Science

Staff Awards

2018 Staff Excellence Awards   

 

INTRODUCTION

UNSW, through its 2025 Strategy, aspires to be a leading research-intensive university, known for innovative, pioneering research that has a global impact. The UNSW Science Staff Excellence Awards is an annual celebration that give us the opportunity to recognise the outstanding work of members of staff. The aim of the awards is to recognise people who have made an outstanding contribution to academic excellence, social engagement and global impact in the Faculty of Science.

THE AWARDS

In 2018, UNSW Science will announce service and excellence in the following award categories: Awards for Educational Excellence, Research Excellence and Awards for Social Engagement and Leadership.

Awards for Educational Excellence

The aim of the awards is to recognise people who have made an outstanding contribution to student learning and / or the student experience in the Faculty of Science.

The UNSW Scientia Education Experience emphasises:

  • Communities – increasing the sense of belonging of our students
  • Feedback and Dialogue – timely and meaningful feedback
  • Inspiring Teaching – transforming the learning of our students with passionate teachers
  • And all of this is underpinned by modern technology and Being Digital. 

In judging applications, the panel will be mindful of these four domains but will also consider any other actions that have been to the benefit of our students. The panel will also judge performance relative to opportunity.

The Faculty of Science, UNSW recognises educational excellence via two types of awardsAwards for Educational Excellence and Awards for people who have demonstrated Excellence in the Design or Development of programs or other activities (this category recognises the fact that some individuals or groups make important contributions without directly delivering teaching to the students who benefit).

Awards for Educational Excellence

These awards celebrate teachers who have improved student learning and/or the student experience.

Rising star awards – PhD casual teachers

These awards are for casual PhD tutors who have demonstrated educational excellence in a single year.

Award: $1,000

Number of awards: 2

Rising star awards – Sessional teachers

These awards are for sessional teachers who have demonstrated educational excellence in a single year.

Award: $1,000

Number of awards: 1

Awards for Excellent Early Career Teachers

These awards are designed to recognise individuals who completed their last academic qualification no more than 5 years ago, and the period over which they have demonstrated educational excellence can again be as short as a single year.

Award: $2,000

Number of awards: 2

Award for Educational Excellence

This award recognises an individual or team who have shown sustained excellence in teaching, enhancing student learning and/or the student experience over a period of up to three years.

Award: $5,000

Number of awards: 1

Awards for Teaching Innovation

This award recognises individuals or teams who have demonstrated a commitment to quality innovation and change in their teaching that has demonstrably improved the student experience.

Award: $2,000

Number of awards: 1

Awards for Design or Development

These awards celebrate individuals or teams who have improved student learning and/or the student experience via the design or development of new and innovative programs or courses.

Awards for Design or Development

These awards recognise individuals or teams who have developed or improved programs or have devised other activities that enhance student learning or the student experience including enhanced engagement and blended and/ or flexible delivery.

Award: $2,000

Number of awards: 2

Awards for Design or Development of short courses or micro-credentials

This award recognises individuals or teams who have developed short externally facing courses or micro-credentials that enhance student learning or the student experience via innovative online design.

Award: $2,000

Number of awards: 1

Awards for Research Excellence

Awards for research excellence celebrate researchers who have demonstrated excellence in the prosecution and dissemination of research.

In judging applications, the panel will be mindful of these domains, but will also consider any other actions that have been to the benefit in the prosecution of high quality research. The panel will also judge performance relative to opportunity.

1.       Award for Research Excellence

2.      Award for Research Excellence (ECR level)

3.      Award for Research Excellence (HDR level)

4.      Award for Excellence in Research Training (supervision)

5.      Awards for Research Excellence –Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

6.      Award for Excellence in Research Support

7.      Award for Excellence in Science communication

Award for Research Excellence

This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated excellence in research, through publication, research impact, leadership, mentoring and outreach. Candidates for this award will be considered against their performance with respect to ROPE.

Award: $2,000

Number of awards: 1

Award for Research Excellence (ECRs)

This award recognises excellence in research in an individual who has demonstrated excellence in research through publication, impact, leadership, mentoring and outreach for Early Career Researchers. Candidates will be 5 years or less from the award of their PhD.

Award: $2,000

Number of awards: 1

Award for Research Excellence (HDRs)

This award recognises excellence in research by a HDR student enrolled in the Faculty of Science who has demonstrated excellence in research through publication, impact, leadership, mentoring and outreach.

Award: $1,000

Number of awards: 1

Award for Excellence in Research Training (supervision)

This award recognises an individual or supervisory team who have shown sustained excellence in HDR supervision, enhancing student learning and/or the student experience.

Award: $2,000

Number of awards: 1

Award for Research Excellence – Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

This award recognises excellence by an individual or team who demonstrate external collaborations that have made a significant impact on business, industry, public policy or the community.

Award: $2,000

Number of awards: 

Award for Excellence in Research Support

This award recognises excellence in supporting research by professional staff in the Faculty. Nominations are welcome from either an individual or team who have demonstrated excellence in support of research.

Award: $2,000

Number of awards: 1

Award for Excellence in Science Communication

This award recognises excellence in the promotion of science research to wider communities through effective communication.

Award: $2,000

Number of awards: 1

Awards for Social Engagement and Leadership

UNSW Science Excellence in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award

UNSW Science is committed to providing a supportive, equitable, and inclusive environment where all staff and students can reach their full potential, and which supports the University’s aspiration to be the exemplar Australian University and employer of choice for people from diverse backgrounds.

This award is in recognition of a remarkable staff role model, ally and champion who promotes and bring to life our values and principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in UNSW Science and the wider community.

Demonstrated activities may include recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, student support, research, community outreach activities, or other initiatives that promote a safe, diverse and inclusive culture at UNSW. These may be activities that support access, participation and success of the Science community, for example:

  • Indigenous Australians
  • People with a disability
  • Advancing gender equity for women or men in roles in which they are under-represented
  • People with family or carer responsibilities
  • People from culturally/linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • People who identify as LGBTQIA+
  • Students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds or from low socio-economic areas
  • Students from rural or remote areas.

Award: $2,000

Number of awards: 1

UNSW Science Excellence in Leadership Award

Open to all levels

UNSW is committed to developing the leadership capacity of our staff and providing career pathways that reward excellence. Our renewed focus on building and sustaining talent for the future supports our leadership pipeline.

The inaugural UNSW Science Excellence in Leadership Award is in recognition of an outstanding staff member who embody our values and who inspire and lead others to make a significant contribution to advancing the goals and strategic priorities of the faculty and of their schools, centres or units.

Indicators of Excellence in Leadership include, but are not limited to:

  • Building or supporting teams with shared vision or values through periods of change
  • Engaging and encouraging groups, teams, colleagues to collaborate to achieve the strategic and operational priorities that underpin the UNSW 2025 Strategy
  • Outstanding achievement/s in improving our academic excellence and research capability
  • Breaking down internal barriers and empowering staff
  • Fostering a University wide culture through the UNSW Behaviours

Award: $2,000

Number of awards: 1

 

ELIGIBILITY, APPLICATION AND NOMINATION 

All members of the Faculty of Science are eligible to apply for an award except those who received an award in the same category within two years of the closing date for applications.

All staff are encouraged to nominate worthy applicants (please check with the applicant they are happy to be nominated). In addition, staff may self-nominate.

Nominations must be submitted via the webform at the bottom of this page. Please include this completed Nomination Form with your submission 

 

ADVICE TO APPLICANTS AND NOMINATORS

Applications for Teaching Excellence

Previous recipients of Faculty awards not eligible for this round are strongly encouraged to apply for a Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Award or an external award, like the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) – Awards for Teaching Excellence.

The application should contain:

  1. The details of the individual or team
  2. A one-hundred-word summary that may be used for publicising the achievements
  3. A comprehensive statement making the case for the award (no more than 2 pages)
  4. Succinct curriculum vitae (CV)
  5. All relevant MyExperience data
  6. In addition, other media such as a video that captures the key message of the application - no more than 3 minutes duration. We will use this media to publicise the achievement to both our staff and students.

Applications for the Design and Development of Programs or Activities

The application should contain:

  1. The details of the individual or team
  2. A one-hundred-word summary that may be used for publicising the achievements
  3. A statement making the case for the award (no more than 2 pages)
  4. Succinct curriculum vitae (CV)
  5. All relevant MyExperience data
  6. In addition, other media such as a video that captures the key message of the applicant - no more than 3 minutes duration. We will use this media to publicise the achievement to both our staff and students.

Applications for Research Excellence

The application should contain:

  1. The details of the individual or team
  2.  A one-hundred-word summary that may be used for publicising the achievements
  3. A comprehensive statement making the case for the award (no more than 2 pages)
  4. Succinct curriculum vitae (CV)
  5. In addition, other media such as a video that captures the key message of the application in no more than 3 minutes duration. We would then use this media to publicise the achievement to both our staff and students.

Applications for Social Engagement and Leadership

The application should contain:

  1. The details of the individual or team
  2. A one-hundred-word summary that may be used for publicising the achievements
  3. A comprehensive statement making the case for the award (no more than 2 pages)
  4. Succinct curriculum vitae (CV)
  5. In addition, other media such as a video that captures the key message of the application in no more than 3 minutes duration. We would then use this media to publicise the achievement to both our staff and students.

Head of School Endorsement

The Head of School will be informed of all applications from members of their School and will have the opportunity to endorse applications.

Dean’s Ranking

The Dean should consult with a Faculty panel comprising the following:

  • Dean (Chair)
  • Deputy Dean (Education)
  • Deputy Dean (Strategy)
  • Senior Faculty member
  • Associate Dean (Research Training)
  • Associate Dean (Enterprise)
  • ECR representative
  • HDR student representative
  • Undergraduate Student representative
  • Post-graduate Coursework Student representative
  • Chair, Science Equity Diversity and Inclusion Working Group
  • Previous Award recipient (either from within the Faculty or another Faculty) or Education Focused Champion

Notification of decision and award presentations

Nominees will be notified of the outcomes in December, and Awards will be presented at the Dean of Science End of Year Presentation event.

Contact details

science.engagement@unsw.edu.au         

 

2018 SCHEDULE

Monday 03 September - Submissions open

Friday 09 November - Applications close

Friday 07 December - Award cermony and celebration at Science Staff End of Year event.

 

Payment of Awards

Payment of the monetary component of the award will be arranged through the Human Resources Department for staff who choose a salary payment taxed at their marginal tax rate. Should the winner request that the monetary component be paid into a School/Unit account, facilitated by the faculty office, funds must be used for expenses related to the staff member’s role at UNSW. Alternatively, the Awardee may elect to have the award paid into their personal bank account (subject to taxation at their marginal rate).

 

**APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2018 STAFF AWARD HAVE NOW CLOSED**