Nominations for UC Innovation medal open

Nominations are invited for the award of the University of Canterbury Innovation Medal for 2018.

The Innovation Medal is defined as “the proactive transformation of academic knowledge and ideas leading to their adoption by the wider community”.

The Medal shall be for excellence in transforming knowledge or ideas so they are adopted by the wider community in ways that contribute beneficial value.  The beneficial value need not be just economic or commercial, but includes environmental, social, and health value.

The Innovation Medal is of similar prestige to the University’s Research and Teaching medals, and a maximum of one award is made each year. The award is open to all continuing staff – or staff who have relinquished a continuing position within the past three years.

Nominations are to be prepared and submitted by Heads of Department/School via their Pro-Vice-Chancellor/SMT member. If a Head of Department/School is nominated then the Pro-Vice-Chancellor/SMT member should lead the process.  Full details of the criteria and selection process are available on the staff intranet.

As part of the nomination process the Head of Department/School should notify eligible nominees of their nomination with an invitation to provide a portfolio of their achievements. A timeframe of four weeks should be given to nominees for preparation of the portfolio.

A Selection Committee chosen by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor will consider all nominations and a recommendation will be forwarded to the University Council for its consideration.

Nominations are due by Friday, 3 August 2018 and should be sent to:

Deborah Wekking
Vice-Chancellor’s Office
Level 6, Matariki Building


Professor Ian Wright
Deputy Vice-Chancellor | Tumu Tuarua