At the inaugural 2015 UQ Awards for Excellence the achievements of 75 nominations across the 5 award categories were celebrated.

Congratulations to all staff members that have been nominated for a UQ Award for Excellence. The awards acknowledge and celebrate our achievements, and each year the Awards Selection Committee are amazed by the stellar contributions, innovative work and exemplary leadership demonstrated by all nominees.


  • Winners

    Associate Professor Diann Eley, School of Medicine

    Diann Eley was nominated by Ms Anne Louise Bulloch, Manager, Research Office, School of Medicine. Di has demonstrated exceptional leadership in developing a rich research culture in the University’s medical program that motivates medical students to find their research passion. Di’s initiatives have led to the creation of a range of research experiences to suit all students and ensure that all emerge as exceptional clinicians.

    Nicole Thompson, UQ Research and Innovation

    Nicole Thompson oversees the teams responsible for grants management, human ethics and animal welfare. Nicole was nominated by Nicole Shively, Deputy Director of the Research Management Office. Nicole demonstrates leadership in a range of strategic and operational initiatives going above and beyond with outstanding results for the University. Nicole also plays an active role in training and workshops for researchers, in the mentoring and development of professional staff; and in the advancement of research management career pathways.

  • Commended

    Paul Jensen, EAIT/AWMC

    Paul Jensen co-leads the anaerobic technology research group at the Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC). This group is an active group in Anaerobic Digestion research worldwide, with an excellent international reputation. He has a cutting edge funding trajectory, remarkable for this stage in his career. The excellent support from industry demonstrates the impact of his work. The groups’ success can be attributed to his leadership. He is an excellent manager and role model for his team members. His enthusiasm and competencies has inspired and motivated everyone to high performance. He is patient and allocates time to provide support and nurture early career researchers and students. He actively promotes his colleagues to other research groups and industry partners, helping them foster networks and connections. He encourages a collaborative culture with effective working relationships among his multi-disciplinary team members. Finally he has instilled confidence, mutual-respect, integrity, self-esteem and professionalism among those who he has worked with.self-esteem and professionalism among those who he has worked with.

  • Nominated

    Professor Margaret Barrett, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Professor Margaret Barrett's highly inclusive and uniquely collaborative vision has transformed the School of Music, enhanced the University, and benefited music communities and professions on an increasingly global scale. She has indefatigably initiated purposeful strategic change, built a culture of excellence that fosters innovation, and inspired colleagues through peerless professional credibility. In establishing the Creative Collaboratorium at UQ, an inter-disciplinary research hub, Professor Barrett has created a vibrant research environment, delivering a plethora of impactful outcomes, programs, international linkages, funding, events and opportunities for all staff. Similar innovations have transformed the Teaching & Learning and Engagement cultures at the School, signalling UQ Music’s emergence as a significant national and international cultural and educational presence. Professor Barrett has personified this growing reach in her capacity as President of the International Society for Music Education (ISME), through which she established the Charitable Charter of ISME, and work with international bodies, including UNESCO.

    Johannes (John) Prins, MRI-UQ, M+BS Faculty

    In recent years Prof Johannes (John) Prins has extended outstanding leadership within Mater Research Institute-UQ (MRI-UQ), the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, the wider university, and the health research and education sector. John’s primary role is as Director of Mater Research, initially as Mater Medical Research Institute (MMRI) but now, due to John’s initiative and perseverance, as MRI-UQ which was established in 2012 after several years of negotiation with UQ led by John. Under John’s leadership MRI-UQ has rapidly increased the quantity and quality of its research and is rapidly gaining a reputation locally, nationally and internationally. John has taken a holistic “One UQ” approach to his leadership of MRI-UQ and has proactively integrally involved himself with senior UQ leadership to help the university improve its research productivity and the quality of its undergraduate and postgraduate education in health. In 2014, John led the bid for a Brisbane-wide application for an Academic Health Research and Translation Centre.

    Professor Sara Dolnicar, BEL, UQ Business School, Tourism Cluster

    Sara is a Professor of Tourism at the UQ Business School. Sara joined UQ in 2013 and instantly embraced the role of an informal research leader. She has greatly influenced the research culture in tourism and, as a consequence, contributed to a significant improvement in research outputs: Australian Research Council (ARC) funding grew from $313 per capita in ERA2012 to $58,940 per capita in ERA2015; journal publications increased from 199 to 301 with more than half appearing in A*/A journals in 2013. Sara’s research leadership manifests in many ways: she inspires colleagues, models uncompromising commitment to research quality and integrity and continuously helps colleagues hands-on (e.g. workshopping ideas, assisting with grant applications). Sara’s own success stems from creativity, independent thinking and hard work. Her leadership is characterised by honesty, directness, performance-orientation, an unwavering commitment to excellence and genuine care for her colleagues.

    Anthony Roberts, School of Mathematics and Physics

    Associate Professor Anthony (Tony) Roberts has sought initiatives that restrict excessive academic regulation and improve transparent strategic financial decision making for the purposes of enhancing systems and services throughout the mathematics discipline. Furthermore, he has utilized his disciplinary knowledge to extensively further the mathematics program within the university. The leadership he has demonstrated in completion of the latter initiatives should be recognised.

    Examples of his leadership are demonstrated:

    • as Head of mathematics discipline:
      • initiative to implement a Bachelor of mathematics
      • management of discipline
    • as Chair of the School of Mathematics and Physics teaching and learning committee, Mathematics major convenor:
      • introduction of a capstone course within the discipline
      • introduction of an official mathematics tutor coordinator
    • as elected member of the 33rd Senate [Senate student appeals committee] and a non-professional member of the academic board.

    Ann Dunn, QAAFI

    Ann Dunn's role has changed dramatically since she started working with Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) in the Institutes very early stages four years ago. She has had to adapt from managing zero people to a finance and administration team and is constantly welcoming and implementing ideas for change and innovation to ensure the team offers the most efficient service it can.

    Cooper Yuan, Office of Marketing and Communications

    With honesty, respect and openness, Cooper is an outstanding supervisor and staff member of UQ. Always going above the call of duty in every task or project set, he is creative, proactive and analytical in his approach. In 2014, Cooper took on the responsibilities of Senior Finance Officer for Central Human Resources (HR) when a staff member retired. Cooper took this in his stride and contributed hugely to the HR budgets for both 2014 and 2015. This in no way impacted Cooper’s work within Office of Marketing and Communications (OMC) and he was able to give both roles his absolute best and all within deadline. Cooper has an incredibly strong work ethic and takes huge pride in his work. He is always there to help other teams, encourage new ideas and listen to and contribute to solving problems and leading change.

    Kaye Basford, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences

    During the last 15 years, Kaye Basford has provided exemplary leadership exceeding normal expectations to help create a positive, performance-based culture and contribute to the significant and outstanding achievements of the University by successfully:

    • leading two different Schools (through restructurings and a cross-campus merger)
    • building organisational capacity by mentoring staff and attracting outstanding scientists;
    • establishing fully funded professorial positions (from government and industry)
    • helping establish the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
    • influencing the folding of the Faculty of Natural Resources, Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences into the Faculty of Science (and establishing a comprehensive School of Agriculture and Food Sciences)
    • serving the broader university community as President of the Academic Board to achieve increased attendance and greater involvement by members in monitoring and improving the University’s academic endeavours in teaching, scholarship and research matters, and academic career progression.

    Alan Reid, Faculty of Science

    Mr Alan Reid is the Workshops Manager in the Faculty of Science and leads five workshops providing support to teaching and research staff. He was previously the supervisor of the Physics Workshop. His contribution to Physics at UQ, spanning 40 years of service, is very highly valued. He has recently modernised the Physics Workshop securing funding for a new CNC milling machine to enable the workshop to provide high quality custom built parts. Mr Reid provides also provides outstanding support to the School with regard to research infrastructure in Parnell Building and Physics Annex, and provided OHS support and advice to the School for many years. He provides excellent leadership in his managerial role and in his interactions with the wider university community. Mr Reid personifies the UQ leadership values of achieving results and driving accountability, communicating and collaborating with influence, purposefully leading change, and exemplifying personal credibility and integrity.


  • Winners

    EAIT IT Infrastructure Group

    The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) IT and Infrastructure Group led by Rik Taylor was nominated by Professor Paul Strooper, Head of the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. The team provide exceptional quality of IT Service to the EAIT students and staff and has been responsible for numerous innovations in IT processes and services, which have had a significant and widespread impact on students and staff from the faculty, UQ and more widely.


    • Mr. Rik Taylor
    • Mr. David Gwynne
    • Mr. Douglas Kosovic
    • Mr. Jonathan Matthew
    • Mr. Alexander Wilson
    • Mr. Jon Kloske
    • Mr. Mike Dibble
    • Mr. Dale Lawson
    • Mr. David Reeves
    • Ms. Donna Clark
    • Mr. Allan Duong
    • Mr. Ben Ziegenfusz
    • Mr. Henry Lorek
    • Mr. James Harrison
    • Mr. Phil Greenway
    • Mr. Quoc To
    • Mr. Simon Toh
    • Mr. Steven Kimball
    • Mr. Daniel Epstein
    • Mr. Vesa Korolainen

    Gatton Farms Team

    The Gatton Farms Team was nominated by Ms Janelle Zahmel, Director Gatton campus and the team leader is Mark Bauer. The Farms Team makes an exceptional contribution to the Gatton campus, to the University and to the broader community through providing the highest possible level of service to support the teaching and research activities of the schools operating from the Gatton campus and by ensuring that the reputation of the university is enhanced through the thousands of students, researchers and community members who visit the campus each year.


    • Mr. Mark Bauer
    • Mr. Alan Morris
    • Ms. Tanya McKenna
    • Mr. Mitch Coyle
    • Mr. Phil Martin
    • Mr. Milton Lester

    Ms. Jan Barton, UQ International

    Jan was nominated by Rebecca Adams, Administrative Officer. Jan is being recognised for her leadership of significant changes in both the day to day administration of the work of the team and in workplace culture. Jan leads by example and has been a powerhouse in striving for process improvement, efficiency improvements and the development of her staff.

  • Commended

    Graduations Team - Student Administration, OMC, P&F, ITS

    The graduation ceremonies are UQ’s most high profile (and high risk) live events. Each year, thousands of students are conferred their degrees in over 30 separate ceremonies. Honorary degree recipients, guest speakers and staff are also important parts of each ceremony. Over 30,000 guests visit our campuses and 10,000 log in to the live streaming. The logistics of graduations are immense and truly exceptional when the compressed time period is considered. The preparation for graduations is a great example of oneUQ, with members of the graduations team working across unit boundaries touching almost all areas of the University. The team is driven by outcomes and the desire to ensure that UQ is seen at its best. Members strive for excellence and have successfully introduced many innovations which have been universally well received from the Chancellor downwards. The changes introduced by the team exceed normal expectations of performance.


    • Mr. Athol Reid
    • Ms. Belinda Hopgood
    • Mr. Craig Oddy
    • Mr. Alan Egan
    • Mr. Luke Angel

    School of Medicine Clinical School Team Leaders - School of Medicine

    Nomination of Team Leaders recognises their outstanding service contribution to:

    • facilitate excellence in delivery of the MBBS/MD Program in nine Clinical Schools for approximately 2100 students per annum, across 13 Hospital sites, over 250 facilities, managing in total approximately 50 Student Coordinators, with diverse internal and external stakeholders
    • develop and support effective relationships with senior management and clinical academic staff at each site
    • actively engage with Clinical School clinical staff at a level which builds productive relationships and values their input into the School of Medicine’s teaching, research and engagement strategies
    • support and facilitate the co-ordination of the core clinical rotations of the MBBS Program within the Clinical School, ensuring that the joint objectives of the School and health service providers are achieved. Successful program delivery demands the rigorous pursuit of excellence in service in an extraordinarily complex environment, outstanding performance and leadership, compounded by significant geographic and other barriers.


    • Ms. Judy James
    • Ms. Ann Candy
    • Mr. Morgan Wright
    • Mr. Barry Peacock
    • Ms. Sian Gillinder
    • Ms. Samantha Miles
    • Ms. Breeann Silvester
    • Mr. Scott Peters
    • Ms. Jennifer Wilkinson
    • Ms. Heather Moore

    Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis - Faculty of Science

    The Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM) has provided a consistently high record of service to the University by providing access to advanced characterization instrumentation. The staff of the CMM has developed a refined service culture to provide an enhanced UQ experience to student and researchers undertaking projects at UQ. This has been a concerted effort by staff at all levels and the CMM is regarded as the model organisation for providing a centralised service at UQ. The CMM is also a national leader in providing a service for users and has developed a series of unique protocols to provide a unique well organised and safe environment for undertaking advanced characterization.


    • Professor John Drennan
    • Dr Kevin Jack
    • Ms Jill Prescott
    • Mr. Rick Webb
    • Dr. Bronwen Cribb
    • Mr. Ron Rasch
    • Mr. Garry Morgan
    • Mr. Rob Gould
    • Ms. Kay Hodge
    • Mr.Graeme Auchterlonie
    • Ms. Wendy Armstrong
    • Dr. Hui Diao
    • Ms. Kathryn Green
    • Ms. Eunice Grinan
    • Dr. Kim Sewell
    • Mr. Andrew Stark
    • Ms. Rachel Templin
    • Ms.. Robyn Webb
    • Dr. Barry Wood
    • Ms. Anya Yago
    • Ms. Ying Yu
    • Mr. Zhi Zhang
    • Professor Rob Parton
    • Professor Jin Zou

    AIBN Information Technology Services

    The support that Information Technology (IT) offers is above and beyond all expectations. The patience that comes with that support seems endless (and it has been tested) and the IT-team is well known and loved by the institute members that it supports. They are outgoing, friendly and approachable and work hard to get through the requests sent by individual members within the institutes as well as the multitude of other tasks that require doing. Despite the innumerable and incredibly diverse challenges that are presented to this small team of three on a daily basis, everything runs in a smooth and timely fashion behind the scenes - a sure sign that these professionals are doing an incredible job.


    • Paul Watson
    • Luke Eppell
    • Jaleel Yusia

    Alumni and Community Relations Team - UQ Advancement

    "…the sixth of our foundations, but by no means the least important, is our alumni community…collectively they will create and build on a priceless endowment of clever ideas and innovations, sophisticated skills and passionate service to humanity…" - Professor Peter Høj AC, Vice-Chancellor and President

    The University of Queensland With my many years of experience with North American alumni engagement and development, and with the Vice-Chancellor’s approval and encouragement, I designed the motivational rationalisation and provided the leadership for the complete remodelling of the University’s engagement with its 230,000 alumni worldwide. This UQ Award for Excellence in Service [Team] Nomination spotlights and enthusiastically celebrates a selection of the key ground-breaking achievements, now so successfully in motion, implemented and managed by the national Award-winning Alumni and Community Relations Team.


    • Ms. Gina Wheatcroft
    • Mr. Daniel Brennan
    • Ms. Mary Brown
    • Mr. Matt Hoskins
    • Ms. Prue Rayner
    • Ms. Jane Atkins
    • Ms. Sarah Calderwood
    • Ms. Shannah O'Brien
    • Ms. Amanda Briggs

    Psychology Undergraduate Student Admin Team - HABS Faculty, School of Psychology

    This team has developed various initiatives to support and enrich the experience of over 8000 undergraduate students studying Psychology across three programs: Bachelor of Psychological Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science. Examples of innovative and significant initiatives include dedicated orientation sessions for 1st year, 4th year, and international students, streamlined processes to advise large numbers of students, an International Student Support Program and a graduation event for 4th year students. Key outcomes include an informed and engaged cohort of students, which will enhance their academic and professional success at UQ and beyond. The initiatives help create an exceptional student experience at UQ through the consistent provision of outstanding and exceptional quality of service, thus enhancing the professional standing and reputation of UQ as an institution. In addition, the initiatives help develop a sense of community among Psychology students, which will help produce future cohorts of engaged alumni.


    • Ms. Anita Johnston-Oost
    • Ms. Meg Cridland
    • Ms. Jennifer English
    • Ms. Astrid Sirowatka

    UQ Biological Resources, Queensland Brain Institute

    Ms Hitchcock is the Animal Facility Manager at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). Her team support research and teaching by maintaining the housing facility for laboratory animals at QBI as well as providing animal services. The team ensures cages are cleaned and that animals have food and water, but also provide advice and support for the care of animals. They ensure that animals receive appropriate environmental enrichment. The team provide training in the ethical handling of laboratory animals to researchers and students. They maintain records of animal movement in and out the facility that is entered in a database allowing researchers to monitor their colonies. These are time consuming responsibilities, will little personal reward yet are vital for the success of the research institute’s outcomes while maintaining high ethical standards in its use of laboratory animals. The team is not often credited with the positive impact they have on research.


    • Patricia Hitchcock
    • Kim Woolley
    • Liesel Macdonald
    • Robyn Rachow
    • Michael Lutkins
    • Danielle Eastley
    • Katherine Meyer
    • Maryam Ashrafi
    • Brodie Quine
    • Annie (Kit Yee) Leung

    Perry Kollmorgen, Queensland Brain Institute

    Throughout 2014, Perry has shown initiative, ability and absolute focus to maintain outstanding levels of technology support for a highly complex, busy and demanding organisation. Perry's rare mixture of ability to manage projects (such as the 2014-15 large enterprise printing fleet rollout, saving the organisation thousands of dollars per month, fostering sustainability) and his ability to manage client service at the coal face of support, dealing with literally hundreds of requests per week is something that is not replicated locally. This mixture of absolute focus on big picture projects and attention to the needs of users, going the extra mile is an outstanding trait. This is particularly evident from his willingness to be involved with UQ's summer and winter student programme, encouraging and helping up to 20 students at a time (on top of all his other work), fostering long lasting relationships and good outcomes for new-to-UQ individuals.

    Matthew Leighton, Customs House

    Matthew Leighton in his role as Banquet Manager has been instrumental in motivating, training and leading the Banquets team at Customs House to achieve excellence in service. He has significantly improved our standards, efficiency and execution. Excellence in service levels has been achieved by improving workflows, systems and rostering. This has maintained and sometimes reduced wage costs even with scheduled pay increases. Matt’s contribution has helped Customs House win national awards in 2013 and 2014 of Caterer of the Year at Savour Australia Awards for Excellence.

    Brent Ritchie, BEL, UQ Business School, Tourism Cluster

    Brent Ritchie has served UQ, the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, the UQ Business School, and the Tourism Cluster tirelessly for six years, initially as Research Director, later as Deputy Head of School, Acting Head of School and most recently as Cluster Leader for Tourism. He led tourism staff through difficult times of anxiety and uncertainly in the lead up to the merger with the UQ Business School. His service has enabled UQ to become one of the world’s leading teaching and research units in tourism. Brent’s unique contribution lies in his sustained and selfless efforts to ensure positive experiences for staff, students, other organisational units at UQ, industry partners and overseas partners and universities for the benefit of UQ and broader society. Brent – through his outstanding and exceptional quality of service to the full range of UQ stakeholders – has contributed significantly to the professional standing and reputation of UQ.

    Jodie De Daunton, UQ Advantage Office

    Jodie has proactively developed the recording and reporting capabilities of systems used to manage a range of scholarships, grant and loan schemes to improve efficiency and deliver improved service to staff and students. She refined procedures, developed online application systems and ensured that staff and students were aware of changes to legislative requirements, enabling previously ineligible students to apply for government funding. Her work has facilitated an increase in OS HELP loan allocations of over 70% since 2013, directly contributing to UQ’s internationalisation and student experience strategy. This represents an increase from 352 to 719 students being awarded OS HELP loans since 2013: an increase from $1.9 million to $4.3 million. Jodie is an exceptionally motivated, hardworking and capable member of the Student Engagement Team. She proactively seeks opportunities to assist others, is professional and courteous in her dealings with students and staff, and is regarded highly by her colleagues across the University.

    Tony Arklay, Health Service - Student Affairs Division

    Dr Tony Arklay exemplifies those values underpinning the principles of the UQ Code of Conduct. He has occupied a position of trust and responsibility for many years and has always displayed integrity, respect for all and performs his duties with diligence, professionalism and dignity. Patients' needs, their values and optimal health outcomes, remain central to his work ethic and his service to the UQ community. Quality care requires commitment, leadership and teamwork. He sets an example each day making honesty, effort, reliability and ethical behaviour key values. He is respected by all at UQ for his commitment and service to patients, the work at hand and always honouring his promises. He inspires staff and is central to our productive, happy work environment. He encourages open communication, collaboration, trust, advocacy, impartiality and commitment which enables our team to work efficiently and effectively, delivering excellence in health care to the UQ community.

  • Nominated

    HaBS Faculty Finance Management Team

    Within the context of a newly created Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences (HABS) from 1 January 2014, the Faculty Finance Management (FMM) team has consistently provide outstanding and exceptional quality and levels of service which has been recognised by HaBS Executive, Schools and Centres. This also translates into improved budget and forecasting outcomes which has been recognised centrally during central budget meetings. The flexibility but focus the HaBS FMM team has demonstrated in bringing seven schools and three centres together to align with a united sense of purpose and to have the highest standards of financial management practice and compliance at all levels, is outstanding.


    • David Dellit
    • Simon Thomas
    • Audrey Brown

    UQ Centre for Clinical Genomics

    The UQ Centre for Clinical Genomics (UQCCG) is a collaboration of UQ Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR), Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) and UQ Diamantina Institute (UQDI) and serves the DNA/RNA sequencing needs of many researchers within and external to UQ. Since its establishment, UQCCG has developed a reputation for not only providing high quality data, but also as an educator of researchers in the field of genomics. These efforts have contributed to over 50 publications including those in high impact journals, such as Nature. More recently, the increase in use of DNA sequencing in clinical situations has required UQCCG to change its operational structure to de-risk the potential for mistakes in data delivery. To this end National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) accreditation was sought and in April 2015 UQCCG will be the first facility in Australia to be ISO accredited for Massive Parallel Sequencing. UQCCG is the most comprehensive and productive sequencing facility in Australia and has a strong reputation for excellent service.


    • Katie Cremin
    • Lawrie Wheeler
    • Lisa Anderson
    • Sharon Song
    • Erika de Guzman
    • Shannon Waldron
    • Mhairi Marshall
    • Paul Leo
    • Felicity Newell
    • Russell Saal

    Research Higher Degree Team

    The School of Medicine Research Higher Degree (RHD) Team provide front line service, support and advice to the largest cohort of Research Higher Degree and Research Doctorate candidates at UQ. Our cohort of students and advisors is large and diverse, and the team provide support well beyond the boundaries of the School of Medicine, and externally to our highly valued research partners. The RHD team consistently provide outstanding and exceptional quality of service to our research students and supervisors and are an exceptional example of a well-coordinated, efficient and highly functional support team.


    • Maxine Wienert
    • Marijke Schmidt
    • Joanne Elizabeth Smith
    • Susan Ben Dekhil
    • Judith Greer
    • Diann Eley
    • Rob Eley

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Office

    The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Research Office has demonstrated outstanding achievements against two criteria in the service excellence award category - through its successful establishment as a new team in 2014 (implementation of a significant initiative) and through the outstanding support provided to clients and the excellent outcomes this support helped to achieve (achievement of outstanding service and outcomes for its clients). The key aspects of their service approach involved support for research funding applications, added value for RHD students and research strategy development. The success of their formation was due to a strong service orientation, established within an aligned strategic framework and supported by clear role and values understanding. Their pathway from establishment to excellence is well recognised across the Faculty and we proudly nominate them for the award.


    • Sarina Hobbin
    • Joanne Tompkins
    • Rachel Smith
    • Justin Nicholls

    ANFF-Q Team

    The Professional team at Australian National Fabrication Facility - Queensland Node (ANFF-Q) are an outstanding group dedicated to the support of fabrication needs for a wide variety of cutting edge research. With a wealth of exceptional and complementary skills, this group support upwards of 240 users a year (200 here at UQ) to accelerate their research outcomes. They provide training to an expert level, advanced experimental design support, superior process development advice and the ability for users with no experience to successfully utilise the first-class suite of instruments available. Working at the leading edge of instrumentation and research also means that they are constantly striving to improve processes, develop novel systems and push the instruments to the very limit of their capability, all to produce the best results for their Clients. The ANFF-Q is a critical facility for UQ researchers who benefit greatly by the infrastructure enhanced by an exceptional team who provide professional support and expertise.


    • Derek Hirons
    • Elliot Cheng
    • Kai-Yu Liu
    • Elena Taran
    • Lien Chau
    • Javaid Khan
    • Kinnari Shelat
    • Wael Al Abdulla
    • Doug Mair
    • Anita Gibson

    National Biologics Facility

    The National Biologics Facility (NBF) is an exceptional team of dedicated UQ employees, established in 2007, consisting of scientists and engineers with skills in antibody discovery and protein manufacturing to work with local and international researchers to develop new protein drugs to tackle cancer, immune and infectious diseases. NBF has gained an excellent reputation in providing high quality services in antibody discovery and protein manufacturing, and enabling researchers in the biopharmaceutical industry to translate their medical research into solutions. An exceptional achievement with significant impact for QLD is the development of a treatment against the deadly Hendra Virus. The NBF is working with Queensland Health and the Princess Alexandra hospital to safeguard against any outbreaks in QLD and NSW. NBF provides an excellent environment for research higher degree students. NBF staff perform above their expected role within the facility to provide quality mentorship and training to students from various Schools and Institutes.


    • Jeff Hou
    • Michael Song
    • Martina Jones
    • Michael Yeh
    • Neetika Arora
    • Emily Chan
    • Eric Zhu
    • Kar Man Leung
    • Kym Hoger
    • Chris de Bakker

    Student Services Concierge Team

    The Student Concierge Team are the ‘frontline backbone’ that hold Student Services together. The team’s excellence in supporting students and staff on a daily basis in a demanding environment epitomize the values of UQ. The team’s professionalism and high level of integrity, align directly with UQ’s values of supporting the wellbeing of all students. They create an inclusive and supportive environment for students as soon as they walk in the door and also for all staff they interact with. This team enrich the lives of our clients every day in a space that often sees students trusting in this team to assist in finding the right support that is needed, sometimes at very distressing times. They support every student and staff member holistically and wholeheartedly and treat everyone as an individual with their own unique needs. They are the true meaning of excellence in service.


    • Esther Haskell
    • Nicole Bowden

    International Development Coordinators

    As a team, the UQ International Development Coordinators supported more than 300 short-term visiting scholars in 2014 alone under the Australian aid program. The awardees came from more than 30 developing countries and in many cases were current or future leaders in government and industry. Through the quality of the learning, extension activities and welfare support, our Coordinators ensured that these awardees left as UQ alumni with a positive image of UQ, Australia and Australians. At the core of this excellence in service provision is a culture of the highest respect for all people. "I [will] stay connected to Australia as I consider the Australian experience the most inspiring and rewarding one I have ever had in my professional life." Edward Bendu – Senior Environment Officer, Environment Protection Department, Sierra Leone


    • Renay Williams
    • Eva Kiriakoff
    • Holly Lawton
    • Brigid Hennessy
    • Renee Montgomery
    • Melanie Wratten

    Psychology Finance Team

    The School of Psychology’s Finance and Personnel team provides a consistently excellent service to the School, both in terms of catering to the needs of individual staff members, and in the level of accountability in their stewardship of the University’s resources. The team of four is responsible for budgeting and forecasting, monitoring research grant accounts, providing advice on finance and staffing matters, staff travel, appointments of casual, fixed-term and continuing staff, procurement, and day-to-day financial transactions. The feedback from colleagues regarding the work of this team indicates that they are widely held in high regard both within the School and beyond. The team’s consistency, adherence to deadlines, and meticulous attention to detail exceeds normal expectations of performance.


    • Robert Oldham
    • Holly Dennis
    • John McBreen
    • Jackie Gidley

    QFAB Team

    The comprehension of large and complex datasets from clinical and life-science research studies is dependent on the combined application of bioinformatics, statistics and computer technology. The Queensland Facility for Advanced Bioinformatics (QFAB) Team is unique in that it brings the breadth of knowledge, skills and experience to the entire University of Queensland community. This is realized through the provision of strategic advice, contemporary training and the delivery of relevant high quality biomedical analyses that form significant contributions to publishable studies. The diversity of the QFAB team’s background and their commitment to teamwork provides an exceptional service to UQ researchers, their students and collaborators. The QFAB Team stakes its reputation on providing only the highest quality deliverables to its clients and as such provides a highly reputable, transparent and professional service that reflects positively on the broader UQ community.


    • Dominique Gorse
    • Stephen Rudd
    • Mark Crowe
    • Xin-Yi Chua
    • Anne Bernard
    • Pierre Chaumeil
    • Nicholas Rhodes
    • Anne Kunert
    • Michael Thang
    • Justin Scott

    Steven Kimball, EAIT IT Infrastructure Group

    Steve Kimball always provides excellent client service in the field of information technology. He finds innovative solutions to meet special requirements for computer systems in both the office and laboratory setting for staff and students in the Centre for Hypersonics. We can rely on Steve to respond immediately to requests and to fix any problems without a fuss. Steve works his magic on many systems including high-speed data recording systems, high-speed cameras and desktop computers that interface with the high performance computing clusters both on campus and at national and international facilities. His unique understanding of hardware and software provides the members of the Centre for Hypersonics with easy access to world-class computing capabilities. Steve’s advice is excellent and he works with the best interests of the University and his clients at heart. His cheerful and smiling disposition make him a pleasure to work with.

    Camille Smith-Watkins, Legal Office

    Ms Camille Smith-Watkins managed the legal aspects of the Ipswich campus transition, working with the small central group chaired by Professor Joanne Wright (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (DVCA)) and project managed by Ms Caroline Dunne. The legal side of the transition was extremely complex, involving a series of linked agreements relating to the property sale, leases for both universities on the other’s campus, agreements on transition arrangements, and other documents. It involved lengthy negotiations and interactions with UQ external lawyers, the University of Southern Queensland's external lawyers, and government agencies, and was absolutely critical in ensuring the transition was completed on time, and with all legal aspects resolved. Ms Smith-Watkins worked closely with Tim Neal in the Legal Office, and I include Mr Neal in this nomination, as he contributed equally alongside Ms Smith-Watkins, but he has left the University to return to the United States.

    Murray Kane, School of Mathematics and Physics, Faculty of Science

    Mr Murray Kane is the Postgraduate Student Administration Officer in the School of Mathematics and Physics and has served in this role since 2007. Mr Kane has consistently provided exceptional service to our RHD students and to staff. His impact on the School is evidenced by the testimonials from both staff and students that accompany this nomination. In 2014, Mr Kane was instrumental in establishing Joint PhD arrangements with universities in the Netherlands and Denmark. In each instance, he liaised with the Graduate Schools and supervisors in these institutions to ensure successful outcomes. Our School has been the initiator in establishing these collaborations. No UQ policy or procedure currently exists to provide a framework. Mr Kane makes a significant contribution to the School’s culture. He demonstrates several of the University’s stated values, particularly pursuit of excellence, mutual respect and diversity, and supporting our people.


  • Winners

    Mr. Stephen Coombs, School of Chemical Engineering

    Steve led a small team, reviewed and streamlined the process used to hire casual staff and, together with the Faculty IT team, redeveloped the current database to improve: ease of use, communication, application progress and reporting. The immediate benefit was a reported 4-5 fold reduction in the hiring and human resources processing times for approximately 500 staff. In addition to an improved system, the hiring process was reviewed end-to-end and previously unsupported parts of the process (such as training, SETutor request, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade checks, Head of School sign off, etc) was built into the system. Data was transformed to facilitate easy entry into other systems such as Aurion. For example, information is now collected and displayed to be more consistent with Aurion, enabling the inclusion of copy and paste functionality. Improved communication between staff and appointees and coordination between organisational units was an additional benefit.

    School of Languages and Cultures Management Database Project team

    The School Management Database team have showed great leadership and initiative in conceptualising, designing and implementing a database management tool that brings into one space different data flows. With this tool, the school is better able to plan workload, budget, timetable, leave, course offerings, casual staff requirements and school events and to relieve a great deal of the administrative burden that comes from having multiple systems that do not communicate with each other. In addition, the database management tool has brought about a much greater degree of transparency and accountability in regards to individual staff members’ workload and, as a result, much improved equity not only across full-time staff but our treatment of casual staff also. The efficiencies, transparency and accountability that the tool has delivered has enabled significant time and cost savings.


    • Janeane Bertenshaw
    • Angela Lawton
    • Storm Martin

  • Commended

    Moreton Bay Research Station - Faculty of Science

    Morgan and Kathryn have formed an ‘in-house’ data solution development team using cutting edge Filemaker 13 software products. To date, several interrelated and powerful administrative, management, planning and resource databases have been developed and launched on UQ dedicated servers for use by MBRS staff and the unit management and finance team at Faculty of Science. The ‘jewel in the crown’ and core innovation is the ‘MBRS Booking Management System’. This is a multi-user tool for managing and administering resources such as accommodation, teaching space, research vessels, and other assets and services. Key achievements include advances in ease, efficiency and timeliness of administrative workflow and procedures at MBRS; rapid generation of client, staff and service provider resources and correspondence such as quotes and a framework for consistency of service delivery and staff procedures. Also, the systems incorporate a set of usage, resource and finance data capture and reporting functions.


    • Mr. Morgan Chance
    • Ms. Kathryn Crouch

    Mr Matthew Lamb - School of Medicine

    Dr Matthew Lamb is the School of Medicine’s and QCMRI’s jointly appointed Publication Officer, responsible for ensuring our publication reporting obligations are met, contributing to UQ’s HERDC and ERA reporting, the University’s institutional digital repository and to individual researcher’s web profiles. Matt’s previous roles at UQ include experience in publication data entry, record auditing, various roles in the UQ library, and as an author himself. These roles, and the relationships he maintains with the Library, e-Space and Research Information Systems teams responsible for the HERDC collection have allowed him to develop innovative systems within e-Space and external publication databases to significantly increase our capture and reporting of both research publications and author affiliations each year. He achieves this from his home half an hour south of Hobart, working for UQ through a flexible telecommuting agreement that serves both Matt and our School very well.

  • Nominated

    Super-resolution microscopy team

    The establishment of QBI’s state-of-the-art imaging facility was driven largely by the Institute’s desire remain a leader in the field of cell biology microscopy at UQ. Whilst QBI’s Neuronal Cell Biology research is world-leading, without the most technically advanced equipment, our scientists were missing the opportunity to develop super resolution techniques that would further enhance this research. In an environment where the majority of leading Universities heavily invested in super-resolution microscopy worldwide, Queensland Universities were slow to acquire a super resolution microscopy system and therefore train their scientists in this leading edge technology.


    • Fred Meunier
    • Luke Hammond

    Online deferred exam apps made easy

    The Deferred Examinations Request (DER) module was developed in SI-net and implemented in semester 2, 2014, enabling students to submit online requests for mid-semester and end of semester deferred examinations, and to upload supporting documentation. Once submitted, requests workflow directly to the appropriate authorities in faculties, schools and central units. Students can view the status and decisions to their requests online. The online functionality provides improved services to students, greater efficiency through automated processes and workflows, improved communications, and extensive reporting and analysis capabilities. It significantly reduces the paper flow, processes and workload. Aspects of the design and technical framework provides sufficient flexibility to readily accommodate future changes to business processes, and can be replicated for development of other online forms. The functionality of the DER module includes features not previously utilised in SI-net, including Workflow, ability for students to upload and attach supporting documentation, and creation of PDFs.


    • Teresa Charlton
    • Maree Mason
    • Alice Gould
    • Chris Scanlan
    • Tiju Thomas
    • Suzanna Wong

    M+BS HR Team

    In 2014, M+BS merged HR staff employed directly by the Schools of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and Public Health with the Faculty HR staff. All HR staff approached this change with an open mind and a focus on achieving the best possible outcome for clients who expect high standards of value in some dimensions of HR services and threshold standards in others. By targeting our combined resources towards visible added value services such as recruitment and advice, we have been able to improve client satisfaction, increase efficiency and improve job satisfaction. The HR Team should be recognised for their willingness to change to move the organisation forward, and establishing a culture of continuous business improvement. In addition to this change, the M+BS HR Team have implemented innovative initiatives to reduce low-value, administrative tasks such as checking of appointment documentation electronically through a shared filing system and electronic distribution of correspondence.


    • Brittany Forsyth
    • Jasmin Bryden
    • Hayley Mason
    • Erin Paterson
    • Aleisha O'Neill
    • Benjamin Tse
    • Corinna Gartrell
    • Emma-Lee Tilley
    • Joanne Cignoli
    • Jodie McDonald
    • Kirsten Yeats
    • Libby Kelly
    • Natasha Rudkins
    • Rachel Heathwood

    SciIT computational support

    The three Faculty of Science Information Technology staff members, Leslie Elliott, Karl Blakeney, and Ian Mortimer, have built up the School of Mathematics and Physics’ Core Computational Facility over the last several years. The Team have liaised closely with various academics in the design, purchasing, construction and system administration of several ‘high-density’ computing systems. They have handled the extreme technical requirements of these systems, which involve technology that perhaps no-one else in Australia was using when first purchased. This has required them to be innovative in getting these high-performance computing systems deployed, and merging existing systems with minimal impact on users. They have had to be both pro-active and flexible in their dealings with vendors to resolve arcane technical issues that would have otherwise driven the academics involved to frustration. These cutting-edge research computing systems are used by 100 School of Mathematics and Physics academics and research students including undergraduates.


    • Leslie Elliott
    • Karl Blakeney
    • Ian Mortimer

    Solar Champions

    The team responsible for the $25-million Gatton Solar Research Facility (GSRF) has delivered an exceptional outcome. It is the largest solar farm in Queensland; the largest solar PV systems research facility in the southern hemisphere and delivers significant research capability that could change the way Australians consume energy. It offers practical discovery and education opportunities for students and is a major branding vehicle for the University, domestically and abroad. The GSRF has developed strong relationships with industry, state and federal government ministers and departments, and will attract significant external investment from multiple stakeholders. This is evidenced by the fact the State Government (prior to coming into term) invited this team to submit a proposal around realising the potential of solar technology in Queensland. These achievements have been enabled through a relationship between the UQ Properties and Facilities Division (P&F) and UQ Solar as part of the Global Change Institute (GCI).


    • Paul Meredith
    • Chris Collins
    • Craig Froome
    • Geoff Dennis
    • Stephen Ingham
    • John Foster
    • Adrian Mengede
    • Vince Garrone
    • Tapan Saha
    • Shane Goodwin

    Catlin Seaview Survey

    The Global Change Institute’s (GCI) Catlin Seaview Survey (CSS) team is advancing knowledge of the world’s coral reefs by creating the first comprehensive baseline visual record through high-resolution 360-degree imagery. To date, more than 500,000 images have been captured more than 750km of reefscape across 21 countries. The international scope and reach of this project further establishes the University’s reputation as a leader in the field of coral reef science, open source education and leadership. The project has led to scholarship and fellowship funding of $1.6 million to support 5 post doc positions and 4 PhD positions, attracting total project funding of $3.1 million, which includes provision for 4.5 professional UQ staff. UQ is enabling scientists and policy makers to access a free online first-of-its-kind research database, which will help inform coral reef management strategies globally.


    • Sara Naylor
    • Peter Dalton
    • Abbie Taylor
    • Shari Stepanoff
    • Pim Bongaerts
    • Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero
    • Benjamin Neal
    • Ulrike Siebeck
    • Susie Green
    • Rachael Hazell
    • Alberto Rodriguez-Ramirez

    Evaluations Unit

    Over the last 18 months, the Evaluations Unit of what is now the Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation, has demonstrated outstanding performance with the highly challenging conversion of the UQ student evaluation system from a paper-based approach to a fully-online system. In doing so they demonstrated a commitment to UQ’s values: in the pursuit of excellence; showing great professionalism, ethical practice, innovation in managing resources; and, in supporting enterprise-wide change which endeavoured to make a positive impact on teaching and learning practices. Their dedication and drive to successfully implement the new system occurred through extensive consultation, communication, and localised support whilst concurrently managing operational requirements using the old paper-based evaluations. They did so in the context of the review of TEDI in which the team were working with the knowledge that they may not have ongoing employment as an outcome of the review.


    • Marcel Lavrencic
    • Alice Evans
    • Jose Perez-Gonzalez

    RHD Placements Project Group

    A major barrier to RHD student engagement with non-academic organisations is that student placements are highly regulated, with national legislation further complicated by QLD state regulations often making such activities too risky. However, the Graduate School has worked tirelessly with UQ Legal to resolve these issues, manage risk, and develop a suite of placement models. Uniquest has provided commercialisation training for RHD students and both Uniquest and the UQ Business School have shared their industry contacts and are working closely with UQ Graduate School to leverage placement opportunities for research students. The placement models developed are the first of their kind in the Australian Higher Education landscape, and particularly innovative because they focus on the development of transferrable skills. This puts UQ at the forefront of a transformation in RHD training, putting in to practice recommendations outlined in the ‘Boosting the commercial returns from research’ (Australian Department of Industry) report.


    • Marni Jacoby
    • Kate Swanson
    • Craig Belcher
    • Camille Smith-Watkins
    • Jennika Callaghan
    • Cass Vickers
    • Harmony James

    Christopher Adams, Teaching Assistant POLSIS

    Christopher Adams is the most committed tutor I have had the pleasure of working with. His unusual talents and unconventional teaching methods have made him one of the most popular International Relations teachers at UQ. I had the pleasure of working with Chris from 2012-2014. Chris is the most brilliant tutor I have seen in action, partly due to his unbelievable rapport with students. Relaxed, informal, funny and approachable, Chris made students feel at ease and instantly look up to him as an authority figure at the same time. He managed this incredibly balance skilfully, almost imperceptibly, so that students simply enjoyed being around him, while forgetting that they were actively learning. I felt surpassed by my student after observing him work. Furthermore, not only did he surpass me, but he taught me how to be a better teacher – less stilted and formal, more relaxed and approachable.

    Margaret Hardy, IMB

    Dr Maggie Hardy is a passionate advocate for UQ’s early and mid-career researchers. As a PhD student, Maggie saw an urgent need to train research higher degree students and ECRs in science engagement and communication and help add value to the IMB research training experience. In 2009 Maggie founded IMB’s Science Ambassador program with the aim of bringing science to the community and helping young researchers communicate the impact of their excellent research to media, donors, government, and school students. Since this time, the program has become a model for other research-only institutes that share UQ’s commitment to learning and engagement. As a postdoctoral researcher, Maggie is a role model for how successful science engagement and communication can help researchers extend the impact and reach of their research.

Equity and diversity

  • Winners

    Career Progression for Women

    • Professor Polly Parker
    • Ms. Jen Witheriff
    • Ms. Lynette Dawson

    The Career Progression for Women Program received 2 nominations. The first from Belinda Hewitt, School of Social Science and the second from Stephen Hart, Associate Director, HR organisational development and the team is led by Professor Polly Parker. This team demonstrates the tangible outcome of collaboration toward the achievement of a strategic objective, that of increasing the representation of women in senior academic roles at UQ.

  • Nominated

    Jennifer Martin

    In 2014, then ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Jenny Martin began writing a blog and using social media to highlight issues impacting on gender equity and diversity in academia. Her blog cubist crystal has had huge impact worldwide, changing the way academics choose conference speakers and asking the sector to consider how the metrics used to evaluate individuals and universities might discriminate against women. In its first year, her blog led to a PLoS Comp Biol paper, invited presentations on gender equity in Australia and the UK, two nominations for the 2015 NAB Women’s Agenda Leadership Award, and was highlighted in Nature and selected for archive by Queensland’s State Library.

Wellness and safety

  • Winners

    UQ workers' compensation self-insurance licence renewal project

    Staff from across UQ were brought together across 2014 to work on the common goal of obtaining UQ’s renewed licence for workers’ compensation arrangements. Staff were involved in the planning, preparation and implementation stages of the project and included academic and professional staff in both central divisions and Faculties, Schools, Centres and Institutes. The project involved a range of activities where UQ’s performance was measured by external regulators across the areas of our WHS systems, claims management systems and rehabilitation processes. The stand-out factor of this project is that it involved a co-ordinated approach from many different areas of the university, working to a common aim, with a successful outcome. The outcome has significant impact on providing an efficient, cost effective model for workers’ compensation for our staff - performance that benefits our people, and compares extremely favourably against other organisations in Queensland and like-universities across Australia.


    • Mr. Jim Carmichael
    • Mr. Rod Knights
    • Ms. Narelle McCallum
    • Mr. Ross Dixon
    • Ms. Fiona Marshall
    • Mr. Kevin Townsend
    • Ms. Robyn Oram
    • Ms. Kris Fraser
    • Dr. Harmony Rose
    • Dr. Paul Lovelock
    • Ms Theresa Seru
    • Mr Greg Brown
    • Mr. Darryl Curnow
    • Ms. Jolene Cooper
    • Mr. Marshall Butterworth
    • Ms. Michele Campbell

  • Commended

    Staff Support & Rehabilitation - HR Division

    The Staff Support and Rehabilitation (“SSR”) function is a specialist Human Resources position. The key focus of which is early intervention to reduce the level of psychological workplace injury or illness through: specialist advice regarding prevention of illness/injury arising from psychological hazards; occupational management of staff; and rehabilitation for staff affected by psychological injury or illness, whether work-related or not. SSR led by Jacqui Smurthwaite and Felicity Couperthwaite has continually strived to raise mental health awareness within the University beyond that expected, through educative programs and activities including: introduction of Mental Health First Aid training across the University; and expansion of promotional activities such as R U Ok? Day and World Mental Health Day. These activities: promote an inclusive workplace and positive organisational culture; provide real support to those impacted by mental illness; and reduce costs associated with psychological distress - loss of productivity, absenteeism and psychological injury claims.


    • Ms. Felicity Couperthwaite
    • Ms. Jacqui Smurthwaite

    Mr Marshall Butterworth - Faculty of Science

    Marshall has been central to the development of a strong, collaborative and enabling culture for the management of health and safety within the Faculty of Science, including the reporting of OHS incidents. Developing an enabling culture is a critical part of effective workplace safety, and such skill is rare. This culture needs be intrinsic, part of the everyday thinking of staff, and has been facilitated by the strong communication and technical skills that Marshall has to offer. His approach has led to the achievement of outstanding results in the course of his appointment and is beyond the usual expectations of the post. This is particularly important due to the many and varied risks within the Faculty of Science. The role of the OHS Manager within Science is a critical role within the university in managing staff and student safety and provides learning university-wide.

  • Nominated

    Hearing Conservation Team

    Exposure to noise is known to have an adverse effect on health, in particular, hearing. Globally hearing loss affects ~10% of the population. It is estimated that half of cases of hearing loss are preventable. Noise-induced hearing loss as a result of exposure to excessive noise in the workplace is a manageable risk. The UQ Hearing Conservation Program promotes the reduction of noise-related health problems amongst staff, students, and visitors at UQ. At the St Lucia Campus, this goal is achieved through the collaboration of the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Division, the University Health Service and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SHRS)-Audiology. This collaborative group implements a comprehensive program which includes identification, noise hazard control and monitoring, and education. Support and participation by the Faculties/ Institutes/ Organizational units and UQ staff demonstrates the continual recognition of its value to the University’s Wellness and Safety.


    • Fiona Coulthard
    • Terry Johnsen
    • Joshua Flett
    • Tony Arklay

    ITS HR Team

    ITS HR is nominated for their ITS OHS Awareness Day initiative, which commenced in 2012 and has been run successfully for the past three years. This initiative has ensured a focus across the Division on important workplace health and safety matters such as risks and controls (2012), ergonomics (2013) and mental health (2014).


    • Bronwyn Cash
    • Michelle Pearce

    Jodee Allanson

    This nomination is to recognise the outstanding achievement of Ms Jodee Allanson in the implementation of an innovative solution that proactively enhanced wellness at UQ through her Resiliency and Mindfulness work. Jodee has offered Resiliency workshops to work teams and groups undergoing significant workplace change across the University. These workshops have had the effect of assisting teams and individuals to cope more effectively with significant events that had the potential to negatively impact on their work-life experience. Ms Allanson has initiated and proactively promoted these opportunities in addition to her regular workload. To enhance the wellness impact of the Resilience work, Ms Allanson has developed, through an extensive research based evidence approach, a Mindful Leadership course for leaders. This course draws upon cutting edge thinking and research on the positive benefits of mindfulness.

    Cheryl Berquist

    By actively encouraging and supporting a safe and healthy working environment for all the students and staff, Cheryl’s dedication to the university create superb workplace, which promote us to work much more safely and effectively by working together, have the opportunity to achieve our goals and constantly strive to improve our performance.

    Linda McVann

    Linda was just the breath of fresh air that AIBN level 3 needed. Linda’s responsibilities include management of equipment, training, health and safety and compliance with all regulations necessitated by the range of research performed within AIBN. She performs all these tasks at the highest standard, and daily exceeds the requirements of her position description for the benefit of others and the Institute as a whole. Keeping such a diverse work force operating in a PC2 laboratory space in an organised fashion maintains the much sought after and required safety and wellness that this Institute and the University in general aims to achieve. As she is both approachable and knowledgeable, and efficient at providing information, it encourages people to ask her questions about safety measures when unsure. She is always responsive to staff and students' needs and has provided a stable information source as well as friend to this floor.

    Linda’s responsibilities as a Floor Manager include management of shared space and equipment, training, health and safety and compliance with regulations. She performs all these tasks at the highest standard, daily exceeding the requirements of her position description benefiting others and the Institute. She is approachable, diligent and dedicated, but her knowledge shines through. Keeping a diverse work force operating in PC2 laboratory spaces in an organised fashion maintains the much sought after and required safety and wellness that this institute and the University aims to achieve. She is approachable, knowledgeable and efficient at providing specifically relevant information encouraging people to ask her questions on safety. She is always responsive to all and has provided an excellent information source. She is pivotal in the Infrastructure team where she advises other Floor Managers, covers for them and performs as an excellent team member.