The Clare Burton Award for Excellence in Equity and Diversity recognises and encourages initiatives and professional activities that promote the ANU values as an inclusive, open and respectful University that reflects the diversity of our nation.
Nominations will be assessed on the basis of written evidence that demonstrates outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas:
- Initiatives that reduce barriers to inclusion and promote equal opportunity for all persons whatever their background or identity including women, Indigenous Australians, people of all racial and ethnic groups and people with disabilities.
- Promote an inclusive environment that values and utilises the contributions of people of different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
- Enhance the retention, success and outcomes of staff and students from diverse backgrounds in education, research or professional practices.
All staff members are eligible for the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards either as an individual or as part of a team. Nominees must be employed by the University (on payroll) in the year of the award. Current students may be included as part of team nominations as appropriate.
Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards webpage. Nominations should be submitted as a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org, by no later than 5pm on the advertised closing date.
Nominations should be prepared by Sponsors, that is, a supervisor or other person within the University. Sponsors should specifically address the award criteria, provide examples to support their claims, and note that additional references are not permitted, and that additional paperwork will not be considered by the Committee.
Colleges and Service Divisions may choose to set up a committee to ensure that staff who warrant consideration of an award are not overlooked.
Sponsors should note that the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards recognise excellence in achievement and contribution that exceeds the normal expectations of the work undertaken by individuals and teams. The selection committee will consider the academic or professional level and consider their access to opportunity when making their evaluation.
Award recipients, finalists, sponsors and unsuccessful nominees will be contacted once the Committee has made a determination. The awards will be presented at the celebratory Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Awards Gala Dinner in the same year. All award recipients will be published on the Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Awards webpage.
A single award will be presented for each category. Up to two finalists per category will also be recognised at the event.
Award recipients will receive a framed Vice-Chancellor's Award commemorative certificate and a glass sculpture designed by the ANU School of Art & Design. Finalists will receive a commemorative certificate. All award recipients will be published on the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards webpage.
In the case of team awards, the team will receive one commemorative certificate and glass sculpture, presented to the Team Lead (as specified on the nomination form) at the Gala Dinner.
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