HiOA annually awards different prizes in accordance with the institution's purpose:
Who qualifies for the prizes?
Student of the year will be awarded to a student whose efforts towards other students and towards the study and learning environment have proved outstanding and who is seen as role model for other students.
The working environment prize is meant to be an appreciation and an encouragement to environments or employees who have made a special effort for the working environment at HiOA.
Proposals for candidates can be promoted by faculties, departments, employees and academic environments at HiOA, student committees, the Student Parliament and other entities.
The proposal must be justified and documented. A candidate may be put forward for several prizes, and one proposer may suggest more candidates for the same prize. A prize can be shared between two or more prize winners.
The Rector appoints a jury each year, which assesses the candidates and determines the winners. The jury is put together as follows: the two vice-rectors, two student representatives appointed by the Student Parliament, two academic staff representatives and an external representative who is a member of the board or of a faculty board.
The jury is headed by one of the vice-rectors. The jury may consider additional assessments from outside experts if needed. In case of disagreement in the jury, the decision is put to a vote and decided with simple majority.