(1) This Rule provides the framework for the establishment, management and administration of coursework Prizes and Scholarships awarded by the University.
(2) This Rule applies to:
(3) This Rule does not apply to University Medals or coursework Commonwealth Scholarships.
(4) The University bestows Prizes and Scholarships in order to encourage and reward excellence and attract, retain and support its Students.
(5) Candidates for Prizes and Scholarships will be assessed using defined eligibility and selection criteria as outlined in the approved Conditions of Award.
(6) Eligibility and selection criteria will be applied fairly and equitably.
(7) In the interests of equity for all students, and for accountability in relation to the selection process, the University ensures that all selection criteria are objectively demonstrable and assessable.
(8) The University, at its discretion, may decide to terminate named Prizes or Scholarships in accordance with the Advancement Policy.
(9) The University classifies Prizes and Scholarships into two categories:
(10) All new Prizes and Scholarships must be initiated, developed and approved prior to being activated. The requirements, which must be satisfied prior to activation, are dependent on the classification of the Prize or Scholarship.
(11) A student may be awarded more than one Scholarship if the combined value of all Scholarships awarded by the University in one calendar year is no more than $10,000.
(12) There are no restrictions on the number of external Scholarships a student can hold.
(13) There is no limit to the number of Prizes awarded to an individual student.
(14) The University retains the right to make the final decision on the selection of Prize and Scholarship recipients.
(15) Scholarships and University-wide Prizes
(16) School/Discipline and Unit Prizes
(17) Establishment of a Prize or Scholarship
(18) Donor Liaison and Recognition
(19) Selection of Prize and Scholarship Recipients
(20) Payment of Recipients of a Prize or Scholarship
(21) Selection of Prize and Scholarship recipients is at the University's discretion and is not subject to appeal. The right of the NSW Ombudsman to investigate maladministration of this process is acknowledged.
(22) Electronic records of the establishment and awarding of each Prize and Scholarship are to be retained in accordance with the University Records Management Rule.
(23) The Vice-Chancellor, pursuant to Section 29 of the University of New England Act, makes this University Rule.
(24) University Representatives and Students must observe this Rule in relation to University matters.
(25) In the event of a conflict between this Rule and any School policy or practice, this Rule shall take precedence.
(26) The Rule Administrator is authorised to make procedures and guidelines for the operation of this University Rule. The procedures and guidelines must be compatible with the provisions of this Rule.
(27) This Rule operates as and from the Effective Date.
(28) Previous Rules/Policies and related documents on Prizes and Scholarships are replaced and have no further operation from the Effective Date of this new Rule.
(29) Notwithstanding the other provisions of this University Rule, the Vice-Chancellor may approve an exception to this Rule where the Vice-Chancellor determines the application of the Rule would otherwise lead to an unfair, unreasonable or absurd outcome. Approvals by the Vice-Chancellor under this clause must be documented in writing and must state the reason for the exception.
(30) Administering Body means the area of the University assigned responsibility for aspects of the management and administration for particular Prizes or Scholarships.
(31) Candidate is a Student or prospective Student or graduate of the University who has met the requirements to be considered for the bestowal of a Prize and/or Scholarship, including submission of an application where that is required.
(32) Effective Date is the date on which this Rule will take effect.
(33) Eligibility criteria are the conditions required for candidates to be considered for the bestowal of a Prize and/or Scholarship award (e.g. must be an Australian citizen or international student).
(34) Prize is an award usually made on the basis of academic performance. The benefit is usually financial but may include a certificate or some other form of recognition.
(35) Scholarship for the purposes of this Rule, means any scholarship or bursary and is an award usually made on the basis of academic merit and/or equity providing a benefit to a student undertaking a course of study. The benefit is usually financial and may include full or partial remission of fees, costs associated with studying and/or living allowance or stipend.
(36) Selection criteria are the bases on which to differentiate between eligible candidates to determine which of them will receive the Prize and/or Scholarship (e.g. academic merit or financial need).
(37) Student means an Admitted Student or an Enrolled Student, at the relevant time.
(38) UNE Act means the University of New England Act, 1993, No 68 (NSW).
(39) University Representative means a University employee (casual, fixed-term and permanent), contractor, agent, appointee, UNE Council member, adjunct, visiting academic and any other person engaged by the University to undertake some activity for on behalf of the University. It includes corporations and other bodies falling into one or more of these categories.