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

Key dates for 2019:

  • Nominations open: 4 February 2019
  • Nominations closed: 4 March 2019
  • Awards ceremony: 6 June 2019

A guide providing more detail will be available in early 2019.

Eligibility

All UQ employees are eligible to be nominated. This includes professional and academic staff (continuing, fixed-term and casual) employed at UQ. Contractors are not eligible.

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.

You can't nominate yourself or a team you're part of.

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. You must advise team leaders of the nomination before you submit it 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 nominee or recipient of a UQ Award for Excellence is only eligible for re-nomination in subsequent years on the basis 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. Only one nominator is required.

Overview of the nomination

Maximum 150 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 criterion 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 activity supports 1 or more of the University’s values.

General selection criterion 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:

Innovation

This award recognises and celebrates individuals and teams that have implemented innovative and 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
  • implementation or advancement in workplace practices or initiatives that improve UQ’s effectiveness and efficiency
  • implementation of a unique and original approach to meeting UQ’s strategic objectives
  • development and implementation of new concepts, products or services that significantly improve the student or staff experience.

Service

This award recognises and celebrates individuals and 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 (employees, students or community)
  • significant contribution to building the professional standing and reputation of the UQ community.

Diversity and inclusion

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

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

  • contribution to positive cultural change with regard to equity, diversity or inclusion in the UQ community
  • implementation of inclusive practices, programs or initiatives that lead to greater access, representation and sense of belonging for staff and students from disadvantaged or under-represented groups
  • improvement in working or learning experience at UQ for staff or students from diverse backgrounds, including specific priority under-represented groups, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; women in senior roles; women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine (STEMM) disciplines; culturally and linguistically diverse people; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual and queer/questioning (LGBTIAQ+) people; people with disability; and people from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds
  • demonstrating leadership in promoting and demonstrating inclusive and supportive behaviours in the workplace, learning environment or UQ community
  • enhancing the reputation of UQ in regard to equity, diversity and inclusion in the wider community.

Wellness and safety

This award recognises and celebrates the contributions of individuals and teams who have implemented innovative and exciting ideas and practices that contribute to the wellness, physical and mental health, and safety of our staff and students.

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

  • implementation of an innovative project, program or activity that proactively enhances wellness or workplace health and safety at UQ
  • development and implementation of programs and initiatives that promote and protect the mental health and wellbeing of our staff and students
  • enhancement of the staff experience by establishing an occupational health and safety or wellness activity within UQ that reduces or eliminates a health and safety risk.

Leadership

This award recognises and celebrates exemplary leadership supporting a positive, performance-based culture and contributing to the achievements of UQ. Such leadership may be demonstrated by individuals or teams in any role across the organisation.

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

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