Victoria Business School student achievements

Hard work, commitment and academic achievement are celebrated at Victoria Business School.

Highlighting VBS student achievements

Victoria Business School acknowledges our students' hard work and commitment to their education with an annual Dean's List for undergraduate academic achievement. Our 'best & brightest' are also celebrated with the annual VBS Excellence Awards.

Dean's List

The Dean's List celebrates excellence in academic achievement for those students enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme at Victoria University of Wellington.

A Dean's List is prepared by each faculty and will normally include only students registered in qualifications offered by that faculty.

To qualify, students must

  • be enrolled for at least 100 undergraduate points taken over a period that begins in Trimester Three of the previous year and ends at the conclusion of Trimester Two of the current year
  • achieve a grade point average of 7.5 or higher
  • not fail any of their courses during the period of study.

Information about the Dean's List is available from the Victoria University Student & Academic Policies page.

Dean’s Award for Doctoral Achievement

This award was instituted in the Faculty in order to recognise excellence in the quality of research and writing in the very best of our doctoral theses each year. The awards are made on the recommendations of the VBS Postgraduate Degrees Committee, based on nominations from the School Research Degrees Committees and thesis examiners reports.

Award winners for 2014:

Award winners for 2013:

  • Paula Martin (PhD in Public Policy): Increasing the Rate of Living Donor Kidney Transplantation in New Zealand: Developing an Evidence Base
  • Susan Wilson (PhD in Management): Thinking Differently about Leadership: A Critical History of the Form and Formation of Leadership Studies.

Award winners for 2012:

  • Saurabh Jain (PhD in Commercial Law): Effectiveness of the Beneficial Ownership Test in Conduit Company Cases
  • Danaa Vandangombo (PhD in Accounting): Account(ing)/(Ability): Democratising the Environmental Impact Assessment in Mongolian Mining
  • Nor Balkish Zakaria (PhD in Accounting): Corporate Governance and the Relationship Between Default Risk and the Earning Response Coefficient
  • Alison O’Connell (PhD in Public Policy): Underestimating Lifespans? Why Longevity Risk Exists in Retirement Planning and Superannuation Policy
  • Diane Strode (PhD in Information Systems): A Theory of Coordination in Agile Software Development Projects.

Scholarships and prizes available to students

There are a number of scholarships and prizes for students in Victoria Business School programmes; enquiries and applications should be directed to the relevant Programmes Director.

Further information is available from the Victoria University of Wellington Scholarships website, including a list of upcoming closing dates for the next 12 months.