Values Award

Our University Values are our guiding principles. This award recognises and celebrates an individual or team who have gone above and beyond to exemplify our Values of equity, excellence, engagement and sustainability.

Nominations should clearly identify which of the University Values their nominations pertains to.

1. Team or individual nominees must demonstrate how their behaviour, attitude, actions or contribution meets one or more of the following University Values:

  • Equity - Supports and promotes equity and diversity, fostering inclusion within our University and/or enabling access and success in higher education, aligning with one or more of our diversity and inclusion priority areas:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
    • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
    • People of diverse genders or sexual identity
    • People with disability, or ongoing medical or mental health conditions
    • Gender equality – particularly women in STEMM and women in leadership
    • Students from low socio-economic backgrounds
  • Excellence - Produces an exceptional achievement or contribution in teaching, research or research supervision, or professional service.
  • Engagement - Addresses challenges faced in our regions and/or leverages opportunities to drive outstanding outcomes for our regions, involving collaboration with communities or alumni, and with potential to have application and/or a positive impact beyond our regions.
  • Sustainability - Delivers improvement or positive cultural change in relation to our University’s environmental or financial performance.

2. Provide at least one specific example to support each value that the applicant(s) demonstrates.

3. Overall, describe why you think this applicant should win the Values Award. How does the University benefit from the behaviour and attitudes of the applicant?


If this is an individual nomination: please provide the names and contact details of two people who will support your application

Nominations should clearly identify which of the University Values their nominations pertains to.

Eligibility and How to Nominate

As a staff member, you can nominate an individual or a team for a University of Newcastle Excellence Award.

Self-nominations are permitted, but nominees are responsible for informing their supervisor about the nomination detail before a nomination is submitted.

All University of Newcastle employees are eligible to be nominated, including professional staff (casual, fixed-term and ongoing) and academic staff (continuing, fixed-term, conjoint and sessional). Staff employed by an agency do not fall within the eligibility requirements.

Depending on the quality of the nominations, one award winner may be selected for each award sub-category. Subject to the quality of the nominations for a category, an award may not be made. Depending on the award category, you may choose to nominate an individual, or a team.

Individual nominations (where applicable)
You may choose to tell the person that you are nominating them before submitting your nomination. However, all nominees will be advised of their nomination via email once all submissions are received.

Team nominations (where applicate)
Team nominations would not normally exceed 8 members unless exceptional circumstances apply. You must advise team leaders of the nomination before you submit it to ensure that team composition and contributions are accurately reflected. A team member may be defined as someone who has made a significant contribution. Prize money for team awards will be distributed equally amongst all team members.

Re-nominations
A nominee or recipient of a University of Newcastle Excellence Award cannot be the recipient of an individual award in two consecutive years for the same or substantially similar achievement.

Awards ceremony and prizes
All finalists are invited to attend the annual awards ceremony, where the award winners are announced. Award winners receive a certificate of recognition, a trophy and monetary award prize.

Monetary award prizes are $1,000 for individuals and 2,000 for teams (shared equally amongst all team members) which must be collected through salary payment. The exception is the Values Award, which is a $2,500 award prize awarded to an individual or team (shared equally) and must be used for professional development within 12 months of receipt of the award, unless otherwise approved. Relevant taxation and superannuation arrangements apply to one-off salary payments.

Any award recipient who is no longer employed by the University at the time of the announcement of the awards will not be entitled to an award prize.

You will be prompted to upload a Word document version of the completed template before you submit the nomination.

After clicking on the ‘nominate now’ link, you will be taken to an online form, where you will be asked to input:

  1. Your full name and email
  2. The nominee/s name, email, College/Division. For team nominations, details will need to be provided for all team members.
  3. A 75 word succinct overview of the nomination, including
  • a description of the contribution, initiative, program, project or activity
  • how this outstanding and exceptional achievement or success exceeds normal expectations of performance.
  1. Your responses to the selection criteria (max 500 words) with the exception of:
    - Values Awards max 750 word,
    - Teaching Excellence Awards see specific application request available in the nomination form,
    -  Inspiring Excellence Award see specific application request available in the nomination form.

    The nomination response document should be prepared in a word document and uploaded as a Word or PDF file with the following document name: Nominee Full Name (or Team leader name)_Award name
    e.g. Joe Smith_Teaching Excellence Award

Your response should include:

  • the contribution, initiative, program, project or activity; and
  • how this significant and outstanding achievement addresses the award-specific criteria listed in the nomination from template
Nominations for the 2021 Excellence Awards are now closed!

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.