Graduate School celebrates its top achievers

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education played host to over 200 guests on Thursday 7 May for its annual Awards Evening, celebrating the achievements of outstanding students, graduates and staff.

This year 46 awards and scholarships were presented to 100 awardees from a broad range of areas and disciplines – across research, teaching and engagement.

In his opening address Dean Field Rickards commended the winners on their superb efforts and reflected on the Graduate School's success.

"To our current and past students I say 'congratulations.' You have worked incredibly hard and we are proud of you," Dean Rickards said.

"I hope that your experiences in the Graduate School have inspired you and I look forward to following your achievements in the years to come.

"For the third year in a row we have been ranked number one in Australia and in the top five globally. This places us among the world's best.

"Our exceptional staff, students and graduates on show tonight, are examples of why we have achieved this exceptional global ranking."

Research student Justin Brown was the proud recipient of the inaugural Jack Keating Scholarship, which was established via a public appeal in memory of the late Professor Jack Keating.

Justin is undertaking insightful vocational education and training research that is likely to impact on greater equality of opportunity and educational outcomes.

Teacher Margaret Lomdahl was the proud recipient of the Mair Isobell Coller Award, presented to a teacher who generates literacy and numeracy outcomes that enhance teaching practice for the benefit of future students with learning difficulties.

Recently retired Professors, Patrick Griffin and Richard Teese, both with outstanding careers spanning over 40 years in Education, received touching tributes and were awarded the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Research Excellence Award and Distinguished Research Career Award respectively. 

The evening also included a Three Minute Thesis presentation by Master of Teaching graduate and PhD student Kim Anh Dang, as well as an insightful reflection on her time studying at the Graduate School by 2014 Master of Teaching graduate Michelle Collivas.

The Graduate School extends a big thank you to all of its sponsors and donors for their generous support, and congratulates all winners on their achievements.

To view the complete awards listing and winners, please see the 2015 Awards Evening program.

View 2015 Awards Evening photos