Congratulations to our staff awards winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Awards.

The range of nominees was particularly impressive this year, with 36 teams among the 200 individual staff nominated for an award in a competitive field.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Zlatko Skrbis and the awards selection panel were impressed by the work being done across our university and the perseverance shown by the nominees to deliver outstanding initiatives and support for our students and our mission.

“Recognising our staff is important to me and this awards process is one of the primary ways in which we can showcase the work of our colleagues who have exhibited exceptional performance and achievement,” said Professor Skrbis.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for Excellence winner will be chosen from these category winners and announced at a ceremony on 23 November. This year, the awards ceremony will again be broadcast online. We will share more details in the coming weeks and invite you to join us in recognising and celebrating the award winners.

Please join us in congratulating our 2021 winners:

Mission Excellence

Recognition of Prior Learning for Military Training – ‘Credit, Where Credit is Due’ Project Team for developing a ground-breaking tertiary credit mapping framework that enables Australian Defence Force Veterans to have their formal training during service assessed for credit (RPL).
Team: Liz Moon, Nik Linnell, Aaron Cornwall, Associate Professor Wendy James and Eduardo Almeida.

Service Excellence

Placement Services – Faculty of Health Sciences Team for exceptional service during one of the most challenging periods experienced by students, staff and industry partners. This has contributed significantly to the faculty maintaining and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders, so ensuring students have access to the requisite professional service practice placements for their degree programs.
Team: Lara Demetrios, Sue Hayes, Antoniette Pugh, Anna Nel, Robyn Germain, Janet Ryan, Louise Buchanan, Sonia Chapman, Philip Cross, Diana Favorito, Kerri Williamson, Penny Macauley, Anna Raftis, Jai Rankine, Sharyn Clark and Christina Pham.

Excellence in Student Experience

Auto-Generated Class Selection Team for significantly changing the commencing student class selection experience for the better.
Team: Helen Murnane, Adin Beresford, Dr Sue Cole, Ann Emms, Brandi Johnson, Nik Linnell and Dennis Williams.

Empathy to Experience Project Team for improving the university’s understanding of the student experience and key touchpoints along their journey, from first enquiry to graduation. This team has since driven and supported a wide range of experience transformation initiatives which are making a tangible difference to the ACU student experience.
Team: Luke Williams, Liz Moon, Mark Brodsky, Sarah Rose, Monica Chen, Christian Prandi, Pei-Lin Ng and Piyumi Peiris.

Excellence in Research and Research Partnership

iPLAY: Internet-Based Professional Learning to Help Teachers Promote Physical Activity in Youth Team for developing and rolling out a program to boost primary school teachers’ confidence in delivering sport and physical education lessons to improve cardiorespiratory fitness in children.
Team: Professor Chris Lonsdale, Kirsty Bergan, Dr Renata Cinelli, Professor David Greene, Dr Tim Hartwig, Dr Michael Noetel, Professor Phil Parker and Dr Taren Sanders.

Excellence in Community Engagement
Jack Ding for launching a partnership with the Marrickville Legal Centre to run a fortnightly telephone advice service. This service is staffed by volunteer lawyers from ACU’s Office of General Counsel and offers free advice and assistance on employment law and underpayment matters.

Dr Kathleen McGuire for instigating and leading the national No Excuses! Women’s Choir Project to support ‘Bags of Love’ for Impact for Women, a charity assisting women and children fleeing extreme violence at home.
Spirit of Reconciliation Award

Cultural Safety in the Classroom Team for developing UNMC500 Culturally Safe Teaching Practice, a microcredential to equip academic staff with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to facilitate respectful and culturally safe teaching and learning environments.
Team: Associate Professor Joanna Zubrzycki, Liam Langford, Machellee Kosiak, Helena Williams, Associate Professor Christian Lorenzen and Dr Amelia Wheeler.

Thank you for your outstanding work and the support you have shown to ACU, our students and staff. Congratulations on your achievement.

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