Nominations close
8 September at 11:59am.

Review period
Nominations reviewed 9 September - 6 October.

Winners notified
Week commencing 28 October.

Award ceremony
Monday 25 November.

Please join our Vice-Chancellor Peter Dawkins in celebrating our wonderful staff by nominating yourself or a colleague for an Award of Excellence.

The Vice-Chancellor's Awards are one way that I can formally recognise the exceptional practice and outstanding contributions of our staff to Victoria University, and beyond. 

They provide the opportunity to showcase the great innovation and work that is being undertaken on the national stage.

Professor Peter Dawkins, Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University.

Award categories

This award recognises individuals and/or teams who demonstrate excellence in the provision of service to students, and outstanding contributions to the quality of the student experience at VU.

Criteria

  • Excellence in student administration through the implementation of an innovation that has provided overall benefits through:
    1. Best practice management (e.g. introduction of an improved process or systems improvement, formulation of policy, or legislative instruments, design of new systems); or
    2. delivery of consistent high level service excellence to students; or both.
  • Provide evidence of enduring impacts or changes achieved.
  • Provide testimonials/references from inside and/or outside VU, who can speak to the application and of the achievements and impact the applicant/s has made.
  • Contributes to the attainment of The VU Way.

This award recognises individuals and/or teams who have given outstanding service to their work area, made a significant contribution to innovation, and displayed outstanding teamwork and leadership. This may include innovative practice through improvements in their current work or perhaps through a successful project implementation.

Criteria

  • Excellence in professional service and innovation practice or a project that has delivered benefits with enduring impacts or changes.
  • Provide evidence of these enduring impacts or changes achieved.
  • Provide testimonials/references from inside and/or outside VU, who can speak to the application and of the achievements and impact the applicant/s has made.
  • Contributes to the attainment of The VU Way.

This award recognises and celebrates the diverse contributions that individuals and/or teams make to facilitate engagement with industry, government and/or community that makes a real world impact.

Criteria

  • Excellence in engagement with industry, government and/or community that:
    • delivered a demonstrated positive impact (including major project outcomes, gains and quantifiable benefits);
    • showcased a collaborative approach by all parties involved;
    • delivered an innovation in concept, objective, approach, design, delivery or content; and
    • had one or more of the following: cross-institutional support, value for investment and sustainability and scalability.
  • Provide details of the engagement activity or project including the aims of the project; the development and methodology.
  • Provide at least one testimonial from the partner/collaborator/recipient of the impact/project, external to the University.

This award celebrates the diverse contributions that individuals and teams make to facilitate high quality research and research training within Victoria University in following areas:

  1. Excellence in Research & Research Training
  2. Excellence in Research & Research Training (Early Career)
  3. Excellence in Research & Research Training (Supervision)

Research Early Career criteria

  • Research output: Evidence of peer reviewed research output (e.g. peer-reviewed journal publications, refereed conference proceedings etc.). Other research outputs, such as performances, works and portfolios, can be included when supported by evidence outlining a selection process.
  • Research support: Amount of funding attracted, listing project, funding source and participants for each grant and/or contract research project.
  • Research leadership: Evidence of research leadership and/or collaboration activities.
  • Contribution to the field and engagement, also includes impact beyond academia: Evidence of contribution and its impact (e.g. citations, implementation by community, industry or government, measures of benefit(s) etc.) See here a diagram which explains research impact and engagement beyond Academia well.

Research Supervision criteria

  • Supervisors actively involved in research supervision of one or more research students and have had at least two students through to timely completion of a VU research degree.
  • Academic: Contributions to research training and the development of graduate researchers. This could include:
  • Use of supervisory training and mentoring strategies that have led to the academic advancement of graduate research students.
  • Assistance with the dissemination of quality research outcomes (i.e. presentation and publication of research outcomes both internal and external to the University) from graduate research project/s.
  • The facilitation and development of academic networks to the benefit of graduate research students.
  • Transferable skill development:  support to develop their candidate(s) transferable skills and their participation industry experience opportunities
  • Leadership in Supervision: contributions to the enhancement  of research culture for within VU Research (including former College and/or Faculty):
    • graduate research student(s): evidenced by, for example, career development support and outcomes, improving access to resources, and
    • supervisors, evidenced, for example, by mentoring, 360/peer feedback or the creation of new knowledge about graduate researcher supervision
    • Supervision Management: Achievement of timely quality outcomes from research.

These awards celebrate the diverse and outstanding contributions to the quality of learning and the quality of the student experience at VU. The three categories are:

  1. Excellence in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education)
  2. Excellence in Learning and Teaching (Vocational Education and Training)
  3. Programs that Enhance Learning

Criteria for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education):

  • Applicants for the Excellence in Learning and Teaching (Higher Education) Award are required to select ONE of the following four topics:
  1. Approaches to teaching and the support of learning that influence, motivate and inspire students to learn.
  2. Development of curricula, resources or services that reflect a command of the field.
  3. Evaluation practices that bring about improvements in teaching and learning.
  4. Innovation, leadership or scholarship that has influenced and enhanced learning and teaching and/or the student experience.
  • Provide qualitative and quantitative evidence that their contribution has:
    • Influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience
    • Gained recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community
    • Been sustained for a period of time, not including time taken for development or trial of activity
    • Claims of excellence that are supported by formal and informal evaluation
    • Shown creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments
    • Information contained in student data or institutional student surveys, references and selected teaching materials.
  • Provide at least one testimonial from inside and/or outside VU, who can speak to the application and of the achievements and impact the applicant/s has made.

Criteria for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (Vocational Education and Training)

  • Applications for the Learning and Teaching (Vocational Education and Training) Award are required to address ALL four of the following criteria:
  1. Excellence and innovation
  2. Student experience and success
  3. Professionalism and commitment to teaching and learning in the training and TAFE system
  4. Links with industry and/or community.
  • Provide qualitative and quantitative evidence that their contribution has:
    • Influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience
    • Gained recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community
    • Been sustained for a period of time, not including time taken for development or trial of activity
    • Claims of excellence that are supported by formal and informal evaluation
    • Shown creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments
    • Information contained in student data or institutional student surveys, references and selected teaching materials.
  • Provide at least one testimonial from inside and/or outside VU, who can speak to the application and of the achievements and impact the applicant/s has made.

Criteria for Programs that Enhance Learning:

  • Applications for the Programs that Enhance Learning Award are required to address ALL four of the following criteria:
  1. Distinctiveness, coherence and clarity or purpose
  2. Influence on student learning and the student experience
  3. Breadth of impact with benefits for students, staff, the institution and/or other institutions
  4. Addresses equity and diversity.
  • Provide qualitative and quantitative evidence that their contribution has:
    • Influenced student learning, student engagement or the overall student experience
    • Gained recognition from fellow staff, the institution, and/or the broader community
    • Been sustained for a period of time, not including time taken for development or trial of activity
    • Claims of excellence that are supported by formal and informal evaluation
    • Shown creativity, imagination or innovation, irrespective of whether the approach involves traditional learning environments or technology-based developments
    • Information contained in student data or institutional student surveys, references and selected teaching materials.
  • Provide at least one testimonial from inside and/or outside VU, who can speak to the application and of the achievements and impact the applicant/s has made.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Career Achievement Award formally recognises a recipient’s outstanding leadership, significant contributions, and sustained excellence in learning and teaching, research, mentorship and/or service at Victoria University and the communities we serve. This may be a new innovation, new knowledge, or ways to improve professional practice deemed to be above and beyond the everyday with a long lasting impact.

The award is designed to acknowledge the enduring legacy of staff in all fields of endeavour.

Selection of the nominee is made based on the individual's significant, fundamental contributions to Victoria University and beyond; the lasting impact of these contributions; and the demonstration of an enduring commitment to excellence.

This is an occasional award and may not be awarded each year.

Criteria:

  • Nominees must have:
    1. made a positive impact in their area of contribution [at either state/territory or national level]
    2. earned recognition by other industry, training, education, community or employer groups;
    3. the respect of professional peers
    4. general acknowledgement as having reached a pinnacle of their profession or industry
    5. demonstrated, over an extended period of time a contribution which has included either research, industry achievement, professional leadership and service to the tertiary education sector
    6. personal integrity
    7. 20 years or more, of sustained service in tertiary education and at least 5 years employed at VU.
  • The winner will be chosen on the basis of verifiable evidence of achievement and peer recognition.

General eligibility for all awards

Those eligible include:

  • all staff members, including contract and sessional staff, who have been employees of Victoria University for a minimum of two years.
  • for team applications, at least 50% of team members must have been employees of VU for a minimum of two years.

For all Award categories, any award recipient who is no longer employed by VU at the time of the announcement of the awards will be issued a certificate of recognition, but they will not be entitled to an award prize.

 

Eligibility for Excellence in Research (Supervision)

  • Supervisors actively involved in research supervision of one or more research students and have had at least two students through to satisfactory completion of a VU research degree.

Eligibility for Excellence in Research (Early Career)

  • Early career researchers awarded a PhD within five years[*] of the closing date of the 2019 Awards for Excellence.

[*] Applicants that are greater than this time period will be considered if a significant career interruption can be evidenced.

All VU staff whose professional career is in excess of 20 years and who have a minimum of five years' service at VU.

  • Previous award and citation recipients are ineligible to apply for the same award category for a period of three years.
  • Previous award and citation recipients who were members of a team (but not the lead) are eligible to apply within three years of receiving the award.
  • Previous award and citation recipients applying for an award in a different category within the three year period must be applying on the basis of substantially different work.
  • Applications after that time based on similar work will be judged on the basis of achievements and evidence since last award.
  • With the exception of members of a team, applicants may be included in only one award application in any year.

Nomination process & key dates

The nominations open on 29 July 2019.

  • 8 September: Submit your nominations by midnight
  • 9-22 September: Initial review of nominations
  • 23 September- 6 October: resubmission period
  • 7 -27 October: Panel review
  • 28 October -1 November: Winners notified 
  • 25 November: Award ceremony to which all nominees will be invited.

 

Ensure all contact details and statements addressing the selection criteria are completed.

You will be required to provide:

  • The contact details for:
    • the nominees, and
    • their supervisor.
  • Sign off from:
    • direct supervisor
    • member of Senior Executive Group
  • 100 words nominating summary statement
  • 800 words addressing the selection criteria
  • Maximum four pages of supporting evidence.

Submission of the nomination to VCAwards@vu.edu.au by 8 September 2019.

The Award Team will undertake an initial review of all nominations and provide feedback, if required.

Resubmission will have 2 weeks to submit.

Nominations will be considered by the relevant panels:

  • Excellence in Student Engagement: Professor Ian Solomonides, Chair
  • Professional Services & Innovation: Shaun Eltham, Chair
  • Excellence in Engagement: Shaun Eltham, Chair
  • Excellence in Research & Research Training: Professor Corinne Reid, Chair
  • Excellence in Learning & Teaching (HE): Professor Ian Solomonides, Chair
  • Excellence in Learning & Teaching (VET): Grant Dreher, Chair.

 

Apply now

Email

vcawards@vu.edu.au