Awards Criteria

Supreme Award

 

General Criteria

  • The category winner has made an outstanding contribution to advancing the best possible outcomes for learners.

Domestic Student of the Year Award

General Criteria

Scholarship/Academic Excellence

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for one or more of the following:

  • a track record of successful academic achievement appropriate to their context
  • dedication and commitment to learning under all circumstances
  • passion for learning and subject area/s
  • outstanding growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in the subject area/s

Contribution to peers/staff/organisation

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for one or more of the following:

  • support for peers that goes above and beyond expectation
  • success in the context of care for others, inclusiveness and class/team cohesiveness
  • support for tutors which contributes to teaching and learning of self and others
  • a record of leadership in the organisation appropriate to their context
  • service to the organisation

Outreach

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for one or more of the following:

  • success in programme-relevant contexts outside the classroom or in the wider community
  • service in the wider community
  • other unique contributions

International Student of the Year Award

General Criteria Scholarship/Academic Excellence

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for one or more of the following:

  • a track record of successful academic achievement appropriate to their context
  • dedication and commitment to learning under all circumstances
  • passion for learning and subject area/s
  • outstanding growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in the subject area/s

Contribution to peers/staff/organisation

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for one or more of the following:

  • support for peers (international and domestic) that goes above and beyond expectation
  • success in establishing on-going relationships with domestic students/peers that facilitate successful learning and pastoral experiences
  • support for tutors which contributes to teaching and learning of self and others
  • a record of outstanding leadership in the organisation appropriate to their context service to the organisation

Contribution to the community

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for one or more of the following:

  • success in programme-relevant contexts outside the classroom or in the wider community
  • service in the wider community
  • record of building productive relationships with people outside own peer group that facilitate a greater understanding of both the student’s and New Zealand’s culture and identity

Tutor of the Year Award

General Criteria

Facilitating learning

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:

  • A record of successful teaching suitable to the context (e.g. small group/large group/face to face/on-line/ distance/ work based)
  • passion for subject and for learning
  • teaching and learning strategies that actively engage students
  • support for students to build self-assurance and competence
  • innovative strategies in course/learning materials
  • contributing to the wider environment for teaching, including organisational and/or industry and discipline contexts
Assessment of student learning
The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:
  • successful in assessing student development, progress and achievement against expected learning outcomes
  • formative assessment strategies used to build student capability and confidence
  • summative assessment strategies appropriate for the learning outcomes and the teaching and learning context
  • innovative approaches to assessment are evident
Reflection on learning and teaching
The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for the use of sound practices to evaluate
own effectiveness as a teacher and excellence in one or more of the following:
  • collection and reflection on student feedback
  • collection and reflection on peer/colleague feedback
  • collection and reflection on stakeholder/employer feedback
  • changes made based on feedback and reflection.

Support Person of the Year Award

General Criteria Students are supported

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:
  • success in facilitating support for students to achieve their educational goals
  • success in facilitating support for students to achieve their personal goals
  • a record of respect, care and commitment to student relationships and well being
  • success in building relationships with students’ whanau
  • other unique contributions.
Staff members are supported
The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:
  • support for staff that facilitates their achievement of their administrative roles
  • support for staff that enhances their teaching roles and their relationships with students
  • a record of success in support for staff in pastoral contexts
  • success in on-going relationships with staff that facilitates communication and building of relationships with students and their whanau/communities
  • other unique contributions.
The organisation is supported
The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:
  • a record of commitment to the organisation’s values and ethos
  • a record of commitment to targets to enhance the smooth running of the organisation
  • support for the organisation’s communities that demonstrates respect and care
  • other unique contributions.

Leadership Award

General Criteria Leadership and Professional Development

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:
  • a record of promoting excellence and innovation in the organisation
  • promoting excellence and innovation in relevant environments outside the organisation (e.g. industry, communities, outreach)
  • contribution to whole-of-sector and/or whole-of-system developments in tertiary education.
  • ongoing commitment to own learning and sharing knowledge and skills with  peers/colleagues within or outside the organisation.
Guidance and direction
The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:
  •  a record of leading that is beneficial to others and/or the organisation
  • practices that and enthuse others to action
  • effective communication of ideas and vision
  • responsiveness to supportive ideas from others that benefit the organisation or the community
Leadership qualities
The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:
  • strategies in making others in the organisation feel confident and capable
  • building trusting and respectful relationships with others, which builds team capability
  • uses self-assessment to reflect on stakeholder/industry feedback to facilitate educational improvement.

Innovative Use of Technology Award

General Criteria

Planning and Design for Learning
The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:
  • A record of successful use of technology in course or programme design
  • a clear understanding of how technology contributes to effective learning and an explanation how technology is reflected in the course or programme of study
  • strategies to encourage student autonomy and acknowledgment of the technological experience of the student
  • innovative strategies to engage student interest through technology.
Facilitating learning
The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:
  • A record of successful teaching using technology suitable to the context (e.g. small group/large group/face to face/on-line/ distance/ work based)
  • passion for technological use in the subject and for learning
  • teaching and learning strategies through technology that measurably improve student outcomes
  • support for students to build self-assurance and competence through the use of technology
  • innovative strategies in course learning materials.
Reflection on learning and teaching
The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence of sound practices in the use of technology to
evaluate own effectiveness as a teacher and excellence in one or more of the following:
  • collection and reflection on student feedback
  • collection and reflection on peer/colleague feedback
  • collection and reflection on stakeholder/employer feedback (where appropriate)
  • changes made based on feedback and reflection

Provider of the Year Award

General Criteria Organisational Quality

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:
  • a record of excellence in the organisation that facilitates ongoing improvement in students’ academic and vocational/personal achievements
  • a record of excellence in the organisation demonstrated by the support and pastoral care given to students
  • a focus on excellence in teaching and learning that motivates students and encourages them to engage actively in their learning
  • a record of innovative practices that impact positively on the organisation
  • a focus on organisational self-reflection and evaluation that brings about improvement.

 

Strategic Leadership

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:
  • a focus on effective strategic leadership which is demonstrated in the organisation’s policies and practices
  • a record of collaboration and engagement with other organisations to improve outcomes for learners
  • encouraging and advancing the use of reflective practice to improve teaching and learning
  • leading the development of innovative practices to enhance organisational and sector performance.

Contribution to Industry/Communities

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for excellence in one or more of the following:
  • a focus on promoting effective links with the relevant industry, employers and relevant communities
  • ongoing commitment to providing qualifications that meet the needs of industry/or relevant stakeholders
  • a clear understanding of what contributes to effective learning that improve graduate outcomes
  • keeping informed of developments in work practices, graduate destinations etc. and changing practices and programmes as a result.
  • innovative practices that improve communication and relationships with the industry/or relevant stakeholders and/or communities.

 

Margaret Yates Scholarship

General Criteria High academic achievement/academic merit

The nominee demonstrates/provides clear evidence of the following:
  • the proposed study is coherent and well thought through
  • a record of academic ability that will enable the undertaking of this study/research at this level
  • the relevance of the proposed academic programme to scholarly and career plans
  • a clear academic and/or industry rationale for the value of this research/programme of study
  • unique contribution and academic merit of the proposed study/research.

Professional and Academic Development

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for the following:
  • reflection on how the study/research prepares for and enhances professional and academic development
  • a clear academic rationale that the study/research will help peers/colleagues
  • reflection on how the study/research will advance the practices of teaching and learning
  • a sound rationale that the study/research will advance the academic practices of the organisation
  • unique contribution towards professional and or academic upgrading/improvement

 

Contribution to the community

The nominee demonstrates/provides evidence for the following:
  • a clear plan for how the outcome of the study/research will be disseminated to the members of ITENZ
  • a clear rationale for how the study/research contributes to wider community or communities
  • a clear rationale for how the study/research contributes to tertiary education
  • any other unique contributions towards outcomes/ excellent practice for a designated cohort and/or context.
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