Investment in people and culture pays off

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The University of Newcastle has been awarded a Best Practice Award by the Association for Tertiary Education Management in recognition of its investment in people and culture through the UON Academy initiative.

Deputy Director of Workforce Strategy and Transformation, Tina Crawford was in New Zealand to accept the Award for Excellence in People and Culture (sponsored by the Australian Higher Education Industrial Association), which acknowledges the University’s work in valuing sessional staff.

“The UON Academy is an important initiative which seeks to create a culture of support and recognition for a large and important cohort,” Tina said.

“We are delighted to win this award and hope that the UON Academy continues to provide support and recognition to our sessional staff.

“Sessional academic staff are no longer on the margins of academic life. They are essential and central to our University's reputation and competitiveness.

“I feel very proud that the UON Academy has made a significant difference to improving the experience of our sessional academic staff,” Tina said

The Award is accompanied by prize money which the UON Academy will use to fund a professional development opportunity for a sessional academic.

“In line with recognising and rewarding sessional staff, we’re excited to offer a $1,000 professional development opportunity to an exceptional staff member,” Tina said.

Colleagues, Heads of Schools, Executive Officers and students are encouraged to nominate a sessional staff member who has provided an exceptional student experience; displayed the behaviours of curious, collaborative, and courageous; and has demonstrated excellence in their role.

The recipient of the $1,000 will be able to choose their own professional development. Nominations are now open and close on 30 September.

Photo: Deputy Director of Workforce Strategy and Transformation, Tina Crawford and Workforce Strategy Project Manager, Emma Palmer accept award on behalf of UON.

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