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Vice-Chancellor's Award Guidelines - Leadership Excellence

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Section 1 - Purpose

(1) These Guidelines describe the nomination and selection process for the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Leadership Excellence.

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Section 2 - Glossary

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Section 3 - Policy

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Section 4 - Procedures

(4) Nil.

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Section 5 - Guidelines

Part A - Objectives

(5) The objectives of the awards are to:

  1. encourage staff of Charles Sturt University (the University) to improve and enhance their own performance and the capability of others to develop to their full potential;
  2. formally recognise excellence in leadership demonstrated by Academic and General staff of the University; and
  3. support ongoing professional and career development of University staff.

Part B - Number of Awards

(6) There are two individual Vice-Chancellor's Awards allocated in recognition of Leadership Excellence.

Part C - Staff Eligibility Criteria

(7) The Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Leadership Excellence are open to Academic staff appointed at remuneration levels A-E and General staff appointed at remuneration levels 1-10 who:

  1. hold a continuing or fixed term appointment at the University; and
  2. have completed a minimum of two years' service; and
  3. have successfully completed probation.

Part D - Nominations

(8) Any Charles Sturt University staff member, student, member of the University community or an external professional partner of University may nominate a staff member that he/she considers to be deserving of a Vice-Chancellor's Award.

(9) Nominees may not include honorary, visiting, adjunct or executive staff.

(10) Staff may not be nominated or receive an Individual and a Team Award for the same achievement in any year.

(11) Staff are not eligible to be nominated for or receive or an award in this category if they have been a recipient of an award in this category within the past three years.

(12) Each nomination must meet all eligibility criteria to be considered for an award.

(13) Self-nominations are not accepted for this award category.

Part E - Selection Process and Criteria

(14) All nominations must be based on excellence in leadership which demonstrates clear alignment with the University's Strategy, culture and values.

(15) The selection committee meets to evaluate the nominations for the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Leadership Excellence against all three of the following criteria:

  1. the nominee has demonstrated excellence in leadership in relation to:
    1. the staff members' colleagues / Team / Directorate / School / Faculty / Division;
    2. a project, program, subject, course, etc.; or
    3. a committee, working party, community of practice, etc.; and
  2. the nominee uses positive leadership behaviours such as building trust; acting with integrity; encouraging innovative thinking; inspiring others; coaching people; and
  3. the nominee's leadership has clearly contributed to the achievement of one or more of the University's strategic objectives or priorities.

Part F - Selection Committee

(16) The selection committee consists of:

  1. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), as the Presiding Officer;
  2. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry);
  3. Executive Director, Human Resources;
  4. Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts and Education;
  5. Career Programs Officer, as the Executive Officer.

(17) Depending upon the quality of the nominations received, the selection committee will normally recommend two individual nominees for awards to the Vice-Chancellor.

(18) The selection committee's recommendation and the Vice-Chancellor's determination of an award are not subject to internal appeal or review.

Part G - Expectations of Award Recipients

(19) The recipient of a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Leadership Excellence is expected to make their practices more widely known throughout the University. For example, they may be invited to participate in seminars, presentations or act as a mentor to their colleagues.