Griffith University 2021 Outstanding Alumni Awards
By nominating an alumnus of Griffith University for the Outstanding Alumni Awards, both you and they agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions. These terms and conditions may be amended at any time.
1.0 About the Awards
1.1 The Griffith University Outstanding Alumni Awards
The Griffith University Outstanding Alumni Awards are an initiative of Griffith University. There are four award categories:
- Outstanding Alumnus
- Outstanding Young Alumnus
- Outstanding International Alumnus
- Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus
1.2 Definition of a Griffith University Alumnus
To be considered an alumnus of Griffith University, nominees must have completed a minimum of 40 credit points of study at Griffith University or an institution now part of Griffith University. This includes, but is not limited to, the Mt Gravatt Teachers College, Mt Gravatt College of Advanced Education, Mt Gravatt campus of the Brisbane College of Advanced Education, Queensland Conservatorium and Queensland College of Art.
1.3 Alumni Eligibility
All alumni who meet the definition of a Griffith University alumnus are eligible for the Griffith University alumni awards. Nominees need not be working in the discipline in which they studied. Eligibility criteria applicable to a specific award is listed below.
1.4 Organising Group
The awards are organised by the Griffith University Alumni Relations Team within the Advancement Office and in conjunction with the Academic Group PVCs.
Academic Groups at Griffith University currently consist of:
- Arts, Education and Law
- Griffith Business School
- Griffith Health
- Griffith Sciences
Academic Group nominations are assessed by a panel of judges for the Academic Group Outstanding Alumni awards. The judging panel at Academic Group level will comprise:
- The Pro Vice Chancellor or nominee
- A representative of the Griffith University Advancement Office
- A representative of the Group Strategic Advisory Board (or similar representative)
- The Group Dean (Academic) or nominee
- First peoples representative
- Other members as defined by the Group PVC
Winners of Group level outstanding alumni awards (one per award category) will be presented to the University Alumni Awards judging panel for consideration. The judging panel at University level will comprise:
- Vice Chancellor or nominee
- Pro Vice Chancellors from each of the Academic Groups - Griffith Business School, Griffith Health, Arts, Education and Law and Griffith Sciences (or nominees)
- Deputy Director Advancement and Head of Alumni Relations
- Vice President (Global) (or nominee)
- Chief Marketing Officer, M&C (or nominee)
- Industry representative
- First peoples representative
2.1 Method of Nomination
To nominate for the Griffith University Alumni Awards the nominator must submit a nomination form by the due date given in the nomination guidelines.
No changes can be made to nominations once the nomination deadline has passed.
Nominations are received by the Griffith University Alumni Relations Team and distributed to the relevant Academic Group judging panel for consideration. Winners of Group outstanding Alumni Awards for each category will be put forward to the University Awards judging panel for consideration and determination of the overall University Outstanding Alumni Award category winners (categories outlined below).
Group level awards winners will be acknowledged as part of the Griffith University Alumni Awards Ceremony. Individual Groups may also opt to formally acknowledge the winners as part of a separate event.
2.2 Material Submitted
Nomination forms, videos and accompanying material will only be disclosed to the organising committee and judging panels, until the announcement of the awards.
2.3 Previous Nominees / Winners
Winners are unable to be nominated again in the same categories. However, they may be re nominated in a different category in a different year. Alumni cannot be winners in more than 1 category in the same year.
2.4 Academic Group for assessing nomination
Nominees have the opportunity to select which Academic Group they would like their nomination to be consider by. Should an alumnus be ineligible for the Academic Group they have selected, they will be allocated to the relevant Academic Group based on their first degree from Griffith University. Should they select the ‘unsure’ option on the Academic Group, they will be allocated to the relevant Academic Group based on their first degree from Griffith University.
2.5 Alumni with more than one Griffith degree
Nominees who have completed more than one degree at Griffith University, or an institution now part of Griffith University, will have the opportunity to select which Academic Group they would like their nomination to be consider by. Should an alumnus be ineligible for the Academic Group they have selected, they will be allocated to the relevant Academic Group based on their degree.
2.6 Double Degrees
Alumni who hold Double Degrees from Griffith University will have the opportunity to select which Academic Group they would like their nomination to be consider by. Should an alumnus be ineligible for the Academic Group they have selected, they will be allocated to the relevant Academic Group based on the host group for their degree.
2.7 Who may nominate?
Alumni, Griffith University staff and members of the community can nominate potential candidates to receive these awards.
2.8 Withdrawal from the Alumni Awards
A nominee can withdraw from the awards at any time, but notice of withdrawal must be given in writing to the Alumni and Relations Team via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
2.9 Media Exposure and Promotions
It is a term of nomination (and acceptance of the award) that winners make themselves available for marketing and communications activities at no cost to the University for a period of 12 months after receiving their award.
Winners will be invited to provide an occasional address at a Graduation ceremony in the first 2 years after receiving their award.
2.10 Changes to nominations
Changes to nominations will not be accepted after the deadline has passed.
Griffith University reserves the rights to verify the identity of nominees at any time and may disqualify any person whose nomination is not in accordance with these terms and conditions. Griffith University is free to accept entries which contain errors and omission at its discretion.
3.0 Overall Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Nominations will be in the form of a 500-1000 word statement, and supporting documentation including a full Curriculum Vitae and 2 referees. Outstanding alumni award recipients will be members of the Griffith University alumni community who demonstrate alignment with the broad selection criteria outlined below:
- Sustained remarkable success in, and contribution to, their chosen industry/profession, showcased through professional positions, professional standing and recognition, as well as through industry developments, publications, presentations etc.
- Substantial contribution to the community at local, state, national or international levels. This may be part of employment in their chosen profession or, working as a volunteer in the charitable sector or in other ways.
- An outstanding character with demonstrable attributes in alignment with the values of Griffith University as outlined in the ‘Statement of Values and Commitments’.
3.2 Statement of Values and Commitments
In pursuit of our vision and mission the University is committed to:
- Rigorous standards of scholarship
- Positively influencing our communities through our teaching, research and scholarly activities
- Recognising our location in the Asia-Pacific and deepening our engagement with the region
- Bringing disciplines together to address the key issues of our time
- Promoting the respect of individual rights and ethical standards
- Participatory decision-making and problem solving
- Contributing to a robust, equitable and environmentally sustainable society
- Recognising and valuing diversity
- Recognising the unique place of First Peoples in Australian history and culture, and enabling their continued contribution to the nation
4.0 Award Specific Eligibility Criteria
The criteria for awarding the Outstanding Alumnus Awards for each category will be as outlined below. Nominators must ensure that nominees meet eligibility criteria for the Award in which they are being nominated.
4.1 Outstanding Alumnus Award
For the Outstanding Alumnus Award nominees must have completed at least 40 credit points of study at Griffith University. Nominees must also have at least five (5) years’ work experience since the year of completion of their first Griffith University degree
4.2 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award
The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award nominees must have completed at least 40 credit points of study at Griffith University. Nominees will also be under 40 years old (on the due date of the nomination) with at least four (4) years’ work experience since the year of completion of their first Griffith University degree.
4.3 Outstanding International Alumnus Award
For the Outstanding International Alumnus Award nominees must have completed at least 40 credit points of study at Griffith University and have at least five (5) years’ work experience since the year of completion of their first Griffith University degree. As a student they would have been enrolled as an international student.
4.4 Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus Award
For the Outstanding First Peoples Alumnus Award nominees must have completed at least 40 credit points of study at Griffith University and have at least five (5) years’ work experience since the year of completion of their first Griffith University degree. Nominees must also be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
5.0 Prizes and Decisions
5.1 Notification of Alumni Awards
The winners of the Outstanding Alumni Awards will be announced and receive their awards at Griffith University’s Alumni Awards presentation. Details of the presentation will be published each year. The judging panels reserve the right to contact recipients in advance of the presentation to ensure availability and attendance.
5.2 Finality of Decision
The decision of the judges is final. No communication will be entered into with any person in relation to any decision by the judges. The selection panels reserve the right not to allocate an award in one of the categories if, in their opinion, there are no entries of sufficient merit.
At its discretion, the University Alumni Awards judging panel may make additional commendations within the scope of the Alumni Awards in the case of more than one outstanding candidate in any category.
6.1 Change of Terms and Conditions
These terms and conditions may be amended at any time. The amended Terms and Conditions will be effective immediately upon being posted on the Alumni Awards website.
6.2 Issues outside the Terms and Conditions
The Organising Group may determine any issue relating to the Alumni Awards not specifically covered by these Terms and Conditions. All decisions will be final and no communication will be entered into.
Griffith University will not be liable for any loss, expense, damage or injury sustained by a nominator or nominee in connection with these Award, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (in which case the liability is limited to the minimum allowable by law)
6.4 Personal Information
Any personal information you provide to Griffith University in the course of entering the competition will be dealt with by Griffith University in accordance with these terms and conditions and the University’s Privacy Plan.