The Innovation Medal is awarded by the Univeristy Council for “The active transformation of academic knowledge and ideas leading to their adoption by the wider community” and is of similar prestige and standing to the Research and Teaching Medals. A maximum of one award will be made each year.
The Medal shall be for excellence in transforming knowledge and ideas so they are adopted by the wider community in ways that contribute beneficial value. The innovation could be new to an organisation, to a country or to the world. Originating the knowledge or ideas is neither sufficient, nor necessary. The following criteria are to be considered in the assessment process for the Medal:
- How the individual has demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement in innovation
- The effect of the innovation (or innovations):
- How the innovation(s) have changed the way things are done
- The nature and value of the impact on a community or communities of people
- The breadth of current adoption, and potential for wider adoption and impact
- The extent to which the nominee has been actively involved in and responsible for both the transformation and the adoption
Adoption of ideas by other researchers in their research is not a suitable criterion, being more relevant to research awards. Similarly, innovations in teaching practices at this University would be more relevant to teaching awards, whereas efforts leading to adoption of innovative teaching practices in other environments would be eligible.
The award is open to all continuing staff and staff who have relinquished a continuing position within the three years prior to the year of the award. Note, the bulk of the innovation activities on which the nomination is based are expected to have been undertaken while the nominee was a continuing staff member at the University of Canterbury. Refer to the R&I intranet page for information of the nomination process (staff only).
The Innovation Medal has been awarded previously to:
- Associate Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney (2016)
Read the article on the 2016 Innovation Medal here.
- Associate Professor Rick Beatson (2015)
Read the article on the 2015 Innovation Medal here.
- Associate Professor Maggie-Lee Huckabee (2014)
Read the article on the 2014 Innovation Medal here.
- Associate Professor Alessandro Palermo, Professor Stefano Pampanin, Professor Andy Buchanan (joint award 2013)
Read the article on the 2013 Innovation Medal here.
- Medal selection process not run in 2012.
- Professor Tim Bell (2011)
Read the article on the 2011 Innovation Medal here and an article on Tim's work here.
- Associate Professor Keith Alexander (2010)
Read the article on the 2010 Innovation Medal here and an article on Keith's work here.
Innovation Medal Design
The medal was designed by Aaron Beehre, lecturer at the School of Fine Arts, University of Canterbury.
The design reflects the spirit of innovation, shows a modern high-tech object evolving from a traditional base and was constructed using high density, high refractive index glass.