Stipulated by the Board of the University of Agder, 17 October 2012. Last revision by the Board, 22 January 2020.
The purpose of the prize is to give recognition to a unit, an environment or an individual at the university who has made a special effort to develop the learning environment and /or the quality of the study programmes. The learning environment encompasses physical, psychosocial, organisational, digital and pedagogical conditions, while the quality of the study programmes concerns academic and pedagogical activities. The prize should be seen as an explicit recognition of work that contributes to innovation and development.
The prize money amounts to NOK 100 000 and must be awarded to one winner only.
The Prize winner is obliged to use the whole sum for measures that promote further development of the learning environment or the quality of the study programmes.
The prize must not result in any reduction of operational resources, grants for equipment or other benefits that are due to the prize winner.
The Faculties, the Teacher Education Unit and the Student Organisation in Agder each nominate one candidate. The internal processes are decided by the units themselves, but the units must give reasons for their nominations.
The Rector appoints a prize committee which must include representatives from the students and the Learning Environment Committee. The prize committee constitutes itself, and the University Director functions as secretary. The committee is required to keep formal minutes from its meetings.
The prize committee assesses the nominated candidates and recommends one candidate as the winner of the prize.
The University Board at UiA awards the prize.
The Faculty/Department with which the prize winner is affiliated must report on how the prize money is used. The report is submitted to the University’s Education Committee for information purposes.