VU staff receive awards for brilliant contributions

The annual VU Staff Awards shine a spotlight on individuals and teams who have made a significant impact on the University and the communities we serve.
Thursday 16 May 2024

Victoria University staff were encouraged to submit applications across eight categories: anchored in our Strategic Plan 2022-2028: Start well, finish brilliantly: Doing Dual Differently, Partnering with Principle, Maximising Research with Impact, Protecting Country and A Thriving Place to Study and Work.

VU Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said about the recipients: They are all key contributors – the people who make VU hum. We really value their dedication, their absolute application, and their significant efforts in 2023. 

That’s what the Staff Brilliance Awards celebrate, and as an institution, we couldn’t be prouder of each of them and the many other incredible applicants who shared their work with us.

2023 Staff Brilliance Award recipients

Doing Dual Differently - Learning & Teaching Excellence Award 

  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching design and pedagogy team
  • Dr Wasantha Liyanage

Partnering with Principle - Engagement with Impact Award

  • Autism Spectrum Australia and VU Flipped Campus Major Alliance 
  • V4U Day 2023

Maximising Research with Impact - Research with Impact Award

  • Safety and Wellbeing in Sport team 
  • VU Power Sensing (VUPS) Research Group
  • Janine Arantes

Protecting Country - Progressive Inclusivity Award 

  • Pride Network team 
  • Heather Marsh

Sustainability Award 

  • Wyndham Tech School Smart Farm

A Thriving Place to Study & Work - Student-Centric Values Award 

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education Partnership Placement team 
  • The Student Leadership Program

Innovator Award 

  • Thrive*
  • The Welcome Conversational AI Assistant for Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education Students

One VU Award

  • Rima Malaki

An honourable mention also goes to the People’s Choice Award recipients: the Maribyrnong Sports Academy Research Centre and the VU Sydney Early Childhood Project. 

For the full list of recipients, staff can visit the dedicated SharePoint site (login required).

Adam Shoemaker and recipient of One VU award, Rima Malaki, smile at the camera.
VU Power Sensing Research Group team stand with their awards for Maximising Research with impact - Research with Impact Award
Student Leadership Program Team, smile at the camera holding their award for Student-centric Values
Three award recipients from the Innovation Category: Conversational AI for Early Childhood Education, smile at the camera, holding their awards