As a staff member, you can nominate an individual or a team for a UQ Award for Excellence.

Award selection is based primarily on written statements addressing the selection criteria. You must clearly demonstrate how the person or team has demonstrated:

  • significant and outstanding achievement
  • a meaningful and lasting impact at UQ.

See the Guide to UQ Awards for Excellence (PDF, 95KB) for more detail.

Eligibility

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

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.

Self-nominations are not accepted.

Individual nominations

You may choose to tell the person that you are nominating them before submitting your nomination. However, all nominees will be advised of their nomination via email once submissions are received.

Team nominations

Team nominations would not normally exceed 10 members unless exceptional circumstances apply. Make sure that all team members are advised of the nomination before submitting a team nomination to ensure that team composition and contributions are accurately reflected. A team member may be defined as someone who has made a significant contribution.

Re-nominations

A recipient of a UQ Award for Excellence is only eligible for re-nomination in subsequent years on the basis of new efforts or achievement. If the individual or team was nominated for an award in a previous year, but were not the final recipients of that Award, then they would be re-eligible based on the premise that there were significant new achievements or developments to be considered.

How to complete the nomination

When you are completing the nomination and general selection criteria, you must incorporate the award-specific criteria applicable for each category.

Overview of the nomination

Maximum 500 words.

This section should include a succinct overview of the nomination, including:

  • a description of the contribution, initiative, program, project or activity
  • how this outstanding and exceptional achievement or success exceeds normal expectations of performance.

This summary will be published on the Recognition and Reward webpage and in the UQ Awards for Excellence Ceremony Program.

General Selection Criteria A

Maximum 500 words.

This section should include a description of:

  • the contribution, initiative, program, project or activity
  • how this significant and outstanding achievement addresses 1 or more of the award-specific criteria.

This section should also contain information to demonstrate how the contribution, initiative, program, project or activities supports 1 or more of the University’s values.

General Selection Criteria B

Maximum 500 words.

This section should include information to demonstrate the:

  • key outcomes and achievements of the contribution, initiative, program, project or activity
  • level of impact of the contribution, initiative, program, project or activity in terms of size, reach and significance.

Supporting information

Maximum of 3 pages.

Additional materials supporting the claims may be included. A maximum of 3 pages of supporting material will be considered and the relevance of any such material must be made clear in the nomination application.

Award-specific criteria

The nomination must incorporate award-specific criteria for each nomination category:

Leadership

This award recognises and celebrates exemplary leadership that helps to create a positive, performance-based culture and contributes to the achievements of the University. Such leadership may be demonstrated by staff at any level of the organisation.

An individual or team must exemplify 1 or more of the capabilities identified in the UQ Leadership Framework:

  • values people and builds culture
  • thinks and works strategically
  • achieves results and drives accountability
  • fosters learning, inquiry and innovation
  • communicates and collaborates with influence
  • purposefully leads change
  • exemplifies personal credibility and integrity.

Service

This award recognises and celebrates individuals or teams that have made an outstanding and significant contribution to delivering excellence in service to students, staff or the wider community.

An individual or team must demonstrate 1 or more of these criteria:

  • implementation of a significant and outstanding improvement or initiative that contributed to creating an exceptional student or staff experience at UQ
  • consistently provides outstanding and exceptional quality of service to University clients (including employees, students or community)
  • significant contribution to building the professional standing and reputation of the UQ community.

Innovation

This award recognises and celebrates individuals or teams that have implemented innovative, effective workplace practices or initiatives, including the development of new systems that improve UQ’s effectiveness and efficiency.

An individual or team must demonstrate 1 or more of these criteria:

  • a significant improvement in systems, procedures or practices resulting in process and cost efficiencies at UQ
  • implemented or advancement in workplace practices or initiatives that improve UQ’s effectiveness and efficiency
  • implemented an innovative approach to meeting UQ’s strategic objectives
  • development and implementation of new concepts, products or services that significantly improve the student or staff experience.

Equity and diversity

This award recognises and celebrates outstanding effort made by individuals or teams in promoting equity and diversity within UQ and the wider community.

The initiative, program, project or activities of the individual or team nominee has contributed to 1 or more of these criteria:

  • a positive cultural change.
  • to improvement in working or learning conditions and outcomes for staff or students from diverse backgrounds or specific priority groups (as per Equity and Diversity in the UQ Strategic Plan)
  • have enhanced the reputation of UQ in regard to equity and diversity matters in the wider community.

Wellness and safety

This award recognises and celebrates the contributions of staff who have implemented innovative and exciting ideas that contribute to the wellness and safety of our people.

An individual or team must demonstrate 1 or more of these criteria:

  • implementation of an innovative solution that proactively enhanced wellness, or workplace health and safety at UQ
  • enhancement of the UQ staff experience by establishing an occupational health and safety, or wellness activity within UQ.