Staff recognised at 2019 Vice-Chancellor awards

22 November 2019

Academic and professional staff have come together to celebrate the achievements of teams and individuals at the 2019 Vice-Chancellor's Annual Awards.

The 2019 cohort of finalists came from across the academic colleges and service divisions, showcasing the breadth and depth of talent and passion shown to the University in the true spirit of ANU.

The full list of award winners and finalists are:

Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said the VC's Awards are an occasion for staff to take some time out of their busy lives to reflect on what has been a busy year for the University community.

"Whether you are in office administration, you are a marketing specialist, early career academic or researcher at the pinnacle of your career, we all contribute to creating a culture and environment for excellence," Professor Schmidt said.

"Each year will always bring difficult times so it is always nice to be able to take a break and celebrate the great achievements of our staff who make our community a better place."

The Vice-Chancellor also took the opportunity to thank retiring Chancellor Professor The Hon Gareth Evans AC QC for his decade of service to the University.

"Throughout that decade, he has been incredibly engaged and committed," Professor Schmidt said.

"He has guided me these past four years as VC with great wisdom, and I acknowledge the value of that guidance - even though some of it was colourfully expressed...

"Gareth's first priority over these past 10 years has always been the best interests of ANU, and his Chancellorship leaves a great legacy."

Among his long list of achievements, Professor Schmidt said, were the physical rejuvenation of the campus of which the Chancellor guided these changes with a passion and minute eye for detail.

Professor Evans was also one of the fathers of the ANU Crawford Leadership Forum while his work with Indigenous Australia, during his tenure, hasn't gone unnoticed either.

"The esteem in which he is rightly held by our Indigenous Elders is testament to his commitment," the Vice-Chancellor said.

Ahead of presenting the Chancellor's Awards, Professor Evans said during his time in the chair, he has been inspired by the calibre of research, teaching and professional services.

"Great universities are built on the foundations of great staff - we are who we are because of you," the Chancellor said.

"When I reflect on the contributions our staff have made over the last seven decades of research, teaching, government policy and innovation, it makes me incredibly proud."

In honour of Professor Evans, the University has established the Gareth Evans Oration, of which the inaugural lecture will be delivered by Ambassador Samantha Power on Tuesday 26 November.

Staff will have one final opportunity to thank the Chancellor at the VC's Garden Party on Wednesday 18 December before Professor Evans steps down at the end of the year.