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[SCREEN SHOWS THE WORDS “CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2020 WINNERS”]
VISUAL: RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President Martin Bean addresses the camera.
MARTIN BEAN SPEAKS:
As Vice-Chancellor I always enjoy the times when we pause to recognise and celebrate some truly exceptional RMIT people.
After a year when we had to rapidly learn to work, teach and research in completely new ways, it’s more important than ever we acknowledge the amazing efforts of our people.
I'm sure that’s why our winners all share a common characteristic that I’ve seen right across our community in 2020.
[VISUAL: Interior group shots of people working and learning on RMIT campus]
It’s an unwavering determination to keep going, to continue transforming lives and shaping the world, no matter what obstacles emerge.
The more we notice the wonderful contributions of passionate people and pause to see the acts of greatness in our community, the more of it there'll be.
The award categories capture a range of staff achievements, but each has inspired others and helped to shape a culture we all want to be a part of.
[Visual: Still photograph of RMIT researchers in laboratory and RMIT flight training teaching staff in front of plane]
Our research award winners have demonstrated research excellence, our learning and teaching winners have provided life-changing student experiences, and our Council and Leadership award winners have impacted the lives of our staff and students through extraordinary demonstrations of our RMIT values.
[Visual: Animated text on-screen shows the words “Our values; Inclusion, imagination, agility, courage, passion, impact”]
To our award winners, on behalf of our Chancellor Dr. Ziggy Switkowski and myself, I want to say this:
We know it wasn’t easy. We know that your achievements this year have been particularly hard won and that your contributions demanded a special kind of resilience, creativity and passion.
All of this in a year that’s been tougher than any before.
I also know you’ll say there are many more of your colleagues who deserve to be recognised in this way, and you’re right.
But this is your moment, enjoy every minute of it and then go out and acknowledge the great work of others - something each of you do every day, it’s just who you are.
There’s no doubt you’ve proven yourselves as leaders and that’s about heart and clarity of purpose.
It's a way of being, not a title or a level.
So please continue to lead proudly and with strong values and good judgement.
[Visual: Photo montage of the winners of RMIT’s 2020 Awards for Excellence]
Thank you for everything you do for RMIT and the communities we serve.
I encourage everyone to take the time to learn about your achievements and be inspired by them, just as I’ve been inspired.
Congratulations and take care.
[Visual: Text on screen reads “RMIT University”]
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