The UTS Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Research Excellence were established in 2010 to recognise the outstanding contribution UTS staff make towards helping shape the world we live in. Through its 2027 Strategy, UTS is committed to growing its reputation as a leading public university of technology, with research excellence and innovation as core tenants of its activities. Through our education, research and engagement we will further enhance our international standing, delivering real benefit to our communities. The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards recognise the efforts of our staff in these endeavours.
The awards acknowledge research excellence across the following eight categories. In 2019 a new award has been established to recognise the efforts of our research supervisors—see below for details of our Supervisor of the Year Award.
Chancellor’s Medal for Research Excellence
This award honours outstanding research at UTS. The research entered for consideration should demonstrate sustained research excellence at the highest level. Nominees must include information about the research underpinning the nomination and provide evidence of the breadth of its contribution.
UTS Medal for Research Impact
This medal is awarded for research that has achieved considerable impact outside the academic community. The definition of impact for this award is the contribution that research makes to the economy, society, environment or culture, beyond the contribution to academic research. Nominees must include information about the research underpinning the described impact, the impact itself and a list of corroborating sources.
UTS Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Research
This award recognises an academic or a team of academics for their outstanding research and outstanding teaching at UTS. Special consideration will be given to those who demonstrate their ability to successfully integrate research, teaching and learning across a range of research and teaching activities.
Early Career Research Excellence Award
This award is for an outstanding piece of research conducted by an individual early career researcher (ECR) or a team of ECRs. Nominees are eligible for this award if it is five years or less since they completed their PhD (as at the closing date for nominations). The research entered for consideration should demonstrate research excellence relative to the length of career (and to opportunities). Nominees must include information about the research underpinning the nomination and provide evidence of the breadth of its contribution to the research field. Evidence of the nominee’s potential contribution to becoming a research leader will also be assessed.
Research Leadership and Development Award
This award is to recognise and encourage an individual researcher who is on a path to becoming a research leader. The nominee is likely to be a mid-career researcher (approximately 5–15 years post PhD) who displays evidence of being a research leader and champion of research development. Evidence of the nominee’s research excellence will also be assessed.
Research Excellence through Collaboration or Partnership Award
This is awarded to a UTS researcher, or team of UTS researchers, who have developed and sustained a research partnership and/or collaboration that has resulted in the delivery of significant outcomes. This award will recognise:
- Excellent research involving a multi- or trans-disciplinary research team consisting of collaborators across two or more UTS faculties or units in traditionally unrelated disciplines; or
- Excellent research involving external partner(s)—e.g. business, government, NGOs, not-for-profit charity organisations, state-owned enterprises or community partners.
Research Management and Development Award (Professional Staff)
For an outstanding contribution or initiative in support services that has boosted research capability and/or development at either Faculty/School/Discipline/Institute or UTS-level. This award is open to individuals or teams of professional staff across UTS who support research excellence.
Supervisor of the Year Award
Quality supervision is critical to the success of any research candidature, including timely completion of milestones and the development of appropriate academic and research integrity practices. This award recognises an outstanding research supervisor and the important role they play in supporting the research achievements and development of the talented Higher Degree Research candidates at UTS.
Announcement of awards
Awards finalists and winners will be announced at the Research Awards dinner on Thursday, 26 September 2019.
Communication of the outcomes will also be made through a number of internal channels, including the UTS website and DVCR InBrief.
Please read further information regarding the Awards guidelines for nomination, general eligibility and selection criteria.
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