Staff Impact Awards

Help us to discover the inspiring ways individuals and teams are excelling in key areas of the University.

Each category awards either an individual or team for the impact of their work in the University’s vision, mission and values.

Nominations need to respond to the criteria for each category.

You can nominate peers or self-nominate for any category. The nomination needs to relate to activity that has been active in the last 12 months.

Team nominations can include staff within the same or different work units, as well as external partners, whose work on a specific project is being recognised.

No more than 10 team members can be included in a team nomination.

Awards Nominees

Key dates

Nominations Close

Monday 2 September (Alumni)
Monday 9 September (Staff)
Finalists Announced
Monday 30 September

Awards Ceremony

Wednesday 30 October

Award Categories

1. Professional Service

  • Contribution that delivers exceptional service to benefit students, staff, alumni and/or partners
  • Evidence of significant improvement in service quality, efficiency, and/or impact
  • Evidence of impact that aligns to the University's strategic plan, priorities, and/or values

2. Student Experience

  • Contribution that delivers outstanding positive impact on the student experience
  • Evidence of responsiveness to identified student needs
  • Evidence of a sustained quality service delivery to students

3. Teaching Excellence

  • Contribution that delivers exemplary learning outcomes and experiences
  • Evidence of commitment to student learning
  • Evidence of responsiveness to student feedback and learner needs

4. Research Partnership

  • Contribution that demonstrates leadership in developing impactful research collaboration
  • Engagement of partners in the development of the research project
  • Evidence of quality in the research outputs

5. Early Career Research

  • Exemplary performance by a researcher who has been awarded a doctoral degree in the past 5 years
  • Evidence of a track record of significant research achievement
  • Evidence of the quality, significance and potential impact of the research outcomes

6.Community Impact

  • Contribution towards addressing critical issues in communities
  • Engagement of partners to understand and address issues collaboratively
  • Evidence of enhanced community capacity and/or benefit

7. Social Justice

  • Contribution that demonstrates the University’s commitment to social justice
  • Evidence that the contribution aligns with Southern Cross’ principles of social inclusion
  • Evidence that the contribution benefits students, staff, alumni and/or communities

Eligible Staff

  • Currently employed continuing, fixed-term and casual professional and academic staff who:
    • have been continuously employed with the University, Southern Cross Campus Services or the Southern Cross Football Club for six months or more; or
    • casual academics who have worked at least one session in the past 12 months. 

Note: Adjuncts of the University, contractors, and staff of partner institutions, including The Hotel School Sydney, EduCo and Key Path, are ineligible. However, can be included and recognised in team nominations with eligible staff. 

Nominate a colleague or nominate yourself!

Nominations will be peer reviewed before finalists and award recipients are selected by a panel. All finalists will be invited to a special awards event on 30 October 2019.

Award winners will receive $1000 to support their professional development. 

Instructions for Nominations

  • Your nomination should be a concise narrative of the achievement and resulting impact.
  • Write a 500 – 1000 word statement that describes the nominee’s activity, outcomes and impact in relation to the category criteria.
  • Highlight how the staff member or team have demonstrated outstanding achievement
  • Consider the University values: Collegiality (openness, respect, collaboration, trust) and Integrity (honesty, ethical behaviour, drive, accountability)
  • Consider the University vision: Southern Cross University will be recognised for enriching our communities through the excellence of our scholarship and the achievements of our graduates.
  • Consider the University mission: We equip our students to live a life they value and to be effective global citizens. We do this by creating inspirational and engaged learning experiences. We create and apply knowledge in partnership with our communities in fields that are regionally relevant and globally significant.
  • Respond directly to each of the three category criteria and provide evidence

Nomination Evidence

  • Evidence that substantiates and demonstrates the extent of the impact must be explicitly referenced in the written response and then attached as a supplement to the nomination.
  • Supporting materials should further illustrate and provide evidence of the achievement.
  • Nominees should not include any additional information in attachments or use as an extension of the word limit.
  • Any evidence not specifically referred to in the written response will not be considered

A broad range of evidence of multiple types and sources is recommended to comprehensively demonstrate the impact of the work undertaken. Sources of evidence may include:

  • Documented changes or impacts created as a result of the activity
  • Feedback, testimonials or commendations from students, partners, and/or participants
  • Data arising from project, course or unit evaluations
  • External recognition of the value and/ or impact of the activity
  • Record of high quality research outputs (publications or creative works)
  • Evidence of external funding secured to support nominated activity

The nomination will be judged on the strength of the written response and supporting evidence in addressing the criteria.

Staff impact awards are proudly supported by our Awards partner, UniSuper

Proudly supported by our Awards partner, UniSuper

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