What is so special about the Impact Awards?

 The Southern Cross University Impact Awards is a new initiative created to recognise and celebrate the achievements and impact of our staff and alumni.

Launched in our 25th anniversary year, the Awards:

  • Focus on impact through achievement as core ethos of Southern Cross University
  • Celebrate exemplary scholarship and practice across the Southern Cross community
  • Contribute to the development of a culture of achievement and peer recognition
  • Provide a platform for promoting impacts generated by Southern Cross staff and alumni

The Awards amalgamate the Alumni of the Year Awards, the Excellence in Engagement Awards and the Rewards Program for Professional Employees.

The Impact Awards does not replace the Vice Chancellor’s Citations.

  

How do I nominate for an Impact Award?

All nominations must be submitted via the online portal at https://scu.awardsplatform.com

  • Each nomination requires a 500 – 1000 word statement that describes the nominee’s activity, outcomes and impact in relation to the category criteria 
  • Highlight how the staff member, team or alumni have demonstrated outstanding achievement
  • Consider the University values: Collegiality (openness, respect, collaboration, trust) and Integrity (honesty, ethical behaviour, drive, accountability)
  • Consider the University vision: Southern Cross University will be recognised for enriching our communities through the excellence of our scholarship and the achievements of our graduates.
  • Consider the University mission: We equip our students to live a life they value and to be effective global citizens. We do this by creating inspirational and engaged learning experiences. We create and apply knowledge in partnership with our communities in fields that are regionally relevant and globally significant.
  • Respond directly to each of the three category criteria and provide evidence (refer to FAQ below)

 

Who can nominate for an Impact Award?

Staff and alumni can nominate peers or self-nominate for any category.

Eligible Staff:

  • Currently employed continuing, fixed-term and casual professional and academic staff who:
    • have been continuously employed with the University, Southern Cross Campus Services or the Southern Cross Football Club for six months or more; or
    • casual academics who have worked at least one session in the past 12 months.

Please note: Adjuncts of the University, contractors, and staff of partner institutions, including The Hotel School Sydney, EduCo and Key Path, are ineligible. However, they can be included and recognised in team nominations with eligible staff. 

Eligible Alumni:

  • Eligible alumni must have graduated from Southern Cross University or its predecessor or partner institutions; and
  • Be 35 years old or under (for Young Alumnus of the Year)
  • Studied as an international student or at an international partner institution (for International Alumnus of the Year). 

 

Can I nominate myself for an Impact Award?

Yes! All eligible staff and alumni can nominate for themselves for any category.

 

Can I nominate a Work Unit or team for an Impact Award?

Team nominations must be for teams who have worked on a specific project that will be the focus of the nomination.

Teams can include staff within the same or different work units, as well as external partners, whose work on the specific project is being recognised.

No more than 10 team members can be included in a team nomination.

In the case of team awards, the reward prize amount will be divided amongst all eligible Southern Cross University employees on the team.

 

Can I nominate a colleague or alumni for an Impact Award?

Yes! Staff and alumni are encouraged to nominate their colleagues and fellow graduates for awards.

The Awards is a collective celebration of the impact we make through our work, so recognise your peers, past students and fellow graduates by nominating them for an Award.

 

Can I nominate more than one staff member/ alumni or for more than one category

Yes! You are can nominate for more than one category (if self-nominating) or more than one staff member or alumni (if nominating others), so long as each nomination meets the specific criteria for each category.

 

Can I apply for both an Impact Award and a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Citation?

Yes! Academics can apply for, and potentially be awarded, both an Impact Award and a VC Teaching Citation.

The Impact Awards are institutional recognition of achievements of individuals and teams across a broad range of endeavours, including teaching excellence. The Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Citations recognise and reward the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to the quality of student learning.

Applying for a VC Teaching Citation is important preparation and support for a future application for the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

 

What kind of evidence do I need to submit with a staff nomination?

A broad range of evidence of multiple types and sources is recommended to comprehensively demonstrate the impact of the work undertaken. Sources of evidence may include:

  • Documented changes or impacts created as a result of the activity
  • Feedback, testimonials or commendations from students, partners and/or participants
  • Data arising from project, course or unit evaluations
  • External recognition of the value and/or impact of the activity
  • Record of high quality research outputs (publications or creative works)
  • Evidence of external funding secured to support nominated activity

 

Evidence that substantiates and demonstrates the extent of the impact must be explicitly referenced in the written response and then attached as a supplement to the nomination.

Nominees should not include any additional information in attachments or use as an extension of the word limit.

Any evidence not specifically referred to in the text will not be considered.

 

What kind of evidence do I need to submit with an Alumni nomination?

A broad range of evidence of multiple types and sources is recommended to comprehensively demonstrate the impact of the work undertaken. Sources of evidence may include:

  • Documented changes or impacts created as a result of the activity
  • Feedback, testimonials or commendations
  • External recognition of the value and/ or impact of the activity
  • Awards or nominations
  • Media coverage

Evidence that substantiates and demonstrates the extent of the impact must be explicitly referenced in the written response and then attached as a supplement to the nomination.

Nominees should not include any additional information in attachments or use as an extension of the word limit.

Any evidence not specifically referred to in the text will not be considered.

 

What is the prize for winning an Impact Award?

Staff
The University has partnered with UniSuper as our prize partner for the Staff Impact Awards. Each Award category recipient will receive $1000 financial assistance to support their professional development. Staff can choose to take this monetary prize as a one-off salary payment or use for work related professional development activities, for example seminars, conferences or training (to be claimed within 12 months of the Award). Academic staff with an Academic Pursuit Fund can elect to have the funds added to their APF Account.

In the case of team awards, the reward amount will be divided amongst all eligible Southern Cross University employees on the team.

Alumni
The University will award each Alumni Award Recipient with a one-off monetary prize payment of $1000.

  

Who is on the Selection Panel?

The Selection Panel determines the finalists and award recipients for each category and includes:

  • Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)
  • Deputy Vice Chancellor (Students)
  • Vice President (Engagement)
  • Director, Human Resources.

 

Who are the peer reviewers?

Peer reviewers are staff from across the University with expertise in a particular award category, who will peer review nominations. There will be 30 staff peer reviewers in total (3 per category), who will undertake a blind review of how well nominations address each award category criterion.

 

When are finalists and winners announced?

Finalists will be announced on Monday 23 September and invited to the gala awards event on Wednesday 30 October, where winners will be announced.
 

What are the details of the gala awards event?

The Impact Awards gala event is set to the biggest celebration of the University this year.

It will be held on our Lismore campus on the evening of Wednesday 30 October 2019.

All finalists will be invited to attend.