About the award

Since 2004, the UQ Ally Network has worked to create positive change for inclusion across the university. Our allies are people work to make the university a more accepting, positive, diverse, and inclusive space for work and study.

This award celebrates the contributions made by our allies. Recipients are people who have worked to create and promote a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for sex, gender and sexuality diverse people.

We look forward to reading your nominations.

Key dates for 2020

Timeline for the award in 2020 are as follows:

  • Entries open: August 28
  • Entries close: October 31
  • Results announced: Late November.

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Award criteria

This award recognises and celebrates the work of LGBTIQA+ allies at the University of Queensland. Recipients are people who have worked – as an individual or as a team – to create and promote a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for sex, gender and sexuality diverse people. 

Nominees might have undertaken action of a personal level by, for example, serving as a mentor and advocate for LGBTIQA+ students and staff, or acting as a role model for other allies by demonstrating approaches and methods for being an active ally.

They might also have taken public action by, for instance, developing a project or program for LGBTIQA+ students and staff, organising a significant event, or working with the broader LGBTIQA+ community on a project that addresses their needs.

Individuals and teams may be nominated.

Eligibility

All UQ allies are eligible to be nominated. This includes professional and academic staff (continuing, fixed-term and casual) employed at UQ. Allies can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else (who doesn’t have to be a UQ Ally).

Nominations should specify

  • Full names and contact details
  • Position at UQ
  • Amount of time they have been a UQ Ally

The reason for nomination, ideally with specific mention of measurable outcomes or impact for the LGBTIQA+ community within and without of UQ

Selection committee

The winners will be judged by the UQ Ally Action Committee in the first meeting after entries are closed. Results will be announced in late November.

Prize

UQ Award winners receive a certificate of recognition and a media profile highlighting their contribution to the Ally Network and to LGBTQIA+ inclusion at the University of Queensland.

Commendations

Nominees whose nomination is considered to be of a very high standard but who are not endorsed as the winner may receive a commendation on the recommendation of the selection committee. This is at the discretion of the UQ Ally Action Committee.

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