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.

2017 recipients

In 2017, the Hendy Award Committee recommended two applications be awarded the 2017 Hendy Award, and equally share the $12,000 funding allocation ($6,000 each).

Award 1

Justin Gilbert Manager, Data Analysis and Reporting Chief Operating Office

Aims to establish contemporary and adaptable tertiary sector student load planning, profile and progression analysis techniques, interpretation methodologies, and effective presentation mediums, to enhance strategic decision making for Federation University Australia.

The project has three phases:

  1. engaging with the University of the Sunshine Coasts’ Strategic Information and Analysis Unit;
  2. exploring industry ‘best practice’ for student load planning, profiling and progression analysis and engagement with global leaders, Tableau Solutions; and
  3. identifying contemporary institutional student load profile and progression predictive analysis from international tertiary providers in the USA.

Award 2

Cheryl Claridge Team Leader, Research, Learning and Liaison Services Library Services
Katie Donnelly Project Coordinator, Research Strategy Research Services

Aims to investigate the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) reporting in relation to the upcoming Engagement and Impact (E&I) reporting in 2018 with requirements for submission, strategic importance and support offered by Federation University Australia's Research Services and Library professional staff to identify and support submissions.

The program will build on learnings from other institutions to assist with the delivery of more robust E&I submissions in the future through collaborative work between Research Services and the Library.

The project will include:

  1. benchmarking best practice by visiting Australian universities;
  2. presenting and attending the ARMS Conference in Hobart;
  3. conducting a Library/Research Services planning day to develop strategies and processes for implementation; and
  4. developing “Train the trainer” sessions conducted for FedUni staff to develop and implement an educative and support programs for FedUni researchers to realise the potential of the E&I assessment for the University.

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.


Other questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Please contact Ben Dulude, HR Business Partner, on 03 5327 6239 or e-mail b.dulude@federation.edu.au.