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Vice-Chancellor's Prizes and Awards

Staff Awards - Ideas



This award recognises achievements by staff resulting from their supervision of higher degree by research candidates.

The award consists of a $5,000 grant which may be used to further the recipient's research (e.g. travel to a conference, purchase of a piece of equipment, etc.), a trophy and a framed certificate.

Students are encouraged to nominate a staff member for this award.

The relevant nomination form (607 KB) must be completed.


To be eligible for nomination, the nominee must conform to all of the following criteria:

  • be an academic staff member who holds a full-time, fractional, continuing or fixed term appointment at Deakin University
  • have been a principal supervisor of higher degree by research candidates for at least three years at the time of nomination
  • have supervised at least three higher degree by research candidates to completion at Deakin University
  • not have received the award in the previous five years.

  • Nominations may be made by academic or general staff of Deakin University, or current or former higher degree by research candidates of Deakin University.

    Recipients of an award are ineligible for further awards in this category for the subsequent five years.

    Supervisors may not self-nominate.

    Selection criteria

    Nominated supervisors must address the following criteria:

    1. Good practice in supervision. This may include communicating well, assisting with defining the research topic, providing timely feedback, inducting candidates into the research culture, providing opportunities to attend conferences, and mentoring support.
    2. Student performance and outcomes. This covers such matters as the number of candidates supervised to successful HDR completion as principal supervisor at Deakin, time to completion, examiners' reports, publications produced by the candidate during candidature or shortly after candidature, prizes and awards won by the candidate, and candidates' job placements after completion.
    3. Contribution to professional development of students. Assistance given to candidates for career development (for example: career planning, development of a strong resume, job readiness, transferable skills, networking opportunities, communication skills, grant-writing skills, tertiary teacher training, professional societies, etc.).
    4. Contribution to research training at Deakin. Any contributions to the broader environment of research training at Deakin (for example: organising a seminar program for HDR candidates, contributing to training workshops, contributing to the scholarship of HDR supervision, service on relevant committees, or the development of best practice in supervision and the communication of this to colleagues, etc.).






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    14th August 2013