The University of Newcastle, Australia

Recognising staff achievements

Our staff make outstanding contributions across academic, professional and research arenas. We are proud to recognise, reward and celebrate the many achievements of our great people through a range of award programs.

The University Excellence Awards

The University of Newcastle Excellence Awards recognises outstanding performance and achievements of our University staff. In 2019, the Vice-Chancellors Awards for Excellence was re-established as The University of Newcastle Excellence Awards and is now open to all University staff to nominate.

DVC(Academic) Merit List

The DVC(A) Merit List for Teaching and Learning Excellence was established in 2018. It is an annual list, comprising two announcements based on observations over the course of each semester.

The Merit List is determined by a number of factors including student outcomes in one or more courses, as well as consistent affirmations from students regarding the quality of the learning experience.

Faculty and Division Awards

Faculties and Divisions conduct annual peer nominated awards recognising outstanding achievements and performance. Staff are then recognised through Faculty and Division award ceremonies towards the end of the year.

Service Recognition Awardscertificates

Service recognition awards are presented to staff who have served either 15 or 25 years at UON. Staff are presented with a certificate and a small gift at Faculty and Division awards ceremonies towards the end of the year. In addition, staff who are celebrating 25 year service will also be invited to attend the prestigious University of Newcastle Excellence Awards gala night in December.


Informal reward and recognition

Informal rewards and recognition are a spontaneous and sincere appreciation of individual or team performance above normal expectations. These may be monetary or non-monetary and should be personalised and meaningful to the individual. The Reward and Recognition guideline provides guidance to managers when considering and recommending reward and recognition for staff.