Francis Ormond Medal

The Francis Ormond Medal is presented to a staff member who comes to their role each day with passion and purpose. Their work develops and empowers our staff to achieve greater impact and learning by strengthening our culture of service and support. They focus on outcomes and user experience, whether by contributing to simpler systems and processes, improving sustainability, providing staff development and support, or empowering teams, in ways that allow RMIT to reach its goals.

Read more about the previous winners of the Francis Ormond Medal.

About Francis Ormond

Francis Ormond was a Scottish born Australian pastoralist, member of the parliament of Victoria and philanthropist in the areas of education and religion; he was also the founder of the Working Men's College of Melbourne which later became the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and today: RMIT University.

Ormond was especially interested in the education of working men; he believed that a college providing technical education would serve a very useful purpose. Ormond convinced the Victorian government to provide a site for the college and later contributed £5000 towards its construction.

On its opening night in June 1887, the College enrolled 320 students, within 12 months the number had risen to over 1000. The number of students reached nearly 10,000 in 1938.

Ormond is also notable for his efforts as a public benefactor, having donated the majority of funds towards the establishment of Ormond College at the University of Melbourne and funding the construction of the central and western towers of St Paul’s Cathedral as well as dispersing significant grants to various hospitals and churches.

Francis Ormond was born in 1827 and died in 1889.

Nomination and approval process


1. Are made by staff.

2.. Are made using the Francis Ormond and Ralph McIntosh Medals nomination form (PDF 947kb).

3. Must comply with nomination submission guidelines.

4. Are sent to the University Secretary via email at along with supporting materials.

5. Are assessed by a committee of three former award recipients.

The Francis Ormond Medal is awarded annually.

Please note: The process is strictly confidential and nominees must not be advised of nominations.

2017 timelines

  • Nominations are accepted until 5pm on 15 September 2017
  • Nominations are considered by the Francis Ormond Medal Selection Committee within two weeks of the close of the nomination period
  • The Francis Ormond Medal is presented at the RMIT Awards for Excellence ceremony in November