Massey University Medals

Massey University Research Medals are the highest awards for research bestowed by the University (Honorary Degrees excluded).  The Medals may be awarded annually to the most outstanding College Research Award winner in each category. All winners of a College Research Award are nominated automatically for consideration for the corresponding Massey University Research Medal. Previous winners of one of the three categories of College Research Awards, who have not been awarded the corresponding University Research Medal, remain eligible for consideration for that Medal for a three-year period (inclusive of the year in which they win the College Award). 

The Office of the Provost, Research & Enterprise invites nominations from heads of academic units, research centre directors, research directors and also invites self-nominations and nominations by colleagues. The winners of the College Awards will be presented with their award at a special College ceremony. Medal awardees will be honoured at the annual Massey University awards dinner (held in March the following year).

There are two further University Research Medals:

  1. Massey University Research Medal, Team and
  2. Exceptional Research Citizenship (Whaowhia Ngā Kete o Te Wānanga) 

Nominations will be received directly for these two Medals.  There is no College equivalent for these. 

   University Research Medal - Team

The Massey University Research Medal – Team was established to recognize outstanding research contributions by a team.  One medal may be awarded annually and a grant of $25,000 will be awarded to the team. 

ELIGIBILITY

  1. The team leader and more than half the team must be permanent academic or research employees of Massey University and at least three must have been employed continuously for the past five years;
  2. The research team must comprise at least five individuals;
  3. The research team must have made a significant research contribution to its field(s), and
  4. A research team may receive this award only once in a five-year  period.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

The Awards Selection Committee will assess the evidence and supporting information submitted in the nomination against the following criteria:

  1. Nominated team meets all the eligibility conditions;
  2. Clear evidence of outstanding research contributions or creative contributions in relevant discipline(s);
  3. A cohesive case for research excellence by the team;
  4. Evidence of international collaborations;
  5. Excellent record of publication as a team;
  6. Compelling support from external (and where appropriate international) referees;
  7. Demonstration of succession planning as a team, and
  8. Demonstration of research impact on the discipline, and on society (for example to advance economic, environmental or cultural outcomes at community, industry or national/international levels).

NOMINATION PROCEDURE AND SUPPORTING EVIDENCE

Nominations for the University Research Medal – Team are accepted from Heads of Academic Units, Research Centre Directors or Research Directors and/or College Pro Vice-Chancellors, along with self-nominations by the team leader and nominations by colleagues.  

Nominations for the Medal must be made via the online template.  All evidence and supporting documentation should be uploaded to the template.  The information supplied should focus on demonstrating how the nomination meets the assessment criteria. 

The following information should be included in the nomination:

  1. A brief statement giving reasons why the nominated team should receive the award;
  2. A supporting statement from the leader of the team which outlines the contributions of each team member;
  3. A statement in support of the nomination from the Head of Department/Institute/School or Director of a Research Centre and/or College Pro Vice-Chancellor(s);
  4. The names of three potential referees, who the University Awards Selection Committee may contact directly.  Of the three referees, at least one must be external to Massey University; at least one must be able to validate the international status of the research, and at least one should be able to validate the contribution the research makes within New Zealand.  In addition the name of a fourth referee should be included in the nomination, who is from Massey University and who can validate the contribution the research makes to the institute.   
  5. A current curriculum vitae of the leader of the team, and
  6. Evidence of research excellence and impact.

Due to the diverse nature of the research activity, a range of research activities that demonstrate research excellence will be considered when awarding the Medal.  Examples include but are not limited to:

  • A  significant discovery and the dissemination of new knowledge
  • A highly regarded research paper or similar piece of scholarship
  • Highly regarded artworks, exhibitions, designs or performances
  • Research outputs that have been commercialised
  • Significant research grants
  • The receipt of a major external research honour
  • Contributing to an important research collaboration or linkage with an external organisation
  • Inclusion of artworks or performances in international festivals or biennales
  • Major public commissions
  • Findings taken up in policy or operationalised in community, industry or national/ international initiatives.

CONTACT

Any additional questions please contact Dr Jo Whittle - J.Whittle@massey.ac.nz

CLOSING DATE

Applications/Nominations should be submitted to the Office of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Research, Academic and Enterprise by Friday, 2nd November at 5:00pm via the online application portal.

   University Research Medal -  Exceptional Research Citizenship (Whaowhia Ngā Kete o Te Wānanga)

Whaowhia Ngā Kete o Te Wānanga means “to fill the baskets of knowledge”.  This award recognises researchers who have made a major contribution to creating and sustaining the University’s role in filling the baskets of knowledge, inside the Academy and also well beyond its borders.  At Massey University, we value researchers and creative practitioners whose work has a high public engagement and impact value, and those who enable the creation and dissemination of knowledge through demonstrating exceptional research citizenship.  In any year, the medal may be awarded to a Massey University staff member whose achievements fall into one or both of these categories. One medal may be awarded annually with an associated grant of $5,000.  In exceptional circumstances the Vice-Chancellor, upon recommendation from the University Awards Selection Committee, may award more than one medal in a year, each with a grant of $5,000.

The Medal for Exceptional Research Citizenship Whaowhia Ngā Kete o Te Wānanga may be given in recognition of the role and responsibility university-based researchers have in New Zealand; specifically, of universities to act as “critic and conscience of society”.  This is a central tenant of publicly-funded universities worldwide and one that is mandated in sec 126 of the Education Act.  In order to function effectively in this role, universities need to encourage academic staff to exercise their abilities to bring their research expertise to bear on issues of public interest. It also recognises the increasing impact that research and creative pursuits have in resolving problems and realising wider benefits to society.  The award may also be given in recognition of exceptional research citizenship that makes a major impact on supporting and growing the environment in which knowledge generation and dissemination can flourish.

We believe that public engagement enriches research and society and we are committed to enabling our researchers to inspire, consult and collaborate with the various communities we serve.  We believe in the role that universities have as civic institutions and consider that high-quality and innovative public engagement is an integral part of Massey’s research culture and practice and that this, in turn, enhances our position as a world-class research institution.

We also recognise the impact that exceptional research citizenship and leadership can have in creating an environment in which knowledge can be generated and disseminated.  The Medal for Exceptional Research Citizenship Whaowhia Ngā Kete o Te Wānanga may be awarded to an academic staff member who has played a sustained role in supporting and inspiring the research endeavours of others in the University and/or more widely in his or her discipline.  The intended recipient will be one who has served with distinction in multiple leadership capacities in diverse spheres over many years.  

This medal acknowledges the leadership of researchers who can demonstrate excellence in research or creative practice in combination with an ability to successfully engage with and communicate their work to relevant audiences in order to realise social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits.  The impact of outstanding contributions to society through knowledge translation, engagement and entrepreneurship may be recognised across wide public audiences or in relation to specific community, industry, policy or practitioner audiences.  This award also functions to enable the University to publicise and celebrate examples of best practice and entrepreneurial initiatives more effectively both within the University and externally.  In addition the medal may be awarded to researchers and creative practitioners who have made outstanding and sustained contributions in terms of research leadership, manifest as research support, mentoring and citizenship.  Such contributions may have focused on developing and sustaining research at the University, and they may also impact on the Academy as a whole, nationally or internationally. 

Intended recipients of the Medal for Exceptional Research Citizenship Whaowhia Ngā Kete o Te Wānanga must demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:

  1. Critic and conscience: provision of independent, expert knowledge and commentary though public engagement processes involving highly influential social critique and analysis. 
  2. Engagement and capability building: facilitation and application of research and creative expertise to inform and inspire the public, to reveal fresh perspective and insights, or to collaborate in partnership with the public or key communities. This includes activities to realise benefits through Te Reo Māori and Pasifika research and researcher development.
  3. Advocate/change agent: knowledge transfer, engagement and entrepreneurial activities that significantly contribute to the resolution of issues, enabling new approaches, or realising benefits that would not otherwise have eventuated.
  4. Research citizenship: an outstanding record of research service in varied capacities that has inspired and supported research endeavours beyond expectation.  This includes service within the University (for example serving on multiple committees or other administrative roles, mentorship and career development support) and/or service in a leadership capacity with external organisations doing work complementary to the University’s academic mission.

The award is strongly directly with our strategic ambitions. In the Massey University Strategy 2018-2022, we commit to supporting academic staff to “publicly disseminate research findings and act as ‘critic and conscience’ of society”. In He Rautaki Rangahau University Research Strategy 2018-2022, we commit to: “leading effective knowledge transfer and entrepreneurial activities to realise social, cultural, economic and environmental benefits”; promoting research excellence and capacity through “investing in the next generation of researchers by creating an environment where the world’s best young researchers can flourish”, and “promoting leadership and career development that includes communication training”.

One Medal for Exceptional Research Citizenship Whaowhia Ngā Kete o Te Wānanga may be awarded annually with an associated grant of $5,000. In exceptional circumstances the Vice-Chancellor, upon recommendation from the University Awards Selection Committee, may award more than one Medal for Exceptional Research CitizenshipWhaowhia Ngā Kete o Te Wānanga in a year, each with a grant of $5,000.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Nominees must be permanent academic or research employees of Massey University who have been employed continuously for the past five years
  2. Nominees must not have received support from any person or organisation deriving or potentially able to derive a direct financial benefit from their actions, and
  3. A recipient may receive this award only once.
  4. Nominees must be active researchers and/or or creative practitioners, and must be able demonstrate one or more of the following characteristics:
    • Critic and conscience: Provision of independent, expert knowledge and commentary though public engagement processes involving highly influential social critique and analysis. 
    • Engagement and capability building: Facilitation and application of research and creative expertise to inform and inspire the public, to reveal fresh perspective and insights or to collaborate in partnership with, the public or key communities. This includes activities to realise benefits through Te Reo Māori and Pasifika development.
    • Advocate/change agent: Knowledge transfer, engagement and entrepreneurial activities that significantly contribute to the resolution of issues, enabling new approaches, or realising benefits that would not otherwise have eventuated.
    • Research citizenship: An outstanding record of research service in varied capacities that has inspired and supported research endeavours beyond expectation.  This includes service within the University (for example serving on multiple committees or other administrative roles, mentorship and career development support) and/or service in a leadership capacity with external organisations doing work complementary to the University’s academic mission.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

The University Awards Selection Committee will assess the evidence and supporting information submitted in the nomination against the following criteria:

  1. Nominee meets all the eligibility conditions;
  2. Clear evidence of excellent research or creative contributions in relevant discipline(s);
  3. Compelling evidence of how this research or creative contribution has delivered outstanding social, cultural, economic or environmental benefits through knowledge translation, engagement, and entrepreneurial activities and compelling support from references external to Massey University (and where appropriate) international referees, and/or
  4. An outstanding record of research service in varied capacities that has inspired and supported research endeavours beyond expectation.  This includes service within the University (for example serving on multiple committees or other administrative roles, mentorship and career development support) and/or service in a leadership capacity with external organisations doing work complementary to the University’s academic mission.

NOMINATION PROCEDURE AND SUPPORTING EVIDENCE

Nominations for the Medal for Exceptional Research Citizenship Whaowhia Ngā Kete o Te Wānanga are accepted from Heads of Academic Units, Research Centre Directors or Research Directors, along with self-nominations and nominations by colleagues and from the Senior Leadership Team. 

Nominations for the Medal must be made via the online template.  All evidence and supporting documentation should be uploaded to the template.

The information supplied should focus on demonstrating how the nomination meets the assessment criteria. 

The following information should be included in the nomination:

  1. A brief statement giving reasons why the nominee should receive the award;
  2. A statement of research activity or creative endeavours by the nominee including research impact in relevant discipline(s);
  3. A statement in support of the nomination from the Head of Department/Institute/School or Director of a Research Centre, and/or College Pro Vice-Chancellor or member of the Senior Leadership Team;
  4. The names of three potential referees, which the University Awards Selection Committee may contact directly.  Of the three referees, at least one must be external to Massey University; at least one must be able to validate the international status of the research, and at least one should be able to validate the contribution the research makes within New Zealand.  In addition the name of a fourth referee should be included in the nomination, who is from Massey University and who can validate the contribution the research makes to the institute.   
  5. A current curriculum vitae of the nominee on the template provided, and
  6. Evidence of outstanding contributions to society through knowledge translation, public engagement or entrepreneurship which may include (but not be restricted to):
    • Widely broadcast public statements, publications, creative outputs or innovations (e.g. newspaper or magazine articles, talks, interviews or presentations, digital engagement, exhibitions with wide public engagement)
    • Publication or other research dissemination in a form that facilitates high-impact knowledge translation, engagement or entrepreneurship within and/or beyond the academy
    • Highly regarded artistic works, exhibitions, performances or designs that facilitates high-impact knowledge translation, engagement or entrepreneurship within and/or beyond the academy
    • Use of methodologies that enable capability building and genuine co-innovation with communities, industries, policy makers or practitioners
    • Recognition of the value of contributions bestowed on the nominee by relevant audiences (e.g. honours, awards or other forms of public acknowledgement of impact and engagement
    • Influence on or contribution to solutions to issues of great social, cultural, economic or environmental relevance (e.g. impacts on public policy or social behaviour)
    • Ongoing public debate stimulated by the nominee’s expert commentary, critique or other engagement (e.g. newspaper articles, panels, online commentary)

             AND/OR

Evidence of exceptional research citizenship and leadership which may include (but not be restricted to):

    • Mentoring of early career researchers, postgraduate research staff and students
    • Participation in staff and research student development opportunities
    • Support for issues of research integrity
    • Sustained service in varied administrative capacities that have shaped and supported a positive research culture at Massey University
    • Leadership roles in research teams, units or Colleges
    • Highly influential contributions as a Massey University researcher and representative with external organisations
    • Leadership roles with external organisations doing work complementary to the University’s academic mission.

CONTACT

Any additional questions please contact Dr Jo Whittle - J.Whittle@massey.ac.nz

Before applying please ensure you have read through the guidelines provided here:  Massey University Medals and Awards Guidelines 2018.pdf (362 KB)

Apply Here 

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University Medals Template 2018.docx (86 KB)

timeline

  • Nominations Open: Wednesday, 26th September 2018
  • Nominations Close: Friday, 2nd November at 5:00pm
  • Selection: December 2018

A sub-committee of the University Research Committee will review applications and select the Massey University Medal recipients. Please note: you can only be awarded the University Medal once in each category.

Along with the two categories noted above, the following Medals may also be awarded at the annual Massey University Research Excellence event:

  1. University Research Medal – Individual
  2. University Research Medal – Early Career
  3. University Research Medal - Supervisor

Recipients (Past & Present)

The recipients of these awards epitomise our values of creativity, excellence, innovation and connectedness. For more information on this year's and past winners, please visit Research Excellence Awards.

Contact

Any additional questions please contact Dr Jo Whittle - J.Whittle@massey.ac.nz

Research Excellence Awards

University Research Medal - Individual

Professor Velmurugu (Ravi) Ravindran

School of Veterinary Sciences

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University Research Medal - Supervisor

Professor Dianne Brunton

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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University Research Medal - Early Career

Dr Alexander Melnikov

Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

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