Celebrating Excellence Awards

The annual Celebrating Excellence Awards recognise Monash Business School students and staff who have achieved outstanding success in research, education and professional excellence.

We encourage you to view the videos and stories of our award winners from the 2020 academic year.

Message from the Dean

As we reflect on 2020, it really was a year like no other during which we faced unprecedented challenges. But, out of adversity there was triumph and it is this success that we recognise through our Celebrating Excellence Awards.

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Alumni excellence award

Meet a graduate who has become an outstanding, innovative changemaker

Kate Morris
Co-Founder, Adore Beauty

The Monash Business School Alumni Excellence Award celebrates graduates creating a positive impact on the world through outstanding professional contributions. This year we are delighted to award the Monash Business School Alumni Excellence Award to Kate Morris.

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Future Global Leaders Award

Our amazing students are already making a global impact

Student course awards

Celebrating our top undergraduate and graduate coursework students

A winning combination

Successfully balancing her Bachelor of Business studies, internships, other work opportunities and her much-loved volunteer commitments, has won Katherine Bell a swag of awards.

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Education excellence awards

Our teaching excellence is bringing out the best in students

Using a crisis to teach students invaluable skills

In these unprecedented times, the need for strategic and problem-solving flexible thinking has never been greater, say Ms Carolyn McDermott and Professor George Athanosopoulos, who expertly pivoted their 2020 teaching and learning environments to create an “ideal training ground” for their students’ future work worlds.

Research excellence awards

Our researchers are helping improve people’s lives around the world

The tough task of solving persistent global problems

"As a researcher there are great rewards for pushing the frontier of knowledge," Dr Denni Tommasi says. He’s currently working with an Indian local charity and authorities to regulate the street food sector, a source of significant public health concerns. He is among Monash Business School researchers addressing global problems and contributing in a meaningful way to the issues that matter.

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Setting new standards in sustainable business and social inclusion

We’re inspiring students to see the world around them through a different lens

“Marketing, and indeed business in general, can play a role in fostering more appropriate norms and expectations around equality and diversity,” Associate Professor Fiona Newton says. Her work, and her transformative impact on marketing students, who will take this knowledge and perspective into their workplaces, has broken new ground in social inclusion education.

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Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) excellence awards

We’re developing the mindsets and skills of future leaders

Professional staff awards

Our professional staff excelled during a chaotic year

Operating in the year of disruption

Professional staff are the backbone of the Business School and in 2020 played an integral role in ensuring the School could continue to deliver high quality education, research and engagement.

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Congratulations to all our award recipients