Nominations are open for the 2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards. Nominate someone in your team before the Awards close on 15 May.

Find out more about one of our previous Award recipients, Carlee Mottley, Animal Facility Technical Coordinator, SEALS, who received the 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service for Professional Staff.

Carlee’s VC Award citation: Carlee Mottley, currently Acting Animal Facility Technical Co-ordinator, is a proactive team member, always looking for ways to improve animal welfare, researcher training and technical services offered to researchers. In addition to her required duties, Carlee always has an innovative project, or two, on the go. These projects are generally aimed at improving animal welfare, training, services, team morale and community engagement. Carlee is an engaged and active staff member. She is currently working on two new and innovative projects that will improve animal welfare, researcher services and community engagement.

  1. What was the significance of winning a VC award to you?

Winning a VC award in 2019 has been a highlight of my career so far. I work in a role that is very specialised and challenging, which means it can sometimes be a bit isolating. Having my work recognised and celebrated in front of a few hundred people was a huge morale boost, and I am really looking forward to seeing how it can help my professional development and career progression into the future.

  1. How did it feel to be nominated for an award?

It was such a surprise and a real thrill to find out that I had been nominated for an award by my supervisor and a senior colleague. It solidified the idea that the work that I do is valued by my team, and that I can make a difference to the lives of research animals whilst contributing to high standards of animal welfare at UOW. For a role that is often forgotten about, it was very humbling to be recognised.

  1. Why should people nominate for this award?

The VC awards are not only a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic work that happens at UOW, but they are also a chance to recognise some of the amazing staff who keep the cogs turning despite not always being in the spotlight. I believe that a lot of hard work happens in these behind-the-scenes roles, especially in recent times where the university has had to become more flexible and innovative than ever. Nominating a colleague or team for an award is not only a way to acknowledge and thank them for their efforts in going above and beyond; it can also boost their motivation and confidence, and can potentially open doors for them in the years ahead.

The 2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Award nominations close on 15 May 2020. Nominate someone in your team today.