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Staff Excellence Awards

Based on the Staff Charter and our core values, the Staff Excellence Awards celebrate and reward the outstanding work that goes on across Queen's.

The awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of all categories of staff at Queen's - from our researchers and operational staff to our teaching academics, administrative staff, technicians, and Professional Services colleagues.

The awards are open to all staff and students to nominate any colleague who they believe is living the values of Excellence, Connectivity, Ambition, Respect and Integrity through their everyday work.

Who is eligible for a Staff Excellence Award?

All University employees on permanent or fixed term contracts, who are paid monthly via the University payroll, and subject to income tax and national insurance (NIC), can be nominated and considered for an award. Individuals engaged through QWork (casual worker contracts) and INTO Queen's staff are not eligible to be nominated for an award. 

Image shows Professor Ian Greer on the stage at the 2022-23 Staff Excellence Awards. Behind him the screen reads: Exceptional Contribution WINNER

View the 2022-23 winners.

The winners were announced at the awards ceremony on Friday 22 March 2024.

View the winners

Award Categories

Staff Excellence Awards are available in seven categories.

Delivering Excellence, Making an Impact, Celebrating Innovation, Best Collaboration, Outstanding Leadership, Exceptional Contribution and Commitment to Sustainability.

Full details

Image shows the 2022-23 Judging Panel, pictured with Co-Chairs Gillian Magee and Mairead Regan, and the President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Ian Greer
Judging Panel

The Judging Panel is made up of staff from across the University as well as a student representative.

The Panel will assess all nominations against the award criteria.

Meet the Judging Panel


David Robinson, Assistant Director, Digital and Information Services, reflects on his experience nominating his colleague Helen Browne who went on to win in the Delivering Excellence category for 2021-22.


Karen McCormick, Head of Childcare, reflects on her experience winning the Team of the Year category in 2021-22 along with her team.

Staff Excellence Awards Blogs

Hear from more of our previous winners

View our special staff blog series, 'Queen's Staff Excellence Awards', with reflections from previous winners on their positive experiences from nomination to awards ceremony.

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