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 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 and are attached.
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 (Research and Innovation) will consider all nominations and a recommendation will be forwarded to Council for its consideration.
Refer to the R&I intranet page for information on 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.