Manual of Policies and Procedures

B/5.1 Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence

Contact Officer

Executive Director, Human Resources

Approval Date

25/02/2013

Approval Authority

Vice-Chancellor and President

Date of Next Review

01/03/2016

5.1.1 Principles
5.1.2 Criteria for Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence
5.1.3 Eligibility for Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence
5.1.4 Awards
5.1.5 Vice-Chancellor's Awards Committee
Related Documents
Modification History

5.1.1 Principles

The Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence aim to recognise exceptional performance of staff, adjunct professors, visiting fellows, associates of QUT and QUT community partners who demonstrate sustained and outstanding achievement in activities that are aligned to the University's vision and strategic goals.

The number of awards granted each year will be determined by Vice-Chancellor's Awards Committee in accordance with the quality of nominations received. A maximum of 25 awards will be granted annually.

An open call for nominations will occur early in the year and an annual award ceremony will be held mid-year to announce the recipients.

Award guidelines and nomination procedures are available on the Human Resources website (QUT staff access only).

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5.1.2 Criteria for Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence

The Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence are for staff, as well as adjunct professors, visiting fellows and associates of QUT who demonstrate distinguished sustained achievement in the workplace. QUT community partners who demonstrate an outstanding contribution and commitment to the University are also eligible for nomination. The nominations will be based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • Research
  • Learning and teaching
  • Partnerships and engagement
  • Client focus
  • Innovative and creative practice
  • Influence on work culture or climate
  • Leadership
  • Community partnership [community partners only].

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5.1.3 Eligibility for Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence

All staff, adjunct professors, visiting fellows, associates of QUT and QUT community partners are eligible to be nominated for a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence. Individual awards may be granted to senior staff of the University only under the Leadership category. Community partners may only be nominated under the Community Partnership category: staff may not be nominated under this category. Self-nomination is not permitted.

An award may be granted to an individual or to a team of people. Team nominations would not normally exceed 10 members. Teams may be within a work area or across organisational areas (e.g. schools / departments / faculties / divisions).

An individual recipient of an award for excellence would normally only be eligible for renomination after five years and on the basis of new supporting evidence.

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5.1.4 Awards

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are presented at an annual University-wide award ceremony. All recipients will be recognised by the awarding of a certificate which will detail specific and identifiable reasons for the award.

Award recipients employed by, or associated with, the University during the year of nomination will receive a monetary award in addition to an Award Certificate. Senior staff nominated under the Leadership category will not be eligible for any monetary award, but will receive an Award Certificate.

The Vice-Chancellor and President will determine annually the maximum amount for individual and team awards. Relevant taxation will apply to any award payment.

For staff, the award money may be paid as a one-off non-superannuable salary payment or may be used at the recipient's discretion for work-related purposes (e.g. for equipment purchases or to offset costs of participation in conferences, seminars and training courses).

Any equipment purchased by the University with award monies remains the property of the University, subject to University policy. Any expenditure of award monies for work-related purposes should conform with the University's policy on appropriate expenditure of University funds (G/5.1 and the Financial Management Practice and Procedures Manual).

Staff receiving a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence are ineligible to be considered for a Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award (B/5.2) in the same year.

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5.1.5 Vice-Chancellor's Awards Committee

Vice-Chancellor's Awards Committee is a Vice-Chancellor and President's committee established in accordance with Council Procedure 1 (Committees). Vice-Chancellor's Awards Committee is accountable to the Vice-Chancellor and President for fulfilling the following terms of reference.

Terms of reference

Vice-Chancellor's Awards Committee:

  • considers nominations for Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence and recommends to the Vice-Chancellor and President:
    • the number of awards to be granted,
    • the recipients of the awards, and
    • the amounts to be awarded to each recipient;
  • provides advice to the Vice-Chancellor and President on policy and procedural matters relating to the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence.

Membership

  • Vice-Chancellor and President or nominee as Chair
  • Provost or nominee
  • One head of division nominated by University Executive Committee
  • One executive dean of faculty nominated by University Executive Committee
  • Executive Director, Human Resources or nominee
  • One academic staff member nominated by the Vice-Chancellor and President
  • One professional staff member nominated by the Vice-Chancellor and President
  • Two previous award for excellence recipients invited by the Chair (normally one academic and one professional staff member)

A nominee of the Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar is secretary.

Tenure and frequency of meeting

Terms of office are as detailed in section 6 of Council Procedure 1 - Committees.

Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence Committee meets on an annual basis.

Reporting

Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence Committee reports to the Vice-Chancellor and President annually, usually in conjunction with recommendations for awards.

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Related Documents

MOPP B/5.2 Vice-Chancellor's Performance Fund

MOPP G/5 Expenditure

MOPP Appendix 2 QUT Council Procedures - Council Procedure 1 (Committees)

Guidelines and nomination procedures for Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Excellence (QUT staff access only)

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Modification History

Date

Sections

Source

Details

09.12.15 B/5.1.4 Vice-Chancellor Revised policy to clarify award entitlement
01.07.15

B/5.1.3
B/5.1.4

Vice-Chancellor Revised policy to clarify award entitlement
08.09.14 B/5.1.3 Vice-Chancellor Revised policy to clarify eligibility
18.06.14 B/5.1.1, B/5.1.2, B/5.1.3 Vice-Chancellor Revised policy to reflect new criteria
25.02.13 All Vice-Chancellor Revised policy to include broader eligibility criteria

26.05.09

All

Vice-Chancellor

Revised policy

26.07.07

All

Vice-Chancellor

New policy (endorsed by Vice-Chancellor’s Advisory Committee 20.06.07) - replaces former policies B/12.17 Staff awards and C/11.1 Awards for outstanding academic contribution; former policy B/5.1 Professor Emeritus re-numbered to B/2.1

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