Hendy Award

The Hendy Award was established by University Council to support the professional development of the general staff of the University. The Award is made biennially (in years ending with an odd number).

The Award is named in honour of the late Mr Geoff Hendy, a long serving staff member of the University and its predecessor institutions. He joined Ballarat Teachers' College as Registrar in 1970 and in 1973, became the Academic Registrar for the State College of Victoria at Ballarat. In 1976, he was appointed Academic Secretary when the Ballarat College of Advanced Education (BCAE) was established and later became Registrar of BCAE, which became Ballarat University College in 1990. Geoff Hendy was still Registrar at the time of his death in 1991.

Past recipients

2015 recipients

Susan ScottExecutive AssistantVice-Chancellor's Office
Angela MazouExecutive AssistantLearning and Quality 
Linda AtkinsonAdministrative OfficerAcademic

2013 recipient

Helen RyanSchool Business ManagerThe Business School

2011 recipient

Simone ByrneTeam Leader, Student RecruitmentLearning and Quality

2009 recipient

Ian WrightManager, Learning Environments and Web ServicesInformation Services

Scope and eligibility

General/professional staff of the University (except Directors) who have been employed in their current position for a minimum of 12 months, in either a continuing or fixed-term position, which extends for at least one year beyond the completion of the proposed program submitted, are eligible to apply for the Award. The Award may be used for a structured program to support and enhance the staff member's professional knowledge, skills and abilities. Examples of appropriate activities include: visit(s) to other Universities (especially dual-sector institutions), TAFE institutes and/or professional association(s); conference attendance; specific skills short courses on topics relevant to the staff member's work; study tours and/or work experience in another relevant setting.

Applicants must be able to show how the proposed program is linked to the University's Strategic Plan, particularly University values and current priorities. The program must be relevant to the applicant's current position and/or career development.

Applications must be endorsed by the Executive Dean/Director of School/Section, who will use the Performance Review and Development Program (PRDP) to help identify, support and encourage nominations for the Award. The successful applicant will be required to indicate how they will seek to transfer and share their Award experiences with work colleagues and/or the broader University community.

The Award is valued at a maximum of $12,000 and all funds must be expended within one year of the announcement of the Award.

Within six to eight weeks of completing the approved program, the successful applicant must provide a written report to the Vice-Chancellor, briefly outlining the program undertaken, its outcomes and how the outcomes have been/will be disseminated within the University.

Please note that if the recipient of an Award resigns from the University within 12 months of the Award's announcement, they may be required by the University to re-pay in whole or part of Award funds expended.

Application and selection processes

The Hendy Award Committee oversees the application and selection processes. The Committee is established by the Vice-Chancellor and comprises:

  • A lay member of University Council (as Chair); and
  • Three nominees of the Vice-Chancellor.

The Committee will reflect gender balance in its composition.

The Committee through the Chief Operating Officer will call for applications, consider them against the selection criteria and recommendation made to the Vice-Chancellor on the Award. Applicants may be invited to speak to their application before the Committee. The Vice-Chancellor will report the outcome to the University Council. The timetable for applications and the selection process would normally be as follows:

April: Applications called for in early April, followed by reminders in May, June and the commencement of July.

July: Applications close at the end of July.

August: Committee established by Vice-Chancellor early in August. Applicants may be invited to speak to their application before the Committee. Committee finalises recommendation to the Vice-Chancellor and provides a brief review on the application/selection processes.

October: Award recipient announced.


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