2021 Award Recipients
Monash has recognised the outstanding contributions of University staff at the 2021 Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards.
The annual awards acknowledge those who contribute above and beyond the requirements of their roles, and foster cross-University collaboration to achieve positive outcomes for our staff and students. For the first time this year, the awards expanded to include the University’s staff both in Australia and overseas.
The Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards for Diversity and Inclusion recognise those who have made an outstanding contribution to supporting diversity and fostering inclusion at Monash and beyond.
Special Commendations - Diversity and Inclusion
Dr Kirsten Ellis, Faculty Of Information Technology
Every Australian deserves the opportunity to participate in science and technology at a level that is meaningful to their needs. Dr Kirsten Ellis is engaging with disability organisations in the community to foster inclusion in electronic-making for people with physical and intellectual disabilities who are under-represented in STEM engagement programs. Kirsten is working to challenge who can participate in technology engagement activities by redesigning how the activities are undertaken to make them inclusive for everyone.
Women's Empowerment Network, Monash University Malaysia
The Women's Empowerment Network (WEN), Monash University Malaysia provides a strategic inclusive forum to help women thrive and address issues, challenges and opportunities. WEN helps enhance diverse women's lives, addressing gender equality and ensuring their voices are heard through leadership roles on Campus and beyond. WEN is run by a team of enthusiastic, committed female volunteers drawn from academic/professional staff and postgraduate students - a highly unique collaboration for the Campus and University. WEN is determined to advocate for gender balance, diversity and inclusion.
Individual Award Winner - Diversity and Inclusion
Dr Jessica Borger, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Dr Jessica Borger, winner of the Margaret Baird Women in STEM Lectureship and veski STEM sidebyside emerging leader, is a passionate women-in-STEM advocate. Representing Monash University nationally, she developed the veski inspiring women career recovery grants, supporting women impacted by the COVID-pandemic. A member of the Equity for Medical Research Alliance, she established the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Central Clinical School (CCS) survey, rolled-out University-wide by the Athena Swan committee. As the chair of the Gender Equity Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the Central Clinical School, Dr Borger authored a seminar checklist facilitating gender equity at all CCS meetings and has published Diversity and Inclusion articles in the Lens, Women’s Agenda, and Times Higher Education.
Team Award Winners - Diversity and Inclusion
Her Research Matters, Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Her Research Matters, launched at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) in Oct 2019. It is a grass-roots driven, outcome focused collective that promotes, sponsors and fosters an inclusive and equitable leadership environment to enable women in academia to reach their full potential. Her Research Matters has actively engaged the next generation of scientists, coordinated promotion review for MIPS researchers to address gender inequity at senior levels, and worked together with PharmAlliance to effect change at a global level. Her Research Matters supports and promotes Diversity and Inclusion at Monash to ensure we are valuing different minds to solve complex problems.
Health & Physical Education Team, Faculty Of Education
The Health and Physical Education (HPE) team undertook a project that demonstrated to other members in the Faculty and those beyond Monash how to “Decolonise pre-service teacher education”. The lessons learnt from the work undertaken by the outstanding team are like a lighthouse guiding the HPE community in Australia and other countries about how to authentically include Indigenous practices across the teacher education curriculum. The impact of the program is not only evident in the content which is respectful and inclusive of Indigenous
The Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence Awards for Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) recognise individuals and teams who have made an outstanding contribution by implementing innovative and exciting ideas in OH&S at Monash.
Helen Powell Award For Health and Wellbeing - Occupational Health and Safety
Health and Wellbeing Strategic Committee, Multidisciplinary Collaboration
Collectively, the Health and Wellbeing Strategic Committee built upon and brought together the wealth of
Individual Award Winner - Occupational Health and Safety
Rose Bond, Monash University Health Services
Ms Rose Bond, Clinical Manager, Monash University Health Service, has been instrumental in ensuring that the health service continues to run smoothly for our community despite the covid pandemic. Ms Bond has organised the setting up and running of a busy covid testing clinic and now immunisation clinics across three campuses. She supports the doctors and nurses at the health service and ensures that everyone is appropriately informed, educated and confident in how the clinic is being run.
Team Award Winner - Occupational Health and Safety
Laboratory Services Team, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
The Laboratory Services Team has demonstrated OHS excellence through a collaborative and proactive approach to provide a safer student and staff experience. The team implemented online video safety
The Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards for Professional Staff recognise individuals and teams who have made an outstanding contribution to Monash.
Individual Award Winner - Professional Staff
Lara Mckinley, Faculty of Education
Ms Lara McKinley is a Senior Content Coordinator, and her contributions to Monash
Special Team Commendation - Professional Staff
Academic Safety Net Project Team, Cross-portfolio Collaboration Led by Student and Education Business Services (SEBS)
The cross-portfolio team behind the Academic Safety Net represents what is possible at Monash when we come together to tackle something as complex, high profile and tightly-governed as results for students,
Team Award Winner - Professional Staff
Medicine Course Md Professional Staff Team, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
The Medicine course MD professional staff team has been the engine of adaptation and change during a crisis and has directly enabled vast innovation and maintained steady and high-quality support to the most significant medical student cohort in Australia during a pandemic. Sustaining academic standards and assessment process in a Health Professions course in a health crisis in 2020, in the face of unprecedented challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our medical course programme professional team excelled in the maintenance of academic standards for Monash University’s School of Medicine. Due to their prodigious collective efforts, the value of the degree remains unchanged to all major stakeholders.