Appointments, achievements of the week

Charles Sturt U has announced its inaugural excellence awards for individuals and teams.

Kate Organ: work on the new ethics and compliance unit

Kate Aylmore and team: changes to the student special consideration system

Christine Lindsay: process improvements for student surveys

 Brett Russell and team: reducing retail waste

Kelly Linden, Lucy Webster and team: implementation of Adaptive Learning Technologies

Lee Baumgartner and team: research on food security in the Mekong Basin

Isabel Fox and team: raising student awareness of sexual consent in university residences

Siobhain Howard: work on the AgriTech Incubator

Deborah Murdoch: student assessments

Anne Geddis and team: school and community partnerships


Martin Thomas from ANU is appointed Keith Cameron professor of Australian history for 2019 at University College, Dublin. The chair is funded by the Australian Government. ANU advises Aspro Thomas specialises in, “specialises in Australian, Aboriginal and trans-national history.”


The Economic Society of Australia has announced its 2018 awards. Deborah Cobb Clark (UniSydney) is the distinguished fellow. Rachel Ong (Curtin U) is the ESA young economist award. Chris Ryan and Cain Polidano from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research win the Trevor Swan Memorial Prize.


Some 60 University of Sydney staff are honoured in the vice chancellor’s awards including;

Bec Plumbe, educational designer in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry who wins the Outstanding Contribution to Educational Excellence.

Tara Murphy, aspro in the Faculty of Science receives the Outstanding Educational Engagement and Innovation award and the Outstanding Teaching and Research award.

Leanne Togher is honoured for outstanding research helping people with severe traumatic brain injury.

Annette Tredrea is recognised for her Outstanding Contribution to Research Excellence as trials officer at the university’s plant breeding institute.



The University of Queensland has 40 new fellows of the (UK) Higher Education Academy, “in recognition of their dedication to teaching and learning.” There are four new principal fellows, Paul Mills and Susan Rowland (Faculty of Science) Polly Parker (Faculty of Business, Economics and Law) and Christine Slade (Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation).


Amir Mahmood will become dean of business at Western Sydney U in October. Professor Mahmood is now head of the University of Newcastle’s Singapore campusSenior DVC Scott Holmes now doubles as WSU biz dean.


Deb Verhoeven (UTS) has Cad$350 000 per annum for seven years as a Canada 150 research chair at the University of Alberta. She moved from Deakin U to UTS a year or so back to become associate dean, engagement and innovation in the arts and social science faculty. Professor Verhoeven will go to Alberta in April where she will lead a team, “using machine learning and crowdsourcing to create an open-linked, open data knowledge base of feminist content sourced from a wide range of Canadian cultural collections.”


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