The Victoria University Student Leadership Awards recognise and celebrate our students for their leadership roles and outstanding achievements in co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

You are an ideal candidate if you:

  • play a significant leadership role within or beyond Victoria University

  • improve the quality of the student experience.

Key dates for 2019 awards

  • Applications open Friday 12 July 2019
  • Applications close 9.00am Monday 9 September 2019
  • Awards ceremony Thursday 24 October 2019.

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Applications

All students enrolled in any unit of study during the current calendar year at Victoria University and Victoria University Polytechnic (VU Polytechnic) are eligible to apply for a Student Leadership Award.

The Student Leadership Awards do not cover sporting achievements, please check the VU Sport Awards.

Applicants must be prepared to give evidence that they have:

  • been or are currently enrolled
  • not been the subject of any substantiated misconduct claims.

Previous award winners cannot apply for the same award category in subsequent years.

We recommended you use the STAR technique when answering the selection criteria.

It gives you a framework to provide clear examples or evidence of your skills, knowledge and approach to work.

Situation

Describe the situation/environment you were in.

Task

What did you need to accomplish to deal with the situation? What was your role concerning the problem, issue or assignment?

Action

What did you do? Set out the steps you took to resolve the situation. Be detailed.

Result

What was the outcome? What did you accomplish? What did you learn? Promote yourself and your achievements.

Application writing assistance

The Student Leadership team is available for one-on-one appointments at Footscray Park Campus to assist you with writing and submitting your application.

Email slawards@vu.edu.au to ask questions about the application process or to make an appointment for assistance.

Individual award categories

This award recognises a current Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander VU student for their contribution to Victoria University and to the wider Aboriginal community.

Additional eligibility criteria

Must be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student.

Background information

Describe your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander family and/or community connections.

Assessment criteria 1

Describe any activities you have undertaken that have benefited the VU and/or Aboriginal community and tell us what the impact was.

Assessment criteria 2

Tell us how your activities align with one or more of VU's Values of diversity and multiculturalism, accessibility and belonging, and respect for others and the natural environment.

Assessment criteria 3

Reflect on the skills you have developed through these activities.  Choose one from each of the following three categories:

  1. critical thinking / problem solving, creativity
  2. communication, collaboration
  3. persistence, adaptability, social and cultural awareness.

This award recognises a current international Victoria University student who demonstrates outstanding leadership and dedication to engagement activities at Victoria University.

Additional eligibility criteria

Must be an international student studying on a Victorian VU campus.

Assessment criteria 1

Describe what you have done to benefit the VU and/or broader international student community and tell us what the impact was.

Assessment criteria 2

Tell us how your activities align with one or more of VU's values of diversity and multiculturalism, accessibility and belonging, and respect for others and the natural environment.

Assessment criteria 3

Reflect on the skills you have developed through these activities.  Choose one from each of the following three categories:

  1. critical thinking / problem solving, creativity
  2. communication, collaboration
  3. persistence, adaptability, social and cultural awareness.

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a current VU postgraduate student to the VU community; this student embraces the true meaning on what it means to be a postgraduate student at Victoria University: the University of Opportunity and Success.

Additional eligibility criteria

Must be postgraduate student.

Assessment criteria 1

Describe what you have done to benefit the VU and/or broader international student community and tell us what the impact was.

Assessment criteria 2

Tell us how your activities align with one or more of VU's values of diversity and multiculturalism, accessibility and belonging, and respect for others and the natural environment.

Assessment criteria 3

Reflect on the skills you have developed through these activities.  Choose one from each of the following three categories:

  1. critical thinking / problem solving, creativity
  2. communication, collaboration
  3. persistence, adaptability, social and cultural awareness.

This award recognises outstanding leadership in academic, co-curricular, and/or extracurricular activities and involvements of a Victoria University Polytechnic student.

Additional eligibility criteria

Must be VU Polytechnic student.

Assessment criteria 1

Describe what you have done to benefit the VU and/or broader student community and tell us what the impact was.

Assessment criteria 2

Tell us how your activities align with one or more VU's values of diversity and multiculturalism, accessibility and belonging, and respect for others and the natural environment.

Assessment criteria 3

Reflect on the skills you have developed through these activities.  Choose one from each of the following three categories:

  1. critical thinking / problem solving, creativity
  2. communication, collaboration
  3. persistence, adaptability, social and cultural awareness.

This award recognises an outstanding Student as Staff employee for their outstanding work performance or service to the University.

Additional eligibility criteria

Must have worked in a Student as Staff role at VU in 2019.

Background information

Describe your role within VU as a Student as Staff.

Assessment criteria 1

Describe how your activities have made a significant contribution to improving the quality of the student experience within and/or beyond VU.

Assessment criteria 2

Describe a situation(s) where you have implemented positive change through your role as a Student as Staff.

Assessment criteria 3

Tell us how your activities align with one or more of VU's values of diversity and multiculturalism, accessibility and belonging, and respect for others and the natural environment.

Assessment criteria 4

Reflect on the skills you have developed through these activities.  Choose one from each of the following three categories:

  • critical thinking / problem solving, creativity
  • communication, collaboration
  • persistence, adaptability, social and cultural awareness.

Additional evidence

Must supply a written reference from current VU supervisor or provide details for us to complete a reference check. Please email to slawards@vu.edu.au.

This award recognises students who have gone above and beyond in their leadership and engagement activities at Victoria University.

Assessment criteria 1

Describe what you have done to benefit the VU and/or broader community and tell us what the impact was.

Assessment criteria 2

Tell us how your activities align with one or more of VU's values of diversity and multiculturalism, accessibility and belonging, and respect for others and the natural environment.

Assessment criteria 3

Reflect on the skills you have developed through these activities (e.g. employability skills, such as communication).

This award recognises the outstanding contribution of a current Victoria University student to the Victoria University community through volunteering; this award recognises the achievements of our most dedicated "Vollie" (volunteer). The applicant must have volunteered on a regular basis with the VU Vollies.

Additional eligibility criteria

Must have completed Vollies training in 2019.

Must have contributed hours to the vollies program in 2019.

Assessment criteria 1

Describe what volunteering you have done to benefit the VU and/or broader community and tell us what the impact was.

Assessment criteria 2

Tell us how your activities align with one or more of VU's values of diversity and multiculturalism, accessibility and belonging, and respect for others and the natural environment.

Assessment criteria 3

Reflect on the skills you have developed through these activities.  Choose one from each of the following three categories:

  • critical thinking / problem solving, creativity
  • communication, collaboration
  • persistence, adaptability, social and cultural awareness.

The "VUSU-teer" of the Year Award recognises a current VUSU volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to VUSU events through regular volunteering in 2019. The recipient should also have demonstrated leadership qualities and overall personal and professional development.

This award comes with a $500 prize.

The Victoria University Student Union (VUSU) is the peak representative body for students at Victoria University (VU). The VUSU is an independent entity of democratically elected student representatives that work collaboratively with VU departments and in partnership with Student Services to create positive change, provide advocacy for students and to ensure the constant improvement of the student experience at VU.

The VUSU is represented on many committees, including the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) consultative committee. The VUSU is funded by the SSAF and operates for students, by students.

Additional eligibility criteria

Recipients of this award must:

  • not be in the final year of study
  • be a registered VUSU-teer or volunteer board member (e.g. College Society Executive Committee members) in 2019
  • not be receiving an honoraria from VUSU (i.e. VUSU Executives or VUSU Board members who receive honoraria)
  • have volunteered as a VUSU-teer at 3 or more VUSU events (e.g. VUSU Hangs, the VUSU Annual Ball, VUSU parties, forums, seminars, etc.)

Assessment Criteria 1

Describe the volunteering activities you have completed as a VUSU-teer in 2019 and how your contributions have benefited VUSU and the VU student community and tell us what the impact was.

Assessment Criteria 2

Provide evidence of participation in causes that champion social inclusion, cultural diversity, and equity. Reflect on the skills you have developed through these activities. Choose one from each of the following three categories:

  • Critical thinking/problem solving and creativity
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Persistence, adaptability, social and cultural awareness

Assessment Criteria 3

Articulate how you would use this scholarship for your personal/professional development or to further your education.

Recipient obligations

Prize money must be spent on activities in accordance with the SSAF Representation Guidelines made under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 - Administration Guidelines 2012 - see section on spending revenue from the fee.

Within 12 months of receiving the VUSU-teer of the Year Award, the recipient is required to provide a report to The VUSU Board and the SSAF Consultative Committee showcasing their activities and impact of receiving the award.

Team award categories

The Best New Club award recognises the outstanding achievements of a student group that was established this year and has benefited its members and the wider VU community. 

Additional eligibility criteria

  • must be a student group that newly affiliated in 2019
  • must have had no breaches of clubs policy
  • must have hosted 2+ events in 2019
  • must have passed 2019 clubs audit.

Assessment criteria 1

Describe the mission/purpose of your club and how your activities this year have served this mission.

Assessment criteria 2

Describe how your club’s activities have benefited your members this year.

Assessment criteria 3

Describe how your club has benefited the VU community and/or broader in 2019 and tell us about the impact this has had.

Assessment criteria 4

Tell us how your activities align with one or more of VU's values of diversity and multiculturalism, accessibility and belonging, and respect for others and the natural environment.

Assessment criteria 5

Provide examples of how your executive committee has worked well as a team this year.

Established in 2018, the Club of the Year award recognises outstanding student groups for their achievements and success in meeting their clubs mission.

Additional eligibility criteria

  • must have had no breaches of the leadership & representation policy
  • must have hosted 2+ events in 2019
  • must have passed 2019 clubs audit.

Assessment criteria 1

Describe your club mission/purpose and how your activities have served this mission.

Assessment criteria 2

Tell us how your activities have benefited your members this year.

Assessment criteria 3

Describe how your club has benefited the VU and/or broader community in 2018.

Assessment criteria 4

Tell us how your activities align with one or more of VU's values of diversity and multiculturalism, accessibility and belonging, and respect for others and the natural environment.

Assessment criteria 5

Provide examples of how your executive committee has worked well as a team this year.

New to 2019, the Best Club Promotion Award recognises the most creative and successful Student Group promotional activity.

Additional eligibility criteria

  • must have had no breaches of the Leadership & Representation Policy
  • must have attended Clubs Fest in 2019
  • must have passed 2019 Clubs Audit.

Assessment criteria 1

Describe your club mission/purpose and how your activities have served this mission.

Assessment criteria 2

Tell us how your activities have benefited your members this year.

Assessment criteria 3

Describe your promotional activity and provide evidence of why it was a successful promotion.

Things to consider:

  • What was the objective of your Clubs promotions?
  • How did you measure that you achieved your objective?
  • What did you learn from this activity?

Special awards

This award recognises a group of current Victoria University students for their engagement and innovative contributions to VU.

Assessment criteria 1     

Describe how your team’s activities have benefited the VU community and/or broader community and tell us what the impact was.

Assessment criteria 2

Describe how your team’s developments have resulted in learning for your team and/or others.

Assessment criteria 3

Tell us how your activities align with one or more of VU's values of diversity and multiculturalism, accessibility and belonging, and respect for others and the natural environment.

Assessment criteria 4

Describe what problem your project aimed to solve and how it addressed that problem in an innovative way.

The Victoria University Alumni community includes 240,000 graduates living and working in over 136 countries. If you are a graduate from VU, Victoria University Polytechnic or any of our predecessor institutions you automatically become a lifelong member of our alumni community.

Our alumni live the VU values of Opportunity and Success every day, and this award, proudly supported by the Alumni Relations team, has been designed to help the recipient receive the best chance of achieving their goals as they transition from student to employee.

This peak award includes a 12 month mentorship from an alumni leader in your industry and a Myer Voucher to kick start your professional wardrobe.

Eligibility criteria

  • Must be a student at Victoria University completing or just completed their FINAL year of study in 2019
  • Must have participated in at least one VU Leadership Activity (e.g. Lead2Change, Student Leadership Council, Clubs Executive, VU Academy, VU Hanger, Talent Connect etc.)

Selection criteria

  1. Outline how you have made strong progress with your academic pursuits during your time at VU.
  2. Describe how you have made clear and positive voluntary contributions to their community; which may be the student community and/or the broader community. Please differentiate as clearly as possible between voluntary and paid work.
  3. Please give examples of how you operate in a way that encourages and supports inclusion, diversity, excellence and respect
  4. Outline how you plan to interact with, and get the most from, your mentor experience if you are the recipient of the award.
  5. Provide any further information to support your nomination which has not already been provided in the Award criteria responses. This may include, for example, any particular challenges you have overcome in your journey to success and any information not covered by the award criteria that may support the overall nomination

Optional additional information

  • Provide supporting testimonials from lecturers, colleagues, community leaders or peers to demonstrate why you are deserving of this award.

Recipient obligations

To make the most of your 12 month mentorship, and to ensure you don’t waste either your mentor’s time or your own, recipients of this award need to ensure the following:

  • Model professionalism in your mentor meetings by being prompt, prepared, and maintaining a professional attitude
  • Respect your mentor’s confidence and trust
  • Be professional in all interactions with your mentor
  • Be appropriate in your requests (do not ask them for a job or internship
  • Understand that being a recipient of this award is a privilege and work hard to make the most of this opportunity.

Mr Raj Kannan is one of Victoria University’s distinguished 90 Legends. He graduated from Footscray Institute of Technology in 1988 with a Bachelor of Engineering.  He was President of the Overseas Student Association and Co-President of the Student Representative Council and involved in other student leadership activities.  

Mr Kannan believes that the leadership experience he gained at FIT was invaluable to his later career and as such he is passionate about giving back to the University.

As a result Mr Kannan has established a scholarship that will support and encourage students to undertake leadership activities at VU. This prestigious award comes with a prize in the form of a $5,000 scholarship.

Additional eligibility criteria

  • Must be a student enrolled full time at Victoria University and not in the first or final year of study.
  • Must have participated in at least one VU Leadership Activity (e.g. Lead2Change, Student Leadership Council, Clubs Executive, VU Academy, VU Hanger etc.)

Selection criteria

  • Provide evidence of when you have demonstrated leadership that benefited your fellow students and the VU community;
  • Provide evidence of participation in causes that champion social inclusion, cultural diversity, and equity;
  • How do you take responsibility for your professional self-development?
  • Articulate how you would use this scholarship for your personal/professional development or to further your education.

Optional additional information

  • Provide supporting testimonials from peers to demonstrate why you are deserving of this award.

Recipient obligations

Within 12 months of receiving the Raj Kannan Leadership Scholarship, the recipient is required to provide a report to Student Life & Leadership and the donor showcasing their activities and impact of receiving the award.