The candidates for Golden HSE have been nominated and in the middle of December we’ll find out who will be given the laurels. The procedure for choosing a winner has been changed a little this year. HSE Academic Secretary Natalia Savelieva explains what these changes are and how you can best support your candidate.
This year we have changed how we select the winner. We’ve dropped the two stage system where the Academic Council determine who will be the nominees and the Board of Tenured Professors chose the winners. This time a jury elected from the teaching staff and university administration will determine the nominees and winners. The jury for each category will include up to 10 people. The names of the jurors will be published soon on the Golden HSE pages. The jury will be expected to select the best of the best in each nomination - three candidates (their names will be on the site too) and then one winner. The winner will not be announced until the award ceremony.
This approach will apply for all nominations except the ‘Silver nestling’. They didn’t have nominations previously and were selected directly by the Board of Tenured Professors and disclosed at the prize giving. That will be the case this time too but the best will be selected by the special jury.
The jury must determine the nominees by the 12th December. Is there something you can do to help your favourite candidate? Yes, you can write comments to support him or her on the Golden HSE pages. In the regulations it states that comments can be taken into account in the selection process. This doesn’t mean that the candidate with the most supporting comments will win. But the comments are a kind of addition to the application, you can write about certain aspects of the candidate that weren’t mentioned before. To make sure the jury has time to read your comment make sure you write it by the 6th December although you can keep adding comments after that date.
Natalia Savelieva says, yes it matters a lot. The jury members don’t know all the candidates in person, in what you write they could read the emotional and full grounds to influence their decision. ‘If the application was simply a formality, it would be enough just to put a link to the candidate’s personal pages where all the basic information about them is available,’ says Natalia, ‘but the application can uncover a candidate’s true face. This competition could reveal a side to a person most people don’t know even about.’