Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Contribution to the University

The Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Contribution to the University recognises distinguished service of a high degree.

2023 nominations for this award are open from 1 September 2023 to 9 October 2023. 


Staff, students and alumni of the University whose contributions to the economic, cultural, scientific or social development of Australia or the international community has demonstrated eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree are eligible for the Award.

Nomination Process

The Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Pro Vice-Chancellors, College Deans and Directors of Service Divisions are invited to submit names of potential recipients with supporting documentation for the initial consideration of the Vice-Chancellor.

Staff or Student Associations are encouraged to submit nominations through the relevant College Dean or Service Division. The Vice-Chancellor may, at his discretion, request that a formal proposal be developed for consideration by the Chancellor's Awards Committee.

Nominations should be submitted on the Chancellor's Award Nomination Form and will require the Primary Sponsor to provide the following:

  • Supporting statement addressing the eligibility criteria (maximum 500 words total)
  • Brief summary of achievements that can be used as part of the citation to be read on presentation of the Award by the Chancellor, if the nomination is successful (maximum 150 words, of the total 500 words)

Supporting statements should use clear, accessible and concise language, avoiding excessive use of technical words, academic or industry terminology and acronyms.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Chancellor’s Awards webpage. Nominations should be submitted as a single PDF document to, by no later than 5pm on the advertised closing date.

Awards process

Up to five awards may be made each year.

All award recipients will be published on the Chancellor’s Awards webpage.

The awards will be presented at the celebratory Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Awards event in the same year and all nominees and sponsors will be invited. 

Further information

For further information please contact

Citations for each of the past recipients are linked from the awards recipients below.


Year Name Citation/More information
2023* Professor Mahananda Dasgupta More information
  Associate Professor Ryan Goss More information
2022* Professor Matthew Colless  
  Professor Peter Kanowski  
2021* Emeritus Professor Ken Baldwin  
  Professor Amanda Barnard  
2020 Professor Michael Cardew-Hall Citation
2019 Emeritus Professor Richard Baker Citation
2018 Professor Elizabeth Minchin Citation
2017 Professor David Lindenmayer Citation (PDF, 330KB)
2016 Emeritus Professor David Horner Citation (PDF, 57KB)
2015 Professor Marilyn Ball Citation (PDF, 56KB)
2014 Professor Christopher Parish Citation (PDF, 205.86 KB)
2013* Professor Michael Coper Citation (PDF, 62.23 KB)
  Professor Andrew Cockburn Citation (PDF, 65.32 KB)
2012 Professor Hilary Charlesworth Citation (PDF, 37.72 KB)
2011 Professor Amin Saikal, AM More information
2010 Professor James Fox  
2009 Professor George Dracoulis More information
2008 Professor Paul Gatenby More information
2007 Professor Stephen Buckman More information
2006 Ms Ailsa Korten  
2005* Professor Darrell Tryon  
  Professor Geremie Barmé More information
2004* Mr Gary Banks  
  Mr Malcolm Crompton  
  Professor John McMillan More information


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