minimum of three years’ experience supervising, mentoring and/or training higher degree by research (HDR) students at UQ.
  • Nominee must provide evidence of high quality performance relative to opportunity (Selection Criteria).
  • Previous recipients of the Award are not eligible to receive another Award.
  • Previously unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated.
  • Successful nominees must be available for photographs (2017 Discovery Report) in June/July 2017.
  • Successful nominees must be available to attend the presentation of awards during Research Week - 11 to 15 September 2017.

Selection criteria (300 words)

The Nominee’s performance as an Advisor will be judged in part by how effectively they provide:

  • Support to their candidate’s development of discipline-specific and transferable skills;
  • Mentoring and career development guidance;
  • Opportunities for their candidates to develop leadership capability and independence and
  • Leadership in research training.

The Selection Committee will also consider evidence of high quality performance relative to opportunity by examining:

  • the nominee’s support for development of discipline-specific and transferable skills among their candidates;
  • the nominee’s commitment to mentoring and career development for their candidates;
  • the nominee’s provision of opportunities for their candidates to develop leadership capability and independence;
  • the nominee’s candidate timely completion rates;
  • Referee reports and
  • Graduate destinations - where are they now.

Nominators please comment on your experience and/or knowledge of the nominee’s research supervision, mentoring and/or training for higher degree by research candidates at UQ. The Awards Selection Committee is particularly interested in your views, supported by examples, of the nominee’s performance as an HDR Advisor. This assessment may address the performance of the nominee with respect to individual students or groups of students.

Referee reports

On receiving the nomination, the Graduate School may request referee reports from the nominee’s:

  • Head of School/Institute Director;
  • School/Institute Postgraduate Coordinator; and
  • Current HDR candidates and graduates.

The Graduate School may also access UQ’s corporate reports in order to confirm the nominee’s details, such as the number of candidates under their supervision and completion data.

Any referee reports not received by Sunday 28 May 2017 will not be considered by the Selection Committee. Please note that the Selection Committee does not review referee reports that are not received directly from the person providing the report.

Advisor statement (300 words)

On receiving the nomination, the Graduate School will request a statement from shortlisted nominees. Nominees will be asked to consider the Graduate Attributes and how they, as an Advisor, have supported a cohort and/or individual students to obtain these attributes. Advisors will also be asked to provide a list of successful graduates and where they are now.

Selection committee

The Selection Committee is chaired by the Dean UQ Graduate School or delegate.

The Selection Committee considers all eligible nominees and selects awardees. In doing so, the Committee does not take into account:

  • the distribution of Awards to particular Schools, Institutes and/or Faculties; or
  • the outcome of previous nominations.

Prizes

Four Awards for Excellence in Higher degree by research Supervision may be offered which includes a $5,000 prize each.

One commendation for Excellence in Higher degree by research Supervision or an Emerging Advisor Award may be offered which includes a $2,000 prize.

Awardees will receive their prize as:

  • Payment into a research account in their School or Institute.

Important dates

  • Nominations open - 3 April 2017
  • Nominations close - 23 April 2017
  • Statement by Nominee and Referee Report due -  28 May 2017
  • Selection Committee meets - Week commencing 5 June 2017
  • Nominees advised of outcome - Week commencing 12 June 2017
  • Photographs for 2017 Discovery Report - June/July 2017 (date TBA)
  • Awards Ceremony - Research Week - 11 to 15 September 2017

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