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2021 CAUDIT Awards

2021 CAUDIT Awards Recipients

We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported and helped contribute in bringing the 2021 CAUDIT Awards to life. From the nominees and nominators, sponsors, judges, the CIOs who supported their team members, the CAUDIT Executive, and the many individuals working tirelessly on digital transformation initiatives within their organisations, that ultimately is the foundation for the CAUDIT Awards.
We congratulate this years’ finalists and recipients and look forward to doing it all again next year.


The recipients of the 2021 CAUDIT Awards are:


Improving Student Success sponsored by ServiceNow

  • University of Canterbury - Analytics for Course Engagement (ACE): A predictive and proactive approach to student success by the Kia Angitu – Student Success Programme Team

Innovation in Teaching and Learning sponsored by Cataylst IT

  • Griffith University - Backbone Toolkit (Location Explorer and Response Tool) by the Learning Futures - Development Team

Excellence in Research Support sponsored by Dropbox Education

  • The University of Newcastle - Automated Field of Research Classifier

Operational Excellence sponsored by Results Group International

  • The University of Melbourne - SmartCampus - An IoT / Digital Data platform used in the day-to- day operations of the University of Melbourne by the Smart Campus Team

Emerging Leader sponsored by SoftwareOne
  • Fadi Alja'fari - Deakin University

2021 CAUDIT Awards Judging

Congratulations to everyone who submitted a nomination for a 2021 CAUDIT Award. Judging has now been completed!
Our judges bring a breadth and depth of experience from a broad range of organisations: Universities Australia, AeRO, AARNet, Pawsey, ACODE, HEITSA, AAF, UCISA, CUCCIO and our award sponsors:  Dropbox, Catalyst IT, ServiceNow, Results Group International (RGI) and SoftwareOne. We thank them for their interest, time and consideration.
You can check out the contenders for this years’ awards using the left-hand side navigation items.

2021 CAUDIT Awards Nominations Closed

We understand the start of the year is a busy time for many as they plan workloads and determine priorities for the year ahead. We also acknowledge that people will be taking time off during the Easter Break. With this in mind, we extended the closing date for the 2021 CAUDIT Awards nominations by an additional 10 days to 9am AEST, Monday 19 April.

Information on entering can be found here.

Submit a nomination here.

These Awards recognise, celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements and innovation of staff working in IT in CAUDIT member organisations, via the application of digital capabilities which positively transformed the experience of students, academics and professional staff during 2020.  

We all know 2020 was a challenging and disruptive year for many individuals, organisations and higher education and research in general. There was massive change in the way we live and work, adapting to a new normal in an uncertain, fast moving and dynamic world environment.

However 2020 also provided a wealth of opportunity for growth, innovation and reflection – a time to reset, refocus, reprioritise and move forward with positivity and a new sense of purpose and possibility.

We needed to find ways to not only survive, but to thrive in this brave new world.

What are some of the ground-breaking projects you or your colleagues worked on that helped your business unit or organisation through this time of disruption and change? 

Who were the CAUDIT Leadership Institute (CLI) graduates who stepped forward and demonstrated positive leadership while steering their team, others or some aspect of your business through uncharted territory?

Give these projects, and the individuals and teams behind them, the recognition and respect they deserve by nominating them for a 2021 CAUDIT Award.

There are five award categories to choose from, so start thinking about your colleagues who made a real difference and nominate them for a 2021 CAUDIT Award.

If you need a little bit of inspiration to get started, have a look at the CAUDIT Awards Highlight video for 2019 below and check out our past award recipients, finalists and sponsors via the left-hand side navigation links.

Finalists will be recognised and category recipients announced at the 2021 CAUDIT Awards Ceremony which will be held virtually on 29 July.