ACU celebrates sector awards success

Staff across the university have been recognised for their achievements in a range of higher education sector awards throughout 2021.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Zlatko Skrbis said it was important to celebrate the achievements of our staff, especially when their work is acknowledged by sector peers and colleagues.

“My congratulations to ACU staff who have won, or been finalists in, external sector awards throughout 2021,” Professor Skrbis said.

“These achievements speak to the high-calibre of work happening across ACU every day.”

Staff are encouraged to advise the Office of the Vice-Chancellor ( when ACU staff receive sector awards or appointments, or are involved in external collaborations or other achievements. Staff can also share updates about sector awards or achievements on Workplace, via the Awards and Achievements group.

2021 higher education sector achievements
Professor Sandra Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement

Winner 2021 Autism CRC Award for Translation of Autism Research - Raising Awareness of the Needs of Autistic Australians project

Dr Diane Barker, General Counsel and Director of Governance

Australasian Lawyer Elite Women 2021 - selected as one of 50 Elite Women lawyers across Australia

Dr Michael Noetel, School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2020 (awarded 2021)

Professor Chris Lonsdale, Dr Taren Sanders, Dr Michael Noetel, Dr Philip Parker, Ms Kirsty Bergan (Institute for Positive Psychology and Education)

Winner Council of Academic Public Health Institutions Australasia’s (CAPHIA) Award for Excellence and Innovation in Public Health Team Research Award - Internet-based Professional Learning to help teachers promote physical Activity in Youth (iPLAY)

Marketing and External Relations

Winner Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) Best Practice Award, for Excellence in Marketing Communications and Public Relations - ACU Blacktown Launch Campaign

Finalist Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) Awards for Excellence in Marketing Communications and Public Relations (Integrated Marketing Communications Program category) - ACU Blacktown Campus Launch campaign

Finalist Australian Marketing Institute (AMI) Awards for Excellence in Marketing Communications and Public Relations (Public Sector Marketing category) - ACU Virtual Open Days campaign

Finalist CX 2021 Marketing Awards Excellence (Public Sector category) - ACU Virtual Open Days campaign

Finalist Universities Australia Marketing, Communications and Development Awards (UAMCD) 2021 - ACU Blacktown Launch Campaign

ACU English Language Centre

Finalist Institute for Learning and Performance Asia Pacific (Learning Solution of the Year category) - ACU English Language Centre (Education Pathways) Virtual Study Tour

ACU Student Veterans Services team

Finalist 2021 AFR Higher Education Awards (Opportunity and Inclusion category) – 2021 Student Veteran Services program

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