Chancellor’s Awards for Community Engagement

UniSA is very proud to officially recognise the value of our University staff and student initiatives that promote social, environmental, economic and cultural development of communities. We do this through the annual Chancellor's Awards for Community Engagement, which reflect the University’s core commitment to engaging with the community, as articulated in our strategic action plan Crossing the Horizon.

Award categories
In 2016, awards may be presented for innovative projects in the following categories:

  • Best collaborations for environmental, economic, social and/or cultural sustainable development
  • Best collaborations for enterprising problem solving
  • Best collaborations to produce research that improves well-being and quality of life and/or contributes to the prosperity of the community
  • Best collaborations for enhancing the job-readiness of our graduates for their profession*

*these should relate to activities that extend beyond the prerequisite professional placement in some academic courses.

Selection criteria
A community engagement initiative, in any of the four categories, must meet all of the following criteria to be accepted as a successful nomination:

  1. Is an innovative UniSA project
  2. Extends the university’s core values
  3. Promotes the social, environmental, economic and/or cultural development of a community
  4. Demonstrates a significant impact with a tangible benefit to the community through its implementation
  5. Involves a community partnership in its planning, implementation and evaluation
  6. Provides a mutual benefit to UniSA and the partner/community.

Awards and prize money
There are three possible awards within each category including the winner, special commendation and commendation, with an overall winner also selected. Prize money ranges from $1,000 - $7,000 as determined by the Selection Committee and is awarded to expand winners’ community engagement initiatives.

The selection committee will award winners and determine the distribution of funds to successful nominees and comprises of the Chancellor (Chair), external member(s) of Council and Director: Chancellery & Council Services. The committee reserves the right to not present awards in all categories if there are insufficient nominations.

Eligibility and selection
The awards are open to groups or individuals including academic and professional staff, students or a combination of the two.

Awards ceremony
The 2016 Awards ceremony will take place in October.

Past winners
Please refer to the online Staff Awards Honour Board for the list of previous winners.

Please email your completed nominations to by COB Friday 24 June 2016.

For further information, please contact Mrs Juliet Mazzone on 8302 9083. Download the nomination form here.

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