At the 2016 UQ Awards for Excellence, the achievements of 103 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

    ERA 2015 Steering Committee

    The Excellence for Research in Australia (ERA) 2015 Steering Committee oversaw UQ's submission to the Australian Research Council (ARC)'s rigorous assessment of research quality in Australian universities. ERA rated 100% of UQ research, across 22 broad and 96 specialised categories, at world standard or above. 47 specialised fields received the highest possible rating of five. Writing in December 2015, the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (DVCR) noted how "collegiality and cooperation within this very diverse group ... contribute[d] greatly to our success." This contribution was underpinned by key One UQ values: integrity, and evidence- and principles- based strategic thinking. A key success-factor was sophisticated in-house modelling based on careful analyses of reliable predictors of past ERA success. While the committee was highly strategic in relation to extracting maximum value from the underlying data-set they also strictly observed the requirement for "the submission of an accurate representation ... in compliance with the [ARC's] submission documentation."


    • Professor Alastair McEwan
    • Professor Paul Bernhardt
    • Professor Joe Diniz da Costa
    • Professor Mark Blows
    • Professor Greg Monteith
    • Professor Tom O'Regan
    • Emeritus Professor Cindy Gallois
    • Professor Victor Callan
    • Mr Vern Bawden
    • Ms Heather Todd
    • Professor Andrew Cresswell
    • Professor Sven Ole Warnaar
    • Ms Kirsty Fraser
    • Professor Matthew Hornsey
    • Dr Clare Hourigan
    • Ms Janine Richards

    Mr Alan Reid, Faculty of Science

    As the Faculty of Science Workshops manager, Mr Alan Reid leads and coordinates three workshops which provide technical and design support, electronics, high precision machining, maintenance and prototype assembly work to meet the needs of the research and education community of the Faculty of Science and the wider UQ community. In this role, Alan goes above and beyond to lead by example and inspire his team resulting in improved staff morale and greater workplace efficiency. Through his altruism he has earned the respect and loyalty of the entire team. He has recently overseen the modernisation and redesign of the new Science Faculty workshop securing two Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machines, extending the facility's capabilities and further enhancing our capacity to serve the University. His willingness to 'get his hands dirty' inspires his team to deliver a high level of service and to strive for personal greatness.

    Professor Pauline Ford, Health and Behavioural Sciences

    John Quincy Adams wrote, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." This quote perfectly encapsulates Associate Professor Pauline Ford's contribution to the School of Dentistry. In recent years, the School has experienced a period of transition and immense change. During this challenging time, Associate Professor Ford, has led her colleagues with aplomb. She instils in us the confidence to be innovative, and the courage to rise to the challenge of being leaders ourselves working together towards the improvement of the School. Just a few examples of recent initiatives which A/Prof Ford has led, include the relocation of the School to the UQ Oral Health Centre, the design and implementation of the new Bachelor of Dental Science (Hons) Program and the award of a grant to incorporate "virtual patients" into the curriculum, and a major academic recruitment process that has revitalised the School.

    Professor Victor Callan, BEL

    Professor Victor Callan has provided transformational leadership that has consistently promoted UQ's values, in particular around building high performance cultures and being a highly effective partner with business. He has held formal leadership positions at UQ since 1995, and has focused on building UQ's engagement with governments, and the public and private sectors. His leadership has created new partnerships for UQ, securing alliances around research, student placements and international student exchanges with numerous bodies, especially in Malaysia, Singapore and China. He is well-known for his active support of UQ staff at all levels, being a mentor to UQ's future generations including Higher Degree by Research (RHD) students, early career researchers (ECRs), professional staff and new Heads. In addition, his values around offering creative, independent and objective advice, has seen him invited by numerous bodies external to UQ to assist them in managing changes that have introduced innovative solutions and new policy directions.

    Dr Sarah Flaim accepted the award on behalf of Professor Callan.

  • Commended

    ISSR Long Pocket Relocations Operations Team

    Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Operations team members showed outstanding leadership in embracing the vision behind ISSR's move from St. Lucia to Long Pocket precinct and leading, designing and managing all aspects of the relocation. ISSR's move was the most significant event in the Institute's history with the potential to disrupt business continuity, staff morale and integration with other units across the University and external stakeholders. Cordelia Jackson, Cara Herington, Cassandra Hughes, Morgan Lee and Sally Lowe went above and beyond their duty to ensure that the three year relocation process not only resulted in state-of the-art facilities and minimal disruption to staff, students, and work programs, but also led to a reinvigorated sense of community, culture, and common purpose across the Institute. Their leadership has helped lay the foundations for ISSR's aspiration to be one of the world's highest rated social science research institutes.


    • Ms Cordelia Jackson
    • Ms Cassandra Hughes
    • Ms Cara Herington
    • Miss Morgan Lee
    • Miss Sally Lowe


    UQx is an international innovator in higher education by developing high quality Massive Open Online Courses and Small Private Online Courses. Since inception in 2013, the team has worked with Schools and Faculties, Australian and international partners and secondary schools to provide free online education to over 800,000 global learners through 22 online courses. UQx contributes significantly to the changing needs of UQ students and enabling course coordinators to implement new teaching strategies. The UQx team has been strong champions of online pedagogies and has worked enthusiastically to promote a more learner focused approach to teaching which incorporates pioneering technology. Strategically, UQx has been influential in supporting forward-thinking academics to develop engaging ways to help students learn. The work of the UQx team, and its global affiliations, has placed UQ at the forefront of international learners' minds as a premier learning institution.


    • Mr John Zornig
    • Dr Aneesha Bakharia
    • Ms Catherine Bennett
    • Ms Wendy Chalmers
    • Ms Carrie Finn
    • Mr Daniel Greenup
    • Ms Arun Ketsirate Gartner
    • Mr Ankith Konda
    • Ms Linda Macdonald
    • Ms Anna Morris
    • Ms Annie Richardson
    • Dr Sai Sun
    • Ms Shannon O’Brien
    • Ms Stella Winn
    • Mr Matthew Petersen
  • Nominated

    Biopolymers Supervisory Team

    Dr Bronwyn Laycock and Dr Steven Pratt form a very successful team with a distinctive approach to research. They value their researchers and build a strong scientific culture with passion within the group. They create innovative solutions to numerous research projects, which positions them amongst the world leaders. Dr Laycock and Dr Pratt have strategically developed their work and very successfully lead researchers in a manner which exceeds normal expectations. They spend valuable time with their researchers to understand and solve important fundamental challenges. Their remarkable scientific approach results in outstanding outcomes in the work they lead, such as the development of novel 100% bio-sourced and biodegradable advanced materials. They value the career of their researchers and take extreme care at offering valuable and pertinent mentoring advice. They do this in an exceptional manner and, without any doubts, are creating the future leaders at UQ and in Australia.


    • Bronwyn Laycock
    • Steven Pratt

    Professor David Brereton, Sustainable Minerals Institute

    Professor David Brereton is the Director of People Centres at the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI), with oversight for the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre. His influence at SMI over the past 15 years has been profound, nurturing students from diverse backgrounds across the world. These students are now leaders in the mining industry, and are a new wave of innovators who are creating a safer, more environmentally and socially responsible mining industry. With good humour and gentle determination David has corralled the interests and collective wisdom of his colleagues. He is well known for his rigour and scholarship, bringing these skills to challenging research which meets industry needs. David's connections to the mining industry internationally are extensive and highly regarded by executives who have appreciated his ability to penetrate complex problems to deliver tactful direction and sustainable solutions.

    Dr Clint Chapman, Faculty of Science

    Clint Chapman has provided exceptional leadership and guidance while championing the drive for improvement in the Faculty of Science facilities. The many hours Clint puts in working with us managers helping us to improve everything from infrastructure to writing grant proposals and staffing matters are just a few off the top. Clint has a keen sense of managing to get the best out of his staff helping us to achieve many goals while supporting our justified decisions as managers and making sure we ask ourselves the right questions before moving forward with actions i.e. "how will this benefit our clients, have the clients been consulted." Clint encourages us and our staff to keep improving through mentoring, training and working with other groups to improve collaboration and improve resource sharing and ideas. I believe Clint deserves this nomination as he puts so much effort into projects behind the scenes of which not many people realise.

    Dr Glen Fox, DVC

    Dr Fox's positive can-do attitude and approachability have enhanced the leadership profile of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) and the University of Queensland within the academic and wider community. His network of associations has broadened since joining UQ and his extra-curricular activities are performed as a member of the UQ community. This is demonstrated through his leadership and involvement in projects that span institutes and departments within the University as well as with leading industry groups and international collaborators. His engagement with these industry partners, staff, school students, undergraduates and graduate scholars are all investments in the future success of the University.

    Dr Deanne Gannaway, DVC

    Deanne is a UQ leader in teaching and learning in higher education. Deanne's role focuses on supporting professional learning for academic staff, curriculum design projects and recognition and reward schemes. Her work includes the development and implementation of policies and initiatives that contribute in a significant way to the strategic direction and management of learning and teaching development across the University. She has a track record of successful projects, advisory roles and academic development work within UQ and more broadly across the higher education sector. Her leadership is reflected in her working relationship with the Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) and with the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT). Through this work, Dr Gannaway has developed a sound understanding of the strategies required to encourage change in teaching and learning practice and the transfer of innovation into practice.

    Mr Dean Griffiths, HASS

    Dean Griffiths, Human Resources Manager - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, is a strategic leader, who exhibits an unusually broad range of leadership qualities based on his modelling excellence. The 'magic' that transforms his list of skills from 'competence' to 'excellence' is how he engages with the context in which he finds himself, the people whom he is working with, and ethical manner in which he conducts himself. Dean, has the self-awareness, inner self-confidence, willingness to credit and to learn from others. He has astonishing ability to harmonise his leadership style with the team. Dean relates to the bigger picture, and has the ability to understand the context and dedicates time to contextual analysis. Dean is transparent and has the ability to make decisions rapidly when needed, according to the situation on the ground, and has the maturity and impartiality to risk-taking, he is highly innovative, yet quickly learning from opportunities.

    A/Professor Kiarash Khosrotehrani, MBS

    A/Professor Khosrotehrani has strategically developed a laboratory environment with both clinical and basic research scientists, fostering a highly collaborative, productive environment for translational research. Since establishing his laboratory at UQ in 2009, his excellence in leadership is exemplified by building multi-disciplinary teams that have successfully driven projects from discovery science through to clinical translation, producing high impact scientific outputs, securing grants and commercial funding. In this time, he has quickly integrated into both the research and medical communities of Brisbane, and Australia, where he is leading change towards integration of medicine and research to establish best practice in both disciplines. A/Professor Khosrotehrani's model of leadership by initiating collaboration between research and medical fraternities is being expertly executed and it is for this reason I believe he fully deserves an award.

    Dr Anna Krzeminska, BEL

    Dr Anna Krzeminska, Lecturer in the UQ Business School (UQBS) has demonstrated outstanding leadership in achieving UQ's mission to "shape the future by bringing together and developing leaders in their fields to inspire the next generation and to advance ideas that benefit the world." Anna achieves this mission through three related activities; leadership of UQBS' engagement and signatory of the United Nation's Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiate; leadership as Faculty advisor for the UQ Enactus team, and leadership within the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL)'s Community Engagement Program (CEP) as a member of the academic steering committee. UQ's Vice-Chancellor Peter Høj AC commended Anna on her service to the university and leadership in supporting UQ's Enactus team in a personal letter. Thus, Anna clearly exceeds normal expectation through embodiment of UQ leader capabilities such as strategic thinking and working, purposefully leading change, and fostering learning and innovation.

    Mrs Kim Lamb, EAIT

    Kim Lamb has built a strong team of supporting staff that delivers outstanding service to the academic staff and students in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering. The cohesive team culture that she has built within the administrative and technical teams in the School has empowered her staff to use their initiative to implement constructive changes. This has led to improved services and efficiency. Where good practices are identified elsewhere in the Faculty or more broadly across the University, she seeks opportunities to implement them in the School. Some of the good strategic practices she has developed in the School have been adopted in other Schools in the Faculty. Mrs Lamb sets high standards of integrity for herself and her team and this has helped develop further a positive culture within the School.

    Ms Linda Ngu, COO

    Linda Ngu is a dedicated UQ employee that strives to achieve big picture goals - she is goal orientated with a particular focus on system deliverables, due diligence, best practice, team building, stakeholder engagement, customer service, staff development and ongoing self improvement. As a Senior Business Analyst and integral member of the Finance and Business Services' (FBS) Financial Systems team she plays a crucial role in the success of UQ's finance system 'UniFi' and in achieving FBS's mission 'Securing UQ's financial future through expert advice, systems and support'. Linda's positive influence extends to her team members, internal sections of FBS, Faculty and School staff, governance committees (Financial Systems Operational Forum, Financial Systems Management Advisory Group), external groups such as the PeopleSoft Higher Education User Group (HEUG). She is a member of the International Institute of Business Analysts and co-chair of the ANZ Mini-HEUG finance stream.

    Mrs Rebecca Osborne, DVC

    Rebecca Osborne has led the operational staff at Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) during the establishment phase of the Centre, creating a highly effective cohesive team that has made a strong contribution to the culture of CAI in relation to excellence in research service and financial accountability. New to the University, she has grown a team that values its members and the people that we serve imbuing it with her personal values of integrity and consideration for others.

    Dr Hanna Sidjabat, MBS

    Dr. Hanna Evelina Sidjabat is a Research Officer of Infection and Immunity Theme at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR). In many ways she has far exceeded the requirements for this award. Her exceptional laboratory skills have attracted collaborators at both a national and an international level. Dr. Sidjabat has extended her skills to help the Indigenous community, building the relationship between UQCCR and the Indigenous community to further understand and address the community's unique health requirements. She is also active in seeking industrial collaborations to bring her research to the wider community. To her students and team Dr. Sidjabat is a role model. Her ability to create an inclusive work environment, which interlaces people from diverse backgrounds and skills, is remarkable. She has mentored 33 PhD students, Postdoctoral Research Fellows, Master and Honors students, registrars, and visiting academics since the completion of her PhD.

    Professor Maree T. Smith, MBS

    Nomination 1:

    Maree Smith is a Director of the Centre for Integrated Preclinical Drug Development (CIPDD), Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and Professor of Pharmacy at UQ. In 2005-2015, she built the CIPDD/ TetraQ, a unique GLP-accredited integrated drug development facility in Australia underpinned by strategic leadership and expertise in bioanalysis, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics and clinical trial conduct. She is an excellent supervisor and always encourages and supports her students and research team. She has won four national awards in 2015. She has highly specialized expertise in the pain field including a portfolio of 15 rodent pain models that mimic individual human pain conditions that are unique in Australia and rare internationally. Her patented novel analgesic discovery licensed to the UQ spin-out company, Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, was acquired by Novartis in mid-2015 for USD $200 million plus milestone payments in a deal worth up to USD $725 million, the largest biotech deal to date in Australia.

    Nomination 2:

    Maree Smith is Executive Director of the CIPDD, Faculty of MBS at UQ. In 2005-2015, she built the CIPDD/ TetraQ, a unique GLP-accredited integrated drug development facility in Australia underpinned by strategic leadership and expertise in bioanalysis, drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics and clinical trial conduct. In 2005-2015, CIPDD personnel completed ~600 contract R&D studies in collaboration with >200 industry and academic groups in the biotech sector. She is highly specialized world-renowned expert in the pain field including a portfolio of 15 rodent pain models that mimic individual human pain conditions that are unique in Australia and rare internationally. Her patented novel analgesic discovery has been licensed to the UQ spin-out company, Spinifex Pharmaceuticals, that has been acquired by Novartis in mid-2015 for USD $200 million plus milestone payments in a deal worth up to USD $725 million, the largest biotech deal to date in Australia.

    Mr Greg Smyth, COO

    Greg has showed leadership initiative, cutting through the bureaucracy of the University to enable change that will benefit the whole University. In the short time Greg has been with UQ he has ensured that he has met with key stakeholders to listen to their concerns and has worked with his team to identify the best solutions. Greg's team are empowered by his leadership style. Greg allows the team to put forward initiatives and assists to develop the ideas to meet the business requirements. Greg is aware that the organisational leaders set the standard for organisational culture and he acts accordingly to ensure that the UQ culture is that of a thriving commercial enterprise which supports the learning objectives and strategic goals of the University.

    Ms Tamma Sorbello, COO

    Tamma has provided exceptional leadership in furthering the development of leaders at UQ with a number of complementary initiatives. Through the co-ordination of the "Leading UQ" program, Tamma has put together a set of experiential and contextualised learning activities including group workshops, discussions, guest speakers, individual reflection and planning, 360-degree feedback and executive coaching. Tamma has also developed the UQ Leadership Matrix which is a network designed to provide opportunities for connection and communication between senior professional staff across the university, to promote the development of ideas, opportunities and innovation. Tamma also organises other Leadership Community events to further enhance UQ's leadership community to network and discuss areas of leadership challenge.

    Dr Stephan Tait, EAIT

    Stephan Tait 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 cutting edge funding trajectory, impressive for this stage in his career. The excellent support from industry demonstrates value and impact of his work. The group's' success can be attributed to his ability to think and work strategically and communicate expectations effectively. He is an excellent manager and role model for others. His passion and commitment to excellence has inspired others to strive for perfection. He actively nurture early career researchers, students and industry peers and assist them to foster meaningful 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.

    Professor Ian Yang, MBS

    Professor Yang has an exemplary clinical, research and educational record making significant contributions to advancing respiratory medicine for treating Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), asthma and lung cancer in our region and globally. He is well respected by his colleagues, students, and patients alike who perceive him as kind, personable, a good communicator and listener, and as having an exceptional level of integrity. His personal qualities and his extensive professional achievements in medicine, teaching and research reveal him as a high achiever, dedicated to innovations that bring better health outcomes and new advances in thoracic medicine. He is well known for being highly organised, respectful of others regardless of their level or role, and innovative in thinking and research pursuits. We nominate him for this award with enthusiasm and recognition of his commitment and tenacity in undertaking his many and valuable roles.


  • Winners

    Protein Expression Facility

    The Protein Expression Facility (PEF) is an internationally-recognised facility that serves the University and wider research communities, specialising in protein production and research. The team at PEF has an outstanding reputation for quality, promptness and expert knowledge, going well above expectations to achieve real impact for users. They provide expertise in all aspects of recombinant protein production, research training and consultation. They offer a robust and cost effective protein production pipeline with the flexibility users need for diverse research applications. The UQ Protein Expression Facility, established in 2004, enables hundreds of researchers across eight Faculties and Institutes in discovery and translational research. Working closely with each researcher, PEF produces high quality synthetic proteins with superb efficiency to accelerate research. For over 10 years PEF has consistently provided exceptional quality of service as evidenced in testimonials, surveys and its outstanding growth accrued by referral. Renowned for its expertise and service delivery, 16 Australian Universities and 36 local and international research and commercial organisations have engaged PEF repeatedly. In the last three years, PEF has worked with 95 UQ researchers from eight faculties and institutes as well as 11 international research organisations (e.g. Germany, UK, Belgium, Brazil, Singapore), 16 Australian universities, 13 Australian companies and 12 Australian research organisations. The breadth of this collaboration would not have been possible without commitment and quality shown by the PEF team. It directly contributes to UQ's Strategic Plan in industry engagement with >150% growth in industry income over the last five years, reinforcing UQ's reputation in research excellence. A strong and supportive team culture, excellent communication, effective leadership and engagement, have all contributed to make PEF the leading facility of its kind in Australia.


    • Associate Professor Linda Lua
    • Ms Cindy Chang
    • Ms Emilyn Tan
    • Mr Chris Munro
    • Miss Yang Wu
    • Ms Yuanyuan Fan
    • Miss Tayo Adeniyi
    • Mrs Chris Steel

    Ms Michelle Foley, IMB

    In the face of growing competition for research funding, Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) Research Grants Manager Michelle Foley continues to beat the odds. For the past decade, Michelle has maintained an exceptional competitive grant success track record, strengthening UQ's position as global research leader. During the past three years, Michelle has helped IMB researchers shape and deliver the impressive proposals needed to secure almost $100 million in competitive grants from national and international sources. She has also maintained the institute's competitive grants income at 60% of its annual income during the past five years. Navigating the complexities and deadlines of grant applications can be overwhelmingly stressful for research staff. But thanks to Michelle's unwavering and professional support, and outstanding grantsmanship, IMB scientists can be confident of receiving unparalleled in-house support, and instead, spend more time discovering and translating their world-class research.

    Ms Rachel Smith, HASS

    We would like to recognise Rachel Smith for her service to UQ, for going above and beyond the call of duty to bring collaboration and support opportunities to the University's research administration staff. In 2012 Rachel recognised that research administrators and managers of all levels across the university had no obvious mechanism for collaborating and sharing best practice. Consequently, Rachel led a group of colleagues to establish the UQ Research Administration Network. This group brought together research professional staff across the university to help each other explore solutions to common issues faced in research management. Among its achievements the group has facilitated the improvement of research operational and performance data by engaging with data management staff, creation of discussion forums on a range of topics and regular information and networking sessions to share best practice innovations. Rachel's encouragement and vision has nurtured this inclusive community.

  • Commended

    UQ Animal Ethics Team

    UQ is a leading research and teaching university, committed to ensuring the humane care and use of animals. The Animal Ethics Unit (AEU) is committed to assisting the University in maintaining the highest standards of ethical decision-making, animal husbandry and care as a contribution to achieving high quality research and teaching outcomes. The AEU provides administrative support to and coordinates the activities of the University's five Animal Ethics Committees and its Animal Ethics Management Committee. Its key operational areas are: documentation and record keeping, professional advice and monitoring, and regulatory compliance and education. The AEU is always available to help UQ staff and students in all matters related to animal work at the University of Queensland, whether it be understanding governing legislation, guidance in applications, information regarding permits, advice in developing best-practice methods or recommendations in the 3Rs when working with animals. The Animal Welfare Unit were nominated for their excellence in service given the critical nature of their portfolio to all those in the university who conduct animal research. Despite their constant huge workload with tight deadlines, they consistently endeavour to provide a high level of support during all stages of the processes leading to animal ethics approvals. This work is essential to generate many of the discoveries on which are so vital to maintaining the reputation of The University of Queensland as an international leader in the biological and biomedical sciences.


    • Ms Jennie Levitt
    • Mrs Ann Higgins
    • Ms Karen Stewart
    • Ms Suzanne O'Hagan
    • Dr Michael Uren
    • Dr Tiina Lammervo
    • Dr Marie Mangelsdorf
    • Miss Joanne Petty

    Australian Equine Genetics Research Team

    The Australian Equine Genetics Research Centre (AEGRC) is a 40 year partnership between UQ and the Australian Stud Book supporting the equine industry with genetic testing for parentage and disease and colour testing. The AEGRC celebrates this year in achieving 100% accuracy every time over 10 years, in international standardisation tests for their equine genetic testing since the inception of the tests and also in achieving a Quality Bronze award for being continually accredited for 10 years to the ISO9001 standard. Over the 10 years the AEGRC has never received a non-conformance in any external audit. The AEGRC through the work of its dedicated staff has achieved a sample turnaround time of one day. The AEGRC delivers exceptional quality and customer service to each and every one of its clients.


    • Dr Paula Hawthorne
    • Miss Faye Hamilton
    • Mrs Kimberley Walsh
    • Ms Deanne Russell
    • Mrs Helen Hargreaves
    • Ms Bronwyn Kilgour
    • Ms Wendy Wang
    • Miss Leanne Clarke
    • Ms Kirstin McKenzie
    • Mr Kheng Wai Sitoh
    • Mrs Raewyn Street
    • Miss Danielle Smith
    • Mr Chris Smith

    Mr Barry Allsop, EAIT

    Barry has made outstanding contributions to the research activities in Engineering over a time span covering six decades since he joined UQ at the George St campus in 1964. He arrived at the dawn of the computer age, and was involved in the commissioning of the first computer in Mechanical Engineering, the then state of the art PACE 231 R analogue machine. At that point in time, the required analogue expertise was not available at UQ, and of necessity he developed these skills himself, at first self taught and later reinforced by five years of external study in his 'after hours' time. As the research intensity and diversity at UQ grew, an ever increasing demand for signal processing, recording and analysis developed, and he played a pivotal role in support of many researchers. This included making the 231R an effective research tool, and developing original instrumentation systems of his own design in many fields including hybrid transport, mining, and hypersonics.

  • Nominated

    Otto Hirschfeld/UQBR animal facility team

    These team members are always available at short notice and are very dedicated to their work . They are very kind to our animals and look after them above and beyond what is required. In particular, they treat our animals with respect and love, and are very observant and are quick to respond to any changes in the behaviour of our animals. Kym and Cora are very kind, intelligent and warm people who make our working environment very enjoyable.


    • Kym French
    • Cora Lau

    School RHD Administration team

    The School's RHD administration team consistently provides outstanding and exceptional quality service to our RHD students and their supervisors. The team is comprised of four administrative staff and two academic staff: Ms Brianne Mackinnon, Ms Kristin Greer, Mrs Rose Clements, Mrs Karen Foster, Dr Saiied Aminossadati and Associate Professor Rowan Truss. The team continually strives to create a supportive and inclusive environment for RHD students to enable them to have a positive experience during their candidature. The team is always available to assist candidates navigate the often complex processes of admission, milestone attainment and thesis submission by maintaining an effective working relationship with the Graduate School. Academic staff in the School routinely praise the team for their hard work and diligence.


    • Brianne Mackinnon
    • Kristin Greer
    • Rose Clements
    • Saiied Aminossadati
    • Rowan Truss
    • Karen Foster

    Sulcus Loci

    'Sulcus Loci' has brought together multiple organisations across UQ (Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), Faculty of Science and schools of Architecture, Information Technology and Engineering (Interaction) in Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology and Music in Humanities and Social Sciences. Initiated by UQ Art Museum as part of a program to engage students and academics in a creative nexus of the arts, science and environment, students from Bachelor of Multimedia Design, Master of Interaction Design and M. Architecture courses designed and built an interactive installation with artist Svenja Kratz, with a complimentary soundscape by Eve Klein (UQ Music). Inspired by imagery by researchers at QBI, the team created a structure and experience highlighting the interconnection between neuroplasticity and human environment through design. 'Sulcus Loci' was part of UQ's presence at the World Science Festival Brisbane and was a major exhibition at the State Library of Queensland as part of the inaugural Asia Pacific Architecture Forum. 1000s witnessed the quality of UQ's research and teaching in an important public institution.


    • John de Manincor
    • Allison Holland
    • Luke Hammond
    • Kim Baber
    • Stephen Viller
    • Ben Matthews
    • Eve Klein
    • Sam Butler
    • John Stafford
    • Peter Worthy
    • Jason Weigel

    AIBN Early Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Committee

    Members of the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology's (AIBN) Early and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Committee have been instrumental in the development of a culture of collaboration and career support for UQ's next generation of research leaders. Established in 2014, the Committee has implemented a range of initiatives including a grant writing support program and professional development training opportunities, as well as networking events and inter-institute collaborative programs, all of which provide essential knowledge and skills required for a career in research. The Committee comprises a dedicated team of researchers that have volunteered significant time and effort to build an inclusive and supportive environment in which the EMCR community at AIBN can grow and thrive. The Committee's vision is to create a program that enables all UQ early and mid-career researchers to reach their career goals and achieve research excellence.


    • Michael Crichton
    • Claudia Vickers
    • Simon Puttick
    • Alexandra Depelsenaire
    • Nasim Amirilian
    • Li Li
    • Meihua Yu

    AustLit Indexing and Project Management Team

    The AustLit Indexing and Project Management team delivers high-level service in maintaining, developing and updating AustLit, the internationally recognised database and research tool covering all aspects of Australian writing and literary culture. The team manages current indexing ensuring AustLit is up-to-date, provides comprehensive historical coverage, presents special research projects provides support for teaching and assessment strategies and offers a communications policy including social media. It maintains the unique BlackWords site devoted to Indigenous storytelling. AustLit is accessed by researchers, teachers, librarians, students, writers, publishers and members of the community both in Australia and overseas, and is a flagship entity for the University.


    • Kerry Kilner
    • Catriona Mills
    • Jonathan Hadwen
    • Joanne Sawyers
    • Irene Howe
    • Clay Djubal

    Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery

    The Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD), which is an initiative of UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Wellcome Trust, is a successful example of UQ scientists creating change for global health. CO-ADD is an innovative, open access drug discovery initiative launched in February 2015, which has been actively engaging with chemists in academia worldwide who have compounds 'sitting on shelves'. CO-ADD collects and screens these compounds against strains of bacteria and fungi that cause life-threatening infections, with all results made available to the research community. The team hopes this revolutionary approach will help unearth the first new antibiotic in 30 years, and help combat the superbug crisis. During the past 12 months, CO-ADD has received an outstanding 85,000 compounds from 30 countries and has screened more than 40,000 of these and identified over 500 hit compounds with the potential to be the next antibiotic.


    • Matt Cooper
    • Mathilde Desselle
    • Alysha Elliott
    • Mark Blaskovich
    • Johannes Zuegg
    • Ruth Neale
    • Emma Cowie
    • Karl Hansford
    • Soumya Ramu
    • Angela Kavanagh

    Education Academic and Student Administration Team

    In 2014, the professional staff teams of the School of Education merged to form one dedicated academic and student administration team to provide enhanced level of service to the School's academic staff, students, industry partners, particularly primary and secondary school sectors and the UQ community. Although in the beginning this was a rough journey the team has transformed to a very functional team through collaboration, teamwork and mutual respect. There is now a positive team-driven culture where staff can learn and grow in a supportive environment. The team has developed and streamlined systems (placements access database and OneNote manual), processes and procedures to support the administrative work of the School. This has enabled staff to gain the knowledge and competence to respond to academic and student enquiries with confidence. The professional staff team are the backbone of the School and are relied upon for the seamless operation of our activities.


    • Michelle Weston
    • Margaret Schuls
    • Nathan Turville
    • Jackie Fuller
    • Julita Greda-Tomaszewska
    • Deirdre White

    HaBS Marketing and Communications

    The Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences (HaBS) Marketing and Communications team is exceptional in its service approach to raising the external and internal profile of the Faculty, its Schools and Centres. The team is innovative and passionate about marketing and communications, and has implemented a number of successful strategic initiatives to promote HaBS and UQ not only to prospective students and industry, but also the global general public. Owning the top two UQ News media stories in 2015 (as well as the fifth and sixth top stories), a media audience reach of 160.8 million people in 2015, an engaged database of over 20,000 prospective students, and new 2016 initiatives including the HealthHub Student Blog (a first for UQ) and Game Changers magazine, the team is purposefully leading change and is focused on building UQ's reputation. The team is a credit to the Faculty and I am delighted to put forward this nomination.


    • Loretta Porche
    • Robert Burgin
    • Kirsten O'Leary
    • Emma Mackenzie
    • Alice Bopf
    • Amy Hunter
    • Mohini Mutya

    Heron Island Research Station team

    Staff working at the Heron Island Research Station are a small team working and living in a remote site, in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. A number of these team members have been instrumental in developing a high standard in workplace culture and service provision. When given the opportunity to participate and be responsible for developing the tone and experience for both staff and visitors, this team wholeheartedly embraced this direction and dramatically transformed a deeply embedded culture into one of collaboration, passion and professionalism. Consequently, the research station's reputation as a unique and positive place of learning and research has increased dramatically in recent years. This has also significantly increased the profile of the university's research and teaching programs, in the areas of coral reef biology, marine geographical sciences, reef management and global climate change research.

    • Elizabeth Perkins
    • Isaac Ashton
    • Benjamin Potts
    • Sam Chapman
    • Maureen Roberts

    ITS eLearning Service Team

    The chair of the Group of Eight Universities lamented a "technology tsunami sweeping across our campuses" describing how technology is changing at a faster rate than universities can presently absorb. In response the eLearning Service teams in Information Technology Services (ITS) have developed for the University arguably the most advanced, integrated, automated, central and supported eLearning environment in Australia, at a critical transitional phase for higher education. The UQ eLearning environment is now a template increasingly replicated in Higher Education across Australia, with many institutions adopting our practices and systems for eLearning service delivery. Furthermore the eLearning services have been enabling key elements of new student experience strategy that will distinguish UQ by providing technologies to enable high impact classroom experiences on campus. ITS is responsible for managing the University's central eLearning systems, its helpdesk and staff training, and chairs the eLearning operational.


    • Simon Collyer
    • Ailsa Dickie
    • Michael Luyten
    • Gary Smith
    • Eva Cegielka
    • Elizabeth Wardrop
    • Stephanie David
    • Reece Hardy
    • Patrick Strong
    • Brian Sullivan
    • Debbie Tsu
    • Dane Cousins
    • Adam Murray
    • Jason Zadkovich
    • Alexandra Fitzgerald

    PA Southside Clinical School Team

    The PA Southside Clinical School professional team are an outstanding group. The focus for this clinical school is all about the student experience and we pride ourselves on supporting approximately 1000 students (Year 1 - 4) per year throughout our three sites; Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), Redland Hospital and Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Hospital. The team facilitates both the MD and MBBS program and coordinates a large number of disciplines. We actively promote and support our inbound elective students from a diverse range of countries by ensuring they are well supported and receive an unsurpassed learning experience. We pride ourselves on establishing good strong relationships with our external providers (i.e Queensland Health) and value the encouragement and support of our Heads of Clinical School. The high level of excellent service by our professional team makes a direct and measurable contribution to UQ and our standing within a clinical site. The team works very hard,however,what I am most proud of is that we are a 'team'.


    • Leonie Macnamara
    • June Davis
    • Tania Southcombe
    • Paige Wilcox
    • Lyndall Kennedy
    • Casey Timaloa
    • Anna Efstathiadou
    • Katherine Kamarinos
    • Joy Robertson
    • Anne Ford
    • Suzanne Cassimaty
    • Janette Thompson

    School of Communication and Arts Professional Team

    The School of Communication and Arts Professional Team demonstrated consistent excellence in Service through the merger transition period into a new School in January 2015 and ongoing into 2016. Despite the internal challenges to the team in developing and implementing new processes to support the new School in 2015, their high quality support to students and staff was maintained and continued to provide an excellent student and staff experience. This nomination is in recognition of all the efforts and hard work each member of the team has put in to make the new School successful in its service and support to produce an exceptional student and staff experience. The School of Communication and Arts is broad and complex, administering and teaching into three undergraduate programs (Bachelor of Communication; Bachelor of Journalism; and Bachelor of Arts), five postgraduate coursework programs, the RHD program, and with over 50 academic staff and 150 casual staff to support.


    • Vicky McNicol
    • James Norris
    • Stormy Wehi
    • Daniel Van Zutphen
    • Jennifer Yared
    • Angela Tuohy
    • Paul Smith
    • Jenny Hearn
    • Sven Fea
    • Maureen McGrath
    • Brittany Smethills
    • Courtney Barnes
    • Dylan Harris

    School of Medicine Research Office

    The School of Medicine (SoM) Research Office comprises eight professional staff members, supporting a range of research activities in our School and partners that contributes to UQ's strong research reputation and top 50 QS World University Ranking. The team consistently provides an exceptional level and quality of service to our academic and professional staff members, our honorary and conjoint clinical members, our Research Higher Degree and undergraduate medical students engaged in research, to UQ colleagues in the School, Faculty and more broadly at UQ, and to our hospital and research partners. This experienced and knowledgeable team also provides expert advice and analysis of our research scope and performance to drive SoM's research strategy and support, and has been proactive in cooperating and consolidating processes between our school and others in our Medicine and Biomedical Sciences faculty.


    • Anne Louise Bulloch
    • Susan Ben Dekhil
    • Roheen Gill
    • Lisa Hennell
    • Matthew Lamb
    • Marijke Schmidt
    • Joanne Smith
    • Maxine Wienert
    • Judy Smith

    Student Relations Team

    Established in January 2015, the Student Relations Team (SRT) comprises 120 students recruited, coached and led by Kwan Borden. The team are responsible for contacting all first year domestic undergraduate students at the point of offer to connect them with the UQ community. The aim of the SRT is to engage students as partners in the pro-active co-creation of a sense of belonging for students before they arrive on campus. The sense of empowerment and engagement that this provides for those students involved is instrumental in the development of a sustainable student-centred community that will have lasting positive impact on the student experience at UQ.


    • Kwan Borden
    • Heidi Chan
    • Lorelei Hine
    • Harrison Kennedy
    • Krishneel Kumar
    • Rachel O'Malley
    • Holly Pedersen
    • Blake Suzor
    • Megan Tam
    • Amy van der Boor

    Team Synergy

    In January 2015, two schools were amalgamated to form the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. The professional staff had the very difficult task of aligning the systems and processes of two very different schools into one functioning school while at the same time providing a high level of service to students and staff. This has not been without significant challenge but despite many crises this team have forged ahead to ensure that the school's systems and processes meet university requirements all the time providing an excellent level of professional support to students and staff doing so with efficiency, respect and humour. They have found ways to ensure their skill mix meet the varied requirements of the school and have been instrumental in assisting the academic staff to also follow university policies. Despite the significant challenges they faced I am delighted by their continued optimism, friendly personas and zest for working here at UQ. They are a winning team to me.


    • Audrey Brown
    • Erica Alvarez (Chia Chen)
    • Carla Cravaliat
    • Dee Dearing
    • Adele Du Plessis
    • Jo Grimmond
    • Carmen McNaught
    • Natalie Cowley
    • Audrey Brown

    Outreach and Engagement team, ATSIS Unit

    InspireU UQ is a tertiary aspiration building program for Indigenous youth, administered by the Outreach and Engagement team in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (ATSIS) Unit. The program involves a series of residential camps themed around the professional disciplines of Engineering, Science, Law, Business and Health Sciences. Program participants attend residential camps, take part in interactive workshops and lectures, workplace and industry visits and receive guidance from industry experts about study and career opportunities. InspireU is delivered in collaboration with community and industry partners, and UQ Faculties and Schools. Since its inception in 2013, the InspireU program has made a significant contribution to UQ's strategic commitment towards increasing the participation of Indigenous Australian students. The program provides an example of how the University, industry and community can work collaboratively to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous people.


    • Sid Domic
    • Andrew Dillon
    • Belle Sanewski


    The UQ VETS team makes an exceptional contribution to Gatton Campus, to the University and to the broader community by providing a world leading standard of excellence to support teaching and veterinary clinical service activities as well as contributing to research and other scholarly activities within the School of Veterinary Science. UQ VETS presence at Gatton began in 2010 with greenfield development of a veterinary teaching hospital. UQ VETS provides the highest level of veterinary care in specialised and purpose built facilities to support referring veterinarians and animal owners from across Queensland and further afield. In 2015, more than 14,000 animals of all types were provided with veterinary care through UQ VETS. UQ VETS have substantially contributed to the enhancement of the reputation of the university through the performance of the thousands of graduate veterinarians and veterinary technicians in the workplace.


    • Bob Doneley
    • Lance Wilson
    • Ann Thompson
    • Joan Norton
    • Mark Haworth
    • Margie McEwen
    • Alana Rosenblatt
    • Malcolm Heath
    • Tonya Stokes
    • Samantha Kempster

    School of Medicine Discipline Coordinators

    The Discipline Coordinator role:

    • is fundamental to delivery of the MBBS/MD program, providing extraordinary professional support to Discipline Heads, academic and professional staff and students, negotiating demands of a challenging and complex environment including private and public hospitals.
    • supports optimal learning and teaching experiences for medical students undertaking clinical training, through: delivery of high quality student academic support services across 9 core clinical rotations (40 teaching weeks); administrative coordination and policy advice to staff and students; fostering strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

    Their contribution exceeds expectations of performance in supporting the complexity of ~2100 enrolled students in Years 1- 4, working with ~50 student coordinators facilitating program delivery in 9 clinical schools at over 260 sites, domestically and internationally.


    • Heather McMaster
    • Maree Campbell
    • Alysha Johnson
    • Kim Wicks
    • Ellice Ablitt
    • Virginia Whittle
    • Shari Bowker
    • Elizabeth Ridley
    • Kamini Pillay

    CRiSP Postgraduate Laboratory

    The Centre for Research in Social Psychology (CRiSP) Postgraduate Laboratory is a model of student engagement operating in the School of Psychology. Research conducted in 2013 indicated that when RHD students feel highly identified with their university community, they are less likely to experience symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress during candidature. To this end, CRiSP postgraduate laboratory delivers opportunities for RHD students to connect to peers, link with national and international researchers, and enhance their candidature skills. Key deliverables include an international workshop with 100+ postgraduates from Australasia; a series of question and answer sessions with high level academic and practitioner panels, and tailored networking experiences with leading international academics visiting UQ. This model of engagement is designed to provide an exceptional student experience now by building lasting social infrastructure for current and next generations of postgraduate researchers.


    • Laura Ferris
    • Cassandra
    • Chapman
    • Lydia Hayward
    • Sarah Bentley

    School of Medicine Facilities Team

    The Infrastructure Team, School of Medicine delivered a suite of capital works worth over 10 million dollars sourced largely from Health Workforce Australia (HWA). The projects covered multiple hospital sites throughout South East Queensland. Key stakeholders included The Commonwealth, Queensland Health teaching hospitals and UQ. Training facilities were built at sites that had no dedicated teaching space or offices for UQ staff. The lack of such facilities has compromised our capacity to deliver a consistent high standard of teaching. This team displayed exceptional skill to work across multiple sites, liaising with internal and external stakeholders, incl. UQ Faculty and Clinical School staff, UQ Property and Facilities (P&F) and the Queensland Government, including Department of Health, Hospital and Health Services and local hospital management, to deliver benefits to UQ and Queensland Health. The teaching facilities are state-of-the-art, flexible and designed to enhance the student and staff experience.


    • Tony Madsen
    • Jeff Arnold
    • Christina Balmori
    • Deon Knight
    • Shani Lamb

    80 Years of Medicine Project Team

    In 2015, Brian Mallon and Hayley Smith began planning the 80 Years of Medicine commemorative activities to celebrate the many achievements of UQ's School of Medicine. 80 Years of Medicine was officially launched at Customs House as a collaboration with the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry, and showcased the 2000 year old medical box purchased by UQ's Antiquities Museum through a generous bequest from medical alumnus Dr Owen Powell, OAM. Other events include the Gala Dinner at City Hall and participation in Brisbane Open House. The School of Medicine's Alumni Family Tree project will profile alumni stories, including the Cavaye Family which featured on the cover of the most recent UQMedicine magazine, and the Duhig Family featured in UQ's winter Contact magazine. Other family stories will feature in videos at the August Gala Dinner, bringing together over 500 of the Medical School's key alumni, donors, staff and students.


    • Brian Mallon
    • Hayley Smith

    Dr Marie Boden, EAIT

    Marie Boden is the Outreach Officer for the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE). She has worked part-time in this role since 2011 while undertaking her PhD. Marie has grown the School's outreach program from one workshop to many in robotics, programming, and interaction design for both school students and teachers. Her workshops are always well-received and she has attracted external funding to support her work. This includes a successful series of professional development workshops under Google's CS4HS initiative. Marie has been invited by Google to report on the workshop and has been recognised for her work through a Women in Technology "Rising Star" award. Marie engages people at all levels in her activities, from school students and teachers to politicians, and engages with staff across UQ, other universities, and industry. In her work, Marie mentors a significant number of ITEE students, one of whom was awarded the prestigious Google Anita Borg Scholarship.

    Ms Belinda Brear, DVC

    Belinda recently volunteered to help colleagues with two projects over and above her normal workload concurrently and at very short notice. The first was to organise campus tours for the commencement of semester 1, 2016; the second to implement and manage the marketing strategy for the newly initiated UQ wide 'Creative Challenge' competition for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) (DVC(A)). Belinda not only managed these two projects effectively, efficiently, professionally and with great enthusiasm, but in the process she managed to engage staff and students across the university to the benefit of the student experience.

    Mr Jake Carroll, Queensland Brain Institute

    Jake Carroll has provided a dedicated, sustainable, innovative and cutting-edge service in high-performance-computing (HPC) at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). His service has directly contributed to a number of research studies in neuroscience and genomics that have been published in high-profile journals. Jake has tirelessly serviced the users of HPC at the Queensland Brain Institute by optimising the computing resources to match the requirements of the researchers. He is proactive in preempting needs, and he is responsive (at any time of night or day) to queries or problems. In sum, he allows researchers to concentrate on research as he knows their computing needs before they know themselves, thus computing resources are not a limitation of research productivity. In addition to the service to QBI, Jake has also been involved in establishing and maximising utility of other HPC facilities at UQ and by providing consultation on computing infrastructure around the university.

    Ms Colleen Corrigan, SCI

    Colleen Corrigan is Environmental Leadership Program Manager for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, Faculty of Science. Colleen's passion for empowerment led her to work closely with colleagues to design and implement a new initiative in environmental leadership for early career researchers at UQ. The program, which aims to increase both personal and professional impact in environmental decisions, was influenced by Colleen's own leadership training as well as her research of global business and conservation training. Tailored to the needs and challenges of UQ students and staff, the program delivered an intensive foundation course in leadership skills followed by a year of coaching support, capacity-building activities and team projects. The program and its cohort have influenced hundreds of others through inspired presentations, workshops, networks, and new research grants. Several participants have described this program as a highlight of their UQ experience.

    Associate Professor Paul Dawson, MBS

    Assoc Prof Paul Dawson has provided exceptional service in the administration, support and mentoring of research higher degree (RHD) students at Mater Research Institute (MRI-UQ). His efforts have been above and beyond the expectations of his predominantly Research Only appointments and have exemplified a high degree of professionalism, integrity, transparent and respectful stewardship as well as passion for facilitating and promoting an exceptional experience for RHD students at MRI-UQ and within the wider UQ community. Paul has been responsible for many amazing outcomes for MRI-UQ postgraduate education and has broadened MRI-UQ educational impact to targeted vocational training and high school level engagement. He provides respectful and compassionate mentorship to not only the student cohort as a whole but also at an individual level without prejudice or favouritism, irrespective of the high demands on his time. He devotes his time and energy without expectation of recognition or reward.

    Mr Charles Ferguson, IMB

    Charles Ferguson is an outstanding electron microscopist who has consistently provided exceptional quality service to researchers throughout the University of Queensland. The quality of his work at UQ is indicated by his role as co-author on numerous publications in the highest quality journals including Science and Nature. These papers have made a highly significant contribution to building the international reputation of UQ. On a daily basis Charles deals with numerous researchers, both locally and overseas, answering their questions with unwavering patience and diligence, and applying his expertise in electron microscopy to their projects. As well as consistently provided the highest quality service, he is is an outstanding teacher who passes on his unique expertise in electron microscopy to students and postdoctoral fellows. He has made a highly significant contribution to the standing of UQ in the international community.

    Mr Chris Goninon, HABS

    As School Manager of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, Mr Chris Goninon has demonstrated exceptional service and made a significant contribution through his dedication to driving significant School building renovations and restorations which have provided new and improved spaces for teaching and research, clinics, and the development of a Student Learning Centre within the School. These improvements have contributed to creating exceptional student and staff experiences, and better facilities for the UQ and general communities. Chris was instrumental in initiating and developing the successful competitive funding submissions for the ESC funded projects. Several of the building projects arose from unexpected events (i.e. Brisbane floods 2011, supercell storm and roof replacement 2014). Chris demonstrated outstanding planning and negotiation skills and creativity to handle the disruptions to normal School activities while maintaining staff and student morale.

    Associate Professor Judith Greer, School of Medicine

    Associate Professor Greer is one of the School of Medicine's (SoM) Postgraduate Coordinators (PGC), appointed in 1997 as Chair of the Postgraduate Studies Committee of the Department of Medicine, then as the inaugural PGC in SoM when these roles were introduced in 2000. The size, complexity, geographic spread and clinical focus of our school's large RHD cohort has necessitated continuous development of efficient procedures to ensure our students are supported and progressed successfully through their studies. Despite our cohort size, Judith personalises the student experience and puts significant effort into supporting individual students through the highs and lows of their candidature. The training, student support and procedural initiatives that Judith has developed in SoM have been adopted broadly across the University and her role provides a significant engagement with our major research partners.

    Ms Lucy Hurry, SCI

    Faculty of Science (FoS) Facilities, Infrastructure Planning team is made up of over 30 staff , all of which look to Lucy for operational and strategic support for the management of their facilities. Lucy goes above and beyond the scope of her role to deliver this support to the team. Despite the intensity supporting such a large team, Lucy maintains a her drive and enthusiasm that is contagious. She truly believes in the importance of the success of our facilities. Lucy's contributions she has been integral to increasing our Facilities exposure to UQ and other Universities and is a role model for the professional, and community standards that we aspire to work towards.

    Ms Kerryn Morris, Greenslopes Clinical School

    Kerryn Morris has brought about significant changes at the Greenslopes Clinical School. In her role as Student Coordinator, she oversees 250-300 student places each year. As a result of Kerryn's hard work and commitment to service, she has successfully managed to increase the number of international student placements to accommodate the high demand from Partner University students wishing to study medicine. The clinical school is embedded within a private hospital and each clinician has a busy private practice and no allocated teaching time. Kerryn has worked tirelessly to build excellent relationships with hospital clinicians over time and the result is a plentiful supply of outstanding teachers. She has proactively sought and been able to negotiate extra placements based on this goodwill. Kerryn's commitment to excellence is evident in the care and attention each student receives. The resulting factor is the clinical school becoming a highly sought after student placement.

    Ms Candice Muggleton, COO

    Ms Muggleton commenced with the Property and Facilities (P&F) Division in 2015 following the retirement of our long serving Human Resource Officer. Since then, Ms Muggleton has enthusiastically championed the Division's transition into the online space. Ms Muggleton has acted above and beyond in taking complete ownership and accountability of this project and with absolute commitment and outstanding technical ability, is creating change in the Division's long standing human resources (HR) processes. Ms Muggleton has also acted as the point of contact for staff concerns and queries, supporting the staff through the change process with exceptional customer service skill. The online transition project offers a vast process improvement for the Property & Facilities Division. In a move from hardcopy manual processing, the HR function and delivery to staff will be improved exponentially. Ms Muggleton's ownership, contribution and excellence in the initial stages of this project roll out cannot be overstated.

    Ms Deborah Outhwaite, EAIT

    Deborah is always helpful to colleagues who need a hand, and generous for sharing her time to offer help wherever is needed. Deborah is professional and friendly when she deals with colleagues' and external stakeholders' finance queries. She delivered excellence in services and sets up a high standard in UQ for delivery of great services to UQ and beyond.

    Mrs Di Palmer, PVC

    Di Palmer has been employed at Gatton Vocational Education Centre (GVEC) since April 2010 and has been performing the role of Project Manager since April 2011. She has performed this role to an exemplary standard and has led the implementation and delivery of a number of significant commercial projects which have positioned GVEC as a leader in the area of agricultural vocational and educational delivery across Queensland. Di is a team player and supports her staff in her managerial roles and is well liked and appreciated by all her colleagues for her common sense approach to achieving outcomes. Di is an outstanding supervisor and staff member. She has recently been appointed to the position of Acting Program Manager which is indicative of her performance and contribution to GVEC operations and performance.

    Mrs Jackie Perren, DVC

    Always pleasant and professional to deal with and great training and mentoring skills. Jackie's attributes are within her extensive knowledge of HR policies and procedures and every day queries that arise. She is a quick to respond and juggles multiple tasks at hand with no issues. She is always happy and a pleasure to be around.

    Mr Michael Perren, QBI

    Michael Perren manages the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) consumable store, maintaining appropriate stock levels and delivering discounted pricing. Michael has consistently provided outstanding service to the students and staff of QBI. His contributions have resulted in effective cost and time savings to the Institute by establishing an ordering system with regular suppliers to the Institute. Not only does this save valuable time for research staff but it has an enormous impact on precious grant funding. He is the manager of a helpful and pleasant store team who are always motivated and assist others at every opportunity.

    Dr Cassandra Perryman, HABS

    Cassandra has been a tutor of mine twice now and both times has always gone above and beyond to help her students receive the best grades possible. She has done this by running more consults than other tutors, staying late after our tutorial to answer questions and ensure we had a firm understanding of the content as well as drive three hours from her home to UQ on a non-working day to help students. Cassandra has also helped students gain scholarships to attend educational seminars and conventions outside of class to further our interest and give opportunities to expand our knowledge in all areas of psychology.

    Ms Kym Powell, DVC

    Service improvement to benefit support for students with a disability. Kym worked on this activity in addition to her job as a Disability Advisor and through her sustained work in this area, there have been significant improvements to the way in which the University supports our students with disabilities. Working collaboratively with Information Technology Services (ITS), Kym recognised gaps in delivery and used her knowledge to improve the Student Management System (SMS) service delivery both from the perspective of the student and from the perspective of the numerous staff and functions that are currently in Her initiative both in instigating the service improvement and in the design of the improvements has enabled the University to communicate effectively across this very complex area. Her day to day role in the support of students is never compromised and her additional work in this area has changed the way the service operates at UQ. Additionally it is considered sector leading in Australian universities.

    Mrs Helen Spindler, MBS

    Helen Spindler is the Accreditation and Strategic Projects Officer in the School of Medicine, responsible for managing submissions for accreditation of the MBBS/MD program. Helen has led coordination of the School's submissions and progress reports to the Australian Medical Council, whose accreditation is fundamental to our Medical Program's success, and prepared applications to several international medical accreditation agencies, the ultimate outcome of which enhances the scope and quality of postgraduate clinical destinations available to our medical graduates, particular our Ochsner cohort and our onshore international students. Helen's work embodies her own personal pursuit of excellence, delivering an extraordinary standard of work and coordinating others to deliver outcomes that directly impact on UQ's reputation, the success of the UQ-Ochsner Partnership, and the international opportunities available to our graduating junior doctors.

    Dr Celia Webby, MBS

    Dr Celia Webby has made exceptional improvements to the research services for clinical academics in the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at The University of Queensland. Through her own initiatives and outstanding activities, Dr Webby has streamlined the administrative and governance processes that were previously a barrier to engagement and partnership between UQ and our clinical academic community. She has provided personal navigation to this community far exceeding the normal expectations of service and performance. Furthermore she has enabled access of these key partners to external and internal sources of research funding to support the highest level of clinical research at UQ. The outcome of Dr Webby's work has been the transfer of multi-million dollar programs to UQ from hospitals and their associated foundations, and an increase in the professional standing of UQ in our clinical academic community.

    Mr Brent Wilson, PVC

    As Production Manager, Mr. Wilson's areas of responsibility include leadership of exhibition installation, print and exhibition design, technology applications and building operations and management. Following serious leaks the Museum's roof has been replaced. Recognizing the serious risk to works of art and to the Museum's delicate fabric and environmental conditions that contractors' interaction with the building creates, together with the need to be on-hand to respond immediately to questions on behalf of the Museum thereby accelerating progress, Mr. Wilson has quietly taken the initiative to open the Museum and supervise building activities from 6.00am each day throughout the 3.5 month period of construction. This personal commitment was unknown to me and other staff for some days. In addition, Mr. Wilson has maintained all aspects of his regular responsibilities, in an extremely heavy period of production, thereby receiving extensive internal respect.

    Mrs Jennifer Yared, HASS

    Mrs Jennifer Yared currently holds the position of Research Higher Degree Admissions Officer one of two such positions within the School of Communication and Arts. Jennifer has a very strong work ethic and is innately aware of the importance of her role in terms of customer service in her interaction with staff, students and external stakeholders as well as the value that this brings to the UQ experience for all those people. She has made a significant contribution to the culture of the School. She is highly motivated to achieve excellence in her employment and is very well respected by her colleagues, both professional and academic.


  • Winners

    Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery

    The Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD), which is an initiative of UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Wellcome Trust, is a successful example of UQ scientists creating change for global health. CO-ADD is an innovative, open access drug discovery initiative launched in February 2015, which has been actively engaging with chemists in academia worldwide who have compounds 'sitting on shelves'. CO-ADD collects and screens these compounds against strains of bacteria and fungi that cause life-threatening infections, with all results made available to the research community. The team hopes this revolutionary approach will help unearth the first new antibiotic in 30 years, and help combat the superbug crisis. During the past 12 months, CO-ADD has received an outstanding 85,000 compounds from 30 countries and has screened more than 40,000 of these and identified over 500 hit compounds with the potential to be the next antibiotic.


    • Professor Matt Cooper
    • Ms Mathilde Desselle
    • Dr Alysha Elliott
    • Dr Mark Blaskovich
    • Dr Johannes Zuegg
    • Miss Ruth Neale
    • Mrs Emma Cowie
    • Dr Karl Hansford
    • Ms Soumya Ramu
    • Ms Angela Kavanagh

    Mr Zak Williams, Properties & Facilities

    Zak Williams has provided outstanding innovation in setting up the project delivery mechanisms for the Forgan Smith Law Faculty refurbishment. This project is a major refurbishment of this iconic heritage building that has a very tight timeline for delivery. Zak's innovation within the project has involved the instigation of an early works package and a Managing Contractor Contract that has a guaranteed maximum price component which drives value for money for the University and delivers the project within the time constraints without compromising cost or quality. The early works package enables the majority of any unidentified issues with the building to be found early which reduces the risk to UQ and enables the University to engage a contractor with a guaranteed maximum price with inbuilt incentives that drives a culture of cost savings throughout the project.

  • Nominated

    BA Program Planner Team

    The Bachelor of Arts is a flexible degree that enables students to complete defined majors and elective course options. Students can tailor the degree to suit their own particular interests and career aspirations. However choice brings complexity and uncertainty. In looking to address difficulties in course selection identified in recent student surveys, the Associate Dean (Academic) and the Senior Manager, Student and Academic Administration identified an opportunity to improve material available to students. A dynamic, student driven course selection tool, supplementing the long lists found in the Courses and Programs catalogue was developed. The project was initiated in October 2015 and made available to BA first year students receiving Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) offers in January 2016. The work was substantial, conceptually sophisticated in its analytics and design yet simple in presentation and use. It has improved the new student experience and has been widely shared with peers across UQ.


    • Shirley Moran
    • Chris Frost
    • Sherrie Hoang

    Employability MOOC Team

    EMPLOY101x Unlocking your employability is a MOOC that was launched by UQx in January of 2016 and now has over 15,000 enrolments globally. It is a key vehicle for disseminating the UQ approach to student employability and addressing a fundamental challenge identified in the student strategy around preparing graduates for unpredictable futures. As a sustainable alternative to traditional workshop delivery, the course takes an innovative approach to supporting student employability development through its unique focus on experiential learning. The course has received national attention and several other Australian universities have expressed an interest in adopting it for their students. It presents a global perspective on employability and contains real stories from a diverse group of alumni, employers, current students, and experts in employability. The course provides UQ with important reputational value on a topic that holds an important place on the current higher education agenda.


    • Andrea Reid
    • Anna Richards
    • Anna Morris

    QAAFI II Agreement Team

    The QAAFI II multi-disciplinary team exhibited creative thinking skills, innovative design and strong team work resulting in the concurrent signing of three agreements with the Queensland Government. The deal is valued at over $36 million of government funding for the first five years. These agreements provide the foundations for an innovative model of research, the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) model. The complicated arrangement took two years of almost daily negotiation during a changing state political environment. Prof. Robert Henry, supported by Prof. Robyn Ward, Prof. Anton Middelburg and Prof Stephen Walker as members of the Alliance Steering Committee led the 21 person QAAFI II team, to achieve this outstanding innovation for UQ. The across UQ team demonstrated exceptional creativity and independent thinking to develop an innovative research model to change staff employment from the Queensland Government to UQ and provide an enduring long term partnership with the Queensland Government.


    • Robert Henry
    • Jane Banney
    • Marisa Camastral
    • Toni Casey
    • Natasha Crocker
    • Mark Downie
    • Mike Gidley
    • Melissa Glendenning
    • Graeme Hammer
    • Ian Harris
    • Kerry Huish
    • Robert Landon
    • Serena Leeke
    • Jane Malloch
    • Sarah Meibusch
    • Anton Middelburg
    • Stephen Moore
    • Stephanie Surm
    • Deborah Vella
    • Bronwyn Venus
    • Stephen Walker
    • Robyn Ward
    • Ann-Maree Waugh

    The Postgraduate Clinical Pharmacy Program Team

    The online postgraduate clinical pharmacy (PGCP) program is designed to advance the practice of pharmacists across Australasia. This motivated team incorporates innovative e-learning strategies and technologies into the flexible delivery of learning modules to engage pharmacists from hospital and community practice, who bring different skills, learning styles and interests. The team work effectively to create a unique, supported learning community, where students learn with and from each other. Success relies on the team working flexibly after hours, to promptly respond to discussion boards, run optional weekend workshops, examine online VIVAs, and facilitate online evening tutorials. At tutorials, students present issues and controversies to guest experts to facilitate interaction and small group learning. The team adopts a model of continuous quality improvement, where novel educational innovations are evaluated and refined to optimise learning and develop professional practice.


    • Judith Burrows
    • Karen Luetsch
    • Treasure McGuire
    • Alexandra Clavarino
    • Carla Scuderi
    • Adam La Caze
    • Vanessa King

    Engineering Flipped Learning Team

    Carl Reidsema and Lydia Kavanagh have collaborated over the past five years to design and deliver active learning courses to first year engineers in class sizes of 1000 or more each semester. They have developed innovative methods to "flip the classroom" for engineering students in ENGG1100 and ENGG1200. The class sizes are many times those that have been flipped in engineering courses elsewhere in the world. In order to achieve their goals, Lydia and Carl have changed the way UQ uses some of its spaces, such as turning the UQ Centre into an interactive teaching space for groups of 600 students at a time. At the same time Carl and Lydia have developed innovative tools to engage with students. They have generated significant attention both nationally and internationally because of their unique pedagogical design. Recognition of the value of these innovations is evidenced by the many invitations they have had to deliver workshops to academics around the world.


    • Carl Reidsema
    • Lydia Kavanagh

    Mr Christopher Adams, Humanities and Social Science

    This nomination is for Christopher Adams, a tutor in the School of Political Science and International Studies, for his successes in re-imagining collaborative learning in the Humanities. In 2015, drawing on his action learning projects for the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Christopher researched, designed, and implemented a portable model of large class learning which empowers students to translate their knowledge into practice. His approach to learner-centred design incorporates extensive policy experience developed throughout his work for the Former Prime Minister of Australia, emphasising practical and critical skills required in the workplace. The outcome of his innovations, expressed through extensive student surveys, indicate an overwhelmingly positive response in student learning outcomes and experiences. Students have repeated vocalised their appreciation of this new form of teaching and learning, and as a result the model has been appropriated by other courses.

    Dr Chris Campbell

    Chris Campbell has, for many years, been a champion for the use of active learning systems in large classes at UQ. Her work has resulted in a broad use of these systems across UQ and their integration into central training workshops. The uptake of these technologies affords engagement and discussion which would otherwise be impossible in a room with 300 or more students. Chris' work is helping UQ educators to move beyond the didactic lecture and improve the on-campus experience as well as learning outcomes.

    Ms Siobhan Remy

    Digital Content Officer Siobhan Remy has demonstrated exceptional ability, initiative and innovation to develop a new intranet platform for the AIBN. Using the SharePoint content management system, Siobhan has employed her technical expertise to create custom themes that have significantly improved the usability of SharePoint to suit the unique needs of the Institute. The resulting intranet platform provides improved functionality, completely new functions, and enhanced accessibility and usability. Through her commitment and dedication, Siobhan has single-handedly delivered a truly innovative product for the AIBN within just 3 months. The new intranet is a platform for communication that improves the effectiveness and efficiency of the Institute's operational units, and provides easily accessible electronic resources to enhance the staff and student experience.

    Ms Katie Rowney

    Senior Communications Officer Katie Rowney has contributed to the enhancement and protection of UQ's reputation through significant improvement to the strategic use of social media.Under her guidance, the UQ Twitter account has grown from 7000 followers to 25,000 followers in less than two years, building a powerful community of students, academics, media and other external stakeholders. Katie identified the need for social media training and established a Social Media for Academics course delivered through the UQ Staff Development program (first session May 2016). More than 100 staff have undertaken the course, and demand remains strong. Academics and communications staff who have completed the course have reported improved engagement, confidence and outcomes, including invitations to collaborate on research and to present internationally.

    Mrs Margaret Schuls

    Marg has developed a Practicum Database that helps to manage practicum records as well as to assist with making sure that our school complies with the University legislative requirements. All students completing a practicum in Queensland schools have to hold a current Blue Card and complete the OHS Risk Assessment. The tools enables the keeping of all those records in one place and provides a transparent register of students who are eligible to go on practicum. Inbuilt functionality of this tool enables to run reports on teaching areas course enrolments and also to generate an appropriate communication with students in regards to their eligibility for a placement as well as with the details of the school a student will complete their practicum. The efficiency and accountability of the tool has assisted with significant time saving on administrative tasks and letting to focus on the key task of my team which is organizing placements and delivering excellent service to our students.

    Dr Judith Seaboyer

    Dr Judith Seaboyer has developed innovative online quizzes for use in literary studies courses that enhance learning experiences for students and improve pedagogical practices. This initiative fosters close reading skills, flips the classroom, and provides students with instant feedback. One of the challenges in literary studies is to encourage students to read the texts prior to, rather than subsequent to, the lecture and tutorial. In meeting this challenge, Dr Seaboyer developed sophisticated online quizzes that students need to complete prior to coming to class. The questions are challenging and require students to closely read the set texts. The quizzes have a significant impact on student reading rates and tutorial performance, thus enhancing their learning experiences. Dr Seaboyer has fostered change that goes above and beyond the expectations of teaching in literary studies, and will continue to have a significant effect on the learning experiences of students in the humanities.

Equity and diversity

  • Winners

    Outreach and Engagement Team ATSIS Unit

    InspireU UQ is a tertiary aspiration building program for Indigenous youth, administered by the Outreach and Engagement team in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (ATSIS) Unit. The program involves a series of residential camps themed around the professional disciplines of Engineering, Science, Law, Business and Health Sciences. Program participants attend residential camps, take part in interactive workshops and lectures, workplace and industry visits and receive guidance from industry experts about study and career opportunities. InspireU is delivered in collaboration with community and industry partners, and UQ Faculties and Schools. Since its inception in 2013, the InspireU program has made a significant contribution to UQ's strategic commitment towards increasing the participation of Indigenous Australian students. The program provides an example of how the University, industry and community can work collaboratively to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous people.


    • Mr Sid Domic
    • Mr Andrew Dillon
    • Ms Belle Sanewski

    Ms Miriam Taylor-Gomez, MBS

    On behalf of the Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability (QCIDD), I would like to nominate Ms Miriam Taylor for the Equity and Diversity. The significant and outstanding contribution that this member of the UQ community has provided is her unwavering pursuit and determination, with the support of UQx, in developing The ABLEx series, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), officially launched on 24th March 2016. Internationally, this is the first MOOC focusing on the physical health of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The opportunities afforded by developing a MOOC include reaching out to a global audience and providing knowledge and education about an often neglected topic and generating meaningful discussion amongst an international community. Ms Taylor took on the lead responsibility in relation to course content, liaising between contributors and UQx staff and developing and working within tight timelines.

  • Commended

    EAIT Women in Engineering Team

    UQ's Women in Engineering Program is a nationally unique industry-funded, but university-led, program to increase the number of women choosing engineering as a career. Through targeted projects in school, university and industry contexts, we are providing a more equitable, diverse and rewarding future for women in the engineering industry. Increasing the participation of female engineers in technical and management teams is widely acknowledged by industry and university leaders. Since the commencement of the Program in 2014, the cohort of female engineering students has grown to over 24 % of the total (high school) intake. This places UQ as the national leader and well above the state (13%), national (15%) and Group of Eight (18%) averages for female students in engineering programs. Through the vision of UQ and the support of our program partners, we have created a powerful united collaboration between UQ and an industry committed to diversifying their workforce. Via effective, consistent and innovative networking with industry, schools (both regional and local) and female university engineering students, the Women in Engineering team works so passionately - providing various educational activities and events, to spread the word and gain support for greater gender diversity in engineering industries.


    • Ms Stephanie Crawley
    • Mrs Debra Lancelot
    • Mr Trent Leggatt
    • Ms Kate Meimaris
    • Mrs Helen Burdon

    Associate Professor Naomi Stead, EAIT

    UQ's Women in Engineering Program is a nationally unique industry-funded, but university-led, program to increase the number of women choosing engineering as a career. Through targeted projects in school, university and industry contexts, we are providing a more equitable, diverse and rewarding future for women in the engineering industry. Increasing the participation of female engineers in technical and management teams is widely acknowledged by industry and university leaders. Since the commencement of the Program in 2014, the cohort of female engineering students has grown to over 24 % of the total (high school) intake. This places UQ as the national leader and well above the state (13%), national (15%) and Group of Eight (18%) averages for female students in engineering programs. Through the vision of UQ and the support of our program partners, we have created a powerful united collaboration between UQ and an industry committed to diversifying their workforce. Via effective, consistent and innovative networking with industry, schools (both regional and local) and female university engineering students, the Women in Engineering team works so passionately - providing various educational activities and events, to spread the word and gain support for greater gender diversity in engineering industries.

    Award accepted on behalf of Associate Professor Naomi Stead by Dr Kelly Greenop

  • Nominated

    Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University

    Courting Blakness: Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University was a public art installation (bringing works by leading Aboriginal artists into the University Great Court in September 2014), a National Public Symposium (a curated, interdisciplinary, two-day event, for artists, curators, commentators, students and academics), a website (developed to act as a teaching, learning and research resource for the exhibition, is a unique digital archive-now part of the National Library Pandora project), and a book (published in 2015 by UQP) . The project exceeded expectations, building an interdisciplinary community, and attracting 1000+ volunteer and Intern hours, and $100,000+ in donations and grants. Sharing of information and ideas took place through a number of seminars, through the use of a Blackboard community, and through two 'Diversity Discussions', each attended by leading Indigenous scholars, which were open to UQ staff and students (and via the website).


    • Barbara Sullivan
    • Kristy Parker
    • Kelly Greenop
    • Brent Wilson
    • Campbell Gray
    • Elizabeth Strakosch
    • Morgan Brigg
    • Fiona Foley
    • Heather Douglas
    • Dominic O'Donnell
    • Fiona Nicoll

    Morgan Brigg (Senior Lecturer HASS)

    There is substantial expertise in Indigenous studies and research within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), and passion for engaging Indigenous issues. The 2015, the Faculty Executive asked Dr Morgan Brigg to provide it with a way to draw together and expand its capacities on Indigenous matters and provide recommendations for future directions. Dr Brigg undertook this role in a careful consultative way, drawing on his own research, meeting with staff across the Faculty that work with Indigenous content, perspectives and knowledge, facilitating workshops for staff to share current good teaching and learning practices and to identify and advance cross-faculty research opportunities and collaborations. Dr Brigg's report, Advancing Indigenous Engagement in HASS, provided the Faculty with a way forward that will reshape its engagement approach and provides a carefully articulated pathway to improve engagement on Indigenous matters.

    Paul Harpur (Senior Lecturer, Law School BEL)

    Through scholarly and community achievements, and his own life, Dr Paul Harpur has lived, worked and led in the field of equity and diversity. In particular, Paul has promoted ability diversity so that disability will cease to be associated with poorer educational, employment and life opportunities, His work in anti-discrimination law and policy has achieved international recognition, and esteemed inter-disciplinary fellowships in the United States and at home. In Australia, Paul has had strong links to industry, community and government. In higher education, he has fought for awareness and improvements in accessibility of educational materials and is making a significant contribution in academic service: e.g. as Inaugural Chair of the Staff Consultative Group on Disability Inclusion, and as one of the youngest elected Academic Board members. Adapting to blindness as a teenager, Paul has succeeded as a Paralympian, a doctoral fellow and now a Senior Lecturer bringing credit upon UQ.

    Paul Lant (Professor EAIT)

    During his tenure as inaugural head of the school of chemical engineering from 2009 to 2013, Professor Paul Lant designed and implemented many initiatives promoting equity and diversity. The two key programs were the parental leave fellowship and the InspireU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit (ATSISU) student week. The parental leave fellowship launched in the school supported two academics during maternity leave with a postdoctoral fellow, and in both cases this lead to promotions of the academics and attainment of new positions for the postdoc fellows. This program has now been extended across the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT). The InspireU school student week was initiated in the school, and later expanded across UQ, is a residential camp at UQ for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students. Students stay on campus in one of our great colleges and take part in a range of activities. This program is now run out of ATSISU studies unit and links other programs across UQ.

    Helen Weir (Deputy Director Operations QBI)

    Helen Weir, Deputy Director of Operations at Queensland Brain Institute (QBI), has demonstrated outstanding commitment in developing an engaged and positive workplace culture that motivates staff to do great things as individuals and as a team. She sees potential in her staff and encourages them to perform at the best of their abilities. Helen's strong commitment to supporting and empowering people have resulted in a meaningful and lasting impact in people's lives at work and at home. What was achieved by her initiative couldn't have been achieved in a typical work environment within decades!

Wellness and safety

  • Winners

    UQ Security Safe Zone Team

    This team have developed and implemented the Safe Zone app at UQ in 2016. The Safe Zone app is a location based emergency response app, connecting students and staff on site within instant assistance from Security and emergency responders. The team continues to work to implement additional features of the app, including lone worker functionality and increasing the University sites where the app is available. The Security Team has gone above and beyond normal duties in seamlessly implementing the app, which is already receiving outstanding uptake across the UQ community. The app is greatly contributing to the safety and security of all campus users, and most certainly exceeds normal expectations. This is a particular achievement in light of the diverse and disparate sites on which UQ operates.


    • Mr Garry Tyler
    • Mr Andrew Barling
    • Mr Michael Sheehan
    • Mr Ron Robinson
    • Mr Bruce Stewart
    • Mr Anthony Waldron
    • Mr Daniel Ogg
    • Ms Lily White
    • Miss Yin Tint
    • Miss Harshini Ravindran
    • Mr Kevin O’Sullivan
    • Mr Jim Carmichael
    • Mr Paul Ninnes
    • Mr Andrew Lee
    • Mrs Lyn Griffiths
    • Mrs Carolyn Varley
    • Mrs Caroline Bird

  • Commended

    Measles Outbreak Team

    Between July and September 2015, UQ experienced an outbreak of the serious disease of measles. Eight cases of measles were associated with St Lucia campus. Fiona Coulthard, Occupational Health Nurse Advisor at UQ's OHS Division worked tirelessly and many additional hours to liaise between Queensland Public Health, our Schools and Faculties and the UQ Health Service. Recognition also to Dr Tony Arklay, who worked closely with Queensland Public Health and the UQ OHS Division. The response included contact screening and communications across the UQ community. A number of measles screening and vaccination sessions were organised, targeting both UQ residential colleges as well as students and staff of the Faculty where many of the affected students were enrolled. It was largely due to the efforts of Fiona and Dr Arklay that it was possible to avoid further spread of this contagious disease and the associated personal and organisational impact to our staff and students.


    • Ms Fiona Coulthard
    • Dr Tony Arklay

    Mr Jeremy Wilson, HABS

    Jeremy has implemented a number of very positive initiatives within the School of Pharmacy to support staff and students to meet their Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) obligations. Jeremy has developed a range of resources to promote various monthly focus campaigns ranging from laboratory safety to wellness. Jeremy's creativeness and passion to improve WHS has led to improvements in general awareness of WHS and also in the fundamental culture which is normalising WHS practices and integrating them into routine behaviour. His actions have improved the perception of safety and increased engagement at all levels within the School. Jeremy has also facilitated collaboration with other WHS committees within the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences (HaBS) by sharing the resources he has developed and willingly assisting with WHS in other areas of HaBS and also at the faculty level.

  • Nominated

    Gatton Campus OH&S Committee

    The Gatton Campus Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Committee has actively led a change of culture and practice at the Gatton Campus in workplace health and safety and staff wellness. This has occurred over the last four years since a major OH&S incident and subsequent 'Enforceable Undertaking' and audit. The Committee has led a complete change of approach to OH&S across the Gatton campus involving all campus users, and reaching out across all staff. The Committee has been proactive in not only reactivating attention to the fundamentals of OH&S practice, but also in identifying risks across campus and building and promoting a robust program of managing those risks. The Committee has been at the forefront in building a safety culture beyond the immediate work group, embracing the whole campus community. There has also been a strong emphasis on staff wellness, largely absent in the past but an integral foundation to workplace safety.


    • Janelle Zahmel
    • Gerard Ross
    • Theresa Seru
    • John Swift
    • Myat Kyaw-Tanner

    Rachel Gormal Lab manager, QBI

    This nomination is to recognise the outstanding performance of lab manager Rachel Gormal in the laboratory safety and wellness management at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). She is responsible for training for the safe operation of high-risk substances and equipment in the PC2 areas, ensuring compliance with the healthy and safety regulations, and she is always the first to report safety concerns through the appropriate channels. She performs all her tasks at the highest standard, striving to improve the performance of our lab, and she exceeds the requirements of her job description daily. She provides knowledge and assistance, and actively seeks out to solve any problems arising. Her devoted efforts and multitasking skills are pivotal for the maintenance of the safe working environment, which, in turn, affect the wellness of all the laboratory personnel. As a Floor Warden, First Aid Officer and a member of General Lab Procedures SOP, she has a significant impact on all QBI staff.

    Maria Somodevilla-Torres, AIBN

    OHS Manager Maria Somodevilla-Torres shows exceptional dedication and commitment to proactively enhancing workplace health and safety at UQ. She has lead initiatives to build a positive culture of respect and accountability for OHS within the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) - an environment that has inherent high-risk. She has shown innovation in digitising laboratory inspections which provide an efficient, transparent and documented process for monitoring and driving accountability for workplace safety, achieved sponsorship and implemented a monthly prize that rewards groups demonstrating outstanding OHS practices, initiated mechanisms for individuals involved in OHS incidents to share their experience and knowledge gained with peers, promoted examples of positive workplace safety practices, and developed and promoted customised training for researchers. This valued contribution was recognised in an institute-wide client survey that showed greater than 80% service satisfaction and extremely positive comments.

    Valentina Urrutia Guada, EAIT

    Over the past few years as hydrometallurgy laboratory manager, Valentina has gone above and beyond the call of duty to develop, implement and improved safety systems from inductions and training to laboratory inspections and associated follow up. The safety considerations of our group are not trivial as the research involves a wide range of chemical and equipment hazards. Her hard work has contributed a cultural shift among the laboratory users where safety is now at the forefront of all activity. Having demonstrated an excellent contribution in health and safety for the hydrometallurgy research group, she has extended her support to the pyrometallurgy research group and has also been integral in setting up a new radiation laboratory for the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Hub for Copper/Uranium processing. Valentina consistently strives to maintain the highest standard and for this reason she should be considered for the Wellness and Safety award.