The University of Newcastle, Australia

Positive change champions

Friday, 25 September 2015

Last week at the Australian Higher Education Industry Association conference in Adelaide, UON was announced the winner of the 2015 AHEIA/Voice Project "Change Challenge" Awards.

The award was for achieving the highest level of positive change among all universities in the Your Voice survey (July 2014 to June 2015) and is determined by the highest average yearly change demonstrated in the most recent survey.

Sharon Champness, Director People and Workforce Strategy was there to accept the award (pictured below with (left) Stuart Andrews, Director of AHEIA and (right) Peter Langford, Director, Voice Project).Sharon Champness accepts the Your Voice award on behalf of UON

"I was delighted to accept the award on behalf of everyone at UON. It is testament to the effort that many leaders have expended in effectively engaging their staff and listening to the feedback," Sharon said.

"I also want to acknowledge the work of leaders and the HR team in supporting specific improvements in performance management, wellness, respectful workplace, safety and communication where there were significant improvements that contributed to being recognised by this award."

The Voice Project indicated that "this is a particularly impressive result given Newcastle came 3rd in these awards last year – it is unusual for any organisation to sustain a high level of positive change".

The Your Voice survey will run again in May 2016, bringing the results reporting period into line with the corporate planning cycle.


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