UNSW academics receive 2023 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in HDR

10 Nov 2023
John Niland Scientia Building

Three academics have been recognised for their outstanding supervision and leadership in training UNSW’s Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates.

These competitive awards recognise sustained excellence in the supervision, mentoring and training of HDR candidates. They also highlight outstanding leadership in research training.

Associate Professor Megan Lord (UNSW Engineering) received the award for Leadership for her outstanding contribution to shaping high-quality HDR initiatives and maximising the benefits for candidates.

Associate Professor Minako Sakai (UNSW Canberra) received the award for HDR Supervision for her exceptional track record and outstanding engagement in high-quality supervisory practice and supervision leadership.

Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith (UNSW Medicine & Health) also received a Supervision award under the Emerging Supervisory category for the high level of support and care she provides her candidates during their candidature and after completion.

“These awards recognise the outstanding contributions of our academics who are supporting UNSW’s HDR candidates,” said Professor Jonathan Morris, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Training and Dean of Graduate Research.  

“This year’s award winners collectively demonstrate the highest level of HDR supervision and leadership, and I am thrilled to celebrate their outstanding achievement.”

The winners will be formally recognised at the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Awards Ceremony on 24 November.