HERDSA – TERNZ Research Medal

The HERDSA (NZ) committee invites you to nominate a team or individual who has contributed outstandingly to tertiary education research in New Zealand. This includes tertiary education research itself and/or service to tertiary education research. While nominations have to be made by HERDSA members, eligible nominees are HERDSA members, academic developers, and/or active researchers in the field of tertiary education research. It is not possible to self-nominate.

We hope to streamline the nomination process so that it involves minimal time commitment. Therefore, please provide the name, contact details, and up to 150-word description explaining the significance of the individual’s or team’s contribution(s) to tertiary education research in New Zealand. Include supporting evidence (grants awarded, sustained or significant publication record, service to tertiary education research and so forth). You are welcome to provide links to relevant websites.

We ask that nominations come to the Awards Panel Convenor (Julie Timmermans by Friday 28th August at 3 p.m. An announcement of the award winner will be made by Friday 25th September.

Many thanks – Julie Timmermans (HERDSA-TERNZ medal committee convenor)

Previous award winners

HIGHER ED HEROES AWARD – Recognising Academic Generosity in Challenging Times

Panel members: Julie Timmermans (Convenor) (University of Otago), Tanya Evans (University of Auckland), Julia Hallas (University of Auckland), Rob Wass (University of Otago)

In challenging times, we often witness or experience acts of great generosity. This year, the HERDSA New Zealand committee invites you to put forth a nomination for the “The Higher Ed Heroes Award”. Offered by the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) NZ committee, this award presents an opportunity to show gratitude by recognising the generosity of a colleague or team of colleagues who have supported you or others in an unexpected/exceptional way during the COVID-19 pandemic. This academic generosity may be in the areas of research, teaching, service, or academic development. The generosity received may be something “tangible” (e.g., outstanding support with shifting to online teaching and learning), or more “intangible” (e.g., helping you to feel a sense of belonging and connectedness in a time of isolation). 


  • Nominations must be made by HERDSA NZ members. Eligible nominees are teachers, researchers, academic developers, learning designers, students, and others working in the field of tertiary education in New Zealand. Nominees do not need to be HERDSA NZ members, but must be based in New Zealand. It is not possible to self-nominate.
  • Nominators may be contacted by the Awards committee for further information.
  • Nominations will be kept confidential. HERDSA NZ will contact winners to discuss publishing an account of your nomination and award. 
  • There will be up to five awards of $500 each.  Awards will be in the form of vouchers to be spent at New Zealand businesses or organisations.


  1. Information about the nominator(s)
    • Name(s)
    • Position title(s)
    • Institution(s)
    • Email address(es)
    • Relationship with the nominee(s)
  1. Information about the nominee(s):
    • Name(s)
    • Position title(s)
    • Institution(s)
    • Email address(es)
  1. Up to one single-spaced page with the following information:
    • Clear description of the act of generosity and the way(s) in which the nominee went beyond expectations
    • Reflective consideration of the effect/impact of this generosity.
  1. (Optional) Up to two additional pages of supporting evidence.

Please email your nomination to the Awards Panel Convenor, Julie  Timmermans (,  by 17 July. An announcement of the award winner(s) will be made by 14 August.