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University Medal and academic prizes

The University Medal

University Medals are awarded annually at the discretion of the Academic Board (on the nomination of a School Board) to candidates who have completed the requirements of a Bachelor degree with first class honours and who at all times have demonstrated a very high standard of academic achievement. Current University Medal criteria can be found under Rules Relating to Awards - Rule 10 - Section 7 - University Medal and the Prizes and Medals Policy.

Chancellor’s Medal

Where all PhD examiners comment on the outstanding nature of the thesis of a PhD candidate that they have examined, such a candidate may be eligible to receive special acclamation, known as “The Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding PhD Thesis”. Chancellor’s Medal may be awarded by Southern Cross University Council based on recommendation of The Dean, Graduate Studies and Academic Board. Current Chancellor’s Medal criteria can be found under the Prizes and Medals Policy.

Academic prizes

Prizes are a merit based award, based on specific criteria, which recognise and reward individual students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Prizes are offered by Schools and Campus for continuing and graduating students and are generously supported by private and public donors. If you wish to establish a prize at Southern Cross University, email prizes@scu.edu.au.

Only students admitted at Coffs Harbour campus are eligible to be considered. These prizes are presented at the annual Coffs Harbour campus prize giving event.

Gairbraid Scholarship

  • Awarded to the most meritorious male or female school leaver in their first year of a course at Southern Cross University (Coffs Harbour campus), who in their previous year gained their HSC from a public high school in the Coffs Harbour region.
  • Determined Annually
  • Donated by the Estate of Mrs Edith Maclean.

Jim Bloomfield Memorial Prize

Quota International of Coffs Harbour Prize

  • Awarded to a full-time continuing student enrolled at the Coffs Harbour Campus of Southern Cross University, who, if of sufficient merit, achieves the most distinguished results in their course of study. Merit will be determined by Grade Point Average and evidence of an ongoing commitment to community service in the Coffs Harbour area.
  • $1000
  • Donated by Quota International of Coffs Harbour Inc.

Real Estate Institute Prize

  • Awarded to the student enrolling in the second year of full-time studies in the Bachelor of Business at the Coffs Harbour Campus achieving the highest overall Grade Point Average in the unit ECO10250 - Economics for Decision Making.
  • Determined Annually
  • Donated by the Coffs Harbour Branch of the Real Estate Institute of NSW.

The Yeates Prize

  • Awarded to the full-time student enrolled at the Coffs Harbour Campus of Southern Cross University, who, if of sufficient merit, achieves the most distinguished results in the first year of their course of study. Merit will be determined by Grade Point Average.
  • Determined Annually
  • Donated by the Estate of Mrs Marnie Yeates

Gnibi Indigenous Community Engagement Prize

Gnibi Indigenous Support Prize

Gnibi School Prize

ABC North Coast Cultural Diversity Prize

  • Awarded to the most outstanding graduating student in the Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications.
  • $200
  • Donated by ABC North Coast

Byron Writers Festival Prize for Associate Degree of Creative Writing

  • Awarded to the graduating student in Associate Degree of Creative Writing who has achieved a course grade point average of 5.5 or above.
  • 12 month membership to Byron Writers Festival and your choice of a 3-day Byron Writers Festival pass OR book bundle valued at approx. $200
  • Donated by Byron Writers Festival

Byron Writers Festival Prize for Bachelor of Arts

  • Awarded to the graduating student in Bachelor of Arts majoring in Writing who has achieved a course grade point average of 5.5 or above.
  • 12 month membership to Byron Writers Festival and your choice of a 3-day Byron Writers Festival pass OR book bundle valued at approx. $200
  • Donated by Byron Writers Festival

Kaske Memorial Fellowship

  • Awarded to an outstanding graduate in the Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours or Bachelor of Arts with Honours.
  • $5000
  • Donated by John and Sheilagh Kaske.

Kaske Prize – Year 1

  • Awarded to an outstanding student in their second year of study in the Bachelor of Visual Arts or the Bachelor of Art and Design.
  • $500
  • Donated by John and Sheilagh Kaske.

Kaske Prize – Year 2

  • Awarded to an outstanding student in their third year of study in the Bachelor of Visual Arts or Bachelor of Art and Design.
  • $500
  • Donated by John and Sheilagh Kaske

Kaske Prize – Year 3

  • Awarded to the most outstanding third year Bachelor of Visual Arts student. Selection is based on studio artwork and grades.
  • $2000
  • Donated by John and Sheilagh Kaske

Lismore Regional Gallery Award

  • Awarded to the graduating student with the most outstanding exhibited artwork or installation at the Southern Cross University Graduate Exhibition.
  • exhibited in the gallery or space at Lismore Regional Gallery
  • Donated by Lismore Regional Gallery.

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Ignition Prize

  • Awarded the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) Ignition Prize to the graduating Bachelor of Visual Arts or Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) student who demonstrated the most professional development in their final year.
  • 1 year NAVA Premium membership
  • Donated by National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

Northern Rivers Community Gallery Prize

  • Awarded to a student with the most outstanding exhibited artwork or installation at the SCU Graduate Exhibition.
  • exhibited in the gallery or space at Northern Rivers Community Gallery
  • Donated by Northern Rivers Community Gallery.

Northern Star Prize

  • Awarded to the most outstanding graduating student in the journalism major of the Bachelor of Digital Media and Communications.
  • $200
  • Donated by The Northern Star.

The Russel Dunlop Prize

  • Awarded to the graduating Bachelor of Contemporary Music or Bachelor of Music student who has demonstrated commitment and diligence throughout their studies.
  • $1000
  • Private Donation

Southern Cross University Chancellor’s Art Prize

  • Awarded to the graduating Bachelor of Visual Arts or Bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours student for an artwork in any medium exhibited at the Southern Cross University Graduate Exhibition and judged as demonstrating a high degree of artistic merit.
  • $2500
  • Donated by Office of the Chancellor, Southern Cross University.

Visual Art Prize

  • Awarded to the graduating student with outstanding artistic merit as deemed by the Southern Cross University Graduate Exhibition judging panel.
  • $500
  • Donated by the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

Barry Poole Memorial Prize

  • Awarded to the graduating student with the highest postgraduate (coursework masters) grade point average across Tourism, Hotel and Hospitality courses within the School of Business and Tourism.
  • $500
  • Donated by the School of Business and Tourism.

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) Award for Outstanding First Year Accounting Student

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) Award for Outstanding Second Year Accounting Student

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) Award for Outstanding Third Year Accounting Student

Coffs Harbour City Council Prize

  • Awarded to the highest performing undergraduate graduating student (as determined by the highest grade point average) across Tourism, Events and Hospitality within the School of Business and Tourism at the Coffs Harbour campus
  • $300
  • Donated by Coffs Harbour City Council.

Coffs Harbour Rotary Club Prize

  • Awarded to the School of Business and Tourism undergraduate student who has achieved the highest grade point average in the second year of study across Tourism, Events and Hospitality courses at the Coffs Harbour campus.
  • $250 to student and Perpetual Trophy presented each year
  • Donated by the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour Incorporated.

CPA Australia Prize for Best First Year Accounting Student

  • Awarded to the Bachelor of Accounting or Bachelor of Business (Accounting major) student achieving the highest grade point average in all of the first year CPA accredited core units.
  • $300
  • Donated by CPA Australia.

CPA Australia Prize for Best Second Year Accounting Student

  • Awarded to the Bachelor of Accounting or Bachelor of Business (Accounting major) student with the highest grade point average in the 2nd year CPA accredited accounting units
  • $300
  • Donated by CPA Australia.

CPA Australia Prize for Best Graduating Student

  • Awarded to the graduating Bachelor of Business student with the highest in the Accounting Major units.
  • $300
  • Donated by CPA Australia.

Judith McGilvray Memorial Prize

Meredith Prize

  • Awarded to the School of Business and Tourism graduating student with the most outstanding doctoral thesis.
  • $2,000 and plaque
  • Donated by Emeritus Professor Meredith

TNR Chartered Accountants Prize for Business and Accounting

WCA Chartered Accountants Prize for Financial Accounting

  • Awarded to the Bachelor of Accounting or Bachelor of Business (Accounting major) student achieving the highest grade in the unit ACC00145 Financial Reporting.
  • $250
  • Donated by WCA Chartered Accountants.

The Bishop Druitt College Arts Education Prize

  • Awarded to the Coffs Harbour undergraduate Education student with highest ranking in the unit CAR10003 Foundations: Creative Arts.
  • $250
  • Donated by Bishop Druitt College

The Bishop Druitt College STEM Education Prize

  • Awarded to the Coffs Harbour undergraduate student with highest combined rank in the units MAT10002 Mathematics and Numeracy and SCI10003 Foundation: Science and Technology.
  • $250
  • Donated by Bishop Druitt College

The Bishop Druitt College Wellbeing Education Prize

  • Awarded to the Coffs Harbour undergraduate Education student with highest ranking in the unit HEA10003 Foundations: Personal Development, Health and Physical Education.
  • $250
  • Donated by Bishop Druitt College

The Early Childhood Outstanding Student of the Year

  • Awarded to the graduating early childhood education undergraduate student who has attained the highest course grade point average combined with an excellent professional experience report.
  • Early Childhood Australia membership
  • Donated by Early Childhood Australia (NSW) North Coast.

The Maurie Ryan Prize for Local History

  • Awarded to the student with the most meritorious assignment on local history in the unit HUM10001 Foundations: Human Society and its Environments or EDU20008 Human Society and its Environments: Curriculum and Pedagogy — either a contribution to local history, a children’s resource for local history, or a teaching plan for local history.
  • $500
  • Donated by Dr Robert Smith.

The Primary English Teaching Association Australia English Excellence Award

  • Awarded to the graduating undergraduate Education student who has achieved the highest ranking in the unit EDU30004 English Education: Issues.
  • Four × 12-months free membership to the Primary English Teaching Association Australia.
  • Donated by the Primary English Teaching Association Australia.

The Teachers Mutual Bank First Year Academic Achievement Award

  • Awarded to full-time undergraduate Education student who has completed all eight (8) first year units in one academic teaching year achieving the highest grade point average. Six prizes are presented, two at each campus.
  • Six (6) × $250 each in Teachers Mutual Bank account
  • Donated by Teachers Mutual Bank.

The Teachers Mutual Bank Overall Achievement Award for Professional Experience and Academic Excellence

  • Awarded to graduating Education undergraduate student who has attained the highest grade point average combined with an excellent professional experience report. Three prizes are presented, one for each campus.
  • Three (3) × $500 each in Teachers Mutual Bank account
  • Donated by Teachers Mutual Bank.

Jetty Dive Centre Prize for Academic Excellence in Marine Science and Management

  • Awarded to the graduating student with the highest grade point average in the Bachelor of Marine Science and Management or the combined degree Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management.
  • voucher for diving/snorkelling services
  • Donated by Jetty Dive Centre.

Lismore City Council Mayoral Prize for an Integrated Project topic relevant to Lismore City Council

  • Awarded to the student who achieves the highest grade in the third year unit SCI00211 Integrated Project on a topic relevant to Lismore City Council.
  • $500
  • Donated by Lismore City Council.

Lismore City Council Mayoral Prize for Waste Related Studies

  • Awarded to the student who achieves the highest grade in any unit concerned with waste-related studies
  • $250
  • Donated by Lismore City Council.

Prospectors Supplies Pty Ltd Prize

  • Awarded to the most outstanding student with the highest grade in the unit GLY00201 Earth Systems I: The Lithosphere.
  • Estwing pick and sheath
  • Donated by Prospectors Supplies Pty Ltd.

School of Environment, Science and Engineering Prize of Excellence

  • Awarded to the graduating student with the best academic performance in the Bachelor of Forest Science and Management or the Bachelor of Environmental Science or the Bachelor of Marine Science and Management or the combined degree Bachelor of Environmental Science/Bachelor of Marine Science and Management.
  • $250
  • Donated by the School of Environment, Science and Engineering.

Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia (SRIA) Award for Excellence in Reinforced Concrete Design

The Brushett Chemistry Prize

The Reichelt-Brushett Prize for Excellence in Marine Pollution Studies

Australian Psychological Society Limited (APS) Prize

  • Awarded to the graduating student from Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours who achieved the highest overall performance in the degree.
  • 12 months Student or Associate Membership of the APS and an invitation to present a poster at the APS Congress.
  • Donated by The Australian Psychological Society Ltd.

Darrel Chapman Memorial Prize

Harry Shand Memorial Prize

  • Awarded to the Bachelor of Nursing graduate with an interest in Community Health Nursing as well as high academic performance over the duration of the course.
  • $300
  • Donated by the Far North Division, Australian Dental Association, NSW Branch.

Occupational Therapy Australia QLD Division Prize for Academic Excellence

Osteopathy Australia Prize for the Graduate Osteopath of the Year

  • Awarded to the graduating student from the Master of Osteopathic Medicine with the highest involvement in professional activities in their studies across the five-year program.
  • $500 cash prize and up to 18 months free membership of Osteopathy Australia once registered with AHPRA.
  • Donated by Osteopathy Australia.

Academic Excellence in Wills and Estates

  • Awarded to the student with the best academic results in LAW00062 Wills and Estates and admitted to either Bachelor of Laws (undergraduate entry) or Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies or Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies.
  • $500
  • Donated by Inheritance Solutions.

Australasian Society of Victimology Prize

Environmental Defender’s Office — Environmental Law Prize

Far North Coast Law Society Prize

  • Awarded to the student achieving the best result in the unit LAW10157 Australian Legal System.
  • $100
  • Donated by Far North Coast Law Society.

Fred Herron Prize for Mediation

  • Awarded to the student achieving the best result in the unit LAW00214 Mediation and Dispute Resolution.
  • $100
  • Donated by Far North Coast Law Society.

Jack Riley Prize for Commercial Law

Law Society of New South Wales Prize for Professional Conduct

  • Awarded to the undergraduate Bachelor of Laws student who receives the highest mark in the unit LAW00519 Professional Conduct.
  • $1000
  • Donated by The Law Society of New South Wales.

New South Wales Bar Association Prize

  • Awarded to an exceptional Bachelor of Laws student in the units LAW72001 Civil Litigation and Procedure and LAW72005 Evidence.
  • $1000
  • Donated by The New South Wales Bar Association.

Ray Balzer Prize for Criminal Law

Ross Reid Prize for Conveyancing

S+P Lawyers Prize

  • Awarded to the graduating student with the best academic performance in the Bachelor of Laws with Honours or Bachelor of Laws (double degrees) with Honours courses, as determined by the highest grade point average.
  • $300
  • Donated by S+P Lawyers.

Tony Pagotto Prize for Law Placement

Southern Cross University reserves the right to withdraw or amend any of the listed prizes and criteria without notice.

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