EA Awards

Engagement Australia is pleased to be launching the 2022 Engagement Australia Excellence Awards. Now in its third year after transitioning from the Business-Higher Education Round Table (BHERT) Awards, the Engagement Australia Excellence Awards celebrate the most exciting and impactful engagement activities undertaken by the Australian and New Zealand Higher Education sectors.

Engagement Australia Chair and President, Professor Jim Nyland says two years in from the start of the pandemic, universities have had time to reflect on the direction and strategy of their engagement practise and are only growing in their desire to cultivate reciprocal partnerships with their communities.

“It is an honour to be able to recognise the innovation and resilience displayed by a sector itself under pressure from the impacts of COVID-19, who rose to the challenge of addressing the social inequalities that were amplified by a global pandemic. In 2021 we received a record number of award applications, and this year we look forward to celebrating even more examples of impactful and purpose-driven engagement across Australia and New Zealand.”

Award categories
Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
Recognising outstanding collaborations between tertiary education and communities for societal benefit. Emphasis is placed on partnerships that engage rural, regional, urban, disadvantaged or marginalised groups within Australia and New Zealand.

Award for Excellence in Indigenous Engagement
Recognising outstanding collaborations between tertiary education and Indigenous communities in Australia, New Zealand and beyond, that directly reduce disadvantage, and empower and give voice to First Nations peoples.

Award for Outstanding Engagement for Student Learning
Recognising partnerships and engagement practices that enhance the quality of learning and teaching in tertiary education and outcomes for students.

Award for Outstanding Engagement for Research Impact
Recognising excellence in research that makes a substantial difference to the community, or Australian or New Zealand prosperity, undertaken jointly by researchers in tertiary education institutes and partners in community, business or industry contexts

Award for Excellence in Student and Alumni Engagement
Recognising outstanding programs that improve student and alumni engagement and enhance the quality and impact of higher education.

Award for Excellence in International Engagement
Recognising outstanding international collaborations that raise the profile of tertiary education and make a substantial difference to the community both overseas and in Australia and New Zealand.

Award for Outstanding Leadership in Engagement
Recognising an individual who has made notable contributions to engagement above and beyond that expected for their role, resulting in sustained partnerships for longer term impact.

Download the Application Guidelines
Visit the Awards Portal to make a submission

Applications close 5pm AEST 10 August 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

2021 Award Winners