MGA Thermal wins AFR Higher Education Award for research commercialisation

Friday, 12 November 2021

MGA Thermal, a spin-out company of our University, has been announced as the winner of the inaugural Research Commercialisation award from the 2021 Australian Financial Review Higher Education Awards.

Shaun Nay, Erich Kisi, Mark Copus and Dominic McAtamney holding MGA Thermal bricks

Our University also topped the shortlist with three other nominations in multiple categories, including:

  • Emerging Leadership – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Leadership) Nathan Towney for his outstanding leadership and work to amplify Indigenous voices.
  • Opportunity and Inclusion – The University’s Open Foundation program as an exemplar of equity in the pursuit of higher education.
  • Industry EngagementProfessor Brett Mitchell for his work in infection control and development of commercial products to help communities live better, healthier lives.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Alex Zelinsky congratulated MGA Thermal and our finalists in the AFR awards.

“I’m very proud of the achievements of all our finalists in the AFR awards and it’s wonderful to see our people excel in what has otherwise been a difficult year,” Professor Zelinsky said.

“These awards not only demonstrate the resilience of the sector, but also highlights the dedication of our University community to bring our values of excellence, equity, engagement and sustainability to life.”

Professor Zelinsky said MGA Thermal being recognised for research commercialisation is an example of how research can change the future.

“MGA Thermal is driving the shift to renewable energy in our region and I am so pleased to see our people being recognised for their innovative solutions to transform how the world uses renewables.”

The annual awards seek to highlight at a national level “the tremendous contribution that the Higher Education sector makes to Australian prosperity and quality of life” and recognise outstanding initiatives across seven categories including teaching and learning, employability, equity and inclusion, and for the first time in 2021, research commercialisation.

This year, a total of 31 universities or higher education providers competed for the top honours.

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