UWS says 'well done and thank you' to its staff with the Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards

Date: 19/12/2002

Over 240 members of the University of Western Sydney community have come together to celebrate the hard work and dedication of their peers as part of the inaugural Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards.

The Excellence Awards recognise the outstanding efforts of University staff in a wide range of service areas such as teaching, service to students, social justice, regional and community partnerships, professional services and postgraduate research training and supervision.

Winners in each of the categories were selected as the finest practitioners in their field of expertise.

The category winners were:

Excellence in Teaching - Dr Jo Milne-Home from the School of Psychology, and the Tourism Academic Group from the School of Environment and Agriculture

Excellence in Social Justice - the UWS Grievance Advice Team

Excellence in Regional and Community Partnerships - the UWS Cooperative Programs Team

Excellence in Postgraduate Research Training and Supervision - Professor Herb Marsh, Director of the SELF Research Centre, and Associate Professor Shelley Burgin, from the School of Environment and Agriculture

Excellence in Professional Service - Mr Brian Lindsay, Director of Finance.

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, congratulated each of the winners and said the awards were a fitting tribute to UWS staff who have not only kept the business of the University going through two years of restructure, but have raised the bar when it comes to delivering high levels of professional service.

"UWS is fortunate to have talented staff who have a passionate belief in the University and it's this dedication that has contributed to our success and development. As a young university operating in a challenging global environment, our blossoming reputation is testimony to their performance, skills and attributes," said Professor Reid.

"The Awards are a platform for showcasing the endeavours and accomplishments of our finest and most valuable asset - our staff. It's a way to publicly recognise and reward their excellence and achievements.

"I hope the awards will support staff in continuing to develop and grow within UWS, and will position the University as an employer and service provider that is serious about the quality of everything it does."

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University of Western Sydney
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