UWS staff awarded at ATEM Awards

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Earlier this month, three UWS staff members were recognised at the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) /Campus Review Best Practice Awards. These awards recognise and celebrate excellence in professional management and administration by staff in tertiary institutions.

Aggie Lim, Director of the Office of Organisational Development, won the Award for Excellence in Human Resource Management for MyVoice (opens in a new window), supported by Kelly Lanfranca, Project Officer. Jennifer Greer, Senior Administrative Officer in the School of Medicine, won the award for Excellence in Community Engagement for her work with GI Motility (opens in a new window), and Rose Cutts, Project Officer – Tertiary Education Pathways and Partnerships (TEPP) – was Highly Commended for Excellence by a New Entrant in Tertiary Education Management.

The awards were held in conjunction with the Tertiary Education Management Conference in Cairns, at which Aggie and Kelly also presented a paper on the UWS MyVoice journey and achievements. 

"Winning the Best Practice HRM Award and presenting the achievements of the MyVoice working groups showcased how UWS has actively worked at recognising the contribution of staff, celebrating their strengths, and working together," says Aggie. "MyVoice is a great example of engaging with staff on areas for improvement supported by the Vice-Chancellor and Executive as mentors to the working groups."

"The work we've done at UWS was very well received and we received feedback from other universities that MyVoice is quite impressive, with our tangible outcomes and quick wins as evidence of how our actions speak louder than words," says Kelly.

Jenny says she was elated and honoured to receive the Award for Excellence in Community Engagement. Jenny explains, "The panel considered the project a standout because rather than using the University expertise to instruct the community or taking its expertise to the community, the 'Gastroparesis Awareness Campaign' relies on the community's engagement to make a difference in the lives of patients with gastrointestinal motility disorders in Greater Western Sydney."

In her role, Rose says she seeks to facilitate further growth and diversification of VET to UWS pathways and partnerships, with particular focus on communications and supported transition. "I was thrilled to be nominated, and then highly commended, in this category and very honoured to receive such a public recognition and acknowledgement for the passion and commitment I have for my work," says Rose. "I am also proud that the achievement of this award is allowing the work we do in TEPP, which is so important and worthwhile, to spend some time in the spotlight."