Procedure: University Medal
To set out the procedures which underpin the award of University Medals at ANU.
1. Consideration for the award of a University Medal at ANU is available to individuals who:
- have met the requirements for the award of a first class Honours Degree at Australian Qualifications Framework level 8 at ANU and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 6.5 in their studies for a Bachelor Degree and Bachelor Honours Degree across the Australian Qualifications Framework levels 7 and 8; or
- have a GPA of at least 6.5 in their studies for a Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework) of at least 96 units at ANU, including a research project or thesis of at least 18 units; or
- have either a GPA of at least 6.5 in their studies for an Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 Masters Degree (Extended) qualification of at least 144 units at ANU, or, in the case of the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery program, a Higher Level Pass grade in all courses; and
- have not been found guilty of general or academic misconduct, including plagiarism; and
- have not been awarded a fail in two or more courses in the program for which consideration for a medal is given.
2. The Division of Student Administration or Honours Conveners nominate candidates for the consideration of the award of a University Medal.
3. College education committees or an equivalent committee approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor recommend; the University Medals Committee endorses and the Deputy Vice Chancellor approves the award of University Medals.
4. In exceptional cases where two students from the same discipline or more than 3% of the Bachelor Honours or 3% of the Masters graduating cohort from a College are endorsed for a University Medal by the University Medals Committee, approval from a committee constituted by the two Deputy Vice-Chancellors and four E2/E3 distinguished Professors is required.
Determination of the award of a University Medal
5. The award of a University Medal is determined on the basis of the holistic assessment of the academic track record of the candidate, which for Bachelor Honours Degree students includes all courses taken as part of a double degree and any Bachelor Degree studies at another university, and for Masters Degree students includes all courses taken as part of a double Masters Degree.
6. Grades obtained in the first 48 units for a Bachelor Honours Degree will be excluded from the calculation of GPA where a case for serious and unavoidable disruption is approved by the Chair of the College Education Committee.
7. In the case of students undertaking a discrete one year full time equivalent Honours program, 50% of weighting is given for the 48 units comprising the Honours program; and the remaining 50% is given for all other courses within the undergraduate program (144 or more units of credit).
8. Candidates undertaking integrated Honours programs are evaluated using the same weighting as applied in the discipline awarding the Honours Degree.
9. All deliberations concerning the assessment of candidates for University Medals are confidential.
Communication of outcomes
10. Candidates will receive written notification of the award of a University Medal.
11. Feedback from the committees considering nominations for University Medals is not provided.
12. The decision of the committees considering nominations for University Medals is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Monitoring University Medal outcomes
13. The University Medal Committee provides an annual report to Academic Board on the medals awarded in the previous year, including the distribution by gender and by College.