Awards

University Awards Policy

Policy Code: CG1995

Purpose

This policy establishes the criteria the University uses to publicly recognise students and members of the community with the following sealed, unsealed and honorary awards.

Higher Education Sealed Awards

  • Advanced Diploma
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Masters Degree
  • Doctoral Degrees

VET Sealed and Unsealed Awards

Honorary Awards

  • Honorary Doctorate
  • University Fellow
  • Emeritus Chancellor
  • Emeritus Professor

It also establishes processes for the replacement and revocation of awards as well as the destruction of testamurs.

Scope

This policy applies to all students and members of the University community as well as those who have made eminent contributions in public and/or cultural life.

Definitions

Term Definition
Council Council is the University's governing authority and is responsible for
the direction and superintendence of the University.
Emeritus Chancellor Title recognising a retiring Chancellor who has made a distinguishing
contribution and given outstanding service to the University over a
number of years.
Emeritus Professor Title recognising a retiring and (in exceptional circumstances)
resigning Professors who have made a distinguishing contribution
and given outstanding service to the University over a number of
years.
Fellow of the University The award of ‘Fellow’ recognises distinguished services to the University and means Fellow of the University (honoris causa) with Fellow FedUni as the post nominal.
Honorary Awards Emeritus Chancellor; Honorary Doctorate; Fellow of the University; Emeritus Professor.
Honorary Doctorate The University Council may admit honoris causa to any honorary degree, any person distinguished by eminence in public service or cultural achievement or in service to the University or its communities, whether or not the person has graduated at a university.
Sealed Awards (HE) Issued to recognise successfully completion of qualifications prescribed in the Universities Statue 5.1 - The Schedule.
Sealed Awards (VET) Issued to recognise successfully completion of nationally recognised whole (AQF) qualifications listed on the Universities Scope of Registration and Statue 5.1 - The Schedule.
University legislation Includes the Federation University Australia Act 2010, University Statutes and Regulations
Unsealed Awards (VET) Includes all certificates which do not require the University seal, and are signed by an Executive Director, and where assessment has been undertaken, the Chair, Academic Board. (Refer to Schedule of Certificates).

Policy Statement

Higher Education Sealed Awards

The University confers sealed awards to students successfully completing the following programs of study:

  • Advanced Diploma
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Masters Degree
  • Doctoral Degree

Awards are conferred to students once the University has verified that the program’s curriculum requirements, as determined by the Curriculum Committee on program establishment, have been met.

VET Sealed and Unsealed Awards

Awards are conferred to students as per the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Awards Procedure.

Replacing Testamurs

Testamurs may be replaced when the original has been lost or destroyed or damaged or where the graduate has changed his/her name.

Revocation of Awards

Awards may be revoked where they have been obtained through either fraud or administrative error.

Destruction of Uncollected Testamurs

The University will destroy uncollected testamurs after 12 months.

Honorary Awards

The University formally and publically recognises outstanding contributions or achievements in the following four categories:

Honorary Doctorate

Recognises and celebrates eminent achievement at the highest levels, with the following criteria:

  • exceptional service to the University, usually over a sustained period of time, and/or
  • distinguished contribution to a relevant discipline or branch of learning, and/or
  • exceptional record of service to professional and/or public life

Fellows of the University

Recognises the contribution of individuals to the University and to the community, with the following criteria:

  • served as an exemplar to staff and students of the University through demonstrating leadership and initiative or distinction in a field of endeavour, and/or
  • has rendered sustained and distinguished service to the University and/or
  • has a professional standing within the community

Emeritus Chancellor

Recognises a retiring Chancellor who has made distinguishing contribution and given outstanding service to the University over a number of years.

Emeritus Professor

Recognises retiring and (in exceptional circumstances) resigning Professors who have made a distinguishing contribution and given outstanding service to the University over a number of years.

Supporting Documents

Responsibility

  • Academic Board is responsible for monitoring the implementation, outcomes and scheduled review of this policy and its accompanying procedure/s
  • Chair, Academic Board is responsible for maintaining the content of this policy as delegated by the Academic Board

Promulgation

The University Awards Policy will be communicated throughout the University via:

  1. Announcement Notice via FedNews and on the FedUni Policy Central ‘Recently Approved Documents’ page to alert the University-wide community of the approved Policy;
  2. Council Agenda
  3. Academic Board Agenda

Implementation

The University Awards Policy will be implemented throughout the University via:

  1. Announcement Notice via FedNews and on the FedUni Policy Central ‘Recently Approved Documents’ page to alert the University-wide community of the approved Policy