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Strength in student learning elevated at national awards

National citations presented for outstanding contributions in the classroom.

The University of Wollongong’s (UOW) excellence in student learning has been celebrated following the presentation of three National Citations at the 2017 Australian Awards for University Teaching held at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Arts today (14 September).

Associate Professor Shady Cosgrove from the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, the First Year Chemistry Team from the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health and the Recovery Camp Team from the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, all received the National Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Associate Professor Cosgrove received her citation for: Inspiring creative writing students to develop a resilient (re)-writing practice beyond formal assessment that relies on feedback and ‘failing better’.

The First Year Chemistry Team comprising team members Associate Professor Glennys O’Brien and Dr Simon Bedford were recognised for: A team partnership approach to curriculum transformation – creating successful pathways for large diverse student cohorts taking undergraduate science degree programs.

Team members of the Recovery Camp Team, Professor Lorna Moxham, Mr Christopher Patterson, Ms Ellie Taylor, Dr Dana Perlman and Dr Renee Brighton were awarded their citation for: Influencing and enhancing student learning through Recovery Camp – an immersive workplace experience shared with people with a mental illness.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Joe Chicharo, congratulated the academics on their tremendous achievements.

“We are very proud of their accomplishments. It’s a great example of the high calibre of academic staff UOW attracts, who are willing to share their knowledge and empower our students towards success.

“The acknowledgement clearly demonstrates UOW’s repeated strength in this important category of student learning, ultimately supporting our excellent graduate outcomes,” Professor Chicharo said.

These National Citations recognise the diverse and sustained contributions made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning in the Higher Education sector.

UOW has recently achieved top ranking for student experience at a public university in the 2018 Good Universities Guide, and has consistently been ranked in the top three Australian universities for overall performance according to National Quality Indicators for Teaching and Learning (QILT).