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Policy for Awards for Academic Excellence

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Approving Authority:

Council
Establishment Date:28 October, 1994
Date Last Amendment:October 2010
Nature of Amendment:Consequential amendments arising from a restructure of Central Administation/VC's office and the creation of new senior executive positions replacing the EDA and Registrar
Responsible Officer:Secretary of the Council

The University recognises the academic excellence of students by making awards of medals, letters of commendation, and prizes. This policy provides for the awarding of University Medals, Chancellor's Letters of Commendation and the Ken Wanganeen Medal to students whose academic performance has been outstanding. The University will also award prizes as provided separately by Council Policy.

The following rules shall apply for the award of University Medals, Chancellor's Letters of Commendation and the Ken Wanganeen Medal:

1

UNIVERSITY MEDALS

1.1

University Medals will be of such material and such design and be inscribed in such manner as may be approved by Council.

1.2

The award of a University Medal will be determined by the Academic Senate on the advice of the board of the Faculty responsible for the degree in which the student is enrolled.

1.3

To be eligible for consideration for the award of a University Medal a student must have completed a bachelor program of four or more years' duration or a two-year graduate entry bachelor degree program, and have undertaken an honours program if one is available.

1.4

A University Medal will be awarded only if the academic performance of a student is outstanding. The Faculty Board will recommend to the Academic Senate for approval all students who meet the criteria for outstanding performance in accordance with guidelines approved by the Academic Senate.

1.5

The Academic Senate will monitor on an annual basis the number of students awarded University Medals to ensure that students meet a suitable standard, consistent with the standards of previous years' medallists.

GUIDELINES FOR THE AWARD OF A UNIVERSITY MEDAL  | RECIPIENTS 1969-PRESENT

2

CHANCELLOR'S LETTERS OF COMMENDATION

A Faculty Examinations Board may award a Chancellor's Letter of Commendation to a student whose academic performance in a year of study in an undergraduate or postgraduate course (excepting higher degrees by research) has been judged to be outstanding. The award shall be determined by the Examinations Board of the Faculty administering the course for which the student is enrolled.

GUIDELINES FOR THE AWARD OF A CHANCELLOR'S LETTER OF COMMENDATION

3

THE KEN WANGANEEN MEDAL

3.1

The Ken Wanganeen Medal is awarded in honour of the late Hurtle Kenneth Wanganeen, the first Indigenous honours graduate of Flinders University.

3.2

The Ken Wanganeen Medal will be of such material and such design and be inscribed in such manner as may be approved by Council.

3.3

The award of the Medal will be determined by the Academic Senate on the recommendation of a Selection Committee comprising the Director of Yunggorendi, First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research, an academic advisor from Yunggorendi and the Director, Academic and Student Services.

3.4

To be eligible for consideration for the award of a Medal a student must:

3.4.1     be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in accordance with the Commonwealth definition which requires that the student: be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and be accepted as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which he or she lives or has lived.

3.4.2      have completed a bachelor degree of three or more years' duration or a graduate entry bachelor degree of at least two-years' duration.

3.5

The Medal will be awarded to the student with the best overall academic performance in a completed bachelor degree, in accordance with Guidelines approved by Academic Senate.

3.6

Previous recipients are not eligible for the award of a further Medal.

GUIDELINES FOR THE AWARD OF THE KEN WANGANEEN MEDAL | RECIPIENTS