Patricia Grimshaw Awards for Mentor Excellence

Recognising excellence in the mentoring of University colleagues, both professional and academic.

Award recipients are acknowledged for their outstanding contributions as mentors, involving: a sustained record of effective mentoring; exceptional skills in the provision of support and the sharing of knowledge; and respect for the development of colleagues as individuals.

The University usually awards up to two Patricia Grimshaw Awards annually: one to a member of the University’s professional staff, and one to a member of the University’s academic staff. Each award includes a trophy and a grant of $10,000.

How to apply


Mentor: An individual who serves with positive influence as an experienced and trusted advisor in encouraging and promoting the professional development of others.

Mentorship:A mentorship is a relationship formed between a mentor and mentee with the goal of mutually sharing knowledge and expertise.

Honour Roll

  • 2015

    Associate Professor Lesley Stirling

    School of Languages and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts

    For sustained commitment to promoting a Faculty culture of mentoring for both students and staff, to create an environment where students can thrive.

  • 2014

    Professor Geoff Stevens

    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

    Melbourne School of Enginering

    For his dedicated mentorship of staff and students at the institution that has led to them having successful careers both inside and outside of academia. Geoff’s mentoring has been a key factor for numerous young engineers in building confidence, developing networks and setting career directions. He encourages collaborations and regularly opens opportunities for younger staff and students.

  • 2013

    Professor Gordon Lynch

    Department of Physiology

    Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences

    Gordon Lynch has a distinguished record of excellence in mentoring students and staff which has been recognised with the University’s Research Higher Degree Supervision Award in 2008 and in 2009 he received a national Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for over 15 years of mentoring of students in biomedical science. Gordon has mentored multiple winners of the Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD and he has already mentored 20 postdoctoral fellows; with many achieving independent success in academia and industry.  These include winners of the Premier’s Award for Medical Research and the Victorian Young Tall Poppy Science Award. Gordon cherishes the extensive mentoring he conducts through his role as Head of the Department of Physiology.

  • 2012

    Mr Tim Brabazon

    Melbourne Graduate School of Education

  • 2011

    Professor Doreen Thomas

    Mechanical Engineering, Melbourne School of Engineering

  • 2010

    (Not awarded in 2010)

  • 2009


    Associate Professor P. Margaret Brown

    Early Learning, Development and Inclusion, Melbourne Graduate School of Education

    in the areas of teacher education and early language developmentmore

  • 2008


    Ms Margot Eden

    Acting Manager, Science Student Centre, Faculty of Science

    in the area of student advising – more


    Professor Stephanie Trigg

    School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts

    in the area of medieval studies – more

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