RMIT University has recognised staff and student achievements at its 2015 Teaching and Research Awards.
Vice-Chancellor and President, Martin Bean CBE, said the awards celebrated the achievements of RMIT staff in teaching and research, as well as Higher Degree by Research students.
“You are at the heart of what RMIT offers students – a transformative life changing experience, a commitment to the transformative power of learning for every one of our students,” Martin said.
The ceremony included the presentation of the first Outstanding Impact in Learning and Teaching award, which was presented to Sally Parrott, Graham Airey and Fiona McQueen from the School of Vocational Business Education.
The award was for their work on a project that brought together students from multiple countries and time zones to solve a real-life business problem for a multinational client.
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, Professor Matthew Cuthbertson, said the awards recognised the outstanding contribution staff and Higher Degree by
Research candidates were making towards the reputation of RMIT and the expansion of knowledge within their disciplines or areas of research expertise.
“The recipients are to be celebrated for their demonstrated excellence in the dissemination of quality research outcomes, the impact of their research through citations and translation of research, such as through patents, HDR candidate supervisions and completions, and attraction of research funding in support of research sustainability,” Cuthbertson said.
Professor Geoff Crisp, Dean, Learning and Teaching, said every year the University’s teaching staff demonstrated excellence and innovation in their teaching methods.
“They find new and inventive ways to effectively engage with their students in our global university environment,” he said.
“Each year, new technologies are integrated into our learning and teaching. New possibilities are available to us as teachers and RMIT has been at the forefront of integrating these new possibilities into our teaching.”
RMIT 2015 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award - Professor Sara Charlesworth, School of Management
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Supervision Excellence Award - Professor Vipul Bansal, School of Applied Sciences
Vice-Chancellor’s Research Excellence, Early Career Researcher Award - Dr Bill Davey, School of Business IT and Logistics
Vice-Chancellor’s Doctoral Research Excellence Prize - Dr Rozina Abdul Rani, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Vice-Chancellor’s Higher Degree by Research Publication Excellence Award - Dr Shi-Yang Tang, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award - Shekhar Kalra, School of Computer Science and Information Technology
RMIT 2015 Research Awards
Research Excellence Award
College of Business - Professor Jason Potts, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing (Professor of Economics)
College of Design and Social Context - Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies (Future Fellow)
College of Science, Engineering and Health - Professor Chun Hui Wang, School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (Director, Sir Lawrence Wackett Aerospace Research Centre)
Doctoral Research Excellence Prize
College of Business - Dr Kelly Burns, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing
College of Design and Social Context - Dr David Blades, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
College of Science, Engineering and Health - Dr Ahmad Sabirin bin Zoolfakar, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Malcolm Moore Industry Research Award - Dr Ruwini Edirisinghe, School of Property, Construction and Project Management and Associate Professor Ingo Karpen, Graduate School of Business and Law
RMIT 2015 Teaching Awards
Educational Partnerships and Collaborations with Other Organisations – Carmen Pricone
School of Fashion and Textiles and Hazel Sims, School of Vocational Business Education
Flexible Learning and Teaching - Dr Cindy O'Malley, School of Medical Sciences
Graduate Learning Outcomes - Hisham Attia, School of Vocational Business Education and Alexandra Wake, School of Media and Communication
Innovation in Curricula, Learning and Teaching - Dr Amanda-Jane Kimpton, School of Health Sciences
Story: Louise Handran