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UQ Award for Excellence in Equity and Diversity

Team Award - Outreach and Engagement Team ATSIS Unit

Mr Sid Domic
Mr Andrew Dillon
Ms Belle Sanewski

ATSIS Unit

InspireU UQ is a tertiary aspiration building program for Indigenous youth, administered by the Outreach and Engagement team in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (ATSIS) Unit. The program involves a series of residential camps themed around the professional disciplines of Engineering, Science, Law, Business and Health Sciences. Program participants attend residential camps, take part in interactive workshops and lectures, workplace/industry visits and receive guidance from industry experts about study and career opportunities. InspireU is delivered in collaboration with community and industry partners, and UQ Faculties and Schools. Since its inception in 2013, the InspireU program has made a significant contribution to UQ's strategic commitment towards increasing the participation of Indigenous Australian students. The program provides an example of how the University, industry and community can work collaboratively to improve educational outcomes for Indigenous people.


Individual Award - Ms Miriam Taylor-Gomez

Miriam Taylor-Gomez

On behalf of the Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability(QCIDD), I would like to nominate Ms Miriam Taylor for the   Equity and Diversity. The significant and outstanding contribution that this member of the UQ community has provided is her unwavering pursuit and determination, with the support of UQx, in developing The ABLEx series, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), officially launched on 24th March 2016. Internationally, this is the first MOOC focusing on the physical health of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The opportunities afforded by developing a MOOC include reaching out to a global audience and providing knowledge and education about an often neglected topic and generating meaningful discussion amongst an international community. Ms Taylor took on the lead responsibility in relation to course content, liaising between contributors and UQx staff and developing and working within tight timelines.


Team Commendation - EAIT Women in Engineering Team

Ms Stephanie Crawley
Mrs Debra Lancelot
Mr Trent Leggatt
Ms Kate Meimaris
Mrs Helen Burdon

Team Commendation - EAIT Women in Engineering Team

UQ's Women in Engineering Program is a nationally unique industry-funded, but university-led, program to increase the number of women choosing engineering as a career. Through targeted projects in school, university and industry contexts, we are providing a more equitable, diverse and rewarding future for women in the engineering industry. Increasing the participation of female engineers in technical and management teams is widely acknowledged by industry and university leaders. Since the commencement of the Program in 2014, the cohort of female engineering students has grown to over 24 % of the total (high school) intake. This places UQ as the national leader and well above the state (13%), national (15%) and Group of Eight (18%) averages for female students in engineering programs. Through the vision of UQ and the support of our program partners, we have created a powerful united collaboration between UQ and an industry committed to diversifying their workforce. Via effective, consistent and innovative networking with industry, schools (both regional and local) and female university engineering students, the Women in Engineering team works so passionately - providing various educational activities and events, to spread the word and gain support for greater gender diversity in engineering industries.


Individual Commendation - Associate Professor Naomi Stead

Individual Commendation - Associate Professor Naomi Stead

Award accepted on behalf of Associate Professor Naomi Stead by Dr Kelly Greenop

UQ's Women in Engineering Program is a nationally unique industry-funded, but university-led, program to increase the number of women choosing engineering as a career. Through targeted projects in school, university and industry contexts, we are providing a more equitable, diverse and rewarding future for women in the engineering industry. Increasing the participation of female engineers in technical and management teams is widely acknowledged by industry and university leaders. Since the commencement of the Program in 2014, the cohort of female engineering students has grown to over 24 % of the total (high school) intake. This places UQ as the national leader and well above the state (13%), national (15%) and Group of Eight (18%) averages for female students in engineering programs. Through the vision of UQ and the support of our program partners, we have created a powerful united collaboration between UQ and an industry committed to diversifying their workforce. Via effective, consistent and innovative networking with industry, schools (both regional and local) and female university engineering students, the Women in Engineering team works so passionately - providing various educational activities and events, to spread the word and gain support for greater gender diversity in engineering industries.


UQ Award for Excellence in Wellness and Safety

Team Award - UQ Security Safe Zone Team

Mr Garry Tyler
Mr Andrew Barling
Mr Michael Sheehan
Mr Ron Robinson
Mr Bruce Stewart
Mr Anthony Waldron
Mr Daniel Ogg
Ms Lily White
Miss Yin Tint
Miss Harshini Ravindran
Mr Kevin O’Sullivan
Mr Jim Carmichael
Mr Paul Ninnes
Mr Andrew Lee
Mrs Lyn Griffiths
Mrs Carolyn Varley
Mrs Caroline Bird

UQ Award for Excellence in Wellness and Safety

This team have developed and implemented the Safe Zone app at UQ in 2016. The Safe Zone app is a location based emergency response app, connecting students and staff on site within instant assistance from Security and emergency responders. The team continues to work to implement additional features of the app, including lone worker functionality and increasing the University sites where the app is available. The Security Team has gone above and beyond normal duties in seamlessly implementing the app, which is already receiving outstanding uptake across the UQ community. The app is greatly contributing to the safety and security of all campus users, and most certainly exceeds normal expectations. This is a particular achievement in light of the diverse and disparate sites on which UQ operates.


Team Commendation - Measles Outbreak Team​

Ms Fiona Coulthard
Dr Tony Arklay

Team Commendation - Measles Outbreak Team

Between July and September 2015, UQ experienced an outbreak of the serious disease of measles. Eight cases of measles were associated with St Lucia campus. Fiona Coulthard, Occupational Health Nurse Advisor at UQ's OHS Division worked tirelessly and many additional hours to liaise between Queensland Public Health, our Schools and Faculties and the UQ Health Service. Recognition also to Dr Tony Arklay, who worked closely with Queensland Public Health and the UQ OHS Divison. The response included contact screening, and communications across the UQ community. A number of measles screening and vaccination sessions were organised, targeting both UQ residential colleges as well as students and staff of the Faculty where many of the affected students were enrolled. It was largely due to the efforts of Fiona and Dr Arklay that it was possible to avoid further spread of this contagious disease and the associated personal and organisational impact to our staff and students.


Individual Commendation - Mr Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy Wilson

Jeremy has implemented a number of very positive initiatives within the School of Pharmacy to support staff and students to meet their WHS obligations. Jeremy has developed a range of resources to promote various monthly focus campaigns ranging from laboratory safety to wellness. Jeremy's creativeness and passion to improve WHS has led to improvements in general awareness of WHS and also in the fundamental culture which is normalising WHS practices and integrating them into routine behaviour. His actions have improved the perception of safety and increased engagement at all levels within the School. Jeremy has also facilitated collaboration with other WHSC's within HaBS by sharing the resources he has developed and willingly assisting with WHS in other areas of HaBS and also at the faculty level.


UQ Award for Excellence in Innovation

Team Award - Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery

Professor Matt Cooper
Ms Mathilde Desselle
Dr Alysha Elliott
Dr Mark Blaskovich
Dr Johannes Zuegg
Miss Ruth Neale
Mrs Emma Cowie
Dr Karl Hansford
Ms Soumya Ramu
Ms Angela Kavanagh

UQ Award for Excellence in Innovation

The Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD), which is an initiative of UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience and the Wellcome Trust, is a successful example of UQ scientists creating change for global health. CO-ADD is an innovative, open access drug discovery initiative launched in February 2015, which has been actively engaging with chemists in academia worldwide who have compounds 'sitting on shelves'. CO-ADD collects and screens these compounds against strains of bacteria and fungi that cause life-threatening infections, with all results made available to the research community. The team hopes this revolutionary approach will help unearth the first new antibiotic in 30 years, and help combat the superbug crisis. During the past 12 months, CO-ADD has received an outstanding 85,000 compounds from 30 countries and has screened more than 40,000 of these and identified over 500 hit compounds with the potential to be the next antibiotic.


Individual Award - Mr Zak Williams

UQ Award for Excellence in Innovation

Zak Williams has provided outstanding innovation in setting up the project delivery mechanisms for the Forgan Smith Law Faculty refurbishment. This project is a major refurbishment of this iconic heritage building that has a very tight time line for delivery. Zak's innovation within the project has involved the instigation of an early works package and a Managing Contractor Contract that has a guaranteed maximum price component which drives value for money for the University and delivers the project within the time constraints without compromising cost or quality. The early works package enables the majority of any unidentified issues with the building to be found early which reduces the risk to UQ and enables the University to engage a contractor with a guaranteed maximum price with inbuilt incentives that drives a culture of cost savings throughout the project.


UQ Award for Excellence in Service

Team Award - Protein Expression Facility

Associate Professor Linda Lua
Ms Cindy Chang
Ms Emilyn Tan
Mr Chris Munro
Miss Yang Wu
Ms Yuanyuan Fan
Miss Tayo Adeniyi
Mrs Chris Steel

UQ Award for Excellence in Service

The Protein Expression Facility (PEF) is an internationally-recognised facility that serves the University and wider research communities, specialising in protein production and research. The team at PEF has an outstanding reputation for quality, promptness and expert knowledge, going well above expectations to achieve real impact for users. They provide expertise in all aspects of recombinant protein production, research training and consultation. They offer a robust and cost effective protein production pipeline with the flexibility users need for diverse research applications. The UQ Protein Expression Facility, established in 2004, enables hundreds of researchers across 8 Faculties/Institutes in discovery and translational research. Working closely with each researcher, PEF produces high quality synthetic proteins with superb efficiency to accelerate research. For over 10 years PEF has consistently provided exceptional quality of service as evidenced in testimonials, surveys and its outstanding growth accrued by referral. Renowned for its expertise and service delivery, 16 Australian Universities and 36 local and international research and commercial organisations have engaged PEF repeatedly. In the last 3 years, PEF has worked with 95 UQ researchers from 8 faculties and institutes as well as 11 international research organisations (e.g. Germany, UK, Belgium, Brazil, Singapore), 16 Australian universities, 13 Australian companies and 12 Australian research organisations. The breadth of this collaboration would not have been possible without commitment and quality shown by the PEF team. It directly contributes to UQ's Strategic Plan in industry engagement with >150% growth in industry income over the last 5 years, reinforcing UQ's reputation in research excellence. A strong and supportive team culture, excellent communication, effective leadership and engagement, have all contributed to make PEF the leading facility of its kind in Australia.


Individual Award - Ms Michelle Foley

Michelle Foley

In the face of growing competition for research funding, IMB Research Grants Manager Michelle Foley continues to beat the odds. For the past decade, Michelle has maintained an exceptional competitive grant success track record, strengthening UQ's position as global research leader. During the past three years, Michelle has helped IMB researchers shape and deliver the impressive proposals needed to secure almost $100 million in competitive grants from national and international sources. She has also maintained the institute's competitive grants income at 60% of its annual income during the past five years. Navigating the complexities and deadlines of grant applications can be overwhelmingly stressful for research staff. But thanks to Michelle's unwavering and professional support, and outstanding grantsmanship, IMB scientists can be confident of receiving unparalleled in-house support, and instead, spend more time discovering and translating their world-class research.


Individual Award - Ms Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

We would like to recognise Rachel Smith for her service to UQ, for going above and beyond the call of duty to bring collaboration and support opportunities to the University's research administration staff. In 2012 Rachel recognised that research administrators and managers of all levels across the university had no obvious mechanism for collaborating and sharing best practice. Consequently, Rachel led a group of colleagues to establish the UQ Research Administration Network. This group brought together research professional staff across the university to help each other explore solutions to common issues faced in research management. Among its achievements the group has facilitated the improvement of research operational and performance data by engaging with data management staff, creation of discussion forums on a range of topics and regular information and networking sessions to share best practice innovations. Rachel's encouragement and vision has nurtured this inclusive community.


Team Commendation - UQ Animal Ethics Team

Ms Jennie Levitt
Mrs Ann Higgins
Ms Karen Stewart
Ms Suzanne O'Hagan
Dr Michael Uren
Dr Tiina Lammervo
Dr Marie Mangelsdorf
Miss Joanne Petty

Team Commendation - UQ Animal Ethics Team

UQ is a leading research and teaching university, committed to ensuring the humane care and use of animals. The Animal Ethics Unit (AEU) is committed to assisting the University in maintaining the highest standards of ethical decision-making, animal husbandry and care as a contribution to achieving high quality research and teaching outcomes. The AEU provides administrative support to and coordinates the activities of the University's five Animal Ethics Committees and its Animal Ethics Management Committee. Its key operational areas are: documentation and record keeping, professional advice and monitoring, and regulatory compliance and education. The AEU is always available to help UQ staff and students in all matters related to animal work at the University of Queensland, whether it be understanding governing legislation, guidance in applications, information regarding permits, advice in developing best-practice methods or recommendations in the 3Rs when working with animals. The Animal Welfare Unit were nominated for their excellence in service given the critical nature of their portfolio to all those in the university who conduct animal research. Despite their constant huge workload with tight deadlines, they consistently endeavour to provide a high level of support during all stages of the processes leading to animal ethics approvals. This work is essential to generate many of the discoveries on which are so vital to maintaining the reputation of The University of Queensland as an international leader in the biological and biomedical sciences.


Team Commendation - Australian Equine Genetics Research Team

Dr Paula Hawthorne
Miss Faye Hamilton
Mrs Kimberley Walsh
Ms Deanne Russell
Mrs Helen Hargreaves
Ms Bronwyn Kilgour
Ms Wendy Wang
Miss Leanne Clarke
Ms Kirstin McKenzie
Mr Kheng Wai Sitoh
Mrs Raewyn Street
Miss Danielle Smith
Mr Chris Smith

Team Commendation - Australian Equine Genetics Research Team

The Australian Equine Genetics Research Centre (AEGRC) is a 40 year partnership between UQ and the Australian Stud Book supporting the equine industry with genetic testing for parentage and disease/colour testing. The AEGRC celebrates this year in achieving 100% accuracy every time over 10 years, in international standardisation tests for their equine genetic testing since the inception of the tests and also in achieving a Quality Bronze award for being continually accredited for 10 years to the ISO9001 standard. Over the ten years the AEGRC has never received a non-conformance in any external audit. The AEGRC through the work of its dedicated staff has achieved a sample turnaround time of one day. The AEGRC delivers exceptional quality and customer service to each and every one of its clients.


Individual Commendation - Mr Barry Allsop

Barry Allsop

Barry has made outstanding contributions to the research activities in Engineering over a time span covering six decades since he joined UQ at the George St campus in 1964. He arrived at the dawn of the computer age, and was involved in the commissioning of the first computer in Mechanical Engineering, the then state of the art PACE 231 R analogue machine. At that point in time, the required analogue expertise was not available at UQ, and of necessity he developed these skills himself, at first self taught and later reinforced by five years of external study in his 'after hours' time. As the research intensity and diversity at UQ grew, an ever increasing demand for signal processing, recording and analysis developed, and he played a pivotal role in support of many researchers. This included making the 231R an effective research tool, and developing original instrumentation systems of his own design in many fields including hybrid transport, mining, and hypersonics.


UQ Award for Excellence in Leadership

Team Award - ERA 2015 Steering Committee

Professor Alastair McEwan
Professor Paul Bernhardt
Professor Joe Diniz da Costa
Professor Mark Blows
Professor Greg Monteith
Professor Tom O'Regan
Emeritus Professor Cindy Gallois
Professor Victor Callan
Mr Vern Bawden
Ms Heather Todd
Professor Andrew Cresswell
Professor Sven Ole Warnaar
Ms Kirsty Fraser
Professor Matthew Hornsey
Dr Clare Hourigan
Ms Janine Richards

UQ Award for Excellence in Leadership

The ERA 2015 Steering Committee oversaw UQ's submission to the ARC's rigorous assessment of research quality in Australian universities. ERA rated 100% of UQ research, across 22 broad and 96 specialised categories, at world standard or above. 47 specialised fields received the highest possible rating of five. Writing in December 2015, the Vice-Chancellor and DVCR noted how "collegiality and cooperation within this very diverse group ... contribute[d] greatly to our success." This contribution was underpinned by key One UQ values: integrity, and evidence- and principles- based strategic thinking. A key success-factor was sophisticated in-house modelling based on careful analyses of reliable predictors of past ERA success. While the Committee was highly strategic in relation to extracting maximum value from the underlying data-set they also strictly observed the requirement for "the submission of an accurate representation ... in compliance with the [ARC's] submission documentation."


Individual Award - Mr Alan Reid

Alan Reid

As the Faculty of Science Workshops manager, Mr Alan Reid leads and coordinates three workshops which provide technical and design support, electronics, high precision machining, maintenance and prototype assembly work to meet the needs of the research and education community of the Faculty of Science and the wider UQ community. In this role, Alan goes above and beyond to lead by example and inspire his team resulting in improved staff morale and greater workplace efficiency. Through his altruism he has earned the respect and loyalty of the entire team. He has recently overseen the modernisation and redesign of the new Science Faculty workshop securing two Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machines, extending the facility's capabilities and further enhancing our capacity to serve the University. His willingness to 'get his hands dirty' inspires his team to deliver a high level of service and to strive for personal greatness.


Individual Award - Professor Pauline Ford

Pauline Ford

John Quincy Adams wrote, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." This quote perfectly encapsulates Associate Professor Pauline Ford's contribution to the School of Dentistry. In recent years, the School has experienced a period of transition and immense change. During this challenging time, Associate Professor Ford, has led her colleagues with aplomb. She instils in us the confidence to be innovative, and the courage to rise to the challenge of being leaders ourselves working together towards the improvement of the School. Just a few examples of recent initiatives which A/Prof Ford has led, include the relocation of the School to the UQ Oral Health Centre, the design and implementation of the new BDSc (Hons) Program and the award of a grant to incorporate "virtual patients" into the curriculum, and a major academic recruitment process that has revitalised the School.


Individual Award - Professor Victor Callan

UQ Award for Excellence in Leadership
Dr Sarah Flaim accepted the award on behalf of Professor Callan

Professor Victor Callan has provided transformational leadership that has consistently promoted UQ's values, in particular around building high performance cultures and being a highly effective partner with business. He has held formal leadership positions at UQ since 1995, and has focused on building UQ's engagement with governments, and the public and private sectors. His leadership has created new partnerships for UQ, securing alliances around research, student placements and international student exchanges with numerous bodies, especially in Malaysia, Singapore and China. He is well-known for his active support of UQ staff at all levels, being a mentor to UQ's future generations including RHD students, ECRs, professional staff and new Heads. In addition, his values around offering creative, independent and objective advice, has seen him invited by numerous bodies external to UQ to assist them in managing changes that have introduced innovative solutions and new policy directions.


Team Commendation - ISSR Long Pocket Relocations Operations Team

Ms Cordelia Jackson
Ms Cassandra Hughes
Ms Cara Herington
Miss Morgan Lee
Miss Sally Lowe

ISSR Long Pocket Relocations Operations Team

ISSR Operations team members showed outstanding leadership in embracing the vision behind  ISSR's move from St. Lucia to Long Pocket precinct and leading, designing and managing all aspects of the relocation. ISSR's move was the most significant event in the Institute's history with the potential to disrupt business continuity, staff morale and integration with other units across the University and external stakeholders. Cordelia Jackson, Cara Herington, Cassandra Hughes, Morgan Lee and Sally Lowe went above and beyond their duty to ensure that the three year relocation process not only resulted in state-of the-art facilities and minimal disruption to staff, students, and work programs, but also led to a reinvigorated sense of community, culture, and common purpose across the Institute. Their leadership has helped lay the foundations for ISSR's aspiration to be one of the world's highest rated social science research institutes.


Team Commendation - UQx

Mr John Zornig
Dr Aneesha Bakharia
Ms Catherine Bennett
Ms Wendy Chalmers
Ms Carrie Finn
Mr Daniel Greenup
Ms Arun Ketsirate Gartner
Mr Ankith Konda
Ms Linda Macdonald
Ms Anna Morris
Ms Annie Richardson
Dr Sai Sun
Ms Shannon O’Brien
Ms Stella Winn
Mr Matthew Petersen

Team Commendation - UQx

UQx is an international innovator in higher education by developing high quality Massive Open Online Courses and Small Private Online Courses. Since inception in 2013, the team has worked with Schools and Faculties, Australian and international partners and secondary schools to provide free online education to over 800,000 global learners through 22 online courses. UQx contributes significantly to the changing needs of UQ students and enabling course coordinators to implement new teaching strategies. The UQx team has been strong champions of online pedagogies and has worked enthusiastically to promote a more learner focused approach to teaching which incorporates pioneering technology. Strategically, UQx has been influential in supporting forward-thinking academics to develop engaging ways to help students learn. The work of the UQx team, and its global affiliations, has placed UQ at the forefront of international learners' minds as a premier learning institution.