Vice-Chancellor's Award for Innovation & Excellence in Service


To encourage and recognise staff innovation and excellence in service delivery, improvement, or innovation in support of the University's strategic goals.  


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

  • Improvement in the quality of service provision for students and/or staff;
  • Initiatives resulting in considerable cost reductions and efficiencies in work practices or processes;
  • Benefits in the innovative application of Information Technology to administration, teaching and/or research; and/or
  • Contributions to creating an enabling culture of excellence within the University's administration.


All staff members, except casual staff, are eligible for nomination for a Staff Award either as an individual or as part of as team. Nominees must be currently serving or have served the University 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).

Recent Recipients


Belinda Farrelly (Human Resources Division) 

F&S COVID Operations (F&S)


Mr Matthew Talbot (CASS)

Ms Vicki Stanley (Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Research & Innovation)

Community Wellbeing Team (HRD, DVC SUE, PARSA, CAP, CBE, CHM, RSC, DSAAS, F&S, ANUSA, COS, Office of the Dean Higher Degree Research, F&BS)

Fire and Hail Response Team (HR Division, F&S, ITS, F&BS and ANU Insurance Office)


Mr Neill Daly (Facilities & Services)


Ms Caitlin Hall-West, Ms Janelle Ireland, Ms Marina Naumoska, Mrs Linda Parker, Mr Andrew Pearson, Mrs Yvonne Soper, Associate Professor Vinh Lu (Engaged Learning Team)

Mr John Sullivan (Facilities & Services)

Mr Geoff Barlow, Mr Daryl Brosnahan, Mr Darren Coleman, Mr David Hardwicke, Mr Matt Noakes, Bear Paintain, Mr Josh Parkinson, Mr Geoff Rozenberg, Mr Craig Shoard, Ms Victoria Zhong (Information Technology Services)

Ms Victoria Firth-Smith, Associate Professor Inger Mewburn (Office of the Dean, Higher Degree Research)

Mr Patrick Byrnes, Ms Elke Dawson, Mr Mark Huppert, Ms Pamela McLeod, Ms Roxanne Missingham, Mrs Margaret Prescott, Mr Deveni Temu, Mr Nic Welbourn, Ms Kay Dancey, Ms Jennifer Sheehan (Scholarly Information Services and ANU College of Asia & the Pacific)

Mr Varghese Cherian, Mr Allan Cunliffe, Mr John Frezza, Ms Katarina Friedrich, Ms Anneli Lynch, Ms Simone Mak, Mrs Sue Mitchell, Ms Donna Pham, Ms Agata Walsh, Mr Nick Dal Molin, Mr Stuart Kendall, Ms Yvonne Kulesza, Ms Katia Moura, Ms Leslie McDonald (Human Resources Division, Information Technology Services and Office of the Vice-Chancellor)


Mrs Elizabeth (Libbie) Dinn (ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences)

Ms Anita Fitch (ANU College of Law)

Mr Lance Luvaul, Mr Jon Nielsen, Mr Ian Price, Mr Bill Roberts, Dr Kim Sebo, Mr Annino Vaccarella, Mr Peter Young (RSAA Software Engineering and Information Technology Group)

Ms Gail Frank (Division of Student Services)

Mr Adam Reed (Information Technology Services)

Ms Lisa Buckley, Mrs Gina Diamond, Mr John Frezza, Ms Donna Hyland, Mrs Michele Lewis, Ms Jessica Smith, Mr Sam Angove, Ms Tracey McNicol, Ms Vriti Mehra, Ms Sian Moon, Ms Leone Nurbasari, Mr Aaron Ballagh, Mr Scott Yates (Human Resources Division, Planning & Performance Measurement and Research Services Division)




Further information

For further information please contact Awards, details provided under Contact.

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