Emerging Professional Award

2017 Emerging Professional of the Year:

Erin Shillington, Victoria University of Wellington


General information for applicants

2017 is the inaugural year of the TEFMA Emerging Professional Award in recognition of outstanding professional practice by a young member.  

The Emerging Professional Award acknowledges promising future leaders in the sector, recognising a member of age 30 years or less that has had a positive influence in the management of property and/or facilities of a member institution.  Applications for this award may highlight excellence from a young person starting their career in the higher education workplace, or someone who has had some career experience in another sector, but has recently moved into higher education property and facilities management.

As well as sector recognition, the award winner will receive a uniquely designed, hand crafted trophy.   

Applications open in May 2018

Assessment of applications and presentation of awards

Selection of the successful applicant will be approved by the TEFMA Board following receipt of a recommendation from a judging panel established to review the applications.

A panel of appropriately qualified judges, including representatives from TEFMA and the professional sector, will be nominated to judge applications. 

Applications will be judged against the published criteria.  Panel deliberations will be confidential and the judges’ decisions are final.  No correspondence or appeal process will be entered into.

The judging panel may decide not to award if it deems that no suitable applications have been received.

Evaluation of applications for the award will be completed by mid August, to enable shortlisted applicants to be notified so that they can plan travel to attend at the announcement and presentation for the winning application.  Awards are presented at the TEFMA Awards Dinner at the TEM conference of the year of the applications.

The award winner and / or their nominator will be asked to make a brief presentation, including a 2 minute video, on receiving the award at the TEFMA Awards Dinner, September 18 2017.  Runners up will have the opportunity to have their 2 minute electronic presentations on display at the Awards Dinner venue.   



The TEFMA Emerging Professional Award is open for applications from any individual, or on behalf of any individual, aged 30 years or less, working in a relevant department of a TEFMA member institution.  

Individuals with outstanding achievements in relevant areas during the past year are encouraged to apply; alternatively, they may be nominated for the award by a colleague or manager. 

There is no limit on the number of applications from one institution.  


Emerging Professional Award criteria

Applications should clearly reference the criteria provided.  Words provided are a prompt only, to assist those completing an application, but are not intended to be exhaustive.  

A.    General

An individual’s growing professionalism should be evidenced, with their approach to carrying out their role making a positive impact on property and/or facilities management in a member institution. 

Applications should exhibit quality work, resulting in a contribution of significant value to the organisation and benefits to staff, students and visitors as a result.

B.     Interpersonal  skills

Applications should reference some or all of the following:

  • Leadership:  Promising future leadership abilities, including attributes such as integrity, initiative and a focus on quality performance outcomes.    
  • Customer relationships:  Emerging skills in client relationship management for service provision, such as customer needs awareness, follow up, a can-do attitude, service levels and requirements exceeded.
  • Organisational relationships:  Quality work within a team, such as commitment, inclusiveness and good communication skills.


C.    Professional practice

Applications should reference some or all of the following:

  • Professionalism:   Extensive understanding of the matter at hand and a willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ have ensured a successful result.
  • Planning:   A good understanding of organisational objectives, goal setting, measurement and reporting on outcomes have led to successful results.
  • Process improvement:  Improvement of a process has resulted in the effectiveness of work being measurably improved.   Technical, administrative or other process types may be addressed.
  •   Research:  Objective information gathering and well-planned analysis have resulted in new information being identified, with direct application to its purpose.    
  • Innovation:  A creative approach to solving a problem has led to resolution of an issue.
  • Delivery:   Quality work in service or project delivery has made a strong contribution to achievement of the required results. 

3.     Applications must be endorsed and signed by the relevant Institutional Member. 

4.     Applications must be submitted to the TEFMA Secretariat via a Dropbox Link

5.     You can upload a whole folder (must be zipped) and save it as YOURSURNAME_EMERGING_DATESUBMITTED i.e. SMITH_EMERGING_12.07.17

6.     Email the TEFMA Secretariat: info@tefma.comto confirm your application has been uploaded.  

7.     Applicants that are shortlisted will be asked to submit a 2 minute video presenting a snapshot of the nominee and their work proposed for the award.

8.     Any enquiries should be directed to the TEFMA Secretariat on +61 3 6234 7844 or info@tefma.com.

Hints for application preparation

Be factual and positive. 

It is important to provide evidence to back up your claims.  As well as describing the situation you are presenting, you should cite actual examples relating to the work done, how well it was carried out, what was achieved, and how it has benefited your institution. 

Responses need not be lengthy, but they should be relevant, include meaningful supporting descriptions, and should demonstrate particular characteristics, qualities or approaches that have resulted in the work making a significant contribution to your organisation.

A submission should anticipate the key points a panel member will be looking for in the responses to the award criteria.  

To maximise your chances of success it is important that you address the award criteria to clearly identify the suitability of your application, or nominee, for consideration as winner of the award. 

When addressing the criteria you should look for things to highlight that might set you or your nominee apart from other applicants.

Be clear and to the point and do not exceed word limits.  Edit your responses for grammar, spelling and punctuation.