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University Medals

University Medal recipients

2015 [Word 13KB], 2016 [Word 13KB], 2017 [Word 13KB], 2018 [Word 14KB] and 2019 [Word 14KB].


Academic Senate endorsed Rules of University Medals in August 1994.

In late 1995 ASCQA reaffirmed the need to restrict the number of University Medals available each year, to ensure that the Medals maintain their prestige and are awarded to only the most outstanding students in the University. The current basis for allocating Medals was also supported, ie a quota of Medals assigned to faculties or faculty clusters in approximate proportion to faculty size. Academic Senate endorsed a recommendation that the current allocation of ten Medals to the faculties remain, but that two additional unallocated Medals be available for possible award each year by ASCQA to exceptional students from any faculty. However consistent with practice to date, the full number of medals may not be awarded in any year.

ASCQA resolved that the current Rules and Procedures should be strictly adhered to and that, in cases of students nominated with a GPA of less than 6.5, the relevant faculty must provide a substantive supporting case to ASCQA.

In 1997 ASCQA confirmed that to be eligible students must complete their bachelors degree and honours at the University of Tasmania in accordance with the relevant course specifications.

In October, 1997 ASCQA agreed that, given the move to December graduation ceremonies and the desirability of continuing the practice of awarding the medals to the successful recipients upon their graduation, nominations for University Medals be made at the time of December Faculty Assessors' meetings rather than by the deadline of 16 January contained in the Rules Of University Medals. ASCQA recommended further that the medal nominations be endorsed/modified by the Executive of Academic Senate and reported retrospectively to Academic Senate. In approving this process, Academic Senate endorsed ASCQA's recommendation that the 'Executive ' of Academic Senate be comprised - for this purpose - of the Chair and Deputy Chair of Academic Senate and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor assisted by the Academic Registrar.

In October 2008 Academic Senate approved a change to the number of medals available for allocation annually to 13 to include the Australian Maritime College and altered the membership of the Selection panel. The selection panel is comprised of the Chair and Deputy Chair of Academic Senate, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Education) and the Executive Director, Student Operations.

In November 2017, Standing Academic Committee on behalf of Academic Senate, approved amendment to the number of University Medals allocated and the calculation of Grade Point Averages.  Further amendments to the Rules, to reflect the College model, were approved by Academic Senate in September 2018.

Rules and Procedures of University Medals

The Rules of University Medals

  1. University Medals shall be awarded to candidates who have qualified for a bachelor degree# with first class honours and normally shall have attained a Grade Point Average of no less than 6.5*, with no fail, in all but their first year of study**.
  2. The number of University medals awarded annually shall be fifteen normally, but the number awarded in any one year shall take into account the number and quality of the Bachelor degrees with First Class Honours awarded by the University in that year.
  3. University Medals normally will be distributed, subject to Rule 6, on the following basis:

    Arts, Law and Education 5

    • Arts - Humanities & Social Sciences 2, Visual and Performing Arts 1
    • Education 1
    • Law 1 
    Business 1
    Health and Medicine 2

    Sciences and Engineering 4

    • Sciences 3
    • Australian Maritime College 1
    Unallocated 3
  4. The Executive of Academic Senate, acting on behalf of Academic Senate and the Teaching and Learning Committee shall report to Academic Senate the recipients of University Medals.  The Executive is comprised of the Chair and Deputy Chair of Academic Senate, and the Chair of University Learning and Teaching Committee.  The Executive Director, Student Operations attends the meeting.
  5. Students who complete their course too late for consideration of their candidature by the deadline specified by Academic Senate in a given year will be considered for eligibility for a Medal in the following year.

#To be eligible students must complete their bachelor degree and honours at the University of Tasmania in accordance with the relevant course specifications.
*Where 7=HD, 6=DN, 5=CR, 4=PP, 3=FP and the GPA is calculated by taking the best grades of those units contributing to 100% of a degree, multiplying the grade awarded for each of these by the weighting for each unit, adding the resulting figures and dividing that sum total by the 100% weighting of the degree. Units which receive Ungraded Pass results will not be counted in the GPA

**The GPA for candidates enrolled in courses, which normally require more than four years of full time study in order to complete both pass and honours requirements, will be calculated on the basis of the final three years of study.

Procedures to be used to determine the award of University Medals

  1. Colleges shall recommend their nominations for University Medals to the Secretary of Academic Senate. Nominations for candidates who have not achieved a Grade Point Average of at least 6.5 must be accompanied by other supporting documentation. All nominations shall be received by the Secretary no later than the deadline specified by the Secretary of Academic Senate.
  2. All nominations will be accompanied by:
    • the nominee's full academic record
    • the nominee's GPA for the relevant years of study** (refer Rule 1)
  3. *Nominations are generally based on the highest GPA and where two or more candidates achieved the same GPA, the College nomination may be based on the highest mark (%) of the Honours grade.

    **Colleges should indicate if they have used, for any of the three years, grades based on different percentages than those specified in Rule 6.

  4. The Secretary shall provide the Committee with:
    • a report on the distribution of grades for each of the Pass Bachelor and Honours courses of which the nominees were students; and
    • the full academic record of the winners of University Medals for the previous three years.

Approved by Academic Senate

7 September 2018