The University Awards
The University 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.
The 2017 Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards are now open. 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 the one of the seven categories of the Awards. 2016 winners are not eligible for 2017 Awards in the same category, however previous recipients of highly commended nominations are eligible to re-apply.
|August 2017||Vice-Chancellor calls for nominations for the 2017 Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards|
|Friday 8 September 2017||Nominations Close|
|Friday 15 September 2017||Formal acknowledgement of receipt of nomination|
|October||Awards Panels meet|
|Early November||Panel recommendations submitted to the Vice-Chancellor|
|Mid November||Invitations to the Award Ceremony sent|
|Wednesday 6 December 2017||University Awards Ceremony|
Award Categories & Nomination Forms
|Vice Chancellor's Excellence Awards Categories|
|Excellence in Teaching||Staff||Nomination Form (opens in a new window)|
|Excellence in Professional Service||Staff||Nomination Form (PDF, 109.31 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|Excellence in Postgraduate Research, Training and Supervision||Staff||Nomination Form (PDF, 110.24 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|Excellence in University Engagement and Sustainability||Staff||Nomination Form (PDF, 67.74 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|Excellence in University Engagement and Sustainability||Students||Nomination Form (PDF, 108.73 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|Excellence in Leadership||Academic Staff||Nomination Form (PDF, 64.74 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|Excellence in Leadership||Professional Staff||Nomination Form (PDF, 66.61 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|Excellence in Research (Researcher of the Year)||Staff||Nomination Form (PDF, 111.53 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|Excellence as an Early Career Researcher||Staff||Nomination Form (PDF, 65.15 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|The College Award for Excellence||College Staff||Nomination Form (DOCX, 711.56 KB) (opens in a new window) / Award Criteria (PDF, 152.54 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Research Awards|
|Research Excellence through Partnership||Staff||Nomination Form (PDF, 109.23 KB) (opens in a new window)|
|Excellence in Research Interdisciplinary Team Award||Staff||Not offered in 2017|
|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)|
Submitting a nomination for the University Awards
Each category of the Vice-Chancellors Excellence Awards has a unique nomination form.
Please ensure that you complete all required information on the first page of the form. The following pages form the basis of the submission, where you are asked to list the achievements of the nominee in the area which you are nominating, and then asked how the achievements of the nominee align with the University's mission and values. Please limit your submissions to the number of words listed (either 500 or 750) per criterion.
The Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards Teaching 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 University Learning and Teaching - Excellence in Teaching Award. For further information and application form, please visit the website for the University Learning and Teaching Awards (opens in a new window).
Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - for further information and application form, 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 Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards Guidelines.
For all categories, you must also provide two referee reports. They can be from staff, students or external partners, who know and understand the work for which the nominee has been nominated.
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. Please note that if only one set of supporting evidence is supplied, then this is tabled at the Awards Panel meeting, and will not be distributed along with your nomination for consideration and preparation prior to the meeting. 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.
Authorisation for release of images taken of nominees is required in the submission as a purpose of the Awards is to recognise excellence and showcase high achieving staff.
2016 Award Winners & Nominees
Congratulations to all the staff and students who received awards at the University Awards ceremony, held at the Parramatta campus on 6 December 2016.
2016 Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Award Winners and Nominees
- Excellence in Teaching
- Excellence in Leadership
- Excellence in Professional Service
- Excellence in Postgraduate Research, Training and Supervision
- Excellence in University Engagement and Sustainability
- Excellence in Research (Researcher of the Year)
- Excellence as an Early Career Researcher
- The College Award for Excellence
2016 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Research Award Winners and Nominees
2016 Western Sydney University Learning and Teaching Award Winners and Nominees
Vice-Chancellor's Professional Development Scholarships for 2016 were also awarded to a number of staff, to provide an opportunity for them to further develop their knowledge, skills and careers.