Employee Excellence Awards Categories Schedule

Schedule overview

1 Purpose

To outline the categories of Employee Excellence Awards.

2 Scope

This schedule must be read in conjunction with the Employee Recognition and Reward Procedure and is subordinate to it.

3 Schedule

The University formally recognises and rewards the outstanding contribution, commitment and service of its Employees through a variety of Excellence Awards in the following categories.

3.1 Education

3.1.1 Learning and teaching

To recognise and reward Employees who have created exceptional learning opportunities for Students and provided learning and teaching leadership for University colleagues, the following Excellence Award may be made annually to any Employee:

  • Excellence Award for Advancing Student Learning.

This Excellence Award comprises a financial grant and a certificate.

3.2 Research

To recognise demonstrated excellence in research, postgraduate research supervision, and to encourage Early Career Researchers, the following Excellence Awards may be made annually to any Employee:

  • Excellence Award for Research;
  • Ronel Erwee Memorial Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision;
  • Excellence Award for Early Career Research;
  • Excellence Award for Service to Research.

Each of these Excellence Awards comprises a financial grant and a certificate.

3.3 Enterprise

3.3.1 People, culture and values

To recognise the contributions of individuals who have sponsored or developed initiatives supportive of a University culture that values diversity, service excellence and innovation, the following Excellence Awards may be made annually to any Employee:

  • Excellence Award for Diversity and Inclusion;
  • Excellence Award for Values-Based Leadership;
  • Excellence Award for Innovation and Change.

Each of these Excellence Awards comprises a financial grant and a certificate.

3.3.2 Community engagement and service

To recognise and encourage outstanding service to the community by Employees and to foster best practice in University community engagement, the following Excellence Award may be made annually to any Employee:

  • Excellence Award for Community Engagement and Service.

This Excellence Award comprises a financial grant and a certificate.

4 University Medal for Employee Excellence

To recognise the outstanding contribution of individuals or teams, the Vice-Chancellor may award the following:

  • University Medal for Academic Excellence;
  • University Medal for Research Excellence;
  • University Medal for Professional Excellence.

Each of these Excellence Awards comprises a commemorative University medal and a certificate.

5 Application, Assessment and Approval

Details of how applications are made, assessed and approved are outlined in the Employee Recognition and Reward Procedure.

Further details, forms and associated guidelines are available on the Recognition and Reward website.

6 References

Nil.

7 Schedule Information

Accountable Officer

Executive Director (Human Resources)

Responsible Officer

Executive Director (Human Resources)

Policy Type

University Procedure

Approved Date

12/12/2018

Effective Date

3/4/2019

Review Date

3/4/2022

Relevant Legislation

Related Policies

Performance, Development and Recognition Policy

Related Procedures

Employee Recognition and Reward Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

Community Engagement and Service Excellence Awards

Learning and Teaching Excellence Awards

People, Culture and Values Excellence Awards

Recognition and Reward Website

Research Excellence Awards

University Medal for Employee Excellence

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Employee

A person employed by the University and whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement and includes persons employed on a continuing, fixed term or casual basis. Employees also include senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University....moreA person employed by the University and whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement and includes persons employed on a continuing, fixed term or casual basis. Employees also include senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University.

Policy

A high level strategic directive that establishes a principle based approach on a subject. Policy is operationalised through Procedures that give instructions and set out processes to implement a Policy....moreA high level strategic directive that establishes a principle based approach on a subject. Policy is operationalised through Procedures that give instructions and set out processes to implement a Policy.

Procedure

An operational instruction that sets out the process to operationalise a Policy....moreAn operational instruction that sets out the process to operationalise a Policy.

Student

A person who: has been Admitted or Enrolled in an Academic Program at the University, but has not yet graduated from the program; or has been Enrolled in a Course at the University but has not yet completed the Course....moreA person who: has been Admitted or Enrolled in an Academic Program at the University, but has not yet graduated from the program; or has been Enrolled in a Course at the University but has not yet completed the Course.

University

The term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland....moreThe term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland.

Definitions that relate to this schedule only

Excellence Awards

In the context of this schedule, Excellence Awards are defined as formal recognition of achievements by Employees. It typically involves a planned event or presentation where Employees are recognised by the University for their achievements.

Early Career Researcher

For the purposes of these Excellence Awards, Early Career Researcher refers to Employees who are within five years of the start of their research careers at the time of applying for an Excellence Award. This normally means Employees have been Awarded a PhD or equivalent research doctorate within five years. However, an extension to this limit may be approved owing to significant career interruptions.

Supervisor

Any person responsible for leading the activities of others. In the context of this schedule a Supervisor includes Employees at any classification level or title who have responsibilities for leading, managing or supervising work teams and/or individual Employees.

Keywords

Recognition, acknowledgement, thanks, contribution, non-monetary, Excellence Awards, reward, service, excellence, achievement, gratitude

Record No

17/488PL

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