2016 Excellence in Engagement Awards

Leadership

Awarded

  • Aunty Irene Harrington and Ms Virginia Ingham, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples: For the revitalisation of the Bundjalung Language and Culture through a collaborative project between the Bundjalung community and Southern Cross University. The project has touched everyone from school children to university students, their families and the Elders. This project has enhanced community capacity to learn and be proud of their culture.

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Engaged Learning

Awarded (Jointly)

  • Ms Maggie Scorey and Ms Yvonne Pennisi, School of Health and Human Sciences: For an inter-professional unit of study for Allied Health students that produced exceptional health project outcomes in collaboration with local community partners. This project focused on reflexive community relevant learning opportunities and enhanced the knowledge, scope of practice and employability of these students.
  • Ms Adele Suda, School of Health and Human Sciences: For creating a real world environment for SCU students to plan, implement and evaluate health, social and environmental change programs to promote health and prevent illness. This project resulted in a National Disabilities Insurance Scheme (NDIS) guide for families and a proposal for an outdoor playground to increase social interaction and child developmental milestones for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Shortlisted

  • Ms Vashti Silver, School of Business and Tourism (The Hotel School): For the delivery of a professional development program in collaboration with tourism and hospitality partners that has improved student employability skills, career awareness and self-efficacy. This project has also boosted students' motivation and confidence in pursuing their hotel management related career.
  • Ms Leigh Carriage, School of Arts and Social Sciences: For creating inspired real world learning experiences for students in the Contemporary Music Program at Southern Cross University, through a Visiting Artist Workshops and Mentoring Program. The program has enhanced the way SCU students develop their song writing, composition, arranging and production skills and opened up collaborative compositional ventures between the visiting musicians and students.

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Engaged Research

Awarded

  • Dr David Newell, Dr John Grant and Rosalie Willacy, School of Environment, Science and Engineering; Ms Emma Stone, Whian Whian Landcare: For a community research partnership investigating native frogs as indicators of success in riparian restoration. This project delivered a protocol for restoration of riparian areas that detailed best management practice to incorporate consideration and protection of frogs and raise awareness in the community about their protection.

Shortlisted

  • Dr Lester Thompson, School of Arts and Social Sciences: For a project that built trust and relational ethics capabilities within Australian non-governmental organisations for improving child protection practices in the Pacific. This work examined how indigenous workers delivered services in the Solomon Islands and how they use cultural knowledge to strengthen cultural protections and achieve child rights outcomes.
  • Mr Andrew Woods, Professor Andrew Cashin, Associate Professor Lynette Stockhausen, School of Health and Human Sciences; Ms Rae Rafferty, and Mr Jonathan Magill, Northern NSW Local Health District: For sustained participatory action research exploring the impact of a community of practice on nurse and midwifery educator professional identities and practice. This project improved relations between educators across the partner organisations, resulting in more innovative approaches to clinical placements and mutually beneficial student learning outcomes.

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Community Impact

Awarded

  • Dr Wendy Boyd, Associate Professor Marilyn Chaseling, Dr Robert Smith, Mr Alan Foster, Dr Christos Markopoulos, Dr Bradley Shipway, Ms Cathy Lembke and Professor Martin Hayden, School of Education; and Professor Bill Boyd, School of Environment, Science and Engineering: For empowering school communities through the North Coast Initiative for School Improvement using a collaborative-enquiry model, that creates shared understanding and improves student outcomes. The North Coast Initiative for School Improvement engaged with 23 North Coast schools and 61 School leaders to positively impact on student engagement, performance and retention.

Shortlisted

  • Dr Neal Lake and Mr Ben Cummings, School of Environment, Science and Engineering; and Mr. Jim McInerney, the SCU Robotics Club: For providing an accessible, exciting environment for primary and high school students from low socio-economic backgrounds in the Northern Rivers region to experience the world of robotics. The SCU Robotics Club provides a place for building collective knowledge and mentorship for the next generation of technical professionals.
  • Aunty Irene Harrington and Ms Virginia Ingham, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples: For the revitalisation of the Bundjalung Language and Culture through a collaborative project between the Bundjalung community and Southern Cross University. The project has touched everyone from school children to university students, their families and the Elders. This project has enhanced community capacity to learn and be proud of their culture.

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