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  Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards for Professional Staff

About the awards

The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards seek to recognise the excellent work of high performing teams or individual professional staff who demonstrate outstanding achievement aligned to the University’s vision and values.

The Award process


The Award categories

Excellence in Innovation

Implementing an innovative and effective solution which supports Curtin’s strategic objectives. Developing a new approach or system which responds to a challenge we are facing or measurably improves our effectiveness and efficiency.

Excellence in Engagement or Collaboration

Successful engagement with external partners to enrich our local or global community. OR Successful collaboration with other faculties/portfolios to build constructive working partnerships and implement significant cross-functional initiatives.

Excellence in Leadership

Leadership may be demonstrated by staff at any level of the organisation by fostering a positive culture and enabling others to excel, whilst modelling our values. An outstanding leader embraces continuous improvement and delivers outcomes in support of Curtin’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020.

Excellence in Service

Providing consistently exceptional service to internal or external customers. Or initiating and driving a change which significantly enhances our customer’s ‘Curtin Experience’.

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The Awards

There can be team and individual award winners within each of the four award categories. Award prize money should be accessed to offer opportunities for knowledge building, personal or career development.

Individual Awards

Individual winners will receive a prize of up to $4,000 to be used for a professional development opportunity such as attending an interstate conference or study tour, or to access one-on-one career coaching.

Team Awards

Winning teams will receive a prize of up to $4,000 per person (up to a maximum of $20,000 per team), to be used for a team-based professional development opportunity or activity, such as attending an interstate conference or study tour. Winning teams are encouraged to look for unique and valuable opportunities to access new knowledge or skills or establish new networks with industry-aligned teams.

Please refer to the Award Guidelines for further details regarding eligibility and prize redemption.

Key Dates

Nominations open: Monday, 3 July 2017
Nominations close: 5:00pm Friday, 11 August 2017
Award presentation ceremony: Wednesday, 8 November 2017

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