Clare Burton Award for Excellence in Equity & Diversity


To encourage and recognise initiatives and 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 to 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 process

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards webpage.  Nominations should be submitted as a single PDF document to, 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.

Awards process

Award finalists and sponsors will be contacted once the Committee has made a determination but recipients will not be announced until the awards ceremony. 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. All award recipients will be published on the Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Awards webpage.

In the case of team awards, the team will receive one award, presented to the Team Lead (as specified on the nomination form).


2021 -  Associate Professor Amy King (CAP)

2020 - Two Way Project Team (CASS) & Professor Lyndall Strazdins (CHM)

2019 - The ANU Gender Institute

2018 - Andrea Butler, Katherine Carroll, Kathryn Eden, Meetu Sharma Saxena, Julie Smith, Rebecca Williamson (Supporting Breastfeeding at ANU Working Group)

2017 - Associate Professor Penelope King (CoS)

Further information

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Recipients and their details are listed on the pages below.
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