Achievement Award

The CAUL Achievement Award recognises outstanding contributions that support the achievement of the CAUL strategic agenda. From 2018, the criteria will reflect CAUL's renewed strategic priorities.

Nominees for the award will be evaluated in terms of their demonstrated achievements contributing to one or more of the following CAUL goals: 

  • Communication & Influence
  • Contribution to Learning and Teaching 
  • Contribution to Research
  • Information Resources & Scholarly Communication
  • Delivering Quality and Value

Qualifying achievements must be demonstrated to have been influential beyond the nominee’s employing institution over a period of at least two years. Achievements solely at an institutional level are not eligible for consideration. The nature and quality of achievement must be of a level that is far and above the normal requirements of the individual’s paid position, justifying special recognition. Nominees are expected to have displayed exceptional leadership and initiative, have undertaken advocacy at a high level and be able to demonstrate that their achievements have led to change.

Selection criteria

See further information and selection criteria for the award.


Individuals other than the University Librarian or equivalent employed at CAUL member libraries during the twelve months prior to the close of nominations. The Award primarily recognises personal achievement but more than one individual may be included in the nomination provided that the contribution of each and every nominee meets the criteria. Previous recipients are eligible for nomination, provided that the nomination is distinct from previous nominations and a period of at least five years has elapsed since the previous Award. 

Nominating an individual or group

To nominate an individual or group for the CAUL Achievement Award, please use the attached form when making your nomination.

Recipients of the CAUL Achievement Award

There was no award in 2017

Dr Amberyn Thomas, Associate Director, Scholarly Communication and Repository Services, The University of Queensland. Nomination and Presentation given at CAUL 2017/1 on 9-10 March 2017.

Stephen Cramond, Manager, Institutional Repository, The University of Melbourne. Nomination and Presentation to CAUL 2016/1, 17 March, 2016.

Lyn Torres (Centre, Information Research Skills Manager) and Leanne McCann (Left, Learning Skills Manager), leaders of the Monash University Research and Learning Team. Nomination - with Heather Gordon (Right, CAUL President, 19 March 2015).

There was no award for 2013

Karen Tang, Associate Director Corporate Services, Curtin University. Nomination and Presentation to CAUL, March 2013

Tom Ruthven, Digital Library Innovation And Development Manager, University of New South Wales. Nomination and Presentation to CAUL, March 2012

Samantha (Sam) Searle, Data Management Coordinator, Monash University. Nomination and Presentation to CAUL, April 2011

There was no award in 2009

Paula Callan, eResearch Access Coordinator, Queensland University of Technology. Nomination and Presentation to CAUL, April 2009

Ross Coleman, Director of Sydney eScholarship, The University of Sydney. Nomination and Presentation to CAUL, April 2008 

Jocelyn Priddey, Senior Manager, Information Resources, The University of Queensland. Nomination and Presentation to CAUL (See  item 779 of CAUL Meeting Minutes), May 2007

Michele Sabto, Manager, Monash University ePress. Nomination and Presentation to CAUL, September 2006

Judith Peacock, Information Literacy Coordinator, Queensland University of Technology. Nomination and Presentation to CAUL, April 2005

Peter Green, e-Library Development Librarian, Curtin University of Technology. Nomination and Presentation to CAUL, April 2004

Margie Jantti,  Quality and Marketing Manager, University of Wollongong. NominationPaper & Presentation to CAUL, April 2003

Author Harry Rolf
Last modified 14 June 2018