A program run by The University of Western Australia that helps undergraduate students undertake world-class research and even present at international conferences has won a prestigious national award.
Professor Emeritus Robert (Bob) Gilkes, former Winthrop Professor of Soil Science and Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Earth and Environment at the University of Western Australia was recently presented with a Crawford Fund medal for his lifetime contribution to research supervision and mentoring of overseas students.
Every year the Faculty recognises outstanding educators for their inspirational work with the Faculty Teaching Awards. This year the Faculty is proud to recognize Associate Professor Christine Howitt and Professor Marnie O’Neill for their excellence in teaching.
The awards are determined against national criteria set by the Office for Learning and Teaching. The awards also directly reflect student perspectives, as students are the ones who initially nominate exceptional teachers for the awards.
Becky Steven and Jessica Cobley recently won a national award for their research. Their action research project aimed at finding ways of using Web 2.0-based tools to develop students’ speaking fluency.
The Action Research in ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) programme focuses on teaching and assessing speaking skills. In 2013 the category was contested by six teams of teachers from four states (WA, NSW, Victoria and Queensland).
UWA students Brent Kealy and Matthew Lim have impressed a board of CEOs and executives to be named national runners-up in the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia's Mission Exceptional competition.