Award for Excellence in Engagement

The University of Melbourne places a strong emphasis on engagement as an integral element of the institution’s academic mission. The Melbourne Engagement Excellence Awards recognise the achievements of staff in advancing the University’s engagement priorities. These priorities include public value contributions – the value the University creates with and for the communities it serves – and teaching and research that engages beyond the academy.

A total of three awards are available across the following categories:

  • Public Value
    Initiatives and staff members that demonstrably enrich the intellectual, cultural, social and economic life of wider society through the academic enterprise. Exemplary engagement is recognised through how applicants have responded to, and influenced, communities of interest beyond the academy, and creatively applied academic resources to create public value. Evidence of the impact and how it has furthered the strategic priorities of the University must also be shown.
  • Research
    As a comprehensive, research-intensive and globally engaged university, the University engages beyond the academy to enrich our research and share advances that shape the world. Innovative projects that demonstrate significant impact and reach in terms of research collaboration and dissemination will be awarded. Evidence must also be shown of the value to users and the wider society.
  • Teaching and Learning
    A University of Melbourne education prepares graduates for lives of professional contribution, leadership and active citizenship as engaged alumni. Initiatives that show innovation in the way curriculum has been developed, delivered and assessed will be awarded. The initiatives must also demonstrate significant positive impact through the development of leadership and active citizenship attributes in participating students and the value of students’ work or the course itself on the community beyond higher education.

Application Selection Criteria (Applicants must address all criteria):

  • Proven record of excellence and innovation as outlined in the category descriptions
  • Demonstrated impact and value as outlined in the description of the relevant award category

Applicants must nominate the category for which they wish to be considered (ie, Public Value, Research, or Teaching and Learning)

All selection criteria will be given equal consideration by the Selection Committee. Applicants should provide sufficient details and evidence to enable the Committee to make judgments according to the selection criteria.

* Please refer to the 2021 Excellence Awards Guidelines for full application criteria

How to apply