University staff get top marks
SOUTHERN Cross University has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to education by being awarded three citations from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
The recipients, Janie Conway-Herron from the creative writing team, Ross Goldingay from the School of Environmental Science and Management and Meredith Kayess from the Academic Skills Development Unit, will each receive $10,000.
Adele Wessell, chair of the Academic Board at Southern Cross University, said the recognition was a great achievement for the university and the individuals involved.
“Looking at the recipients individually you can see considerable diversity which reflects the higher education sector generally but they all focus on enhancing the experience of higher education for students,” Dr Wessell said.
“Dr Ross Goldingay's approach to field work and the strong relationship forged in his work between research and teaching has been acknowledged as outstanding.
“Meredith Kayess' citation recognises the importance of the transition to university and the first year experience and acknowledges the strategies she uses.
“The creative writing team made a strong case based on the fact that for more than a decade they have designed and implemented innovative approaches to their curriculum.
“All the people who applied should be congratulated and thanked for making the effort to share their practices.
“The institution as a whole can feel proud of the recipients of this award and share in its benefits.”
The NSW regional presentation ceremony will be held at the NSW Art Gallery in Sydney on August 2.