Congratulations to all staff members who are nominated for a UQ Award for Excellence.

The Awards celebrate our achievements over the past year, which is even more important to acknowledge in such unprecedented times. Each year the Awards Selection Committee are amazed by the outstanding contributions, innovative work and exemplary leadership demonstrated at UQ.

This year it was fantastic to see 113 nominations submitted, as outlined below, from across the University. Congratulations to all of the nominees and thank you to the nominators for taking the time to complete a submission.





Associate Professor Tim Kastelle, Affiliate Associate Professor, Faculty of EAIT

Tim has undertaken a number of creative and innovative approaches to embedding entrepreneurship and innovation into the core functions of both UQ and the broader Queensland Innovation Ecosystem. This work supports all of UQ’s long-term strategic objectives: delivering globally significant solutions by generating new knowledge and partnered innovation, developing a diverse community of knowledge seekers and co-creating through collaborative partnerships, and creating game-changing graduates capable of addressing complex issues through a global perspective. Tim does this by building entrepreneurship and innovation programs that co-create new knowledge through experiential learning projects. 

Learning through COVID-19 engagement and impact team

The Learning through COVID-19 Engagement and Impact Team exemplified an innovative, one-UQ approach that demonstrates how cross-unit collaboration including professional and research staff can significantly increase research impact. The team incorporated  intellectual and creative excellence across five organisational units to achieve the engagement objectives of a major philanthropic research venture. Team members met weekly or fortnightly to co-create innovative research outputs including three reports, video animations and targeted media campaigns, resulting in national recognition and engagement with key audiences that included key decision-makers in the education sector and service providers – exceeding the funder's expectations. 

  • Dr Tyrone Ridgway
  • Professor Lisa McDaid
  • Ms Xenia Aitken-Smith
  • Ms Gina Nuttal
  • Ms Georgina Ramin
  • Ms Kim Lyell
  • Mr Harrison Hertrick
  • Mr Peter Geale
  • Ms Mikaeli Costello
  • Mr Daniel Greenup


Ms Katrina Geary, Manager, Genotyping Facility, Genetic Research Services, Reseach

‘On-demand training’ is no longer an edge, but a requirement in the modern work environment. This has only become more evident following the disruptions caused by COVID19.  Embodying the notion of Connecting, Convening and Catalysing, Katrina has advanced UQBR’s online training content to streamline theoretical learning (and assessment). During 2021 this was further expanded to support digital records management during practical training across UQBR. This same structure was later adopted to help UQBR rollout it’s replacement database and will no doubt be used to support future significant change in years to come.    


ModWest Project

The ModWest facility was created in response to the need for more large-scale spaces designed specifically for interactive and flexible learning experiences. The unique building provides a temporary modern and advanced teaching facility whilst permanent multifunctional spaces are developed. The ModWest building includes 7 new spaces for collaborative learning with multifunctional and flexible learning opportunities for students and staff. The Project Team were able to overcome many challenges including COVID-19 delays and logistical difficulties; opening for teaching in Semester 2, 2020 completed within an extremely tight (<6 month) timeframe and under budget. 

  • Mr Zak Williams
  • Mr Jason Wright
  • Mr Bill Boyd-Law
  • Mr Luke Lickfold
  • Mr Matthew Scott


Dr Natalie Saez, Research Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience

Dr Saez is a hardworking and selfless individual, who has gone out of her way to provide mammoth amounts of the Hi1a peptide to members within the IMB as well as national collaborators. She has streamlined the process of making high yields of the Hi1a peptide — renowned for being incredibly difficult — for stroke, spinal cord injury and heart studies. Her tireless work ethic has allowed numerous studies to screen the efficacy of this exciting cardiac and neuroprotective peptide. Benefitting the IMB in allowing for the venoms to drug field expand even further.

Mr Nimrod Klayman, Head of Ventures, UQ Ventures

Since 2016, Nimrod Klayman started at UQ as the Director of Idea Hub, one of the University’s suite of entrepreneurial programs and initiatives that provide students, alumni and staff with the skills needed to think creatively and to build a startup or social enterprise. In 2020, Nimrod was appointed Head of Ventures, and started to oversee all Entrepreneurship activities, including the ilab accelerators.   Over the past five years at UQ, Nimrod has contributed to creating and strengthening UQ's reputation as a leader in practice-oriented education, imparting entrepreneurship knowledge, creating a university-wide culture of entrepreneurship, industry engagement and fundraising. 

Ms Emily Duggan, Gnotobiotic Facility Coordinatator, UQ Biological Resources

The Germ-Free space is a highly specialised operation. Imagine working with complex systems, where operations have a zero-error tolerance for every single action. The smallest hole in flexi-film isolators or a single lapse in focus/judgement can result in bacterial, viral, or fungal contamination. To help streamline work processes and reduce operational mental loading on staff, Emily has designed, written and refined a database to not only provide unequivocal workflows but to ensure an audit trail is available to make any GLP lab blush. 

Centre for Materials Space-Techtonics (CeMasTec)

Centre for Materials Space-Techtonics (CeMasTec) constitutes an outstanding multidisciplinary team with unique and synergistic expertise. The Centre is the first to establish a new conceptual paradigm “materials space-tectonics” in Australia which combines precise engineering of nanoporous metals with AI-driven machine learning algorithms. This centre has contributed significantly to enhancing UQ’s nanotechnology research capability by collectively attracting >$10M in external grants, published 35 Highly Cited Papers and graduating >10 PhD candidates over the past 3 years. The Centre also provides a supportive environment to foster young academics and graduates with world-class research training and meet UQ’s strategic mission and vision.

  • Professor Yusuke Yamauchi
  • Professor Alan Rowan
  • Professor Joe Shapter
  • Dr Nasim Amiralian
  • Dr Md Shahriar Hossain
  • Dr Yusuf Kaneti
  • Dr Muxina Konarova
  • Dr Jongbeom Na
  • Dr Dipak Patel

eAssessment Team

Digital transformation of assessment practices is one of the most complex challenges facing higher education to date. In just over 12 months, the eAssessment Team has propelled UQ’s transformation of electronic assessment through strategic selection and successful piloting of Inspera, an online assessment solution that integrates with current systems and aligns with ever-evolving assessment requirements. Through synergistic orchestration of stakeholders across all four UQ campuses, including academics, students, Library, Student Services, Learning Spaces, Central Examinations, invigilators, T&L committees, P&F, ITS, Diversity, Disability & Inclusion, the Team is currently spearheading the gradual rollout of Inspera and transforming assessment practices institution wide.  

  • Dr Samantha (Sam) McKenzie
  • Mr Dom McGrath
  • Ms Jacqueline Lynagh
  • Ms Shari Bowker
  • Ms Jenny James
  • Mr Dale Hansen
  • Ms Rachel Scott
  • Mr Ranvir Parmar

Fluorescent identification of nascent dangers (FIND)

The FIND team has developed technologies for the detection of chemical vapours including explosives, chemical warfare agents, narcotics, and toxic industrial chemicals that are protected through a suite of patents and patent applications. At the heart of the technology are luminescent sensing materials designed to interact with different classes of chemical vapours. The team have been able to demonstrate the technology to end users through developing light weight and low power consumption portable single- and multi-channel detectors to Technology Readiness Levels 5/6. Detector and consumable sales containing UQ technology have amounted to over A$2.7M in the last 12 months.

  • Dr Paul Shaw
  • Professor Paul Burn
  • Dr Guanran Zhang
  • Dr Shengqiang Fan
  • Mr Alex Loch
  • Mr Michael Angliss

Genome Innovation Hub (GIH)

Genome Innovation Hub (GIH) was established to develop innovative approaches and technologies in structural and functional genome analysis. GIH has 8 staff members that are coordinating and participating in 24 active research collaborations with >109 researchers from 18 collaborative UQ units that include 7 Institutes, 4 Schools and 7 Centres. Since its launch in 2019, GIH has completed 5 research projects and contributed to UQ through research publication, development of software packages and innovative technical protocols and multiple instructive and informative webinars and workshops. GIH has also engaged the wider research community via GIH website, newsletter, and social media. 

  • Dr Brooke Purdue
  • Professor Grant Montgomery
  • Dr Di Xia
  • Ms Stacey Andersen
  • Ms Valentine Murigneux
  • Dr Subash Rai
  • Dr Sohye Yoon
  • Mr Jun Xu
  • Dr Jun Ma

Get Involved Program

The Get Involved Program demonstrates a significant innovation by the staff to create a program that has seen us reach the highest number of students participating in volunteering (1859 or a 191% increase) and highest number of meaningful opportunities being available to students(Position applications: 2283) since we commenced the centralised volunteering project in 2017. The team have also provided excellent service to all areas of the university to assist in better understand how to create meaningful volunteering opportunities including best practice sharing communities, provision of consistent training and development, UQ wide celebrations and recognition of our student volunteers.   

  • Mr Andrew Parkinson
  • Miss Courtney Lennon
  • Ms Mey Orchard
  • Ms Alex Crook
  • Mr Alex Seel
  • Miss Sarah Henderson

New Generation Research Data Infrastructure

This submission recognises the extraordinary effort of a dedicated team responsible for the procurement, installation and upgrade of the University’s research data infrastructure. Across the 2020/21 Christmas break this team installed and commissioned a novel and complex research storage system. The system provides unique features that have been designed to cater for the enormous growth in research data. Without it, the University would be unable to continue to operate high end scientific instruments and high-performance computers and would be unable to perform routine high-end data-intensive research in areas a diverse as genomics, materials science, climate, environment and humanities.

  • Mr Jake Carroll
  • Mr Ashley Wright
  • Ms Sarah Walters
  • Mr Michael Mallon
  • Dr David Green
  • Dr Marlies Hankel
  • Mr Irek Porsebski

Professional Certificate in Foundations in Modern Mining

The mining industry is in the midst of a skills and knowledge shift and workforce development is crucial to meet the economic, technical, societal and environmental challenges of modern mining.  A dedicated team of discipline experts across UQ has been working in partnership with colleagues at Curtin University, supported by the Minerals Council of Australia, to develop a series of six, skill-building courses on the edX MOOC platform.  The Professional Certificate in the Foundations of Modern Mining is the first co-developed program that UQ has offered on edX and has been designed and developed in consultation with mining industry partners.

  • Mr Robin Evans
  • Dr Elaine Wightman
  • Ms Kylie Pettitt
  • Mr Neville Smith
  • Mr Liam Stewart
  • Ms Wendy Chalmers
  • Ms Solveig Litchfield

Program Architecture 2 (PA2)

The Program Architecture 2 (PA2) Team delivered a whole of University project that positively impacted every course, field of study, program and student at UQ. Originally designed to improve the sustainability of UQ’s programs, the Team delivered management dashboards to review the performance of UQ’s entire portfolio of offerings, reviewed and simplified several major student-facing policies and procedures, and initiated the implementation of a new Curriculum Management System designed to provide enhanced program governance and administrative efficiencies. Realising collaboration was critical for the project’s success, the PA2 Team demonstrated UQ values to support Faculties through this major change process. 

  • Ms Sue Chapple 
  • Professor Greg Hainge
  • Assoc Prof Peter Sutton
  • Professor Stuart Carney
  • Mr Diego Rodriguez Perez
  • Ms Sasha Vaynberg
  • Miss  Leah Summers
  • Mrs Josephine Wray (nee McKendry)

Red mud

The "red mud" team has been leading innovative research to develop world-leading technologies for tackling global tailings challenges. By scaling up innovative concepts at laboratory scale into field trials at industry scale, in partnership with Rio Tinto Aluminium (RTA) and Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL), we has successfully developed the world-first patented technology for converting bauxite residues (or red mud) into soil at industry scale, with $5.5 million new research funding to translate this technology into industry adoption. From this, UQ is named in a new article to be published in Materials World magazine, as a leader in delivering tailings solutions.   

  • Professor Longbin Huang
  • Dr Fang You
  • Dr Tuan Nguyen
  • Dr Narottam Saha
  • Dr Songlin Wu
  • Ms Merinda Hall

School of Psychology Facilities and Research Operations Team

Roxanne English and Bridget Moore’s innovation resulted in the ‘Return-to-Research’ protocol developed for the School of Psychology after the onset of COVID-19, accessed by the School’s community. Schools and Institutes across UQ have adopted our protocols. This initiative was shared across the country and internationally with scientists in the UK and US.   This is a remarkable contribution and without the innovative spirit of Bridget and Roxanne would not have happened. It helped to guarantee our future and made a significant and critical contribution to our School, UQ and the research and higher education sector at national and global levels.

  • Ms Bridget Moore
  • Miss Roxanne English

UQ Academic Integrity Team

The Academic Integrity team was formed to undertake the necessary work to ensure the implementation of UQ’s Academic Integrity Plan.  Throughout 2020 the team focused on an educative approach to academic integrity, incorporating prevention and disciplinary measures for academic misconduct through resource development, support for Academic Integrity Officers, and the development of customised educative Academic Integrity Modules (AIM) for all new students.  Employing an evidence-based approach, the team drew on existing literature and proactively supported academic integrity research and collaboration across the sector.  The team’s work has been disseminated widely in both national and international arenas.

  • Dr Christine Slade
  • Professor Craig Franklin
  • Professor Karen Benson
  • Professor Peter Adams 
  • Mr Peter Rutherford
  • Ms Ailsa Dickie
  • Ms Maree Lee

Virtual Tours

Virtual tours for prospective students have been discussed for many years. In 2020 the Virtual Tour team made them a reality just in time for the University’s first virtual Open Day. Overcoming a raft of hurdles the team sought out a unique and cost effect solution and delivered highly engaging, interactive, online tours. The effort that went into delivering the solution for Open Day 2020 cannot be understated and is testament to the dedication and skills of the Virtual Tour team. The resulting content was incredibly well received at Open Day and continues to enhance the Future Students website.

  • Mr Matthew Taylor 
  • Ms Amy Wallace
  • Mr Harry Hertrick
  • Mr Peter Geale
  • Mr Daniel Seed
  • Mr Adam Sehnoun
  • Ms Leila Hutton

Community, diversity and inclusion


Dr Terrance Fitzsimmons, Senior Lecturer in Leadership Theory, UQ Business School 

Dr Terry Fitzsimmons is an internationally recognised researcher in the area of diversity and inclusion. His research and gender advocacy work has recently resulted in a recommendation, accepted by the Federal Office for Women and leading National business and governance bodies, to form a National Alliance to tackle ongoing workplace gender inequality. He authored two UQ Guides on Negotiation and Pay Equity released in 2021. Terry’s gender equity reports and research have led to over 100 keynote addresses to industry over the past five years. He contributed as an expert advisor to the Australian Human Rights Commissions Respect@Work (2020) report.

Professor Mary Fletcher, Professorial Research Fellow, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)

Prof Mary Fletcher has gone above and beyond her duties to improve diversity and gender balance in leadership, not just at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovations (QAAFI), but across UQ in general. Her efforts have led to the establishment of the first Equity and Diversity Committee, which among many other initiatives, has introduced a primary caregiver support framework at QAAFI. She was also part of the UQ-wide Self Assessment Team for UQ’s Athena Swan Bronze Institutions Award application and has been instrumental in developing QAAFI’s strategy to implement the Athena Swan recommendations for gender equity. 



LeadHers is an innovative extra-curricular program for female-identifying participants across disciplines to build confidence in becoming future entrepreneurs and leaders.  LeadHers has significantly exceeded expectations; the pilot of 140 participants (2018) grew to 632 participants (2020). With over 1,000 participants since inception and increasing numbers of local and global leaders providing their time as speakers and mentors, LeadHers builds a strong, supportive community across UQ and beyond. The program receives excellent satisfaction ratings and surveys confirm a significant increase in participant confidence . LeadHers is helping to address the significant underrepresentation of women globally in leadership and entrepreneurial positions.

  • Dr Jessica Gallagher
  • Mr Nimrod Klayman
  • Ms Megan Short
  • Ms Cayetana Martinez Ramos
  • Ms Olivia Adlard
  • Ms Emily de la Pena
  • Ms Kylie Cooper
  • Mr Tomas Piccinini
  • Ms Jacqueline Niblett


Women in Engineering 

The Women in Engineering program was formed in February 2013 through a partnership with industry with the goal of increasing the participation of women studying engineering at UQ to 30% in 2023. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of our small team in engaging with prospective students through innovative demonstrations and participative workshops, in 2021 the program has come tantalisingly close to that goal, with a proportion of around 28% women commencing in engineering programs at UQ and the highest percentage of Australian universities. 

  • Mr Trent Leggatt
  • Ms Negin Beaton
  • Mrs Amanda Merrick
  • Ms Helen Burdon
  • Ms Claire Cresswell
  • Ms Sophia McMeekin
  • Ms Genevieve Worrell


Integrating Genomics into Medicine

The newly formed Integrating Genomics into Medicine group at UQDI in an outstanding contributor to the Community, Culture, and Equity at UQ. Dr Aideen McInerney-Leo leads this team by example with all members playing an active part in internal and external committees. Their most notable initiatives include the first children’s vacation care at TRI, charity runs, trivia night, ethical bystander training, and organising events that support and celebrates women in STEM. This small team of rising stars has an energy that galvanises those around them and will have a lasting impact on the inclusiveness for equity and diversity at UQ.

  • Dr Aideen McInerney-Leo
  • Dr Tatiane Yanes
  • Ms Courtney Wallingford
  • Ms Ellie Maas
  • Ms Clare Primiero

Mentoring and Diversity in Biology

There is global change in awareness of the inclusivity issues faced by researchers with English as a second language, and that historically engagement with colleagues in developing countries has not been positive and supportive. This team is doing fantastic work breaking down the challenges we must address, and identifying the positive changes that we can all make to support and promote such researchers. This is a complex topic and the leadership that this group is providing is changing our culture within UQ and placing UQ at the forefront of the solution globally.

  • Dr Tatsuya Amano
  • Mr Henry Arenas-Castro
  • Miss Violeta Berdejo-Espinola
  • Mr Shawan Chowdhury
  • Ms Argelia Rodríguez-Contreras

SEES EDI Committee

In a truly collaborative project, in 2021, SEES EDI Committee members established a new seminar series covering issues around equity, diversity, and inclusion in academia.  The seminars greatly benefit SEES by increasing the inclusion of different identity groups, assisting staff and students in recognizing and tolerating differences, and breaking down barriers (ethnic, social, religious, political, etc.) that separate different people. Each seminar focuses on one particular group. This unique approach makes this a fundamental seminar series for all students and staff. Ultimately, through the seminars, the EDI Committee is considerably improving the working environment and promoting better teamwork.

  • Dr Dorina Pojani
  • Professor Gregory Webb
  • Dr Annie Lau
  • Dr Anthony Halog
  • Associate Professor Carlos Spier
  • Ms Cheryl Power
  • Ms Christine Fenwick
  • Dr Harald Hofmann
  • Mr Jim Walker
  • Ms Joanne Edkins
  • Dr Sara Alidoust
  • Ms Yukie Tamura
  • Miss Sabrina Monaghan 

Sponsored Students Unit

The Sponsored Students Unit implemented the first UQ Refugee and Humanitarian Scholarship program.  The scholarship program promotes a greater sense of inclusion to a cohort of people from diverse backgrounds that have not been able to access the University.  Before implementing the scholarship program, the team research extensively the best scheme UQ could implement to maximise the accessibility and impact of the scholarship scheme.  The scholarship has been promoted with 26 refugee and humanitarian organisations across the country and throughout the UQ community to increase the awareness of this cohort of students in need.

  • Mr Michael Holder
  • Ms Claudia Morales
  • Ms Holly Roberts
  • Ms Erica Rix
  • Ms Vicki Otsu

Young Achievers Program (YAP)

Since 2009, the Young Achievers Program (YAP) has been supporting the tertiary study and career aspirations of senior secondary school students from disadvantged backgrounds who might not otherwise have access to university. The program's success continues, with 2021 seeing 93% of students pursuing tertiary studies with 71% at UQ. With recent identification of a lower than average graduation rate of YAP Scholars, along with recommendations from a recent research report, our YAP Scholars Support Strategy was developed. The implemented project initiatives esnure YAP scholars are supported, nurtured, and connected with opportunities at UQ to ensure they succeed and graduate. 

  • Mrs Kristy Wylie
  • Mrs Condy Morris
  • Mrs Eileen Pich 

Mental and physical health, safety and wellness


Dr Chris Lilburne, Health, Safety & Wellness Manager, School of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of EAIT

Since Chris started his role of Health, Safety and Wellness Manager for the School of Chemical Engineering nine months ago, he has made an immediate positive impact on the safety culture of the School. Some of his initiatives include the introduction of a Safety Performance Dashboard, developing a program of Lab Safety Walks and follow-up sessions, setting up a vibrant lab safety community of practice in the school and introducing lunchtime safety reflection sessions. The result has been a positive change to our safety culture that is more about participation and reflection rather that just "rule following".


Wellbeing Academic Group

The Business School recognised during the Covid-19 pandemic that staff were feeling high levels of stress and anxiety relating to uncertainty and increased workload. While professional School staff felt reasonably confident in accessing support, academic staff were less informed about how to access the available support. In response, the Wellness Academics Group (WAG) was set up in June 2020. As a result, 9 School staff in total are now Mental Health Champions, providing mental health support to the staff. WAG also provided an evidence base for the School to re-allocate resources to help reduce staff anxiety and stress. 

  • Assoc Professor Judith Mair
  • Ms Karen Teitzel
  • Professor Tyler Okimoto
  • Professor Victor Callan
  • Mr Chris Pye
  • Ms Jacqui Dean
  • Dr Marissa Edwards
  • Dr Joyce Yu
  • Associate Professor Andre Pekerti
  • Dr Stuart Middleton
  • Dr Rick Buning


Dr Adam Kay, Lecturer in Management, UQ Business School 

I nominate Dr. Adam Kay for implementing an innovative program in MGTS7618 (Wise Leadership), which has benefited the mental and physical wellbeing of over 1,000 UQ students. Each semester for three years, Adam has challenged his students to join him in eight weeks of daily mindfulness training and physical exercise, rewarding themselves along the way with acts of kindness toward others. With COVID-19, Adam migrated this program online, using mobile apps to keep students connected and engaged. As a result, Adam’s students were not only protected from the deleterious effects of socially distanced education, but indeed they thrived amidst them.

EAIT Innovation Group ID Card operated equipment activation system 

This nomination supports the EAIT in-house development, manufacture and successful operation of a workshop equipment training authentication safety system.    Safe management of access to potentially hazardous equipment in a shared multi-user workspace was a major challenge for the newly developed UQ Innovate makerspace. This system was developed to utilize a persons ID card credentials, to confirm relevant UQ training records and induction on a specific machine are valid, before it can be operated.  This self monitoring safety system forms an innovative and efficient means of providing an  essential first-line of defense against unsafe unauthorized use of workshop equipment.           

  • Mr Vincent Kelly
  • Mr Malcolm Marker
  • Mr Patrick Morris
  • Mr Robert Holler
  • Mr Sam Grieve
  • Mr Mike Dibble
  • Mr Peter Khan
  • Mr Andrew Lagrosa
  • Mr Kelvin Heng


Mrs Julita Greda-Tomaszewska, Senior Administrative Officer, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, Faculty of EAIT

Nomination 1:

Julita goes above and beyond to support UQ staff and students in mental health and wellbeing and is a tireless advocate of mental health in the UQ community and particularly within the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering. Julita raises staff and student awareness of mental health through a wide variety of initiatives, including mentoring staff in the School and other organisational units; mentoring students through Student-Staff Partnerships and Student Representative programs; her roles as UQ Mental Health Champion, Mental Health First Aider and UQ Wellness Ambassador; and by coordinating events promoting mental health and wellbeing in the UQ community. 

Nomination 2:

Julita has worked tirelessly to support and develop the overall mental health and wellbeing of the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering. Because of her ongoing and consistent efforts, the School's staff, students, professionals and wider team are happier, healthier and more motivated to deliver excellent services safely throughout their role. I am proud to be a colleague of Julita. Julita is a UQ Mental Health Champion, Mental Health First Aider, and a UQ Wellness Ambassador.

Mr Mark Witham Team Leader, Operations, Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Mark Witham, Research and Innovation Portfolio has significantly contributed to cultural change and the wellbeing of individuals within the portfolio and their ability to manage their personal wellness, balance their home life and meet their work obligations. He has done this through a full and diverse program of health, safety and wellness initiatives as well as championing inclusiveness, mental health, sustainability and diversity initiatives. Mark demonstrates the UQ values by cultivating a culture of mutual respect and diversity ensuring all of our people feel valued and empowered to pursue their personal and work goals. Mark is tremendously kind and caring.

Dr Michael Heitzmann, Senior Lecturer, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, Faculty of EAIT

Michael is an examplar ambassador of promoting mental health among our School community. Our students appreciate the way he promotes an importance of mental health. He stands up in front of the class and says: How are you today? Are you okay? During the R U OK? Day he always initiates the conversation on students’ wellbeing and mental health. Last year Michael activity supported the annual UQ Mental Health Week in October by making a video in which Academics share their strategies on dealing with stress. This is an innovative idea which contributes to the mental health promotion at UQ.

    HaBS Placement Ready Team

    The HaBS Placement Ready Team was established within the last 12 months to manage the legal and health and safety pre-placement compliance requirements of HaBS students undertaking work integrated learning (WIL) within their programs. This may sound straightforward, but it involves 14 disciplines, 193 courses and 29 programs with 4700 students undertaking one or more placements each year. This team has quickly and effectively established and implemented processes in a complex regulatory space. Their work has directly and substantially improved safety, quality and experience for WIL students, staff and partners.

    • Mrs Sarah Dahl
    • Mrs Meagan Crabbe
    • Ms Paige Campbell
    • Ms Sophie Challinor
    • Ms Cha Kesuma
    • Ms Lucy O'Shea

    HR Professional Services

    The HR Professional Services team has been integral to supporting UQBR’s efforts through 2021. Assistance such as; establishing on-call rostering, supporting effective flex-time arrangements, processing acting and higher duties roles may sound trivial (or even un-associated). However, these structures have had an enormous impact on not only supporting research, but ensuring UQBR support staff can relax during their well-deserved time off. This responsive support combines with proactive support to align UQBR’s operations with Work Safe Australia’s Mentally Healthy Workplace initiative. 

    • Mrs Fiona Davis
    • Dr Kate Smith
    • Mrs Liliana Hernandez Molina 

    HSW/HR at IMB

    The sourcing, distribution and analysis of a workplace culture survey enabled Donna to determine that a cohort within IMB may have had an adverse experience in their working life. In conjunction with Serena (IMB human resources business partner)  an education program was developed to address the issue. Serena has delivered the education program through IMB to ensure all are aware of individual responsibilities and acceptable behaviour. 

    • Dr Donna Easton
    • Ms Serena Leeke

    P&F Security

    This nomination is for the tremendous work done by the senior Security team in the creation and implementation of the Mass Notification System for the safety and security of the UQ community. The systems allows broadcasting of critical emergency messages and evacuation/ lockdown directions via the fire emergency evacuation system to students, staff and visitors in connected buildings.  Mass Notification messages are delivered remotely from the Security Control Room and be broadcast to individual buildings, precincts, the entire campus or combinations thereof. This system will greatly improve the response time and efficiency during an emergency. 

    • Mr Garry Tyler
    • Mr Kevin O'Sullivan
    • Mr Anthony Waldron
    • Mrs Yin Tint
    • Mr Andrew Barling

    SMI Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre & SMI Health Safety & Wellness Team

    The Mineral Industry Safety and Health Centre (MISHC) have delivered world-class risk management educational training, consultancy and research outcomes to industry since 1998. In late 2020 Professor Neville Plint wanted to see staff and students at UQ have the same access to this risk management training that industry has had for years.  The MISHC team, in collaboration with the local HSW team, revised and tailored two courses - Risk Assessment and Incident Investigation - for UQ staff and students, to provide them with the tools, knowledge and practical know-how of risk assessment and incident investigation. 

    • Professor Neville Plint
    • Mr Brett Garland
    • Dr Ben Seligmann
    • Ms Philippa Dodshon
    • Ms Sharyn Cobbin
    • Associate Professor Carmel Bofinger
    • Mr Tyson Cronin



    Professor Linda Hwee-Lin Lua, Director, Protein Expression Facility

    Prof. Lua's vision and leadership has established PEF as the leading protein production facility in Australia. Together with her high performing team, she has worked on hundreds of proteins for diverse applications in the areas of structural biology and chemistry, drug screening and discovery, vaccine development and delivery, protein therapeutics, functionalised material, biomedical imaging and agricultural science. She has also developed training programs within the Facility to upskill research students and staff. The Protein Expression Facility has a global reputation for excellence. These awards  recognition and are testaments to Prof. Lua's exemplary leadership.


    PRME Team

    In 2015, UQ became a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), committing to responsible leadership towards a sustainable world. As a step towards fulfilling this commitment, in June 2021 UQ became the first organisation in Australia to offer globally certified training in carbon literacy. This was made possible by the UQ PRME Team – Director, Cle-Anne Gabriel and Manager, Roxane Valier-Brasier – who chose to create change around responsible management education. Integrating sustainability into UQ Business School strategy, they produced UQ’s first carbon footprint and compiled the School’s “Business for Better” report to the UN.

    • Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel
    • Miss Roxane Valier-Brasier


    Professor Amin Abbosh, Professor, School of Technology and Electrical Engineering 

    I found prof. Amin a great leader who always passionate and available to support the researchers. He is a well-recognized member among the Electromagnetic and microwave research community all around the world. He successfully served his leadership role for almost 10 years in different areas including Director of Research Training, Director of Research, and recently as a Head of School at ITEE. I found the efforts of Prof Amin Abbosh highly conducive to improving the administrative and academic processes at UQ School of ITEE in his leadership roles as Head of School, Director Research, Director Research Training and Principal HDR advisor. He has proven excellence in research leadership as well as the capacity to deliver strategic objectives. His achievements in that regard enabled establishing a respectful work environment and a significant positive cultural change to the school. His strategy helped reshape the operating context of the school, making the staff less change averse, more efficient and agile, and more change capable.  In sixteen years at UQ with more than 6 years of leadership roles, including two years as Head of School, Prof Amin has demonstrated the character of a passionate educator and inspirational research leader. He has a distinguished record of research leadership achievement and excellence. He has supervised and mentored more than 80 students, including 38 Master and PhD students (by research) through to completion. He has established the Electromagnetic Innovations research group that brings together over 30 researchers. students. His outstanding leadership in research is demonstrated through the excellent graduated PhDs, more than $20M funds via several grants.

    Ms Mikaeli Costello, Director, Alumni Relations & Engagement, Alumni Relations and Engagement 

    Mikaeli Costello has transformed Alumni Relations & Engagement (AR&E) at UQ and has quickly positioned UQ amongst the leading engagement programs in Asia-Pacific. This nomination is submitted on behalf of two volunteers with support of the PVCA, and endorsement of the AR&E team.  Mikaeli is the architect of UQ’s first comprehensive, global alumni outreach program, ChangeMakers, and has also managed the successful integration of Alumni Friends into UQ after 50+ years of independent operation. Collectively, we acknowledge her strategic, innovative thinking and values-led leadership which have also delivered extraordinary results for UQ, our alumni and our community.


    UQ India Team 

    Nomination 1: 

    The team in India has been a key partner for high school initiatives that we have undertaken in India. Such engagements have focused on increasing and fostering entrepreneurial mindsets in young Indians. The team worked hard to make sure such programs could be delivered professionally, to the right audiences and with tremendous impact to Indian High School students. 

    Nomination 2:

    When it comes to international student recruitment, the India team are leading the way. They have introduced many new initiatives and are always thinking of new ways to do things more effectively. From introducing school engagement programs and expanding university engagement and partnerships to maintaining a strong relationship with more than 50 agent offices, they provide a very high level of support to their clients and know their market extremely well. Instead of us asking "What activities are other Australian universities doing in India?", now other university representatives are asking us "What is UQ doing in India now?".

    Nomination 3: 

    The UQ India team consistently demonstrate exceptional leadership and innovation. The team's strategic and multifaceted approach to "Paint India Purple" has been achieved through the development of new and exciting engagement and recruitment activities, and by strengthening the visibility and reputation of UQ in India. Led by Sagar Bahadur, the team has delivered a suite of new and innovative engagement programs that have had an immediate effect on increasing student application numbers and securing future student pipelines, even through the challenges of a global pandemic.  The team members are motivated, creative, professional, and an absolute pleasure to work with.  

    Nomination 4: 

    Led by Sagar Bahadur, The UQ India Team (Future Students) consistently demonstrates leadership excellence through their tireless efforts to attract high quality international students. Since 2018, the UQ India Team has seen application growth of 126% across UQ through a range of innovative recruitment and brand awareness initiatives including implementation of a regional strategy, the expansion of strategic partner articulation agreements, creation of a feeder-school network and participation in hundreds of engagement and recruitment activities. This small but highly motivated team consistently achieves results, purposefully leads change and collaborates with influence, embodying every one of the UQ values.

    • Mr Sagar Bahadur
    • Ms Remmyatha Varghese
    • Mr Dhruba Jyoti Malkhandi
    • Ms Anagha Shetty
    • Ms Aashna Singh


    Dr Lynda Shevellar, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Science, Faculty of HASS

    As Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Social Science, Dr Lynda Shevellar provides  extraordinary leadership on a daily basis. Through her wisdom, guidance and generosity she has built a School culture of commitment to, and excellence in, teaching and learning. Lynda’s leadership is defined by her passion for student learning; her ability to connect with colleagues and support their personal and professional growth as teachers; and her profound humility in seeing herself as a co-learner who strives to improve her own teaching practice rather than as a leader who has earned credibility and respect from her colleagues.  

    Dr Catriona Mills, Research Coordinator, Auslit, School of Communication and Arts, Faculty of HASS

    Dr. Catriona Mills has shown exemplary leadership in her integral role working in the AustLit team, and especially in 2020, where she was not only appointed the role of Acting Director in the midst of the first Covid-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdowns, but also continued to fulfil her full-time role as Content Manager, (which she has done so very successfully now for 10 years). Catriona is a passionate and supportive leader, a mentor and a visionary, and deserves to be recognised for her stellar leadership efforts, versatility and being a pillar of strength during the uncertainties and hardship of 2020-21.

    Professor Heather Zwicker, Executive Dean, Faculty of HASS

    Every Faculty has faced challenges due to COVID-19, and HASS is no exception. The leadership provided by Professor Zwicker has been transformative, collaborative and collegial. HASS has faced specific issues relating to the impact of the JRG package, and the need to respond to structural impediments to the university’s largest degree, the BA. Professor Zwicker has demonstrated outstanding leadership with regard to every criterion for this award. She achieves strategic goals while supporting academic and professional staff in a unique and exemplary way. Her leadership in capacity building, clear and compassionate communication, motivating others, and achieving results, is exceptional.

    Dr Michael Heitzmann, Senior Lecturer, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, Faculty of EAIT

    I nominate Michael Heitzmann for his outstanding leadership in the areas of materials science and engineering. Michael’s seminal contributions as Co-Director of AMPAM and as lead researcher in the areas of high temperature composites, wear and product development and innovation have resulted in further advancing UQ’s standing as a world leader in materials science and engineering. Based on his personal credibility and track record for innovation, Michael has successfully initiated collaborative projects with major research and industry partners and has made many essential contributions in high-profile research projects. 

    Professor Jolanda Jetten, ARC Laureate Fellow, School of Psychology, Faculty of HABS

    I would like to nominate Professor Jolanda Jetten for a UQ Award for Excellence in Leadership. In light of her outstanding contribution to the vitality and quality of our institution, I believe her case to be exceptionally strong. To support this nomination, below I focus on (a) the mentoring Jolanda has provided to emerging academics at UQ and around the world, (b) her leadership of a diverse range of academic communities, and (c) Jolanda’s stellar achievements as an intellectual leader. In different ways, these exemplify UQ’s core values of excellence, professionalism, accountability, diversity and support for our people.   

    Associate Professor Fiona  Charlson, NHRMC Early Career Fellow, School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

    I'm nominating Fiona for her leadership and energy in establishing UQ’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Climate Change Network. The group was established in late 2019 and is the first network of its kind to address the interconnecting social, mental, and emotional health impacts of climate change. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Fiona's leadership drove the network forward through meetings with academics around UQ, running online workshops to drive network vision and program objectives, and in seizing opportunities to apply for funding to support network activities. 

    Dr Whitney Woods, School Manager, School of Mathematics & Physics

    In the short time Whitney has held the SMP School Manager position, the morale, motivation and cohesiveness of the school professional staff has improved immensely.  The open-door approach to leadership along with the care, constructive solutions, strength, listening, conciliation, action on problems and the creation of local standard operating procedures, which Whitney demonstrates and encourages, has made the School of Maths and Physics a productive, cohesiveness and enjoyable place to work.    With Whitney’s type of leadership the professional staff are happy to go above and beyond their regular duties.

    Professor Anthony Smith, Professor, Centre for Health Services Research, Faculty of Medicine

    Professor Anthony Smith’s outstanding leadership takes the well acclaimed COH from strength-to-strength.  Professor Smith has tirelessly responded to unprecedented demand for telehealth during COVID-19. Researchers, clinicians, media and government have sought his expertise – and this effort is reflected in his diverse portfolio of projects. Professor Smith and his team have coordinated over 65,000 telehealth appointments; he has written record-breaking papers (65,000 downloads/ 920 citations); he has secured over $1.8 million in research and consultancy income; he is Editor-in-Chief of the leading telehealth journal in the world; and still finds time to bake a lemon poppyseed cake for morning tea. 

    Professor Eugeni Roura, Professorial Research Fellow, Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, QAAFI

    Professor Eugeni Roura is an outstanding example of a scientific leader able to motivate, assemble and organise scientists from different UQ units, other national and international universities and industry partners in a common research interest. His leadership resulted in a successful bid for the first ever AgriFutures (Chicken Meat) Consortium, with a total budget of $10M. The scientific leadership of Professor Roura is also recognised by the Australian pig industry as evidenced by his leadership of a multi-university consortium with significant industry cash support that has been awarded with an ARC Linkage grant. 

    Professor Sara Dolnicar, ARC Laureate Fellow, Australian Institute for Business and Economics, Faculty of BEL

    Since joining UQ over eight years ago, Professor and ARC Laureate Fellow Sara Dolnicar has truly gone above and beyond the normal leadership expectations of a professor. She has led initiatives that stimulate research excellence, contributed to UQ’s diversity and community, and demonstrates an unsurpassable enthusiasm for mentoring and training the next generation of researchers. Sara pursues excellence in everything she does, but it is her passion for research that stands out above all else. She is an inspirational academic leader for the next generation.

    Mr Stephen Spence, Manager, Enterprise Prod Support, Information Technology Services

    Stephen is being nominated for his empowering and motivational style of leadership.  Stephen embodies the notion of leading by example and has fostered a true sense of family within the Enterprise Apps community.  All team members benefit from the trust to make decisions with the knowledge that their manager trusts them to take ownership and will back that decision.    The mantra "Use Your Common Sense People" has become synonymous with Stephen and his no nonsense approach. 

    Ms Viktoria Peter, Nurse Coordinator, School of Veterinary Science, Faculty of Science

    The infamous Viktoria Peter is the glue that keeps all the equine vet technicians and animal assistants together. Always the first in the door and last out of it everyday, she leads by example with a massive smile on her face and a 'can do' attitude. She has made an environment where its ok to say 'I made a mistake' and 'can you help me' and inspires us to just put our heads down and get the work done. Or voice to higher management and 'go to' lady for anything work or home related. Our sweetest pea. 

    Ms Winky Lau, Business Analyst, Marketing and Communication

    Winky Lau has demonstrated exceptional leadership in developing the business requirements and redesigning the business approach for the new Customer Relationship Management and Marketing Automation (CRM and MA) solution. Winky has linked business units across UQ to co-design a ‘One UQ’ approach that will deliver innovative and collaborative ways to foster excellence in relationships with prospective and current students, partners, alumni and donors. She has developed creative approaches to ensure that stakeholders are engaged and willing to develop cross-UQ solutions. Winky has led the development of a significant change that will show tangible improvements in staff efficiency and stakeholder experience.  

    COVID-19 Research Response Team

    At the beginning of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Professor Alexander Khromykh responded by dedicating a Biosafety Level 3 facility, used and managed by his lab, for COVID-19 research. Additionally, he spearheaded regulatory requirements and procedures to handle the SARS-CoV-2 virus safely and personally helped to verify these practices within the facility. The team of researchers and SCMB personnel that moved to establish and safely operate this facility within a few weeks has enabled a significant portion of COVID-19 research at UQ—allowing international and industry collaboration to evaluate vaccine candidates and testing antiviral drugs to combat the pandemic.

    • Professor Alexander Khromykh
    • Associate Professor Daniel Watterson
    • Dr Yin Setoh
    • Dr Alberto Ortiz
    • Dr Andrii Slonchak
    • Dr Kirsty Short
    • Dr Keng Chew
    • Ms Jasmyn Cridland
    • Dr Amanda Jones

    Research Performance Team

    The Research Performance team exemplifies leadership, achieving significant innovations for the UQ research enterprise through effective collaboration, values-driven approaches and strategic practice. Team efforts in 2020 and into 2021 have helped UQ achieve research business continuity through the COVID-19 pandemic, implemented sector-leading tools for research performance analysis and costing and pricing; built new cross-institutional communities of practice; coordinated the development of UQ’s Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Research & Innovation Strategy; and implemented new processes to feed research expertise into Government submissions. At every stage, the team has sought outcomes that are researcher-centric, sector leading, reproducible and UQ Values-aligned.

    • Ms Sarah Brown
    • Mr Charlie Shao
    • Mrs Dana Danaee
    • Dr Elena Danilova
    • Ms Ellin Tewari
    • Ms Helen Morgan
    • Dr Jean McBain
    • Mr Thomas Ingraham
    • Mr Tom Court


    University of Queensland Press (UQP) won the prestigious Australian Small Publisher of the Year, the highest accolade to be bestowed on an independent Australian publisher. The award was conferred for outstanding contributions to Australian publishing in 2020, and raising diverse voices through organisational initiatives, staffing strategies and publishing programs. This is first time the award has been won by a Queensland organisation. UQP’s programs are now recognised as market-leading that set new records for literary awards success and promote inclusion and equality. UQP is a significant cultural institution that advocates UQ values across communities in Queensland, Australia and the world.

    • Ms Cathy Vallance
    • Ms Margot Lloyd 
    • Ms Felicity Dunning
    • Ms Kate Garaty 
    • Ms Jean Smith
    • Ms Sally Wilson
    • Ms Yasmin Smith
    • Ms Madeline Byrne
    • Ms Denise Webb
    • Ms Jacqueline Blanchard
    • Ms Louise Cornege
    • Ms Madonna Duffy
    • Ms Clair Hume
    • Ms Kate McCormack
    • Ms Aviva Tuffield
    • Ms Kirsty Wilson
    • Mr Ben James



    Professor Julie Duck, Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of HASS

    For many years now (indeed, since its formation) Prof Julie Duck has served the HASS Faculty in her role as Associate Dean Academic, providing outstanding leadership and countless examples of such leadership in the HASS Faculty and wider university. Whoever has been fortunate enough to deal with Julie in any matter related to Teaching and Learning (T&L) will testify to her unparalleled commitment in creating and sustaining a culture of academic excellence, personal integrity, intellectual generosity, accountable conduct, and mutual support. Her contributions to T&L at HASS and at UQ make her the embodiment of UQ’s Leadership Capabilities.


    UQ International Development

    UQ International Development (UQID) operates in a highly competitive landscape securing projects where UQ’s expertise is applied to positively impact developing countries.  Pandemic induced border closures and travel restrictions posed a significant risk to projects and contracts. UQID’s Development Coordinators and Development Assistants team quickly moved to redesign projects utlising a range of remote delivery platforms and in-country partnerships.  This ensured successful continuation of projects and the exceeding of client, funder and participant expectations. The team’s commitment to exceptional client service has directly contributed to the securing of additional commercial projects and the achievement of positive impact for global communities.

    • Ms Dallas Dowsett
    • Ms Niura Martinez Casas
    • Ms Laura Carew
    • Mr Adam Wood
    • Mr Tim Andrews
    • Mr Cornrel Mirciov
    • Mr Mohammed Badrul Alam
    • Dr Sarah Woodland
    • Ms Nitika Mishra Pokhrel
    • Ms Kaori Sugita
    • Ms Brigid Hennessy


    Associate Professor Lesley Lluka, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine 

    Associate Professor Lesley Lluka has touched the hearts and minds of students for over 40 years. Having served in a number of leadership roles including Assistant Dean Academic, her latter years of service have been solely dedicated to ensuring students get the best from their academic experience. Prior to this, Lesley always made time for student and staff, while leading a research group and undertaking leadership roles within Faculty. An outstanding teacher, mentor, advocate and advisor, many generations of students and staff owe their careers to this woman’s quiet commitment, conscientious application and dedicated service - always going above and beyond. 


    Miss Lynette Cowan, Administrative Officer, Faculty of Science

    Lynette has provided 47+ years of tireless service during her time at UQ. Lynette has assisted thousands of students, most recently with the Faculty of Science where she has worked incredibly diligently in student administration for the past 20+ years. She has an exceptional ability to manage and embrace change – something that has been a constant due to the immense technological advances during her tenure. Lynette has always maintained a student-focussed approach to her work and has received heartfelt thanks from many students over the years. Lynette’s contribution to the UQ community is a rarity and something to be celebrated!



    AskHR was established in 2020 in response to the COVID pandemic, as a central point of contact for all staff COVID related enquiries. The function has since evolved, now the first point of contact for all HR enquiries, driven by the objective of One UQ. The impact of this centralised Service Delivery Model has enabled significant improvements in response times, consistency and enhancing the engagement with our colleagues. The team’s commitment to excellence guarantees every interaction, is of the highest standard to ensure the UQ Community are supported within a professional and inclusive environment. 

    • Mrs Melissa Rockingham
    • Miss Natalie Hardy
    • Miss Felisa Sawilla
    • Mrs Clare Rapana
    • Mr John  Yance
    • Miss Christine Frisina
    • Ms Aowei Campanu


    Research Infrastructure team

    The relatively new Research Infrastructure team has achieved great progress since its establishment in 2018. These efforts have notably contributed to propelling Research Excellence around the University of Queensland. The multifaceted team is dedicated to creating opportunities for collaboration and research within the UQ research community by actively uniting the 11 Central Research Platforms (CRPs) and 8 NCRIS facilities with the specific aim of creating collaboration and training opportunities for UQ’s research communities. The team collaborates with Research Office on multi million dollar LIEF and RIIS grants which enable Researchers with infrastructure and capabilities. 

    • Associate Professor Kevin Jack
    • Professor Joe Shapter
    • Ms Sue Weir
    • Mrs Koushi Subramanian
    • Ms Ana Vuckovic
    • Mrs Carlin Long
    • Ms Alison Moore


    Mr Michael Duthie, Communications Officer, Marketing and Communication

    An 'unsung hero', Michael Duthie is a tireless behind-the-scenes supporter of the UQ Executive team, conducting research, preparing speeches and reports, and providing background information for major UQ events that senior staff, including the Vice-Chancellor and President, may attend. He consistently provides outstanding and exceptional quality of service to these senior staff, without drawing particular attention to himself, and contributes significantly to the professional standing and reputation of the UQ community.

    Mr Simon Reid, Associate Professor (Global Disease Control), School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine

    As Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Public Health, Associate Professor Simon Reid has played in a major role in the school’s successful navigation of the COVID-19 pandemic and in our increasing enrolments. Simon led the review of the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, is heavily involved in two postgraduate program reviews this year, and generously works with the Faculty of Medicine marketing team.  He goes above and beyond in supporting our staff and students and gives careful attention to programmatic excellence, providing the foundations that support growth in all of our programs. 

    Mrs Bridget Dougherty, Assistant, Global Mobility, Workplace Relations, Human Resources

    Bridget is the epitome of the ethos and actions of the service culture that we strive for at UQ.  Her service goes beyond the call of duty in that she makes herself available to colleagues, supporting and guiding them for the best outcome.   Her knowledge and competencies in understanding the university's rules, compliance, policies, and her commitment to communicate these in an effective way is commendable.  When given the opportunity to participate and be responsible for developing the tone for both staff and unpaids, she embraces this direction and transforms a deeply embedded culture into one of collaboration and professionalism.  

    Mrs Carol Wagner, Administrative Officer, UQ Business School

    Carol Wagner has managed the casual stuff process in an exceptional way.  She responds quickly and is super friendly despite the huge workload.  In addition, Carol knows policies and procedures very well and can always give you advice about appointments and payments.  It is a pleasure to work with her! Carol always supports our casual academics efficiently and timely. As a casual staff member in BEL for 6 years, I can’t image her vast workload and thus I appreciate her patience and speedy response in dealing with all the casual payment stuff.

    Dr Michele Bastiani, Senior Manager, Research Office

    Dr Michelle Bastiani goes above-and-beyond to support researchers in applying for grant programs. All of my past interactions with OSR have been positive but I have never had such thoughtful, detailed and helpful feedback as I did from Michele Bastiani. She read through my applications in detail, looking for coherence, areas of strength and weakness etc. She really understood what I was trying to achieve and identified what needed to be emphasized in the executive summary, significance and innovation and capability sections. Her communication was clear and kind, and her feedback was considered and always en pointe.

    Mr Chris Brookhouse, Systems Administrator, Information Technology Services

    I would like to nominate Christopher Brookhouse for his amazing service to clients. He works within ITS's Application Administration team. He has helped me on a project I am managing, being the technical lead, and always going above and beyond to figure out curly problems or work out how things work. He is so easy to deal with, friendly, and helpful. A significant part of my project's success has been being able to have Chris assist. 

    Ms Jane Baker, Support Officer, Rural Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine

    Jane coordinates clinical skill sessions for medical students at the Rockhampton Rural Clinical School (RCS) and supports a broad range of community engagement and high school outreach programs. She provides exceptional service demonstrating the UQ values of honesty and accountability. Jane is generous with her time, energy and expertise and through her strong connections with the medical community, she has developed a program to source and reuse expired consumables for teaching. Jane's resourcefulness and approach to sustainability is of significant benefit to the RCS and is invaluable in building the professional standing of UQ in Central Queensland.  

    Ms Jenna Farmer, Project Officer, Australian Institute for Business and Economics, Faculty of BEL

    Jenna single-handedly provides all the professional staff support for the UQ Low-Harm-Hedonism Team, consisting of one (very demanding) ARC Laureate Fellow, 2 postdocs, 5 PhD students and a dozen researchers from inside/outside UQ. Whatever the challenge, Jenna fixes it. Her ability to contribute ranges from simple tasks (such as ensuring compliance will UQ procedures) to very sophisticated tasks (such as assisting with ARC grant submissions). Jenna finds solutions for every challenge. She does so with a big smile on her face! Jenna has multiplied our team's productivity and, every day, makes the Low-Harm-Hedonism Initiative at UQ a more enjoyable workplace.  

    Mr Kevin O'Sullivan, Associate Director, Asset Services, Property & Facilities

    Kevin transformed Property and Facilities service delivery by introducing a client facing model  of service excellence across the portfolio. Leading a two year collaborative project to transform how maintenance activities are performed at UQ. Establishing a Precinct based service delivery model within Asset Services, locating staff within organisational units across UQ. Implementing performance based model with metrics to track outcomes.

    Ms Michelle Quinn, Teaching Recognition Coordinator, Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation

    One person sits behind the exemplary oversight and coordination of UQ’s teaching awards, fellowships, and grants – Michelle Quinn. As ITaLI’s Teaching Recognition Coordinator, Michelle manages UQ’s submissions for external teaching awards, the University’s internal Teaching Excellence Awards, the Higher Education Academy Fellowship program, and the Teaching Innovation Grant program. She efficiently prepares materials and manages timelines, selection processes, allocation of critical friends, briefings and workshops, passage to submission, budget allocation, celebrations, and reporting. She is flawless in her communications and support of staff as they navigate demanding and iterative processes to produce the best outcomes for themselves and UQ. 

    Professor Rob Capon, Affiliate Professor, School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences

    Over his 15 plus years in the role of IMB Post-graduate Co-ordinator, Rob demonstrated unwavering commitment to and passion for the HDR program, always giving very generously of his time to discuss and action the big picture issues, in addition to managing the individual cases to help constantly grow a robust HDR program and help build a vibrant research environment for HDR students. He has guided and supported over 400 HDR students and their advisors.

    Ms Sarah Walters, Research Computing Systems Engineer, Research Computing Centre

    Sarah joined the UQ RCC as a research systems engineer in January 2020. Sarah had never worked in research computing environments before and was fresh to the unique challenges this part of the sector presents. She has shown an aptitude and absolute commitment to UQ's researchers in service and support in recent projects. Sarah is behind the scenes, working with persistence and diligence to bring the best possible services and capabilities to UQ's most challenging eResearch problems. Sarah is enabling, enhancing, and underpinning services that are providing value to researchers with extreme-scale computing problems across UQ. 

    Miss Shelley Barfoot, Casual Tutor, School of Mathematics & Physics

    Shelley continues to redefine what "above and beyond" means in terms of teaching. She consistently puts in more time than anyone into improving the student experience, whether this is staying after class to spend more time with students, brainstorming improved methods of teaching, or ensuring the tutors of her course are supported and informed in their duties.

    Dr Cora Lau, Veterinarian Consultant, UQ Biological Resources

    The important number to consider is eight. That is how many times Cora has reversed various leave applications in the past 12 months to work around changing research project timelines. When you see such passion toward supporting research, it’s understandable that her supervisor needs to hold strategy meetings to reduce her growing leave balance. As UQBR’s Senior Veterinarian she works with a range of species on an even wider range of research topics. Cora assists researchers with her diverse knowledge and expertise but more importantly, knows who to contact if something rarely falls outside of this sphere.      

    Mr Justin  Flohr, Principal IT Officer, Information Technology Services

    UQ has partnered with Metro North Hospital and Health Service as the exclusive academic partner for the newly formed education and research alliance within the Surgical Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS).  STARS opened in February 2021 and has a vision of integrating clinical care, research, and education, across a range of health professions. The relocation of two significant research groups, and the formation of a third, has been afforded an exceptional level of IT support by Justin Flohr. Following the initial move, Justin continues to problem-solve novel IT issues for UQ staff in the complex, multi-organisation environment that is STARS.

    Ms Cate Clifford, Work Integrated Learning, Student Enrichment and Employability Development

    Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is undeniably valuable in preparing our students for the future of work. Cate Clifford has been instrumental in raising awareness of WIL within UQ, building staff capacity, and elevating UQ’s WIL profile nationally.  Cate’s passion for WIL and its benefits to students, industry partners and staff is evident through her tireless support of both professional and academic staff involved in the creation and delivery of WIL, and her commitment to bringing together a community of UQ WIL practitioners to share good practice, support each other, and create high quality WIL experiences for students.

    Mr Manuel Daellenbach, Client Facility Coordinator, Property and Facilities

    Manuel has been providing exceptional service in diagnosing and repairing air-conditioning systems, always being an efficient and helpful team player within the Maintenance Team. 

    Academic Policy and Programs

    Academic Policy and Programs within Academic Services Division is the hard working and dedicated team that provides support and advice for the academic governance processes of UQ consistently providing exceptional quality service. During 2020 the team supported Faculties in approving and reconfiguring over 80 undergraduate programs to implement recommendations of the Program Architecture 2 project. More than double the usual meetings of Academic Board committees were held.  Expedited approval and bulk system configuration processes were designed and implemented.  All was successfully achieved due to the knowledge, experience and collaboration of APP and strong collegiate networks across the University.

    • Ms Carole Tate
    • Mr Ian Vallely
    • Ms Louise Wilson
    • Mrs Malena McNamara
    • Mr Diego Rodriguez Perez
    • Mrs Viola Temple-Watts
    • Ms Erica Ward
    • Ms Michelle Coorey
    • Ms Alex Reeves-Ackerley

    AIBN L6 Relocation Team

    The existing UQ PC3 labs remain on borrowed time when it comes to meeting compliance certification. COVID-related delays with the Science Precinct accelerated the need to find an alternative site and construct replacement facilities. This solution needed to be found and established before the regulator moved to close the existing labs. AIBN Level 6 was the only site that ticked the boxes for achieving the outcomes required within the timeframe necessitated. Unfortunately, the AIBN L6 space was not vacant and required the relocation of existing UQBR projects. These team members were integral to ensure effective outcomes were achieved. 

    • Ms Maya Parick
    • Dr Rona    Barugahare
    • Ms Natasha McGregor-Jones
    • Mr Rodrick Rupan
    • Miss Kendall Hepple
    • Mrs Emily Duggan
    • Ms Trish Hitchcock
    • Ms Katherine Meyer
    • Mrs Sally Cameron
    • Ms Gemma Smith

    Genetic Research Services

    Genetic Research Services (formerly AEGRC) provides high-quality genetic services including genotyping, sequencing, fragment analysis and robotic services to both UQ and external clients. The team consists of 5 research assistants, each team member on average has over 15 years’ experience, this demonstrates the team’s knowledge and dedication to high quality genetic services. The level of detail and robust frameworks integrated into the service allows UQ to benefit from quality data that provide confidence, improves reproducibility, reduce animal usage, enhance refinements for animal use, allowing UQ workers to be meaningfully informed about their research samples and data outcomes.  

    • Mrs Leanne Clarke
    • Mr Chris Smith
    • Miss Deanne Russell
    • Miss Kirstin McKenzie
    • Mrs Helen Hargreaves
    • Mr Kheng Wai Sitoh

    Graduation Team

    I nominate staff from Student Progression (ASD) and Events (Advancement) as part of a joint Graduation Team.   More than 12,000 students were unable to attend their 2020 graduation ceremony due to COVID-19. The Graduation Team was instrumental in designing and executing a fundamental pivot in procedures to facilitate graduation celebrations in February 2021 and to allow 2020 graduates access to future ceremonies. The dedication and responsiveness of the Graduation Team has been exceptional against the backdrop of the complex landscape of COVID-19; the significant number of students impacted; and the fundamental importance of celebrating the achievements of our graduates. 

    • Ms Kathy Macpherson
    • Ms Alicia Clive
    • Ms Leila Hutton
    • Mr Adam Sehnoun
    • Ms Theresa Robinson
    • Ms Sarah Armour

    HASS PA2 Team

    A reset of the BA program alone is a huge undertaking and when the UQ PA2 initiative provided new program design policy and tools that required every program in HASS to be modified, the challenge became enormous. The small dedicated PA2 team worked to restructure 43 undergraduate programs, 20 postgraduate programs, pioneered the new Curriculum Management System, and managed this alongside the 2020 lockdown and Job Ready Graduate (JRG) changes. They delivered exceptional outcomes, including more sustainable and coherent programs, and improved student pathways to graduation. The success reflected a collaborative and facilitative approach, underpinned by strong academic guidance.

    • Professor Julie Duck
    • Ms Sherrie Hoang
    • Ms Jess Chassagne
    • Ms Laura Rouse
    • Ms Tasha Finn

    Learning Design Team

    The Business School Learning Team is staffed by doers, people who take pride in providing pedagogical, technical and media support for the small and the complex issues teachers face. Through collaboration, the team solves technical problems involving tools for teaching, provides advice on redesign of courses and learning activities, prepares academic staff for teaching in diverse environments and develops fully online degree programs. As a team, they consistently provide service through streamlined, transparent and responsive processes that aim to reduce the friction between the systems involved in teaching and the heart of teaching itself: engaging students for learning.

    • Ms Carrie Finn
    • Mr Brendan Hughes
    • Mr Sean Mitchell
    • Mrs Shakira Moss
    • Mr Darren Mead
    • Ms Christina Katterfeld
    • Mr Cameron Morgan
    • Ms Shannon O'Brien
    • Miss Anna Black
    • Ms Christine Foulkes
    • Ms Corene Crossin
    • Mr Ryan Waters

    Protein Expression Facility

    UQ research contributes to the beef industry which is vital to Queensland’s economy. A current example is the development of a single shot immunocontraceptive vaccine to replace surgical spaying of cows to prevent pregnancy. The PEF team has been instrumental in accelerating the development of a protein-based vaccine which triggers the immunocontraceptive response. Early trials show the vaccine candidate to cause immunocontraception response in a significant percentage of animals. The vaccine will prevent the adverse impact(s) of spaying on some animals. The exceptional contribution and service excellence from PEF has fast-tracked research outcomes. The collaboration has enabled UQ research excellence.

    • Dr Balaji Somasundaram
    • Ms Tayo Adeniyi
    • Dr Romain Tropee
    • Mr Miguel Aguirre
    • Ms Sheena Chua
    • Mr Chris Munro
    • Ms Nina Pham
    • Dr Merce Salla-Martret 
    • Ms Chris Steel
    • Ms Emilyn Tan
    • Mr Ric Tang

    Research Contracts Officers - DVCRI

    The Research Contracts Officers are a mobile function implemented since July 2020. The function provides support to the Research Partnerships Managers in the triaging of research contracts, including reviewing, negotiating and progressing research contracts across various faculties and institutes. Since the implementation of the function, the Research Contracts Officers complete approximately 40%- 50% of the total of research contracts processed per month. As a result, Research Partnerships Managers are provided with more time to assist with larger and more strategic partnerships and focus on business development, while researchers are provided with quality service and timely execution of research contracts.

    • Ms Danielle Barry
    • Ms Rachel Axon
    • Ms Tash Winters
    • Ms Sarah Wainwright 
    • Ms Phoebe Kearey
    • Ms Olivia Doonan
    • Ms Alison Morgan
    • Mr Phil Smit
    • Mr Tim Sheehan

    SPH Marketing Team

    The Marketing and Communications team supporting the School of Public Health (Justin Laing and Phil Van Zyl ) have been instrumental in raising the profile of the School. Their strategic and purposeful approach in gaining a deeper understanding of public health has culminated in a range of promotion events, masterclasses, podcasts, “insta” campaigns, and student and alumni testimonials. These contributed to extraordinary growth for our programs. Justin and Phil’s commitment to their work and ensuing the unique value proposition of our programs is understood is helping to place us as leaders in educating the next generation of public health professionals. 

    • Mr Justin Laing
    • Mr Phil Van Z

    Systems, Operations, Analysis, and Projects (SOAP) Team 

    Taking a collaborative approach to partnership working, SOAP provides an exemplar and embodies the values of One-UQ.   Over 2020-21, SOAP has provided systems, operations, advisory and project support to transform the student experience, through more than 50 reporting and 150 unique development requests from all Faculties, the Graduate School, Library, GE&E (Ventures), ICTE, ATSIS Unit.   They display the kind of mindset and approach to working with people that achieves real impact: the outcomes are always their priority. They work with people, for people, and by being authentic selfless people. Their generous approach and tireless enthusiasm should be recognised and rewarded.

    • Ms Sasha Grandin
    • Dr Charlotte Chen
    • Mr Kevin Wright
    • Ms Rowan Collin
    • Mr Simon Hunt
    • Ms April Lee
    • Mr Alex Seel
    • Mr Shreyas Shet

    UQ BR Aquatics Team

    Aging infrastructure can be a burden. It can; result in inefficient workflows,  stop work due to non-compliant containment structures, become an emotional drain on staff without access to windows, ....have you questioning the last time you had a tetanus shot. The UQBR Aquatics team have grappled with all of these issues during 2021 (maybe not tetanus, that was resolved last year). The team have been working hard as they continue with labour intensive practices and at one point in 2021 had to work back until the following morning to relocate all tanks from one system following sudden operational limitations.

    • Ms Gillian Lawrence
    • Ms Bianca Carr
    • Mr Michael Le Roux
    • Ms Jenna Martin
    • Mr Gerard Pattison
    • Ms Cassie Lawrence

    UQ Gatton Halls of Residence

    The UQ Gatton Halls of Residence embodies a service leadership model focussed on providing residents with a living and learning environment of the highest quality through an inclusive and supportive community, where each individual contribution is valued. Our community is driven by outstanding young leaders who are engaged, passionate and mindful of the influence they have, on both the community in which they live and the individuals within that community.  The UQ Gatton Halls of Residence administration team facilitate the development of this community through the provision of leadership, academic, wellness and social programs. 

    • Mr Simon Scott
    • Mr Wayne Kollegger
    • Mrs Helen Haynes
    • Mrs Carole Brown
    • Ms Erin    Baker
    • Ms Lauren Taylor
    • Ms Keely Sayer
    • Ms Ella Fleming

    UQ Recharge

    UQ Recharge is an innovative workplace electric vehicle (EV) charging program established in 2021 to support the adoption of EVs among UQ staff and reduce carbon emissions from fuel consumption. By allowing staff to park and charge their EVs while working on campus, UQ Recharge also contributes to an optimal daytime management of the electricity grid. Furthermore, by testing novel technologies, the program follows on UQ’s strategy to pursue operational excellence and build “living laboratories” that provide research and learning opportunities. UQ Recharge is a step forward in consolidating UQ’s leadership in the e-mobility space within the higher education sector.

    • Mr Darren Andrews
    • Dr Carlos Fujita Dimas
    • Ms Harshini Ravindran



    Ms Mia Strasek-Barker, Reconciliation Action Plan Manager, Office of the University Librarian

    Since commencing at the Library in 2020, Mia Strasek-Barker has worked co-ordinated projects to support reconciliation within the library and in partnership across the University. These projects support teaching and learning, research and improving the student experience.   Mia excels in her work and is committed to ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their knowledge and contributions are understood and valued within the University. Mia’s work is enabling us to develop ongoing relationships with community reflecting the principles of Yindamarra - to be led by community, to respect, be gentle, polite, honour and do slowly. 


    UQ Life

    Over the past four years UQ Life have consistently activated campuses and communication about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures, knowledges, histories and days of significance.  The UQ Life team have driven implementation of UQ’s Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) across all domains.  From the first UQ NAIDOC Festival in August 2018 and each year since to the Reconciliation Village at the UQ RAP Launch to National Reconciliation Week programs and regularly featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, businesses and artists throughout the year, UQ Life has embedded building relationships, respect and opportunities as business as usual.

    • Ms Sybilla Wilson
    • Ms Jess Saolele
    • Ms Ashleigh Huddy
    • Ms Sarah Jeffrey
    • Ms Cherrine Chan
    • Ms Sanda Vesara
    • Mr Kris Brown
    • Mr Chris Anderson
    • Ms Nina Moore
    • Ms Tarriaki Duncan
    • Ms Rebecca Dwan


    Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer, Lecturer in Management, UQ Business School 

    Sharlene is a saltwater woman, with family ties to Darug, Awabakal, Garigal and Wiradjuri peoples. She commenced at UQ in March 2020 as one of only a small number of Aboriginal academics. Sharlene is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement within the School / Faculty and the wider UQ community. She has made outstanding contributions to the School, Faculty and UQ in service, especially in the areas of equity, diversity and Inclusion.


    Advancement Team

    Partnering with the PVC(IE) and Scholarships, the Advancement team championed an initiative to enhance access to education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Through significant fundraising growth for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships in recent years (620% in 2019) and subsequent establishment of the UQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Scholarship umbrella scheme, Advancement has helped open new channels of opportunity for Indigenous Australian students and staff. Guided by UQ’s RAP and PVC(IE) priorities, the team has embraced Indigenous-led and Indigenous-informed initiatives, working with peers across the University to build lifelong impact for Indigenous scholars.

    • Ms Jade Williamson
    • Mrs Jacque Koutsis


    Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer,Lecturer in Management, UQ Business School

    Sharlene is a saltwater woman, with family ties to Darug, Awabakal, Garigal and Wiradjuri peoples. She commenced at UQ in March 2020 as one of only a small number of Aboriginal academics. Sharlene is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement within the School / Faculty and the wider UQ community. She has made outstanding contributions to the School, Faculty and UQ in service, especially in the areas of equity, diversity and Inclusion.

      Australian Native Bushfoods

      Professor Melissa Fitzgerald and Adjunct Professor Dale Chapman collaborate to promote Australian bushfoods and preserve Indigenous knowledge through teaching and research. They designed a course called Bush Foods of Australia (FOOD3022/7002) where students learn about the culinary properties of bushfoods, their importance to Aboriginal people and the development of products whereby the benefits are returned to communities. Ongoing consultation with Indigenous communities has brought an authentic experience to the students that is respectful of Indigenous cultures and communities. With others, they are now engaged in bushfood research that joins Indigenous with western sciences, to produce multiple benefits for Indigenous communities. 

      • Professor Melissa Fitzgerald
      • Adjunct Professor Dale Chapman

      Game Changing Education - Embedding Indigenous knowledges in the training and development of the health workforce in a culturally safe transformative learning environment

      The Game Changing Educators project is a UQ first, that sets a high benchmark for the development of discipline-specific, research-informed and Indigenous-lead online modules aiming to transform the teaching and learning experiences of health students and educators. The modules help to equip future health professionals for culturally safe practice working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.   This suite of innovative online training modules supports embedding of Indigenous health content in curricula across the Faculties of Health and Behavioural Sciences and Medicine, and has been taken up in 25 courses reaching over 2000 students.

      • Mr Condy Canuto
      • Dr Leanne Coombe
      • Professor Murray Phillips
      • Associate Professor Jon Willis
      • Ms Emily Hall
      • Ms Lynelle Angus

      Herston Reconciliation Garden Project Team

      A Reconciliation Garden is being established at UQ’s Herston campus, with key objectives to ensure cultural respect, safety and inclusiveness acknowledging Indigenous Knowledges and perspectives.  This garden is a first at UQ in terms of being co-designed with continuous consultation with Traditional Owners, an Aboriginal-owned landscape firm and an Aboriginal architect. The UQ team that facilitated the project - staff from SPH, Office of the PVC(IE) and Property and Facilities - are nominated for this award, under the leadership and guidance of Gaja Kerry Charlton (Traditional Owner of Yuggera Country) and Carmel Schleger (Aboriginal Elder).

      • Dr Preetha Thomas
      • Dr Britta Wigginton
      • Mr Francis Nona
      • Mr Chris Shannon
      • Mr Brad Mortimer
      • Ms Nell Angus