Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Impact and Engagement


To encourage and recognise excellence for work or research which has enhanced the profile and reputation of the University through outreach, media engagement and/or public policy activities and by acknowledging the contribution that research makes to the economy, society, environment or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research.


Nominations will be assessed on the basis of written evidence that demonstrates outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Demonstrated engagement with external ANU audiences; the local, national or international community or University stakeholders; or
  • Evidence of impact of the University’s profile (e.g. media coverage).


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 - Dr Blair Williams (Global Institute for Women's Leadership); COVID-19 Impact Monitoring Program (Matthew Gray and Nicholas Biddle) (CASS)

2020 - Dr Meru Sheel Research School of Population Health; Associate Professor Kamalini Lokuge Research School of Population Health; ANU Medical School Infectious Disease Experts - Associate Professor Sanjaya Senanayake and Professor Peter Collingnon ANU Medical School

2019 - ANU India Future Research Talent Award Team; ANU Climate Change Institute & ANU Media and Multimedia

2018 - Dr. Graham Walker National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS)

Further information

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Recipients and their details are listed on the pages below.
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