Academic Portfolio staff recognised at 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards

OCTAL Award recipients (from left): Dr Ann Rogerson, Dr Lynnaire Sheridan, Dr Ruth Walker, Emma Purdy, and Kristy Newton 
with Vice-Chancellor and Professor Paul Wellings CBE.

Staff from across UOW’s Academic Portfolio have been recognised for their contribution to teaching and learning and professional services to the University, during the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards held in August.

This year’s Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) overall award for providing an exceptional learning and student experience was presented to the Academic Integrity team; Dr Ann Rogerson and Dr Lynnaire Sheridan from the Faculty of Business, Dr Ruth Walker from Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, Emma Purdy from Academic Quality and Standards and Kristy Newton from the Library.

The team reviewed UOW’s academic integrity policy to ensure procedures were more proactive and educational, had a broader focus beyond plagiarism and provided better management of allegations of academic misconduct.

Dominic Riordan and Jan Sullivan from Academic Quality and Standards were awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Special Award, recognising exceptional performance for their leadership of the TEQSA re-accreditation. This outcome was the culmination of two years’ hard work working with staff from across the University.

(Left) Professor Paul Wellings CBE with Associate Professor Trish Mundy, (top middle) Nathan Riggir, (top right) Tracey Todd, 
(Bottom) Kylie Austin, Amy Thompson, Jenna Thorn, Ruby Walsh, Jade Andrews and Samantha Stiff.

The Outstanding Service for Professional Services Staff Award for individuals was presented to two staff members from the portfolio: Nathan Riggir from Library Services was acknowledged for leading the design and establishment for UOW’s MakerSpace, while Tracey Todd from Student Support was recognised for her exceptional leadership in the development and coordination of UOW’s Support First Model, including the establishment of the Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Triage Service and implementation of the 1300 Support Line.

The Team Award for Outstanding Service for Professional Services Staff went to the UOWx Team: Kylie Austin, Amy Thompson, Jenna Thorn, Ruby Walsh, Jade Andrews and Samantha Stiff from Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students). Over the past three years, the collective efforts of the team has resulted in significant growth of student and staff engagement as a result of building effective partnerships across all levels of program design, implementation and evaluation.

The Mogo & Mudji Team, comprising Jaimey Facchin, Adam Gowen, Nicola Bath, Saskia Ebejer and Jade Andrews from UOW Batemans Bay Campus, was presented with the team award for Excellence in Community Engagement.

As part of the Community Engagement Grants Scheme (CEGS), the team partnered with Mogo Public School, with a majority Aboriginal student enrolment, to develop educational activities and resources – including two story books – helping build capacity and cultural awareness for all stakeholders. The books have since been distributed to all the schools in the Eurobodalla, local libraries, information centres, Lands Council and National Parks.

Associate Professor Trish Mundy from Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts was honoured with the Rosemary Cooper Diversity and Inclusion Award. She was acknowledged for being an outstanding and dedicated advocate for the LGBTIQ+ community and her contribution to policy change, mentoring programs and celebrating diversity days.

Thirty-two staff members were recognised for their 25 years of service to UOW including Director of UOW Library Services, Margie Jantti and her Library colleague, Sonya Ollerenshaw.

The function, held in the University Hall on August 23, was attended by 350 award recipients, guests and staff.

A full list of 2018 award recipients is available on the 2018 Vice-Chancellors Staff Awards Honour Board.

(Left) Professor Paul Wellings CBE with Margie Jantti, (top middle) Sonya Ollerenshaw, (top right) Dominic Riordan and Jan Sullivan 
and (bottom) Nicola Bath, Jaimey Facchin, Saskia Ebejer, Jade Andrews and Adam Gowen.