Melbourne Professional Excellence Awards

2022 Awards

The Melbourne Professional Excellence Awards recognise the outstanding contributions made by the University’s professional staff. The awards provide development opportunities for the recipients and benefits to the University through the advancement of its administrative and management practices.

All Melbourne Professional Excellence Awards are open to professional staff only.

Award for Professional Excellence and Innovation

These awards recognise excellence and innovation in professional staff contributions towards fulfilling the goals, values, and mission of the University. They are awarded to individuals and teams who have, for example, given outstanding service to their work area, made a significant contribution to innovation, displayed outstanding teamwork and who have exhibited the values to which the University aspires. The University awards up to four Awards for Professional Excellence and Innovation to individuals and/or teams.

Gerry Barretto Award for Outstanding Student Services

Gerry Barretto was Manager of Examinations, Graduations and Academic Records at the University of Melbourne, and made a 30-year contribution to the University. The Gerry Barretto Award was established in recognition of this contribution. Gerry Barretto died in December 2007 at the age of 50 after a short illness. The Gerry Barretto Award was established in Gerry Barretto’s honour and memory and is presented annually to professional staff members who demonstrate excellence in the provision of service to students.

The award recognises the outstanding contributions made by professional staff to the quality of students’ University experience. Award recipients are acknowledged for records of excellence and innovation in areas that contribute to a high-quality student experience, delivering services that are sustained over time and are of outstanding quality. The University awards up to two Garry Barretto Awards annually to individuals and/or teams.

Bronwyn Jane Adams Memorial Award

This award was established in memory of Bronwyn Adams, a former member of the University who passed away suddenly in 1999 at the age of 48. Ms Adams was widely acknowledged as an exemplar of best practice as a manager and was passionate about the development of staff at all levels of the organisation. This award recognises outstanding professional staff by providing financial assistance to enable them to pursue a worthwhile activity in relation to their work. The proposed activity must be linked to a specific project or outcome that benefits the University and can include leadership, project or program development activities. Nominations of professional staff at all levels are encouraged. The University awards up to two Bronwyn Jane Adams Memorial Awards annually to individuals and/or teams.

Nomination Criteria for Melbourne Professional Excellence Awards*

*Except Bronwyn Jane Adams Memorial Award

Nominators should provide evidence to support the nomination in the respective award category, using the forms of evidence that best makes their case. This may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Proven outstanding service to the University community, stakeholders and clients
  • Exceptional leadership and or/vision that contribute to the University’s strategic direction
  • Excellence in process improvement and/or innovation
  • Exceptional teamwork or team contributions
  • Creating connections and contributions to engagement
  • Exhibiting the values to which the University aspires
  • Contributions to creating high-quality student experiences (Gerry Barretto Award)

Nomination Criteria for Bronwyn Jane Adams Memorial Award

Nominators should address all three criteria listed below and explain how the award money would support the proposed development activity:

  • Propose a development activity that is clear in its purpose and links to a specific project/outcome
  • Propose a development activity that demonstrates potential for career development
  • Propose a development activity that links to achieving outcomes for the Faculty/business area and the University

How to apply