TEU Awards


Below is information on the three types of award that TEU members can receive for outstanding service to our union or to public education, and nomination forms to help you nominate recipients.

Information on Life membership

Life Membership

TEU life membership is awarded to a small number of individuals who have provided relatively continuous service to the union at both the branch and national levels which has been continuous and of a high level.

Examples: has provided both service and leadership on branch and national committees; has taken a leading role in major national campaigns to advance to objects of the union for significant periods of time.

Ordinarily life membership would only be conferred on someone who is reaching the end of their career in tertiary education and/or planning to leave the sector.

Information on Awards of Excellence

TEU Awards of Excellence – Eligibility

TEU Awards of Excellence are made to individuals and/or groups who have made an outstanding contribution to one of the four categories:

  • Student learning and participation
  • Supporting teaching and research
  • Professional integrity
  • Academic freedom

“Outstanding contribution” could include actions beyond one’s regular duties, national/international recognition of activities, ground-breaking or unique in the person’s area of responsibility. Such contribution must be demonstrated through provision of evidence in the form of a written statement by the nominees and information garnered from two verbal referees.

These awards are open to all financial members of the Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa.  Nominees can include full-time, part-time or casual employees.

Where a team has been nominated for an Excellence Award, at least one-half of that team must be financial members of the TEU for the nomination to be considered valid.

Criteria for nomination

1. Student learning and participation

Supporting student learning and participation within their institution and/or the tertiary education sector

Examples: contributions to pastoral care of students, facilities management and maintenance, developing sustainable systems/processes, developing research and teaching aides and instructions, one-off assistance to students requiring extra guidance, developing tools to support students from different cultures and backgrounds.

2. Supporting teaching and research

(Examples: development of IT systems, library systems and processes, specialized support to academic staff, supplying research tools to academic staff in support of their research, designing research tools, liaison with/outreach to intending students).

3. Professional integrity

Defending the professional integrity of their profession/sector against internal or external pressures in the interests of students and the public.

Examples: contributions to union/other campaigns, representation on advisory groups/committees, health and safety, actively mentoring other staff in their profession, participation in professional groups that support the goals of the profession, publicising the value of their profession to a wider audience).

4. Academic freedom

Promotion of academic freedom includes actions which involve pursuit of the right to freedom of teaching and discussion, freedom to express opinions about tertiary education institutes and the tertiary education system, freedom from institutional censorship and freedom to participate in professional or representative bodies.

Examples: has provided critique of their own institutions policies and procedures in a range of forum; or, has critiqued government scientific policies around a crucial issue of environmental harm.

A nominee or nominees would not need to meet all of the criteria, but must be able to illustrate their contribution to at least one of the above four criteria.

TEU Awards of Excellence – Nominations process

The council, national committees and branches may nominate suitable persons for any of the TEU Awards of Excellence.

Nominations must be accompanied by a short history of the nominee’s contribution to public tertiary education; a statement outlining the reasons for the nomination; and, two referees’ names and contact details.

Nominations for the TEU Awards of Excellence shall be forwarded to an awards sub-committee of up to three members which shall make recommendations to the council on whether awards should be made. The council shall consider each recommendation and determine whether an award shall be made. The decision of Council shall be reported to the nominating body prior to the annual conference.

Nominations for any of the above awards should be sent to stephen.day@teu.ac.nz no later than 5 September 2016.

Note: the awards may be made to persons working in institutions other than public tertiary institutions (for example a private-training-establishment) provided their actions contribute towards the broad goals of ‘public’ education. For example, a TEU member at a PTE may have been involved in a public lecture series or a community project using their expertise as an education sector employee.

It is expected that all nominees will be:

  1. active members who have rendered valuable service to the TEU at branch and/or national level , OR
  2. financial members who have made an important contribution to public tertiary education in a way that advances the objects of the union, even if this has not been carried out through the TEU.
Information on Awards of Service

TEU Service Awards – Eligibility

TEU makes a number of awards recognising the service of its members. One of these is made by Council: meritorious service.  A number of awards can be made by branches: including honorary membership and service awards.

The awards are open to all financial members of the Tertiary Education Union Te Hautū Kahurangi o Aotearoa.  Nominees can include full-time, part-time or casual employees.

TEU Service Awards – Nominations process

The national secretary of the union shall call for nominations for Meritorious Service Awards three months before the date of the annual conference.

The council, national committees and sector groups, and branches may nominate suitable persons for any of the TEU awards.

Nominations for any of the above awards should be sent to stephen.day@teu.ac.nz no later than 5 September 2016.

Nominations must be accompanied by a short history of the nominee’s contribution to unionism; a statement outlining the reasons for nomination; and, contact details for one person from the nominating body.

Nominations shall then be forwarded to an awards sub-committee of up to three members who shall be appointed by each incoming council for recommendation to the council. The council shall consider each recommendation and determine whether an award shall be made.

The decision of Council shall be reported to the nominating body prior to the annual conference.

Criteria for nomination for Meritorious Service

Meritorious Service constitutes having taken an active role for significant periods of time at the branch level and/or having supported other staff/members through involvement in TEU activities at the branch level.

Examples: active role in branch organising/activities – recruitment, negotiations, working parties etc.

Information on awards conferred by branches

In addition to the national awards, branches may also choose to confer awards for service – including honorary membership of the branch and general service awards.

Process for awards conferred by branches

A general meeting of a branch may from time to time elect as honorary members of the branch such retired or other persons as it deems desirable in recognition of services rendered to the union or branch. Honorary membership may not be awarded to persons who qualify for financial membership and honorary members shall not hold elected office, vote in union elections, or receive industrial services or representation.

Bronze, silver, and gold service awards shall be made by branch committees to members to recognise periods of ten, fifteen, and twenty years of continuous membership.

Read about some of our past award recipients