UNSW Sydney receives two finalist nominations in the AFR Higher Education Awards 2022

15 Nov 2022

The UNSW Tax and Business Advisory Clinic and UNSW Canberra’s Innovation Hub Launch have been named as finalists in the Australian Financial Review Higher Education Awards.

The AFR Higher Education Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the contribution of the Higher Education sector to Australian prosperity and quality of life, and are open to all institutions, public and private across Australia.

Over 20 outstanding Award entries were received from individuals and teams across the University. Following a panel review and selection process, UNSW put forward entries in seven of the Award categories. Congratulations to the UNSW nominees in the following categories:

  • Community Engagement | UNSW Tax and Business Advisory Clinic, Prof. Michael Walpole and A/Prof. Ann Kayis-Kumar, Business School
  • Emerging Leadership | Prof. Dane McCamey, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Research
  • Employability | Work-based Learning at Scale: Employability Sandbox and its Tripartite Impact, Dr Yenni Tim, Business School
  • Equity and Access | Start@UNSW Program: Peer-led Wellbeing Check in Calls, Ms Jessica Luquin, Pro Vice-Chancellor Education & Student Experience Office
  • Industry Engagement | UNSW Canberra’s Innovation Hub Launch, Mr Dale Druhan, UNSW Canberra
  • Research Commercialisation | Mesh LoRa Network for Smart Buildings, Prof. Wen Hu, Engineering
  • Teaching and Learning Excellence | 25 years of engagement with the Warman Design and Build Competition, A/Prof. Warren Smith, UNSW Canberra.


AFR Higher Education Awards category finalists

The UNSW Tax and Business Advisory Clinic was selected as a finalist in the category of Community Engagement and UNSW Canberra’s Innovation Hub Launch was selected as a finalist in the category of Industry Engagement.

The UNSW Tax and Business Advisory Clinic works with students and volunteer tax agents to provide independent, free and confidential tax advice for individuals and small business owners in severe financial distress. It strives to contribute to a more just society by addressing deep systemic injustices at the frontline. The Clinic’s uniqueness is it’s dual purpose of focusing on those in need while employing tax agents to train students to support clients.

UNSW Canberra’s Innovation Hub Launch has demonstrated incredible success in industry engagement. Launch was established in 2020 to meet the needs of the defence and security industry by offering a secure and sector-specific setting for co-working, collaboration and innovation. Launch has nurtured many start-ups, SMEs and UNSW spin-offs to develop and scale their innovation, build sovereign capability and meaningfully engage with the University. The number of companies at Launch continues to grow with increasing interest from prospective companies.