Vice Chancellor's Awards for Professional Staff Excellence


*The Vice Chancellor's Awards for Professional Staff Excellence will not be held for 2021

About the awards

The Vice Chancellor's annual Awards for Professional Staff Excellence offer University-wide recognition of outstanding contributions by professional staff.

The awards are based on the following categories of excellence.

The categories are:

  • Innovation in Infrastructure
  • Global Impact
  • Service Excellence Culture
  • Inspirational Leadership
  • Industry and Community Engagement.

Nominations may be for individuals or teams, and for work within a particular area or across the University as a whole.

Award categories

Innovation in Infrastructure

Recognising excellence in developing innovative transformational infrastructure and systems which support:

  • New models of learning
  • Inspiring places to learn and work
  • Spaces which promote happiness and health to staff and students.

Global Impact

Excellence in creative and innovative solutions which either:

  • Foster our students to becoming globally accomplished
  • Demonstrates mutually beneficial international relationships
  • Enriches the UniSA profile on a global scale.

Service Excellence Culture

Excellence in providing outstanding service:

  • To internal or external clients which demonstrates UniSA's service excellence culture
  • By providing efficient and effective administration and governance services
  • Through communication and delivering services which are responsive to client's needs.

Inspirational Leadership

Recognising excellence in leadership by:

  • Enhancing teamwork
  • Providing inspiration and mentorship
  • Enhancing best practice for sustainable outcomes.

Industry and Community Engagement

Excellence in engaging with Industry and/or wider community through:

  • Collaborative projects
  • Constructive working partnerships
  • Providing outstanding service to external customers and clients.


Who is eligible?

UniSA contract and continuing professional staff are eligible for any of the five categories.

Team or individual?

Exemplary contributions and achievements may be as a result of team effort or the efforts of an individual. These awards recognise both.

If making a team nomination, it is important to ensure that each team member can be shown to have made an outstanding contribution to that team's achievements.

Select a single award category

Some achievements or contributions by staff may be relevant to more than one category of award. However, in making nominations, please select one category that best fits the individual or team achievements and write the nomination to that category.

Nomination form

All nominations for the Vice Chancellor's Awards for Professional Staff Excellence should be made using the Nomination form.  The Nomination form includes additional guidelines for preparing the nomination.

Supporting statements may be gathered separately and included as e-documents.

* The Vice Chancellor's Awards for Professional Staff Excellence will not be held for 2020

Selection and recognition


Award winners will be recognised in a number of ways including:

  • presentation of a certificate acknowledging their achievement and the category of their award
  • a feature in UniSANews describing the achievements of the winner/s.

All staff will be invited to a function to celebrate the awards.

Past winners

For details of past winners from 2000 - both teams and individuals, see the Honour Board.

More information

If you require any further information, or support and assistance in compiling nominations, please contact Adrienne Nieuwenhuis