Nominations are open for the 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards. Nominate someone in your team before the Awards close on 14 May.

Find out more about one of our previous Award recipients, Nicola Bath, Administrative Officer, UOW Batemans Bay, who received the 2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service for Professional Staff.

Nicola Bath’s VC Award citation: As the UOW-Batemans Bay Administration Officer, Nicky Bath plays a significant role in the coordination of major annual events like graduation celebrations, and the campus’ Indigenous and community programs. During the bushfire crisis of 2019/2020, Nicky delivered outstanding service to staff, students, and the community. On December 31 (while her own home was under threat), Nicky hosted around 300 displaced locals and holiday makers on campus. Days later, she coordinated the evacuation of 100 residents from a local aged care facility, along with other higher-needs evacuees. Her efforts enhanced UOW’s reputation locally, and were recognised in local and national media


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

2020 was certainly a year like no other so winning this award had even greater significance. Our local community had been devastated by the summer bushfires and was still in a state of trauma and recovery when our lives changed again because of COVID. Receiving this award and knowing that what I did during the fires was appreciated really meant a lot to me. I am so grateful to be part of a working environment where I feel supported and empowered to make a difference.

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

Receiving this award is a great honour but also a reminder of the devastating events that unfolded last summer. It is a tribute to all the courageous members of the community who sheltered at the Batemans Bay Campus during the fires and to my amazing colleagues, family and friends who supported me.

  1. Why should people nominate for this award?

Following the extraordinary year that we have had there is all the more reason to take the time to acknowledge those who have displayed exceptional performance in their roles. Every day we see colleagues who go above and beyond in their work and the VC awards are a wonderful way to recognise this.


The 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Award nominations close on 14 May 2021. Nominate someone in your team today.