UWS recognised for excellence in human resources and business practices

Date: 05/11/2009

The University of Western Sydney has been short-listed as finalists for two categories in the prestigious Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) National Awards 2009.

AHRI is Australia's premier human resources and people management organisation. Its national awards recognise outstanding individuals and organisations that demonstrate excellence in the contribution they make to their own business and to the profession.

UWS has been nominated for the John Boudreau Award for Human Capital Management and the Pru Goward Award for Diversity Management.

The winners of the AHRI National Awards will be announced at a dinner being held in Melbourne on 11 November 2009.

One of only two universities nominated for AHRI awards, Director of Human Resources at UWS, Ms Helen Lyons, says it is an honour for the University to be recognised in this way.

"UWS's nomination for the John Boudreau Award recognises the University's overall accomplishments in Human Resources, particularly its commitment to the reinvention of a more service-oriented HR structure," says Ms Lyons.

"This significant transformation has embedded HR in the business, and incorporated a culture of quality and continuous improvement, as well as the University's commitment to attracting and retaining staff through the UWS 'Our People 2015' project."

Meanwhile, the Pru Goward Award for Diversity Management has recognised the University's continual commitment to excellence through its Indigenous Employment and Engagement program.

"Our team is focussed on achieving the goals to make a difference," says Director of Indigenous Employment and Engagement, Ms Melissa Williams.

"To be recognised for our strategy and outcomes in diversity management and inclusiveness in the workplace is a great honour, and provides the momentum to continue this significant journey for all."

The AHRI nominations places UWS in esteemed company, with other high profile organisations also receiving nominations such as Coca Cola Amatil, Singtel Optus, Campbell Arnotts, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and Ernst & Young.

For more information visit http://www.awards.ahri.com.au/finalists.html



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