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Academic Gongs 2018

26 January 2018 895 Australians  have been recognised with Orders of Australia on Australia Day 2018, 641 In the General Division (basically, civilians). As always, members of the tertiary education sector featured strongly in the honours list, with 119 awards (about 19% in the General Division), particularly in the upper categories.  People associated with the tertiary sector received 11 out of the 16 Companion awards (68%), 27 out of 68 Officer awards  (40%),  62 of 170 Member awards (36%), for 40% of the higher awards (a proportion which has actually increasing considerably over time) .  In the most common category,  Medal of the Order, only 19 of 387 awards were tertiary sector related … [Read more...]

Eco champion  gonged

7 June 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Federation University Emeritus Professor Martin Westbrooke has been awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The award to Professor Westbrooke is for "service to ecology and to environmental management". “It is an honour to receive this award for my career and work in ecology and environmental management,” Professor Westbrooke said. “I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to combine my two passions, teaching and the environment in what has been a rewarding career, predominantly at Federation University Australia and its … [Read more...]

Academic gongs – Queen’s Birthday 2015

8 June 2015 Over 700 people from across the broad spectrum of Australian society are recognised on the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to the nation or to humanity at large. There were 170 women and 349 men appointed to the Order of Australia while a further 198 Australians were recognised through military and meritorious awards. 635 Australians have been recognised with Orders of Australia on Australia Day 2015, while a further 59 military and 130 meritorious awards were announced. Members of the tertiary education sector received 65 awards, particularly in the upper categories. These include 5 out of the 8 Companion awards (62%), 18 out of 44 Officer awards (31%) and 32 of … [Read more...]

Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation

11 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Victorian government has opened applications for two prestigious science and innovation award programs. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The government will offer two Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation, in physical sciences and life sciences, alongside 12 Victoria Fellowships – six in physical sciences and six in life sciences. The 2015 Victoria Prizes for Science and Innovation, valued at $50,000 each, are to recognise outstanding leaders in science and their research contributions to the Victorian community. The Victoria Fellowships, valued at $18,000 each, support researchers in science, engineering and … [Read more...]

Australian Policy Online wins major award

26 August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Australian Policy Online has won the ‘’Information’’ category in the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA). ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Australian Policy Online, based at Swinburne University of Technology, is a database and alert service that provides free access to full text research reports, papers, statistics and other resources essential for public policy development and implementation in Australia and New Zealand. The ANZIA awards, a collaboration between auDA and InternetNZ, celebrate the achievements of organisations, businesses and individuals that have made significant contributions … [Read more...]

Knights and dames back!

Sydney Morning Herald     |     24 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Knights and Dames are being reintroduced to the Order of Australia honours list. Not quite up there with the Menzies government  plan to call the dollar the "royal" - but close. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Outgoing governor-general Quentin Bryce and her successor Peter Cosgrove will be the first to receive the titles. The Queen has amended the letters patent for the Order of Australia to allow for the new honours, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday. The new category will recognise pre-eminent Australians. Advertisement Up to four … [Read more...]

Academic gongs

26 January 2014 Members of the tertiary education sector featured strongly in the  Australia Day Honours 2014 _________________________________________________________ In the Australian honours system appointments to the Order of Australia confer recognition for outstanding achievement and service.  The order has four levels  : The Companion of the Order of Australia is awarded for “eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service” to Australia or humanity at large. The Officer of the Order is awarded for “distinguished service”.  The Member of the Order is awarded for “significant service”.  The Medal of the Order is awarded for “service”. Of the 683 awards … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 25 November 2013

TAFE shines at Australian Training Awards TAFE Institutes were in the spotlight at the 2013 Australian Training Awards in Perth on Friday. TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute was named national Large Training Provider of the Year. The award recognises a registered training organisation (RTO) that has demonstrated outstanding achievement in all aspects of the delivery of vocational education and training. The judges noted South Western Sydney Institute’s ‘Bright Ideas’ initiative to improve workforce capability in innovation and its successful collaboration with industry partners. The success of this initiative led to the TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute Innovate model, … [Read more...]

The Scan | #142 | 1 November 2013

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The state of Australian education A report  by the Council of Australian Governments Reform Council shows mixed progress on education. Participation in preschool is high and school outcomes in the early years are improving. Nationally, average scores improved in Years 3 and 5 in reading and in Year 5 in numeracy, but there were no improvements in Years 7 and 9.  Australia is also performing behind top countries in these key areas. Year 12 attainment has increased, particularly for Indigenous … [Read more...]

Pioneer in fight agains child virus awarded Florey Medal

Fairfax Media     |   29 October 2013 Until 40 years ago the cause of one of the most common types of gastro was a mystery.   But the consequences of infection were obvious. In developed and developing countries alike, babies and young children died from acute diarrhoea, which was sometimes called cholera infantum. Murdoch Children's Research Institute microbiologist Ruth Bishop explains: It was similar to cholera in that there was a huge outpouring of fluid and electrolytes.  And it's that loss that put the child's life at risk. It was Professor Bishop's pioneering work ''following the clues'' as she described it on Monday that led to her discovering the cause of the … [Read more...]