Vice-Chancellor's Award for Public Policy and Outreach (archived)

The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Public Policy and Outreach recognises contributions to public policy and debate, including voluntary or paid professional activities outside the University.


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

  • Demonstrated impact to public policy or debate; or
  • Evidence of volunteer or paid activities which contribute to shaping the national or international conversation around research, public policy or societal change, or
  • Evidence of community outreach including fundraising, recruitment or coordinated programs or activities which enhance the reputation and profile of the University.


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 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.

Further information

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The Vice-Chancellor's Award for Public Policy and Outreach (archived) is now discontinued.


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