Victorias Awards

The Victorias Awards provide the opportunity to celebrate excellence within Victoria University and recognise the support of the postgraduate students, academic and professional staff who inspire students with their verve and passion.  Every year the PGSA hosts the Victoria’s Awards Reception at the end of November, where we announce Award winners in the following categories:

Research Excellence Awards

In 2009 Victoria University of Wellington established the Postgraduate Research Excellence Awards that recognises research by VUW postgraduate students which:

  • Displays academic rigour, excellence, originality, and/or creativity;

  • Demonstrates an impact within the scholarly, economic, or wider stakeholder communities;

  • Displays clarity of expression that addresses an educated but non-expert audience;

  • Advances knowledge in the field and/or contributes to knowledge.

Each award provides $1500 to recognise the research excellence demonstrated. The PGSA announces the winners of the awards at the Victoria’s Awards function in November.

Learn about applying for the research excellence awards here.

The Postgraduate Teaching Awards

Each year undergraduate students nominate and vote for postgraduate students who teach at Victoria running lectures, labs or tutorials. The PGSA tallies the votes to find one finalist from each Faculty. Finalists are invited to the PGSA Victoria’s Awards Reception where we announce the winners.

PGSA Landers Postgraduate Award

Each year the faculties each nominate a postgraduate student who they think should be awarded for fostering the ideals of the Postgraduate Students’ Association - a student who has demonstrated a commitment to fostering camaraderie and collective consciousness among thier colleagues in the postgraduate community. Postgraduates vote for the winner from the faculty nominees. Nominees are invited to the PGSA Victoria’s Awards Reception where we announce the winner.

The Landers Award policy can be found here

Professional Staff Award

The Professional Staff Award recognises a staff member who has contributed to the postgraduate study experience at VUW. This could be anyone at all – from Student Services, the library, School Administrators or Associate Dean of Students. Postgraduate students nominate and vote for professional staff who inspired, helped beyond the call of duty, or simply made their time at VUW more enjoyable.

Supervisor Award  

The Supervisor Award recognises our amazing supervisors who are available, intellectually stimulating, encourage research excellence, provide timely relevant feedback, facilitate our professional growth, and build our academic autonomy and capability. Each year postgraduates nominate postgraduate supervisors and testify about how they have met the criteria. Winners of these awards are announced at PGSA Victoria’s Awards Reception.

PGSA Life Membership Award

Each year the PGSA recognises postgraduate students who have made outstanding contributions to the postgraduate community serving on the PGSA executive or as a committee representative. The PGSA Executive Committee vote on this award.

The PGSA Life Membership Award policy can be viewed here.