The University of Newcastle, Australia

2019 Finalists

Engagement Excellence Awards

The Engagement Excellence Awards are awarded under three categories:

  1. Individual: Trisha Pender

    Newcastle Acts to End Violence Against Women

    Newcastle Acts to End Violence Against Women is a new University of Newcastle and community joint initiative designed to bring a worldwide United Nations campaign to our city raising awareness about violence against women and girls. Led by Associate Professor Patricia (Trisha) Pender, the campaign includes a program of events and partners with the City of Newcastle, the Port of Newcastle, the Newcastle Domestic Violence Committee, Hunter Women's Centre, ACON, Warlga Ngurra and NOVA Refuge for Women and Children, among many others.

  2. Team: Tessa Caton, Hazel Dalton, Vanessa Delaney,  Rosie Dunnett, David Perkins

    Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health

    From its base in Orange, the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health has been working with drought-affected rural and remote communities over several years. The centre produces a range of resources to educate and inform the community on mental health and wellbeing, including publications such as the Glove Box Guide to Mental Health, fact sheets, biogs, and the Let's Talk podcast series. Its work is critical to supporting farmers, their families and local communities during this challenging time and is having a strong and positive impact.

  3. Team: Shaye Bourke, Natasha Burns,  Ave Chadwick,  Felicity Cocuzzoli, Selina Darney, Emily Fuller, Rhyall Gordon, Larissa Johnston,  Ellen Monaghan, Louis Ndagijimana

    Children's University Newcastle

    Children's University Newcastle, and its collaborating colleagues, have pioneered an innovative, sustainable approach to community outreach and engagement, with a focus on equity, social justice and developing lasting relationships. Commencing in 2016 with nine schools and 400 participants, CU Newcastle now partners with 58 schools and community organisations, 275 learning destinations and has almost 2000 participants. The program delivers innovative educational activities, such as campus discovery days and graduation ceremonies, to foster a joy of learning for students aged 7-14.

  4. Team: Ingrid Barnes, Tamara Blakemore, Sarah Breusch, Donna Jamieson, Daniel Matas, Shaun McCarthy, Jacquie Svenson,   Julie Steffner, Dan Toohey

    Law on the Beach Advice Clinic

    For the past 15 years during summer months, the Newcastle Law School has operated an innovative outreach pop-up legal advice clinic  titled  Law  on the Beach, servicing the community of Newcastle and the Hunter region. In partnership with local government, community organisations and a private law firm, the beach clinics provide free legal advice and assistance, particularly for people who are disadvantaged in dealing with the legal system. With its unique approach and ethos of social justice, Law on the Beach provides a much-needed service to the local community.

  1. Individual: Ifte Ahmed

    Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development

    Dr Ifte Ahmed is highly successful in promoting internationally the Master of Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development (MDRSD), a responsibility he has taken on beyond his role as a Program Convenor. He has established overseas partnerships in several countries in relation to MDRSD and his research projects on disaster resilience. Ifte is leading a book on the subject for Routledge UK, and works closely with our University’s Global teams on a range of international engagements.

  2. Individual: Elena Aydos

    Multiple projects in East Asia and Latin America

    Dr Elena Aydos has facilitated a number of successful projects in East Asia and Latin America focused on environmental and climate change law. These include the internationalisation of Environmental Law curriculum, coordination of four student mobility programs in Japan and Brazil, a Memorandum of Understandings with the Universidade de Brasilia and Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), a Dual Award Doctoral Degree agreement between our University and UFSC, and adopting a contemporary approach to attracting international students via a successful interdisciplinary Massive Open Online Course.

  3. Team: Keith Foggett, Carol Miles

    International Teaching Certificate

    Over the past four years, the International Teaching Certificate has been successfully delivered to more than 180 lecturers in Singapore, India, and China. The program enables lecturers to increase their course design, teaching, and assessment skills, allowing them to provide learning opportunities that prepare students to meet the challenges of studying in Australia. This initiative offers opportunities for our University to strengthen global partnerships and attract international students through the recommendation of satisfied university teachers.

  1. Individual: Andrea Coda

    Innovative commercial patents and strategic international connections

    Dr Andrea Coda has accomplished innovative commercial patents and strategic international connections with prestigious industry leaders, such as Vodafone, Abbott Pharmaceutical, CoBond and BitGemona. Andrea's engagement with the European Dementia Consortium led to submitting and securing the NHMRC 'Boosting Dementia Grant' worth $1,312,455. As the youngest international ConJoint Senior Lecturer for Manresa-Barcelona University in Spain, Andrea also designed and validated an innovative health-platform (www. interactiveclinics.com) currently available on Google Play and Apple Store.

  2. Individual: Yolanda Surjan

    Transforming how academia engages with clinicians in radiation oncology

    Dr Yolanda Surjan's formidable ability to create robust, collaborative relationships with industry has resulted in a transformation in how academia engages with clinicians in radiation oncology. Her vision in recognising the importance of research translation has resulted in a significant number of industry-supported scholarships and the initiation of industry supported world-first research. Yolanda is a quiet achiever with a rising trajectory who, as a result of her drive, has made a global impact in cancer treatment outcomes.

  3. Team: David Alexander, Craig Lehman, Daan Scheibaan

    Environmental Sustainability Red

    Climate change is a significant issue for us all. By procuring a first-of-its-kind energy supply agreement with Red Energy, the University of Newcastle will be powered by 100 percent renewable electricity by January 2020, resulting in a 75 percent decrease in CO2e-emissions. This sector-leading move has inspired others to take action and secured investment in the green energy industry. This project saw collaboration across these key teams and demonstrates how the University can use industry partnerships to tackle global issues to create a more sustainable future for us all.

Research Excellence Awards

The Research Excellence Awards are awarded under two categories:

  1. Individual: Xanne Janse de Jonge

    Faculty of Science - School of Environmental and Life Sciences

    Dr Xanne Janse de Jonge is a committed mentor to her students. Xanne guides her students throughout their degree to develop a clear focus on their future career goals. Her aim is to help them recognise the 'big picture' and how completing their research degree is an important step in their overall development. This mentorship role has helped her supervise students from non-traditional backgrounds to successful completion of their research degrees and subsequent achievement of their career goals.

  2. Team: Bobae Choi,  Doowon Lee

    Business and Law

    Dr Bobae Choi and Dr Doowon Lee have developed a three-step approach for becoming an independent and motivated researcher. The team has developed a supervision structure which encourages self directed research by the Higher Degree by Research candidates under their supervision. By implementing a seamless reporting-feedback-action process and promoting peer-assisted learning since 2015, the team has successfully fostered 12 HDR graduates who have become academics or work in the industry around the world.

  3. Team: Grant Webber,  Erica Wanless

    Professor Erica Wanless and Associate Professor Grant Webber are exemplary teachers who are dedicated to the goals of each student. New students learn through hands-on instruction in the lab and regular critical feedback in stimulating and inclusive group meetings. As students grow, the creation of a collaborative environment provides them with opportunities to practice otherwise untaught academic skills. Graduating students leave their group with all the necessary skills to independently succeed as academics across the globe.

  1. Individual: Emma Beckett

    Faculty of Science - School of Environmental and Life Sciences

    Dr Emma Beckett is a standout example of an Early Career Researcher whose contribution to nutritional science (molecular nutrition) exceeds what would be expected of someone so early in their career. This is evidenced by publication output, grant funding income, international and domestic collaborations, and student supervision and mentorship. Emma is also an internationally recognised science communicator online, in print, on national radio and social media.

  2. Individual: Inyoung Kim

    Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment - School of Engineering

    Dr lnyoung Kim, ARC DECRA Fellow, has a stellar track record with more than 76 publications in high impact journals. Her discovery on ordered carbon nitride with C3NS stoichiometry and their unique molecular structure made  a  huge  impact  in  the field of metal-free photocatalysts. Her impeccable leadership role as conference secretary was evidenced by the great successes of ICEAN-2018 and the successful launch of the Master of Materials Science and Engineering Programme.

  3. Individual: Myles Young

    Faculty of Education and Arts - School of Education

    Since completing his PhD in 2015, Dr Myles Young has led a ground-breaking research  program focused on improving men's health. Four years post PhD, he has published 37 journal articles (with 934 citations), received $6.9 million in research income ($363,000 as lead Chief Investigator), and won 18 competitive awards. This year, Myles's status as a rising star was cemented when he was selected from more than 140 submissions nationally to receive the $25,000 BUPA Emerging Health Research of the Year award.

Teaching Excellence Awards

The Teaching Excellence Award is awarded under two categories:

  1. Individual: Sudipta Bose

    Faculty of Business and Law - Newcastle Business School

    Dr Sudipta Bose has adopted transformative pedagogical methodologies in his teaching, creating an engaging classroom  environment that incorporates the real-world application of theory to practice. He has successfully introduced industry required skills, expertise and knowledge in his accounting courses to foster in-depth student understanding of how accounting works in an organisational setting. Serving a 40 percent teaching load, on average, Sudipta has achieved a FBUSL Teaching Excellence Award as well as recognition in the DVC(A) Merit List.

  2. Individual: Rachel Buchanan

    Faculty of Education and Arts - School of Education

    Dr Rachel Buchanan has developed a range of online resources that reflect a command of the field of blended teaching. Her suite of more than 70 resources are used in multiple education courses and have been viewed over 74,000 times. These resources have led to sustained student engagement and satisfaction over successive years in face-to-face undergraduate and online postgraduate courses. Rachel has mentored colleagues across FEDUA in the development of their own resources and blended teaching.

  3. Individual: Paul Hodge

    Faculty of Science - School of Environmental and Life Sciences

    Dr Paul Hodge has developed the lndigenisation of his teaching beyond content or field trip experiences to an exemplar of deep lndigenisation. Paul's work develops student awareness, understanding and sensitivity to Indigenous knowledges in courses from first to third year. His teaching inspires and empowers students to work with Indigenous collaborators, during their studies and in their future careers, by drawing on best-practice lndigenisation involving nurturing relationships with Indigenous collaborators and between students.

  4. Individual: Mitch Smith

    Faculty of Science - School of Environmental and Life Sciences

    In semester 1, 2019 Dr Mitch Smith comprehensively transformed Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition from a face-to-face course into an engaging and innovative blended format of exceptional quality. The transformation included all new online lecture content, face-to-face laboratories, and authentic assessments, all aligning to the New Education Framework and 8 Ways of Learning pedagogical principles. Student feedback points to an outstanding student experience and Mitch is now mentoring other staff in SELS in the art of blended learning.

  1. Individual: Mahdi Abolghasemi

    Faculty of Science - School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

    Mahdi has successfully launched an online channel for the STAT1070 course to help his students after identifying that many were reluctant to attend existing face-to-face consultation sessions. Using this convenient and interactive  platform,  Mahdi can walk students through their assignments and demonstrate the process of problem solving while recording the session so that it can be watched back or viewed by other students who may have the same questions. This has provided flexibility for students and enabled Mahdi to effectively use his budget and time for teaching purposes.

  2. Individual: Annika Herb

    Faculty of Education and Arts - School of Humanities and Social Science

    Dr Annika Herb has made significant contributions to our University through her work in the development and design of innovative teaching technologies in the delivery of core course HASS1000: BA Futures for the BA Online. As an early educator on the new platform, Annika's work has been essential to the development and success of the BA Online; she has further demonstrated this in developing a guide and workshops on retention for staff based on her experience.

  3. Individual: Joseph Pegler

    Faculty of Science - School of Environmental and Life Sciences

    Since commencing his role as a casual academic in 2017, Joseph has demonstrated a strong ability to positively engage with and motivate a diverse body of students, having a positive impact on their learning and overall student  journey.  He has been recruited to participate  in the delivery of five undergraduate laboratory courses and Experimentfest, in addition to holding roles as a Student Ambassador and casual tutor for the Indigenous Tutorial Program.

Student Experience Excellence Award

  1. Team: Tegan Betts, Teagan Coleman, Tone Gibson, Susannah Lynch, Sonja Rakanovic, Serena Rogers, Abbie Stoner

    Farewell to Winter Event

    In a first for our University, Park on the Hill was transformed into a five-day 'Farewell to Winter' festival in September. Designed to be a highly visible example of campus activation, staff and students enjoyed free ice-skating through the week, with members of the public invited onto campus for a Community Day on the Saturday. The event exceeded expectations with impressive engagement and reach across social media bringing large numbers to the Festival, demonstrating the vibrancy and excitement that such activation events bring to our campus.

  2. Team: Naomi Bonham, Anthony Cigula, Linda Cox, Jake Ellis, Narelle Hampe, Danylo Motyka, Sharon Nicol, Samantha Poerschke, Sally Turbitt

    Library MakerSpace Implementation

    The Ourimbah MakerSpace is a new initiative that provides a unique experience for students across all disciplines and backgrounds. It encourages students to create, tinker, learn and collaborate in a relaxed environment that offers opportunities to investigate technology, engage creatively with their discipline, and develop new skills. It provides a safe space to  try new ideas and helps prepare students for evolving work environments.

  3. Team: Carl Anderson, Jamie-Lee Costa, Gemma Edgar, Jade Hartigan, Rachael McDermott, Lauren Miles, Tim Roberts

    Student Living Support

    In 2019, the Student Living Support Team significantly enhanced the student experience by introducing key principles of Restorative Practice for managing behavioural concerns and incidents. Working alongside the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor and Student Advocates in particular, this framework has led to more collaborative relationships across our University and had an immensely positive impact on students going through a student conduct process. The Student Living Team has experienced tremendous unity, clarity and support in ensuring staff, and in particular, students, are aware of the behavioural expectations of living within our residential community.

Professional Staff Excellence Awards

The Professional Staff Excellence Awards are awarded under three categories:

  1. Individual: Libbie Best

    Current Students web transformation project

    The Current Students web transformation project was a major project completed by the Web Team in early-2019 in collaboration with Student Central to transform and upgrade our student-facing web pages, the most visited section of our website. As the Web Content Specialist, Libbie drove the entire team to complete the core project objectives of improving the information and experience we offer to our students, information architecture, visual appearance, and usability of the section.

  2. Individual: Bryce Rheinberger

    Process improvement solutions to assist Graduate Research & Faculties

    Bryce has demonstrated consistent excellence in developing process improvement solutions in TRIM to assist UON Graduate Research and faculties to manage Higher Degree by Research admissions and candidature variations. Bryce mixes an extraordinarily high-level of technical know-how with a similarly outstanding ability to work with colleagues to deliver innovative and timely solutions to business needs.

  3. Individual: Gillean Shaw

    Art Curator for University Galleries and Museum

    As Art Curator for our galleries and museum, Gillean champions the role our University has in developing successful collaborations that support our community. 2019 saw a major shift towards student engagement, not only through an extensive exhibitions program, but also by offering our students a diverse range of opportunities for ongoing, informal Work Integrated Learning, as well as real-world industry experience through internships and studio-based outcomes that have our students delivering to public projects.

  1. Team: Eva Bailey, Libbie Best, Angela Budden, Siobhan Curran, Alexandra Day, Jodie Davis, Tone Gibson, Penny Harnett, Tina Imig, Bronwen Jones, Emily Keating, Susannah Lynch, Melissa Moore, Sonja Rakanovic

    Grand Challenge Working Group

    The Grand Challenge is the Vice-Chancellor's signature  University-wide  initiative  to   promote the potential of innovation and inter-disciplinary collaboration to tackle complex challenges. Nearly 1,000 students, academics, professional staff and alumni engaged in the inaugural 2019 Grand Challenge, sharing ideas and working together to solve the local and international problems posed by mosquitoes. An example of exceptional collaborative efforts, the Grand Challenge Working Group delivered a highly-successful, first-of-its-kind initiative from program design to event execution.

  2. Team: Naomi Bonham, Anthony Cigula, Linda Cox, Jake Ellis, Narelle Hampe, Danylo Motyka , Sharon Nicol, Samantha Poerschke,  Sally Turbitt

    Library MakerSpace Implementation

    The Ourimbah MakerSpace is a new initiative enabling students to create and learn in a relaxing environment that offers opportunities to investigate technology, engage creatively with their discipline, Research and Innovation Division - Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Siobhan Curran The Grand Challenge is the Vice-Chancellor's signature  University-wide  initiative  to   promote the potential of innovation and inter-disciplinary collaboration to tackle complex challenges. Nearly 1,000 students, academics, professional staff and alumni engaged in the inaugural 2019 Grand Challenge, sharing ideas and working together to solve the local and international problems posed by develop new skills and have the space to try new ideas to help prepare them for an evolving work environment. The MakerSpace service model includes a Co-coordinator and Student Peer Support Assistants, supporting students and staff to connect to share skills and experiences while engaging with both soft and hard technology.

  3. Team: Taona Afful, Joanne Connor, Jedda Cranfield, Andrew Dunne, Sara Gill, Mary Kazembe, Narelle Martinez, Carrol Wood

    SABE Professional Staff

    The School of Architecture and Built Environment (SABE) team developed and implemented a project with three innovative, interrelated initiatives: the Staff Onboarding Process, Teaching Academic Journey Map, and SABE SharePoint site, resulting in significant tangible and intangible benefits. The initiatives ultimately enrich the staff experience, through creating an inclusive and belonging culture and significantly streamlining processes saving time and resources. These successful SABE initiatives are considered best practice models, and have been adopted across other areas of our University.

  1. Individual: Ritesh Bhakuni

    Embedding IT security best practices

    Ritesh has had a significant impact embedding security best practices and awareness not just within Information Security, but across the University, since he joined in 2016. Ritesh has a great attitude and aptitude across all IT domains, from governance, to architecture, and security assurance reviews, to security operations and continuous improvement activities. His strong work ethic has cemented his place as a pivotal and emerging leader within IT Services and our University.

  2. Individual: Miriam Burgess

    Creating a workload data capture tool and review process

    Miriam's work ethic, attention to detail and dedication to process improvement in creating a workload data capture tool and review process has significantly improved the transparency, accuracy and therefore the operational functionality of this critical component of academic life. Being very technologically adept and aware of process, Miriam has identified areas of double handling or bottlenecks in process flows. The new tool demonstrates her acumen to develop new ways of reporting and managing this information.

  3. Individual: Louis Ndagijimana

    Creating spaces of belonging for students from refugee backgrounds

    Louis' work creates spaces of belonging for students from refugee backgrounds through a program of events, drop-in spaces and community engagement that includes students, staff and members of the community. The program draws on insights from Louis' own experiences of commencing university in Australia, his ongoing research, and his extensive community networks. His thoughtful approach to relationship development has supported lasting connections with our communities.

Leadership Excellence Award

  1. Individual: Kichu Nair

    Medical education and clinician engagement, Associate Dean (Clinical Teaching), Academy of Clinical Educators

    Professor Kichu Nair has made an outstanding contribution through leadership in medical education and clinician engagement in education, through his leadership of work-place based education, his achievements in the new role of Associate Dean (Clinical Teaching) in clinician engagement and his role in establishing the innovative Academy of Clinical Educators. Kichu has been instrumental in establishing a thriving community of practice that strengthens the relationship between our University and our clinical teachers across the diverse footprint of our partner health services.

  2. Individual: Michael Robertson

    iLead mentor, Athena SWAN, Ally Network member, contribution to FEDUA

    Through his personable style, drive and integrity, Michael Robertson exemplifies the key values and qualities expected of a senior leader. His immense influence and contribution to the FEDUA team and greater University culture is demonstrated in his passion and commitment to education, equity and a positive future for our University. An ilead mentor, Athena SWAN and Ally Network member and outstanding team leader, Michael exhibits a level of commitment and undertaking uncommon to most; a true embodiment of leadership excellence.

  3. Team: Narelle Hampe, Lindsey Fratus, Lisa Ogle, Meredith Martinelli, Bronwen Thomas, Andrew Whiteley

    Library Culture Group

    The University of Newcastle Library Culture group has taken the opportunity to write the unwritten, by developing and documenting Standards of Behaviour. The Standards of Behaviour have enabled staff to focus reflectively on individual behaviours, attitudes and assumptions, as well as consider the impact of actions on the workplace as a whole. This project focused internally on developing the workplace culture with the support and feedback of staff, resulting in an innovative framework that empowers Library staff.

  4. Team: Holly Batten, Jessica Burden, Emma Hamilton, Evonne Irwin, Chelsea Trimble

    OFOnline Leadership

    The revitalisation of the Open Foundation Online (OFOnline) pathways program encompasses a suite of coordinated initiatives under two broad themes: equitable access and participation; and building an inclusive teaching and learning community. Demonstrating excellence, collaboration and engagement beyond our University, these initiatives have driven performance by achieving significant increases in student enrolments  and satisfaction with courses and demonstrated collaboration excellence by forming stronger links across enabling programs and staff, and institutional and community partners.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award

  1. Individual: Nikola Bowden

    Advocacy in gender equity, particularly women in STEMM and women in leadership

    Associate Professor Nikola Bowden is a passionate advocate of gender equity within science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM). Nikola's involvement in addressing gender inequality to improve diversity in research groups and other collaborative forums spans more than five years and is far-reaching at both a national and local level, and in her day-to-day role as a cancer researcher. She is the Faculty's inaugural Assistant Dean - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

  2. Individual: Simone Nance

    Advocacy of and UONPrep course for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

    A common pathway to accessing undergraduate degrees at the University of Newcastle for people with migrant, refugee and refugee-like backgrounds is via Newstep and Open Foundation. Simone Nance has designed and teaches a UONPrep course for students from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALO) backgrounds to provide them with the best support to begin to navigate their university journey. Her commitment, dedication and the relationships she has formed with students is a source of inspiration to her colleagues. Past students often drop by Simone's office to tell her about their achievements both inside and outside of university life.

  3. Team: Emma Edwards, Katy Lambert

    Specialist Peer Mentoring Program

    Coordinated by Emma Edwards and Katy Lambert, the Specialist Peer Mentoring Program is designed to support students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to improve their retention, academic success and wellbeing at university. Emma and Katy have been extremely committed to providing  students with ASD with practical support to stay on track with their studies and develop a sense of belonging within our University community. The Specialist Peer Mentoring Program is developing future educators and clinicians who will be better  prepared  to provide a positive experience for their students and clients with ASD.

  4. Team: Regina Berretta, Karen Blackmore, Anna Giacomini, Sarah Johnson, Juanita Todd, Elena Prieto-Rodriguez, Erica Wanless

    HunterWiSE

    Created in 2017 by a group of female academics at our University, and using a complex nested strategy, Hunter Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (HunterWiSE) is improving participation and engagement of high school girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, with the aim to boost the number of girls undertaking high school and tertiary STEM courses, and increase the number of women pursuing and succeeding in STEM careers. Membership in the network has grown to  more than 200 in 2019 and the number of HunterWiSE network events has grown from three in 2017 to nine in 2019, providing valuable networking opportunities and industry linkages for HOR and undergraduate students. The academics behind HunterWiSE have leveraged their strong industry relationships to secure financial and in-kind support from key stakeholders, growing to 12 sponsors in 2019.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Award

  1. Individual: Brearna Sumner

    Development of health and wellbeing program for UON Global

    Brearna Sumner (Brea) used her initiative to develop a 12-month 'Wellbeing Challenge· program at the beginning of2019 for UON Global, outside her daily responsibilities as an Executive Assistant. She assigned a new theme and activities each month to cross-team groups of up to five staff members, supporting colleagues to engage on the topic of health, safety and wellbeing more frequently. This self-directed initiative has had a visibly positive effect on the office culture at UON Global. and is testament to Brea·s dedication to encouraging her colleagues to live holistically.

  2. Team: Paul Chojenta, Paula Convery, Jamie-Lee Costa, Gemma Edgar, Jen Elhindi, Astrid Gearin, Chris Krogh, Michelle Lampis, Deanna McCall, Jayne McCartney, Stuart Meldrum, Liam Phelan, Amber Sauni,Nisha Thapliyal

    Sex, Safety and Respect

    In recent years there has been an increase in awareness and calls to action to reduce sexual assault and harassment on university campuses in Australia. One response at our University has been to adopt an evidence-based accredited workshop program called Sex, Safety and Respect. A team of professional and academic staff completed an intensive training and accreditation process in late- 2018 and a working party was subsequently formed to review the training and guide the roll-out of Sex, Safety and Respect workshops. It is estimated 300 students will complete the program in 2019, with a comprehensive plan to broaden the reach in 2020 and beyond.

Values Award

  1. Individual: Veronica Pettifer

    Resources Division - Information Technology

    As a long-serving employee of our University, Veronica Pettifer has made an exceptional contribution to professional service. Veronica provides the same level of care and attention whether it be for the Vice-Chancellor or for an admin officer. She remains calm and objective while supporting staff through very challenging, stressful times when the technology they rely on so heavily to perform their roles fails. Veronica is highly respected and approaches her work with a thorough, caring, professional attitude and is meticulous in her attention to detail and commitment to solving problems.

  2. Team: Connor Brown, Bec Stone

    Ikara-Flinders Ranges Challenge

    From 9 to 14 September 2019, 25 volunteer trekkers hiked 100km through the South Australian outback to raise awareness and funds to support Indigenous scholarships and health research projects. As at 11 October, $158,575 had been raised through 1,043 donations. This successful project champions our University's values of equity (supporting Indigenous scholarships and research), excellence (delivery of a complex project), engagement (leveraging staff, alumni and the community) and sustainability (supporting research and growing our donor base).

  3. Team: Meg Bellemore, Madelaine Love, Ashleigh Maierhofer, Sarah Nash, Eddie O'Reilly, Melissa Wilson

    Marketing and Communications

    In 2019 members of the Marketing and Communications team made a significant contribution to promoting our University's commitment to equity. Collaborating  across the unit and with other stakeholders, the team conceptualised and produced a number of powerful, high-quality multimedia pieces with strong  equity and diversity messages. Each is a compelling storytelling device with high production values and together they have reached an audience of close to 150,000 to date.