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

Key dates for 2020:

  • Nominations opened: 3 February 2020
  • Nominations closed: extended to 16 March 2020, 11.59pm
  • Awards ceremony: Tuesday 24 November 2020

Download the UQ Awards for Excellence guide (PDF, 558.3 KB) for information about the Awards program and nomination process.

Award categories

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

  • Innovation: implemented innovative, effective workplace practices or initiatives, including the development of new systems that improve UQ’s effectiveness and efficiency
  • Service: outstanding and significant contribution to delivering excellence in service to students, staff or the wider community
  • Community, diversity and inclusion: outstanding effort in promoting equity, diversity and inclusion within UQ and proactively enhancing a sense of community among staff, students and partners
  • Mental and physical health, safety and wellness: implemented innovative and exciting ideas and practices which contribute to the mental and physical health, safety and wellness of our staff and students
  • Leadership: exemplary leadership supporting a positive, performance-based culture and contributing to the achievements of UQ

Depending on the quality of the nominations, up to two 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


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

Learn more about the eligibility criteria

Awards ceremony and prizes

Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and social distancing measures, the 2020 Awards ceremony has been postponed until Tuesday 24 November 2020.

All nominees are invited to attend the annual UQ Awards 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 up to a maximum of $20,000 shared 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.