ITENZ Awards

Awards for Excellence


General Information

The Quality Commission is in its second year of running the annual Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ) awards. The aim of these prestigious awards is to recognise, encourage and celebrate excellence in independent tertiary organisations. The awards provide opportunities for organisations to show
case what they do best, to share good practice, and for students and staff members to be rewarded for achieving excellence.
The 2018 awards criteria cover only the period from 1 January 2017 to the present.

Award Categories

There are eight award categories. There will be one award conferred for each category. One of the seven award recipients(Margaret Yates Scholarship outside of consideration) will be chosen by the judging panel to receive the Supreme Award.
The categories are:
  • Domestic Student of the Year
  • International Student of the Year
  • Tutor of the Year
  • Support Person of the Year
  • Leadership
  • Provider of the Year
  • Innovative Use of Technology
  • Margaret Yates Scholarship
  • Supreme Award 
ITENZ is indebted to its sponsors for its annual awards. The sponsors are:

SEBDATA – Domestic Student of the Year Award

ICEF – International Student of the Year Award

OfficeMax – Tutor of the Year Award

AdaptIT – Support Person of the Year Award

Southern Cross Travel Insurance – Leadership Award

Hills – Provider of the Year Award

MYOB – Innovative Use of Technology Award

Ako Aotearoa – Supreme Award


Eligibility for nominations of the ITENZ Awards

The awards are open to financial member organisations of ITENZ. These providers are eligible to
nominate teaching staff, support staff, students and the organisation itself for awards under the
different categories.
The following conditions must be met:
  • Nominations must be submitted, and endorsed, by the nominee’s Principal, CEO or equivalent.
  • In the case where the nomination is for the Principal, CEO or equivalent, the nomination must be endorsed by the Board of Directors or equivalent.
  • The nomination must clearly state the Award Category applied for.
  • Staff nominees must have been employed for a minimum period of three years in a tertiary organisation that is currently a member of ITENZ.
  • Part-time staff may be nominated when their aggregated time in a tertiary organisation totals a minimum of three years and are currently an ITENZ member.
  • The nominee’s document/portfolios may be developed either by the nominee or by others on their behalf. Where others have developed the portfolio this must be declared as ‘Authored by (include name)’.
  • Any nominations that do not meet these conditions will no t be considered by the judging panel.

The Nomination

  • ITENZ member organisations may make any number of nominations.
  • The CEO/Director or equivalent of the organisation must complete the Nomination Form accompanying each nomination.
  • The Employment History Form must be completed by the nominee to confirm a minimum of three years employment history in the tertiary sector and that they are currently an ITENZ member.
  • The Student History Form must be completed to clearly show the programme of study during the period 1 January 2017 to the present.

The Portfolio

  • The portfolio must show the ways the nominee meets the relevant criteria.
  • It should include evidence of student feedback; colleague or peer feedback and; where applicable, stakeholder feedback.
  • Student evaluations and feedback must be a sample over the period covered by the application.
  • It may include, within the 4,000 word limit, up to three formal references (e.g. from students, peers, employers, stakeholders).
  • The portfolio must not exceed 4,000 words including references and feedback from students, peers, stakeholders and or industry.
  • Tables, charts or illustrations will not be counted towards the word limit unless they are predominately text.


The nomination must contain two electronic copies in PDF and Word formats of:
  • The completed nomination
  • The completed CEO/Director or equivalent of the organisation Nomination Form accompanying each nomination.
  • The completed Employment History Form or Student History Form
  • The portfolio with a screen snapshot of the word count.
  • These are to be sent to:


The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 5.00pm, Friday 20 July 2018. Late nominations will not be accepted.


  • A copy of the nominations and portfolios will be sent to the panel members.
  • Each will be assessed against the criteria as indicated by the category applied for.
  • Panel members must declare any conflicts of interest, and where this exists, will be excluded from evaluating these nominations.
  • Panel members will be automatically excluded from evaluating any nominations from their own organisation. Such decisions will be recorded.
  • The panel reserves the right not to make an award in those instances where the nominations do not meet the required criteria for each category.
  • The panel’s decisions will be final and no communication will be entered into.