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Student Excellence Awards

Portrait of 2021 Student of the year Theresa Mitchell. Image has words: 2022 Student Excellence Awards.

Theresa Mitchell, Southern Cross University 2021 Student of the Year

The Southern Cross University Student Excellence Awards are non-academic achievement awards that recognise outstanding students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of leadership, volunteering, community engagement and sport.

Winners of the 2022 Student Excellence Awards will be announced at a cocktail-style event held at Rydges Hotel, Gold Coast and live streamed on SCU Facebook. 

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A message from the Vice Chancellor

Professor Tyrone Carlin

The annual Southern Cross University Student Excellence Awards acknowledge our students' contribution to leadership, volunteering, sporting life and supporting the community in times of crisis. In 2022, the theme of ‘community’ will resonate with many of us at SCU. I wish all nominees the very best and congratulate them on enhancing the student experience and fostering positive change.

Nominating for the Student Excellence Awards

All SCU students and staff are eligible to nominate a student for the Student Excellence Awards and students can self-nominate. Please read the Information on the 2022 SCU Student Excellence Awards for a detailed outline of the award process, award eligibility, nomination requirements and award criteria.

Important dates

  • Nominations open: Wednesday, 21 September 2022. 
  • Nominations close: Monday, 24 October 2022.
  • Awards presentation: Thursday, 24 November 2022, a cocktail-style gala held at Rydges Hotel, Gold Coast.

 Award Eligibility: read the Information on the 2022 SCU Student Excellence Awards and assess the nominee’s eligibility and achievements against the award criteria.

Gather supporting documentation: retrieve evidence of the nominee’s achievements and any other supporting documentation.

Draft your response: use the How to write a nomination for the Student Excellence Awards tip sheet as a guide.

 Check your response: check that you addressed the award criteria. It is also suggested to have someone review the nomination prior to submission, ideally the nominee or a supervisor or colleague if self-nominating.

Submit nomination: submit the nomination using the nomination portal before 11:59pm (NSW time) on Monday, 24 October 2022. The portal will become available on this webpage when the nominations open.

Confirm nomination: check your emails for confirmation that the nomination has been submitted.

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The award process

The 2022 Student Excellence Awards selection panel determines the winners of the Awards as well as the Student of the Year Award.

In early November 2022, all nominees are notified of the outcome of their nomination by email and the Award finalists are announced on this webpage. The award finalists are then invited to attend the 2022 Student Excellence Awards gala presentation held at Rydges Hotel, Gold Coast on Thursday 24 November from 5pm, QLD time.

Please see the frequently asked questions for further information. For all enquiries, please email studentawards@scu.edu.au.

2021 Student Excellence Award winners

Theresa Mitchell portrait standing against wall, smiling

2021 Student of the Year

Theresa Mitchell, Bachelor of Psychological Science, online

Theresa started Agape Outreach Inc, an organisation serving the homeless and those in need 12 years ago. It has grown into a registered charity with 190 volunteers and 4 employees.

Luke Austin sittin under a tree at Coffs Harbour campus

Luke Austin, Bachelor of Marine Science Management, Coffs Harbour Campus

Luke is a Student Ambassador with the Recruitment team and is a passionate environmentalist working with various community organisations within his local community.

Marian Cavanagh portrait standing against orange background smiling

Marian Cavanagh, Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (Osteopathic Studies), Gold Coast Campus

Marian is a student leader in the Study Buddi Program at the university. She has helped over 42 students in the program in 2021 and assisted to pivot the program online.

Kashmir Miller - image shows young woman wearing red checked jacket

Kashmir Miller, Bachelor of Laws, online

Kashmir is a volunteer student leader with the Orientation and Induction team and Vice President of the SCU Law Association, supporting law students.

 

Peta Shakes - image shows woman wearing colourful glasses

Pieta Shakes, Doctor of Philosophy, online

Pieta has founded a registered health promotion charity “Through the Unexpected” to reduce distress and mental health challenges associated with prenatal diagnosis.

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Kathleen (Kat) Yee, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Lismore Campus

Kat is a student ambassador with SCU International and in her volunteer role has assisted many commencing international students to transition university life in Australia.

Frequently asked questions

The nominee must be an enrolled student or on an approved leave of absence for at least one teaching period in 2022. Nominees can be enrolled full-time or part-time and from any academic cohort, such as undergraduate or postgraduate.

No, these awards are non-academic achievement awards. For more information, please read the award criteria in the Information on the 2022 SCU Student Excellence Awards.

You can only self-nominate once, however, you can be nominated multiple times by staff and/or students.

Nominations need to articulate how the student is eligible for a Student Excellence Award. Nominations must include the following information.

Staff nominating a student:

  1. Endorsement of the nomination, including evidence of the achievements/reasons for the nomination (approx. 300 - 500 words)
  2. Supporting documentation e.g. photos, social media posts, media coverage, testimonials, videos etc.

Students nominating another student:

  1. Endorsement of the nomination, including evidence of the achievements/reasons for the nomination (approx. 300 - 500 words)
  2. Supporting documentation e.g. photos, social media posts, media coverage, testimonials, videos etc.

Self-nomination:

  1. Description of the nomination, including evidence of the achievements/reasons for the self-nomination (approx. 300 - 500 words)
  2. Supporting documentation e.g. photos, social media posts, media coverage, testimonials, videos etc.
  3. Letter of support for the nomination on a letterhead from an individual or organisation that the nominee has been involved with, for example, an SCU staff member, stakeholder, community organisation, club or group.

Student Excellence Awards will be granted in recognition of a student who has demonstrated excellence and impact through a significant contribution to enhancing the student experience, fostering positive change or engagement with communities leading to lasting impact. Indicators of excellence may include:

  • Evidence of outstanding leadership of a club or society, or other significant student focused activity either individually, or as part of a program run by the University.
  • Supporting students and/or community in times of crisis.
  • Significant positive contribution and/or impact to the campus culture and life of Southern Cross University (e.g. through the UniMentor, Study Buddi, Orientation and Induction, and Ambassador programs).
  • Significant contribution to the enhancement of relations between Southern Cross University and the wider community.
  • Significant work in a volunteer or paid capacity leading to positive social change or community advancement.
  • Evidence of outstanding leadership and/or contribution to sporting life at SCU, either individual or team (e.g. playing, coaching, supporting, volunteering, team management)

Each winner receives acknowledgement of their win on their Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) and a framed certificate presented at the gala dinner on Thurs 24 November at Rydges Hotel, Gold Coast.

The Student of the Year receives acknowledgement of their win on their AHEGS, a trophy and $1000 cash prize.

The selection panel will determine how many awards are awarded using the judging criteria. Of these students, one is awarded the Student of the Year.

The Student Excellence Awards selection panel is made up of SCU staff who have been selected for their knowledge and expertise.

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