What does it take to win an ANU staff award?

25 November 2016

In order to go through and make a university, it requires hard work, it requires perseverance, it requires dedication. You build up a legacy, whether you're a professional or academic staff.

All of the leading universities in the world have one thing in common - great people. Great people make great universities.

If you ask Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian P. Schmidt what makes a great ANU staff member he'll say ANU staff embody knowledge, time, care and imagination.

"When I look at staff, we come from all over the world, we come from every part of life in Australia. We come from every culture imaginable and it is the strength of that diversity that makes universities interesting, powerful and resilient," he said.

"In order to go through and make a university, it requires hard work, it requires perseverance, it requires dedication. You build up a legacy, whether you're a professional or academic staff. And when I look at the people we have who are celebrating 25 to 40 years of service, that to me is great diversity."

The achievements of more than 60 staff were recognised at the Vice-Chancellor's Staff Excellency Awards at The Hall of University House on Wednesday 23 November.

List of award recipients

25-Year Service Award

The 25-Year Service Award acknowledges the commitment and achievement of staff members who have worked at ANU for at least 25 years.

Dr Nail Akhmediev, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Professor Richard Baker, Office of the Vice-Chancellor  

Professor Vladimir Bazhanov, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Professor John Bekkers, ANU College of Medicine Biology & Environment

Ms Karen Bell, Planning & Performance Measurement

Ms Anna Bezos, ANU College of Medicine Biology & Environment

Professor Andrew Blakers, ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science

Dr Gerard Borg, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Mrs Dale Brosnahan, Division of Student Life

Mr Gordon Bull, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Mr Howard Coyle, Facilities & Services

Mr Mauro Davanzo, ANU College of Medicine Biology & Environment

Dr Stephen Eggins, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Dr Benjamin (Ben) Evans, National Computational Infrastructure

Professor Robert (Bob) Goodin, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Mrs Cheryl (Billie) Headon, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Dr Ian Higgins, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Dr Andrew James, ANU College of Medicine Biology & Environment

Professor Matthew James, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

Mrs Kaining Jenner, Centre for Higher Learning & Teaching

Dr Rosanne Kennedy, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Mrs Valerie Kirk, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Ms Martina Landsmann, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Mr Trevor Langtry, Finance & Business Services

Dr Duck-Young Lee, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Professor Robert Magrath, ANU College of Medicine Biology & Environment

Ms Ida Major, ANU Centre for Higher Learning & Teaching

Mrs Michelle McGuiness, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Professor Xin Meng, ANU College of Business & Economics

Mrs Maureen Napier, Finance & Business Services

Mrs Suzy Pace, ANU College of Medicine Biology & Environment

Ms Eloisa Pagler, ANU College of Medicine Biology & Environment

Mr Shane Paxton, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Ms Paulina Piira, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Ms Marianna Pikler, Scholarly Information Services

Mr Stuart Ramsden, National Computational Infrastructure

Mr William (Bill) Roberts, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Professor Mikhail (Michael) Shats, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Mrs Louise Sims, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Mrs Susanne Smethills, Division of Student Life

Mr David Smith, ANU College of Medicine Biology & Environment

Ms Pamela (Pam) Starrs, Finance & Business Services

Dr Alfred Tran, ANU College of Business & Economics

Professor David Tremethick, ANU College of Business & Economics

Associate Professor Pierre van der Eng, ANU College of Business & Economics

Ms Rachel Vance, Office of the Vice Chancellor

Ms Ruth Waller, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Mr Geoffrey Woodward, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

40-Year Service Award

The 40-Year Service Award recognises those whose association with ANU has extended over 40 years or more.  Their loyalty, service and dedication to the University, over a significant period of their careers, is highly valued.

Ms Joan Cowley, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Mr Derek Corrigan, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Professor Anthony (Tony) Jakeman, ANU College of Medicine Biology & Environment

Ms Prudence (Prue) Kell, ANU College of Medicine Biology & Environment

Mrs Susie Radovanovic, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

PUBLIC POLICY AND OUTREACH

This award recognises University staff for outstanding contributions to public policy formulation and debate, who volunteer their work-related skills and experience, and/or facilitate valuable connections across Australia and internationally.

Individual Awards

Professor Emily Banks, ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment

Professor Banks is one of Australia's most influential researchers in chronic disease epidemiology, particularly with respect to cardiovascular disease and cancer. Professor Banks' work has provided evidence to support policy for a range of Australia's greatest health challenges, including: the health consequences of smoking (including mortality and oral health), the disease burden of Aboriginal children, mental health in the aging population, the link between erectile dysfunction and cardiovascular disease, the link between sitting time and mortality and the link between hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer. Professor Banks has been a highly active and effective public health advocate, promoting for example the health benefits of plain packaging cigarettes, and of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

Through her policy-informing research, public health advocacy and public service on multiple national advisor committees, Professor Banks continues to have a significant long-lasting impact on the health of Australians.

Associate Professor Alexander Maier, ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment

Associate Professor Maier is the driving force behind an innovative outreach activity, the Concepts in Parasitology course, offered annually by the Australian Society for Parasitology since 2014. The course offers a fully immersive experience, where sixteen early career researchers from all over the world interact with leaders in the field to live, think and breathe parasites for two weeks. The course aims to provide a holistic view of parasitology by bringing together experts from universities, industry and the public sector and integrating lab and field work at the Kioloa campus.

As the inaugural convenor, Associate Professor Maier conceived the course concept, has put the course infrastructure in place, and now coordinates the course delivery and contributes to the teaching of the course. The course not only disseminates comprehensive discipline knowledge, offers professional skills training and the opportunity to establish a network amongst parasitologists, but also serves as a catalyst for new research, training and outreach initiatives.

Team Award

ANU Public Outreach: Federal Election 2016

Strategic Communication & Public Affairs

Ms Penny Cox

Mr Jack Fox

Mr James Grubel

Mr Jamie Kidston

Ms Katharine Pierce

Ms Ellen Riley

Ms Tasman Vaughn

Mr Aaron Walker

ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Professor Matthew Gray

Dr Jill Shepard

Ms Marija Taflaga

ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Associate Professor Sharon Bessell

Dr Paul Burke

Professor Ian Chubb AC

Mr Bob Cotton

Professor Sharon Friel

Professor Quentin Grafton

Dr John Hewson

Professor Adrian Kay

Adjunct Professor Robert McMullan

Professor Rory Medcalf

Mr Martyn Pearce

Ms Sue Regan

Professor Miranda Stewart

Professor Michael Wesley

Professor Peter Whiteford

ANU College of Business & Economics

Dr Andrew Hughes

Associate Professor Maria Racionero Llorente

ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science

Professor Elanor Huntington

ANU College of Law

Dr Ryan Goss

ANU College of Medicine Biology, & Environment

Professor Art Sedrakyan

ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Professor Kenneth Baldwin

Professor Mark Howden

This award goes out to an out-of-the-ordinary number of staff - thirty three academic and professional staff in total, who worked together to make ANU public policy stand out during the 2016 Federal Election campaign through a great demonstration of the generosity, collegiality and commitment of ANU staff across the campus, working together and volunteering time outside of their normal work to promote this University.

This award goes to the team who worked on The Vote, which included a weekly video show Off the Hill - a weekly policy events series, related podcasts and a special website showcasing ANU election commentary.

The Vote was a project that demonstrated ANU public policy expertise to a large audience, but depended entirely on the willingness of ANU staff to work together and to give their time to something that was for the greater promotion of the University. It was a fun and impactful project for everyone involved, and a real demonstration of what makes ANU a great community of which to belong.  

INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

This award recognises staff innovation and excellence in service delivery, improvement, or innovation to enhance the University's strategic goals. 

Individual Awards

Mrs Elizabeth (Libbie) Dinn, ANU College of Medicine, Biology & Environment/ ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Mrs Elizabeth (Libbie) Dinn has transformed the service culture and operational effectiveness of the Student Administration team in the Colleges of Science, leading the development and implementation of a reform project that has greatly enhanced the quality of service provision for students and staff, produced significant efficiencies in work practices and administrative processes, made innovative use of IT platforms and web-based communication resources, and created an integrated team-based culture in the workplace that enables staff to take initiative and contribute directly to positive change. 

Ms Anita Fitch, ANU College of Law

Over the past two years, Ms Anita Fitch has conceptualized, built and improved a series of innovations in financial reporting and modelling that has been a revelation to the ANU College of Law Executive and allowed academic leaders to clearly understand the financial state of courses, programs, AOUs and the College. These reports and methodologies have been shared with other Colleges and Finance & Business Services as examples they may wish to roll out more widely across the University for the benefit of course and program directors, Schools and Colleges.

Ms Gail Frank, Division of Student Life

In her role as Advisor to Staff, Ms Gail Frank makes a significant contribution to the overall safety, security and wellbeing of staff at ANU. Gail's contribution is not only via the individual counselling sessions for staff but she also provides guidance and assistance to managers and supervisors, coordinates the externally provided employee assistance programs, coordinates the ANU Counselling seminar series, conducts welfare checks and provides a front line response in the management of critical incidents involving staff.

Gail has made a considerable number of improvements in the management of employee assistance and counselling service to staff and to supporting activities over the last year in addition to helping hundreds of staff and managers through difficult situations. Gail is well loved and much appreciated by the ANU community.

Mr Adam Reed, Information Technology Services

Mr Reed has helped transform the way in which ITS engages with its business stakeholders. He is a valued and highly skilled technical resource within ITS and is used across multiple business areas to provide ICT advice and guidance. He plays an integral role in consulting with external business areas when they develop proposals for future ICT projects, and ensures they think twice about whole-of-ANU solutions rather than bespoke ones. The Division receives consistent and regular feedback about Adam's professionalism, dedication and his ability to engage with stakeholders and apply his deep technical expertise for successful outcomes for the University.

Mr Reed has worked tirelessly on numerous start up projects to assist business areas to develop requirements and understand the technology impacts of their proposed solutions. He is a dedicated, talented and respected member of the University.

Team Awards

Academic Performance & Statement of Academic Activity Projects

Human Resources Division

Ms Lisa Buckley

Mrs Gina Diamond

Mr John Frezza
Ms Donna Hyland

Mrs Michele Lewis
Ms Jessica Smith

Planning & Performance Measurement

Mr Sam Angove

Ms Tracey McNicol

Ms Vriti Mehra
Ms Sian Moon

Ms Leone Nurbasari  

Research Services Division

Mr Aaron Ballagh

Mr Scott Yates

The teams who developed, implemented and continue to support the online Statement of academic Activity and online Performance Development Review e-forms and associated processes, policies and procedures have made a considerable and significant contribution to the individual and institutional performance framework of the University.

The teams have worked consistently in the post implementation phase to ensure continued success and to make continuous improvements to embed these tools within the University's operations.

While continued work will be required to achieve our aspirational goals on performance improvement, these two tools and the teams responsible have commenced the important work to ensure that the University has a robust framework and leadership on achieving our goals. 

RSAA Software Engineering and Information Technology group, ANU College of Physical & Mathematical Sciences

Mr Lance Luvaul

Mr Jon Nielsen

Mr Ian Price

Mr Bill Roberts

Dr Kim Sebo

Mr Annino Vaccarella

Mr Peter Young

The RSAA Software Engineering and Information Technology (SW/IT) group has had an outstanding year. The staff has won compliments from RSAA staff for their delivery of IT services and warm praise from an external review panel for their skills, knowledge and attitude. They helped to bring in $13.3M in contracts for the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre due to their internationally recognized expertise in real-time control systems and data reduction software, and successfully completed several major instrumentation projects. In addition, they developed several software initiatives that led to significant efficiencies and savings, both in the School's administration and in the operation of its research facilities. The RSAA SW/IT group are an exemplar for innovation and excellence in service.

RECONCILIATION

This award recognises the contributions of individuals or groups to promoting and achieving increased participation of Indigenous Australian students and staff at the University.

Individual Awards

Ms Jessica Ford, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Ms Jessica Ford has led the planning for several repatriation projects involving Indigenous Ancestral Remains and culturally significant artefacts held for long periods of time within CAP and CASS. The most well-known of these projects was the Willandra Lakes Repatriation. Jessica worked effectively and sensitively with the traditional land owners and with local indigenous community members. Her warmth and sensitivity in coordinating ceremonial events, and helping to meet their cultural requirements and diverse personal needs was a key element in rebuilding these relationships for ANU.

Ms Ford's energy and professionalism drives the repatriation projects in CAP and CASS. She embodies the new sense of ANU wanting to be genuinely engaged with research partners in indigenous communities, and being able to deliver best practice and acknowledging and righting the wrongs of the past with regard to our custody of Indigenous Ancestral Remains and culturally significant materials.

Dr Raymond Lovett, ANU College of Medicine Biology, & Environment

Dr Raymond Lovett is a Wongalbon (Ngiyampaa) Epidemiologist from far west New South Wales. His career combines academic achievement and high quality research with Aboriginal clinical and policy experience. Dr Lovett founded and currently leads the Indigenous Health Program at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health. Dr Lovett has worked tirelessly to make ANU a place where Indigenous and non-Indigenous people can come together to engage with health research and to ensure respect for Indigenous culture and diversity. He has contributed to major research partnerships between ANU researchers and leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations; currently supervises six Indigenous and 3 non-Indigenous students; has led to the employment of two current and two planned Indigenous staff members; and has conducted research bringing key Indigenous and non-Indigenous expertise to bear on major Indigenous health problems.

ANDREW HOPKINS HEALTH AND SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD

This award recognises recognise staff making significant contributions to improving and promoting health and safety in the workplace.

Individual Award

Ms Barbara McConchie, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences

Ms Barbara McConchie displays an extraordinary commitment to ensuring that all staff, students and visitors to the ANU School of Art (SoA) are operating in a safe working environment. The School of Art has a unique position in the University due to a wide range of hazards and risks associated with its operations in a concentrated area in a heritage listed building. The SoA's Technical Officers and academic staff are the people on the front line of these risks, identifying hazards and mitigating risks every working day and Barbara is the person who supports, coordinates, advises and keeps them up to date with ANU requirements, audits and improvements in workshops safety management.

Since Barbara began the role of School Manager in 2010 the School of Art has improved hazard identification, control implementation, communication and cooperation between staff discipline areas and students. She undertakes all this at an exceptional level of achievement while also running an administrative office with a very small administrative support team.