Inaugural First Nations Success Awards open for nomination now

For those of you who are not aware, First Nations refers to all Indigenous and Aboriginal peoples in our community. We’re getting ready to celebrate the outstanding contributions First Nations people make to enhance our lives, our university and beyond.

Introducing the inaugural First Nations Success Awards!

Charles Sturt University is thrilled to announce the first ever First Nations Success Awards in 2021. These awards have been established to highlight the achievements and contributions of our First Nations students, staff and community members across a range of categories. You can highlight the contributions of yourself or someone else.

Success can mean so many different things! From academic achievement to volunteering in the community, if you or someone you know has made an impact in some way, it’s worth nominating.

Nominations open Monday 23 August 2021 and will close on 30 September 2021. There are six award categories in total. You can nominate yourself or someone else for more than one category.

Award categories

  1. First Nations Student Achievement Award
    • To be awarded to one student in each of the three faculties – Faculty of Sport and Health, Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts and Education
  2. First Nations Student Academic Excellence Award
    • To also be awarded to one student in each of the three faculties
  3. First Nations Staff Achievement Award
    • For a staff member who you feel has made incredible achievements in their career or in their lifetime
  4. First Nations Staff Recognition of Service
    • For a staff member who you feel should be recognised for their service
  5. First Nations Recognition of Contribution
    • To be awarded to individuals who have made a real difference in their community
  6. First Nations Impact Award
    • For an individual, a team or a community that has had a big impact in people’s lives

How do I nominate?

Head to the dedicated First Nations Success Awards page:

  1. Decide which award/s you’d like to nominate for
  2. Select “Make nomination” under the awards category
  3. Read and address the selection criteria.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, held on 18 November 2021, subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

Why should I nominate myself or someone else?

As a student, I feel proud to be associated with a university that celebrates the rich history and culture of our First Nations people. Recognising these contributions is important for everyone in our community.

Our very own purpose and ethos is the Wiradjuri phrase “Yindyamarra Winhanganha”, meaning the “wisdom of respectfully knowing how to live well in a world worth living in”.

I’m excited to have this opportunity to bring this purpose to life by celebrating the outstanding achievements of our First Nations people.

Thank you to everyone who submits a nomination, for acknowledging and celebrating the diversity and beauty in our student and staff body.