Ralph McIntosh Medal

The Ralph McIntosh Medal is presented to a staff member dedicated to creating life-changing educational experiences to all students from all backgrounds and preparing them for the global world of work. They provide learning through work and enterprise, and access to networks and connections across the world. Whether they are driving impact in research and innovation, or facilitating our students to solve world problems, they contribute to the transformative student experience at the heart of RMIT's mission.

It is named in honour of a former maths teacher and advisor to both local and international students, Ralph McIntosh, who worked at RMIT from 1925 to 1966.

Read more about the previous winners of the Ralph McIntosh Medal.

About Ralph McIntosh

Ralph McIntosh was a very long serving member of RMIT who worked in various areas from 1925 to 1966. He held the positions of Science Master of the Junior School, Head of Mathematics, and teacher of mathematics and science to servicemen during World War II. There are still ex-students who remember him as a highly gifted and caring teacher. He was known to the students as “Madly Methodical Mathematical Mac.” During this early period of his employment he was also sports master and organised and ran the Old Boys Lacrosse team for many years.

From 1941 to 1945 he was welfare officer for the service trainees and provided them with support and guidance well beyond the call of duty. In 1946 he became Personnel Officer and was largely involved in looking after the interests of returned servicemen who had returned to study under the Commonwealth Reconstruction Training Scheme. From 1947 he also cared for Asian students, to whom he was affectionately known as "Dad", and made an honorary member of the Malayan Students Association. From the mid 1950s he had the role of Overseas Students Personnel Officer - probably one of the first international student advisors in Australia.

His dedication to the welfare of local and international students was quite exemplary and generous over the whole of his working life at RMIT. Ralph McIntosh was born in 1899 and died in 1980.

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 university.secretariat@rmit.edu.au along with supporting materials.

5. Are considered by a committee comprising: the Director RMIT Connect and Student Life, a Pro Vice-Chancellor of an academic college (or delegate), and the President of the RMIT University Student Union.

The Ralph McIntosh 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 Ralph McIntosh Medal Selection Committee within two weeks of the close of the nomination period
  • The Ralph McIntosh Medal is presented at the RMIT Awards for Excellence ceremony in November