AFR Higher Education Awards

The 2016 Awards ARE NOW open for ENTRIES!

Submission entries are now closed.

The Australia Financial Review is proud to announce the 2nd annual AFR Higher Education Awards presented by UniSuper, an initiative to highlight at a national level the tremendous contribution that the Higher Education sector makes to Australian prosperity and quality of life.

Free to enter, open to all institutions (public and private) that are listed in the TEQSA National Register of Higher Education Providers, and judged by an independent panel of eminent Higher Education veterans, the Awards are open for submissions until 11 September.

The 2016 Awards recognise outstanding initiatives and strategies in the following categories

1. Community Engagement Award
2. Emerging Leader Award sponsored by Perrett Laver
Employability Award sponsored by Pearson
Equity & Opportunity Award sponsored by YourTutor
5. Facilities Innovation Award
6. Industry Engagement Award sponsored by Technology One 
7. International Education Award
8. Learning Experience Award
9. Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by UniSuper 

The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by UniSuper, and a shortlist of finalists for each of the other categories will be announced in The Australian Financial Review on Monday 31 October. Winners will then be announced and awards presented at the Awards Gala on Wednesday 16 November. Winners will be profiled in The Australian Financial Review, with the potential also for further commentary and follow-up throughout the year.


UniSuper is Australia's dedicated superannuation fund for people working in the higher education and research sector. With approximately 400,000 members and around $50 billion in net assets under management, we're one of Australia's largest super funds.

For more than 30 years, UniSuper has worked alongside Australia's universities and research institutes delivering high quality, value-for-money retirement saving products and services. We are proud of the contribution the higher education sector makes in Australia and are thrilled to be the presenting partner at this year's AFR Higher Education Awards.

YourTutor empowers 21st century learners to achieve their academic goals with world-class, sustainable, and scalable academic support that's independent from place or time.
With 13 years of data-driven provisioning, and an exclusive, stringently managed network of expert tutors, YourTutor has been trusted by educators to engage University, School, or VET students with personalised support online to turn moments of frustration and low confidence into study success.
"I believe your feedback is the reason I didn't quit my course at census date."
Bachelor of Education student, 2016

Commercial relationships that are genuinely reciprocal, mutually beneficial and highly valued by both partners, along with the spirit of innovation. These are the principals that embody TechnologyOne's approach to business and our collaboration with Australian tertiary educators. Our team is extremely proud to support the Australian Financial Review Higher Education Award for Industry Engagement.

Pearson is the world's largest learning company. With 35,000 employees in more than 80 countries, we have a simple mission: to help people of all ages and stages make progress in their lives through learning. Here in Australia, we provide learning materials, technologies, assessments, resources and services to educators, learners, government bodies and institutions to support learning any time, anywhere.

We're very excited to be sponsors of the AFR Higher Education Summit and of the Employability Award, helping learners across Australia aim higher and fulfil their true potential. Because wherever learning flourishes, so do people.

Perrett Laver is a leading executive search firm specialising in Higher Education, Global Development and Not-for-Profits, and the Health and Social Care sectors globally. We recognise the importance of identifying emerging leaders, and nurturing and developing this talent to ensure the future of the Higher Education sector in Australia and around the world.

We are proud to sponsor the 2016 AFR Higher Education Summit and the Perrett Laver Emerging Leader Award, and to support the identification and recognition of our leaders of tomorrow.