The UQ Awards for Excellence celebrate the achievements and successes of our colleagues that reflect and support our values. These awards celebrate leadership behaviour and staff achievement across all levels of the organisation, regardless of position. Recognising our colleagues makes a statement about the culture we value and aspire to achieve at UQ.

Key dates for 2018 will be available early in the year.

See the Guide to UQ Awards for Excellence (PDF, 95KB) for information on the Awards and nomination process.

Award categories

The UQ Awards for Excellence recognise and celebrate individuals and teams in the areas of:

  • Leadership: exemplary leadership that helps to create a positive, performance-based culture and contributes to the achievements of the University
  • Service: outstanding and significant contribution to delivering excellence in service to students, staff or the wider community
  • Innovation: implemented innovative, effective workplace practices or initiatives, including the development of new systems that improve UQ’s effectiveness and efficiency
  • Equity and diversity: outstanding effort in promoting equity and diversity within UQ and the wider community
  • Wellness and safety: contributions of staff who have implemented innovative and exciting ideas that contribute to the wellness and safety of our people.

Depending on the quality of the nominations, up to 2 award winners may be selected for each award category. Subject to the quality of the nominations for a category, an award may not be made.

See the award-specific criteria and how to complete a nomination.


All UQ employees are eligible to be nominated. This includes professional and academic staff (continuing, fixed-term and casual) employed at UQ.

More about the eligibility criteria.

Award ceremony and prizes

All nominees are invited to attend the annual UQ Award for Excellence Ceremony, where the award winners and commendations are announced.

UQ Award winners receive a certificate of recognition, a trophy and monetary award prize.

The monetary award prize must be collected through salary payment or used for professional development within 12 months of receipt of the award, unless otherwise approved. Relevant taxation and superannuation arrangements apply to one-off salary payments.

Any award recipient who is no longer employed by UQ at the time of the announcement of the awards will be issued a certificate of recognition, but they will not be entitled to an award prize.


Individuals receive $5000 award prize as either:

  • a one-off salary payment
  • professional development (for example, seminars, conferences, training courses or journal subscriptions).


Teams receive a minimum of $2000 per team member, up to a maximum of $20,000 per team (based on standard team composition of 10 team members) as either:

  • a one-off salary payment
  • professional development (for example, seminars, conferences, training courses or journal subscriptions).

The selection committee recommends the prize awarded to each team member for the Vice-Chancellor and President to consider.


Nominees whose nomination is considered to be of a very high standard but who are not endorsed as the category winner may receive a commendation on the recommendation of the selection committee. This is at the discretion of the Vice-Chancellor and President.