Inaugural VC Awards recognises breadth of talent

20 November 2018

Professional and academic staff across ANU have gathered to celebrate staff achievements over the past 12 months at the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Awards gala dinner.

Held at the National Museum of Australia, the awards night, which consolidates a number of separate awards ceremonies into a single celebratory event, saw 11 awards (including two commendations) awarded to staff for various achievements.

These achievements varied from research-related recognition through to acknowledging the work of those who have helped the University improve services for new mothers, such as new parent’s rooms for breastfeeding mothers.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt AC said it was important to recognise the breadth of achievement across the professional and academic staff community within ANU.

“And so I am very pleased that we have gathered together tonight to celebrate our staff achievements,” he said.

“I am especially pleased to see teams of professional and academic staff working together to make our campus better.”

Professor Schmidt said whether a staff member worked in office administration, is a marketing specialist, an early career academic or a researcher at the pinnacle of their career, all ANU staff contribute to creating a culture and environment for excellence.

ANU Chancellor Professor Gareth Evans AC QC, who presented the 2018 Peter Baume Award to Emeritus Professor Frank Jackson AO, the University’s highest accolade for staff, said universities are built on the foundations of great staff.

“We are who we are because of you,” Professor Evans said.

“When I reflect on the contributions our staff have made over the last seven decades, since our foundation, to research, teaching, innovation, public policy, it makes me incredibly proud and it should make all of us proud.”

Congratulations again to the winners of the inaugural 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Awards:

The Peter Baume Award – Emeritus Professor Frank Jackson AO

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Academics – Dr Mohsen Rahmani

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Educational Excellence – Dr Shari Read

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research – Professor Sue O’Connor

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Public Policy and Outreach – Dr Adele Chynoweth

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Impact and Engagement – Dr Graham Walker

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Reconciliation – The Balawan Elective team

Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Innovation (Service and Solution) – Dr Derek Collinge

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Innovation (Service and Solution) – Art and Design Education Committee, ANU School of Art and Design

Clare Burton Commendation for Excellence in Equity & Diversity

Clare Burton Award for Excellence in Equity & Diversity