Nominations for the Dean's awards for professional staff

Deans awards for professional staff
Friday 14 October 2022

At the ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics (CECC), our professional staff members and teams perform an important role in delivering the College priorities to students, academics, the ANU, and each other. While operating to a high standard, some individuals and teams demonstrate a level of performance, relative to opportunity, that inspires their colleagues. This deserves to be recognised and celebrated by the entire College community.

The Dean's awards for professional staff acknowledge these professional staff members. We welcome opportunity to recognise and celebrate these exceptional people for all that they do. 

If you know a high-performing professional staff member who deserves recognition, then we'd love to hear from you.

Nominations for the 2022 Dean's awards for professional staff open on Monday 31 October and close Tuesday 15 November.

Read about previous recipients 2021

Read about previous recipients 2022




The Dean's awards for professional staff are are open to all full-time, part-time or casual professional staff members or teams within CECC. This includes professional staff members in the Professional Services Group, Schools, or the Office of the Dean.

Award categories

Award for outstanding individual performance

This award recognises an outstanding level of contribution and commitment to the work of the College by a professional staff member who has provided a level of excellence in support services and work outputs that clearly exceed expectations and constitute sustained excellence.

Award for outstanding team performance

This award recognises an outstanding level of contribution and commitment to the work of the College by a team of professional staff who have provided transformative and innovative work outputs and a level of excellence in support services that clearly exceed expectations.

Note that a team is defined as a group of two or more staff members whose roles are complementary and where all members meet the criteria for the specific award for which they are nominated. For the purposes of these awards, a team may include members from different parts of the College and does not need to be made up entirely of the members of an established unit of the College.

'Rising Star' award for a new College professional staff member

This award recognises an outstanding level of contribution and commitment to the work of the College by an early career member of staff who has demonstrated a potential for excellence through the delivery of support services and work outputs that clearly exceed expectations.

To be considered a 'Rising Star' the staff member must be at ANUO6/7 or below.

‘Ongoing Excellence’ Award  

The Ongoing Excellence Award was created to acknowledge professional staff with years of service to the College who has consistently demonstrated excellence in their work. These staff are critical to the operations of the College and whose efforts regularly go unnoticed. To be eligible the staff member must have been employed within the College for over 4 years.   


All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee, chaired by the College General Manager, with a recommendation to the College Dean for the final determination.

Nominations will be assessed based on the supporting statements provided, which should their demonstrate outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Improvement in the quality of service provision for students and/or staff; high level of professional skill in their area of expertise
  • Initiatives resulting in considerable efficiencies in work practices or processes
  • Strong communication and engagement skills with other staff and students
  • An exceptional initiative or achievement involving cross unit collaboration
  • Support of the College’s values and acting as an ambassador for the College
  • Displaying strong ethical and moral judgement including social awareness
  • Contributions to creating an enabling culture within the College and/or University’s administration, and
  • Demonstrate positive leadership behaviours (such as honesty, integrity, trust, appreciation of others, and empowerment) to achieve the College’s strategic intent.

How to nominate

Professional staff members can be nominated by a member/s of our College community. This includes current staff, both academic and professional, and our coursework and research students.

To nominate an outstanding professional staff member or team, please let us know who you would like to recognise and why (in 300 words or fewer). 

One nomination per category for each individual or team. If you would like to nominate in several categories please submit separate nominations.

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Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing