Excellence Awards

The University's Excellence Awards celebrate the significant achievements of our staff and students.

The awards provide a platform for the University to showcase some of the outstanding work being carried out in teaching, postgraduate research and supervision, professional service, engagement, sustainability and leadership. They also increase our capacity to attract, retain and develop talented staff, and to build organisational strength.

Nominations for the Excellence Awards will be opening on 1 November 2021.  **Please note - nominations will only be open for a period of 2 weeks - see Important Dates below**

Staff and students of Western Sydney University are invited to nominate University staff (and students in the category of University Engagement and Sustainability) who have shown excellent achievements in one of the categories of the Awards. 2020 winners are not eligible for 2021 Awards in the same category, however previous recipients of highly commended nominations are eligible to be nominated once again.

Important Dates

DateEvent
1 November 2021 Vice-Chancellor calls for nominations for the 2021 Excellence Awards

Monday 15 November 2021

Nominations Close at 5pm

Late November Awards Panels meet
Late November Panel recommendations submitted to the Vice-Chancellor
End November Invitations to the Award Ceremony sent
Thursday 9 December 2021Excellence Awards Ceremony

Award Categories & Nomination Forms

Vice Chancellor's Excellence Awards Categories
Excellence in Teaching Staff Nomination Form and Further Information (opens in a new window)
Service Excellence Staff Nomination Link
Excellence in Postgraduate Research, Training and Supervision Staff Nomination Link
Excellence in University Engagement and Sustainability Staff Nomination Link
Excellence in University Engagement and Sustainability Students Nomination Link
Leadership Excellence Academic Staff Nomination Link
Leadership Excellence Professional Staff Nomination Link
Excellence in Research (Researcher of the Year) Staff Nomination Link
Excellence as an Early Career Researcher Staff Nomination Link
The College Award for Excellence College Staff Nomination Link
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research, Enterprise and International) Research Awards
Research Excellence through Partnership Staff Nomination Link
Excellence in Research Interdisciplinary Group Award Staff Nomination Link
Excellence in Indigenous ResearchStaffNomination Link
Excellence in InternationalisationStaffNomination Link
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) Learning & Teaching Awards
Excellence in Teaching Staff Nomination Forms and Further Information (opens in a new window)
Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning Staff Nomination Forms and Further Information (opens in a new window)
Excellence in Indigenous TeachingStaffNomination Forms and Further Information (opens in a new window)

Submitting a nomination for the Excellence Awards      

2021 sees the introduction of a new online platform for Excellence Awards nomination forms.

Please ensure that you complete all required information in the forms. The forms include areas where you will be asked to list the achievements of the nominee in the area which you are nominating, as well as how the achievements of the nominee align with the University's mission and values.

The Teaching Excellence Awards category is different from other Award categories, in that its selection criteria is exactly the same as for the Australian Awards for Learning and Teaching run by the Department of Education.  This alignment is to support successful candidates in this category to go further in developing a nomination for these and other external awards. For full details on submitting a Learning and Teaching nomination, please visit the Learning and Teaching Awards website referenced below.

Excellence in Teaching - in order to be considered for the Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching award, nominees must first apply for a Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Academic Learning and Teaching - Excellence in Teaching Award.  For further information about these awards, please visit the University Learning and Teaching Awards website (opens in a new window).

Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - for further information, please visit the website for the University Learning and Teaching Awards (opens in a new window).

The Postgraduate Research Training and Supervision category is different in that all nominations should come through the School Dean or Institute Research Director nomination process as outlined in the Excellence Awards Guidelines.

Referee Reports
For all categories, you will be asked to provide referee reports. They can be from staff, students or external partners, who know and understand the work for which the nominee has been nominated.

Additional statements of support
You may also provide up to five (5) pieces of documentary or supporting evidence, but this must be recent (1-3 years) and highly relevant to your submission. You should also consider the limited time the Awards Panel has to consider each submission.

All submissions may be subject to further enquiry by the Awards Panel. It is a condition of entry to the Awards, that the Awards Panel may make its own enquiries to staff, students, and relevant external parties on the factual nature of the achievements being considered for nomination. Enquiries will  be of a private nature, therefore protecting the privacy of individuals.

Individual and Team Photographs
You will be requested to include a photograph of the nominee or the team (depending on the type of Award). The photographs will be used during the ceremony and may also be included on the University website.

Previous Award Winners & Nominees

Congratulations to all the staff and students who received awards at the University Awards ceremony, held via Zoom on 8 December 2020. To watch the video recording and for a full list of 2020 Awards recipients and nominees, please proceed to the Awards Winners page (opens in a new window).

Contact Us

Please direct all enquiries about the Awards to staffengagement@westernsydney.edu.au.