2018 Excellence in Engagement Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 award recipients and finalists.

Download a copy of the 2018 Excellence in Engagement Awards Booklet, which features the impressive work of this year's nominations. 

Community Impact

AWARD RECIPIENT

Associate Professor Steven Purcell: National Marine Science Centre; Mr Poasi Ngaluafe: Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries, Tonga; Mr Karibanang Tamuera Aram, Mr Erietera Aram: Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development, Kiribati; Associate Professor Simon Foale: James Cook University; Professor Brian Cullis, Ms Nicole Cocks: University of Wollongong; Mr Watisoni Lalavanua: Wildlife Conservation Society; Mr Sailasa Tagica: Partners in Community Development, Fiji

For demonstrated community impact on Pacific Island fishers through technical capacity building on improved postharvest processing of fishery catches.

FINALISTS

Mrs Tazuko McLaren OAM: SCU College               

For enhancing  the  relationship  between  Japan  and  Australia  by  initiating  education  and  community  involvement  of  all  ages  with the  ultimate  aim  of  world  peace.

Ms Shelley Odewahn: SCU Health Clinic; Mr Eli Partridge: Multitask Human Resource Foundation; Mr Douglas Hollingworth: Ability Advocacy; Ms Pauline Bourke: DAISI Services

For the promotion of the social inclusion of people with disability through collaborative, creative, community celebration.

 


Engaged Learning

AWARD RECIPIENT

Dr Jo Kijas and Associate Professor Adele Wessell: School of Arts and Social Sciences

For sustained commitment to authentic student history research projects undertaken collaboratively with community partners to achieve mutual goals and benefits that have an ongoing legacy.

FINALISTS

Ms Jeanti St Clair: School of Arts and Social Sciences

For providing authentic journalism experiences for students that meet a genuine community need.

Dr Scott Niblock: School of Business and Tourism

For creating a virtual trading environment for Southern Cross students to plan, construct and manage investment portfolios using gaming simulations to promote financial capability.

Ms Vashti Silver: The Hotel School

For a nationally recognised, industry-centred program which delivers an authentic reciprocal learning environment, instils student self-efficacy, and facilitates career preparation and professional awareness.

 


Engaged Research

AWARD RECIPIENT

Professor Isaac Santos, Mr Shane White, Mr Stephen Conrad, Associate Professor Christian Sanders: National Marine Science Centre

For community-driven water quality research to protect, rehabilitate and manage iconic streams, estuaries and the Solitary Islands Marine Park.

Media Coverage:

FINALIST

Associate Professor Sally Robinson, Professor Anne Graham, Dr Kate Neale, Ms Jaimsie Speeding: Centre for Children and Young People; Professor Karen Fisher, Professor Kelley Johnson: University of New South Wales; Dr Ed Hall: University of Dundee; Ms Suzanna Poredos, Mr Alex Varley: Northcott Disability Services; Mr Gordon Duff: National Disability Services (NDS, Industry CI)

For collaborative research aimed at strengthening relationships between young people with disability and support workers, by engaging young people and community partners in co-designing research.

 


Leadership

This Award acknowledges members of the University who are catalysts for enhanced university-community connectivity. The Award recipient is chosen by the selection panel from all team members of shortlisted nominations. Award recipients are chosen from the shortlist and exemplify the University’s mission and values in action.

AWARD RECIPIENTS

This year the selection panel was honoured to be able acknowledge two outstanding staff members for the Leadership Award.

Professor Anne Graham AO

For her leadership in establishing the Centre for Children and Young People, which has positioned Southern Cross University as the 'go to' institution in Australia for safe, ethical research involving children and young people. 

Mrs Tazuko McLaren OAM: SCU College               

For her dedication to enhancing the  relationship  between  Japan  and  Australia  by  initiating  education  and  community  involvement  of  all  ages  with the  ultimate  aim  of  world  peace.

SHORTLISTED

  • Mr Stephen Conrad, National Marine Science Centre
  • Professor Anne Graham AO, Centre for Children and Young People
  • Dr Jo Kijas, School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Mrs Tazuko McLaren OAM, SCU College
  • Dr Kate Neale, Centre for Children and Young People
  • Dr Scott Niblock, School of Business and Tourism
  • Ms Shelley Odewahn, SCU Health Clinic
  • Associate Professor Steven Purcell, National Marine Science Centre
  • Associate Professor Sally Robinson, Centre for Children and Young People
  • Associate Professor Christian Sanders, National Marine Science Centre
  • Professor Isaac Santos, National Marine Science Centre
  • Ms Vashti Silver, The Hotel School
  • Ms Jeanti St Clair, School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Associate Professor Adele Wessell, School of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Mr Shane White, National Marine Science Centre