As one of the most celebrated and uplifting events on the UTS calendar, the Awards reflect UTS's ongoing commitment to social justice, and to the idea that as a university we have broader social responsibilities beyond our campus.
National Mental Health Commissioner Professor Professor Pat Dudgeon was keynote speaker for the awards. Professor Dudgeon is project leader of the National Empowerment Project, an Indigenous suicide prevention project working with eleven Aboriginal communities across the country. Read more about the event and awardees on the UTS Newsroom.
Elizabeth Hastings Memorial Award for Student Community Contribution
An award to a student or group of students recognising a significant contribution to the community in the areas of equity, diversity, social justice or human rights.
2016 awardee: Sayed Rahmatullah Hussainizada
For his dedication to building the capacity of people from multicultural and disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in a vibrant and connected Australia
Vice-Chancellor's Social Justice/Human Rights Award for Staff
An award to a member or group of staff recognising an outstanding contribution to the advancement of social justice/human rights at the local, national or international levels.
2016 awardee: UTS Shopfront
For 20 years of commitment to developing student citizenship, building capacity in community organisations and facilitating university-community engagement.
Social Inclusion Award
Recognising individual staff members or work units who are actively contributing to increasing the involvement in education of disadvantaged or under-represented individuals or communities.
2016 awardee: Daisy Amanaki
For the Cook Islands Furniture Project, a grass-roots initiative sending donated UTS classroom furniture and equipment to schools in the Cook Islands
An award to a member or group of staff, or a student or group of students, recognising a contribution or project which advances Reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians at UTS or in the wider community.
2016 awardees: Craig Longman and Larissa Behrendt
For Fred Maynard: Aboriginal Patriot, a film recounting the significant history of Australia’s first large-scale Aboriginal rights movement
Jo Wilton Memorial Award for Women
An award recognising an individual woman or group of women (staff or students) who are working towards improving outcomes for women locally, nationally and/or internationally.
2016 awardee: Lucy Fiske
For her significant contribution to research in transitional justice for women affected by violence in northern Uganda, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo
Ally Award Celebrating and Supporting Sexual and Gender Diversity
An award to a student or group of students, or a staff member or group of staff, recognising work done to improve human rights for people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex and queer communities.
2016 awardee: Claire Pettigrew
For her leadership, commitment and dedication to Camp Out, a space for LGBTQIA young people to safely share knowledge, experiences and support, and effect change
Creative Media Social Justice Award
An award to a member or group of staff, or a student or group of students, recognising an audio/visual and/or multimedia project in which social justice and human rights themes are explored.
2016 joint awardees: Thomas Ricciardiello, Tania Andriasian, Sophia Lau, Elle McCalman and Vincent Salinos
For 21 years of Sailors with DisABILITIES: Sailing into Social Change, a digital archive inspiring optimism and redefining possibilities for people with a disability
2016 joint awardees: Jonty De Klerk, Lu Wang, Siqi Liu, Kenny Mak and Alysse Curran
For Our War on Women, a powerful animation highlighting the distress of refugees and asylum seekers in detention camps.
2018 Human Rights Awards
If you have any queries regarding nominations, please contact the Equity & Diversity Unit on 9514 1084 or email.