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Business/Higher Education Round Table

B/HERT - Business/Higher Education Round Table

B/HERT Awards

B/HERT Awards were established in 1998 to recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between business and higher education in the fields of research & development and education & training. The objective of the program is to highlight at a national level the benefits of such collaboration and enhance links between industry and universities. The Awards are presented at the B/HERT Awards Dinner in November every year.

Awards Categories

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Best Research & Development Collaboration

Best Research Translation (NEW)

The new Research Translation Award was introduced to the B/HERT Awards program to recognise successful translation processes that follow on from research activity, leading ultimately to commercialisation. All publicly funded research projects including business/university collaborative programs involved in translating research are eligible to apply. The Research Translation Award requires a commercial relationship to exist between the parties following the research activity. There is an expectation that an agile transition has taken place from research to the translation phase of the innovation.

Best Higher Education & Training Collaboration

Best Community Engagement Collaboration

CPA Australia/ ABDC/ B/HERT Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business Education Collaboration (NEW)

CPA Australia has been joined by the Australian Business Deans Council to create the new Outstanding Achievement in Business Education Collaboration Award to showcase the value of partnerships to enhance education outcomes across all business disciplines. All business/university collaborative programs or projects involved in business education & training at the undergraduate or postgraduate levels are eligible to apply.

Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Sustained Collaboration between Business and Tertiary Education (NEW: $10,000 PRIZE)

The Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Sustained Collaboration was introduced in 2008 to recognise enduring inter-sectorial relationships that have achieved significant commercial, economic and/or social impact benefits. B/HERT invites applications from universities and businesses with long term collaborative relationships to apply for this prestigious Award and for the first time will present a prize of $10,000 to the winner.

Best Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year Award

Award for Outstanding Philanthropic Support of Higher Education


Because the award is made to a program or project involving a collaborative partnership between business and higher education, the collaborating organisations must come from these sectors. The awards are open to B/HERT members and non-members alike.

The Awards are designed to recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between one or more higher education institutions and one or more industry partners. In this regard industry is defined broadly as publicly and privately owned companies, associations and recognised community and welfare organisations. The underpinning interaction must be a true collaboration above and beyond what would normally be expected as part of routine activities. All parties must be actively involved and contributing, having a relationship well beyond a commercial or service delivery arrangement.

Although applications may be submitted for an award in one or more categories, an application may only win one award. On occasion judges will reassign the application to another category.

To become a B/HERT Awards sponsor, please refer to the B/HERT Awards Sponsorship Pack.