Our night of nights, celebrating top achievers

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education celebrated the outstanding achievements of staff and students at its annual Awards Evening on Thursday 12 May.

A full house of guests gathered in the Kwong Lee Dow Building to cheer on this year’s 81 award winners from a broad range of areas and disciplines across research, teaching and engagement.

In his opening address Professor Field Rickards, Dean of the Graduate School, congratulated all of the winners on their superb efforts.

“This is an important annual event and I’m delighted to celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding students and staff,” he said.

“You have all worked incredibly hard and we are proud of you.

"For the fifth year in a row we have been ranked number one in Australia and in the top 10 globally. This places us among the world's best and is a credit to our exceptional staff, students and graduates, many of whom are here tonight."

Master of Teaching (Primary) Graduate Anthony Curnow wowed the audience taking home four awards including:

  • The Alice Taylor Scholarship for the most outstanding result in the Master of Teaching
  • The ACHPER Primary Award for the most outstanding result for the subject Health and Physical Education
  • The Valerie and Lawrence Kennedy Bursaries for students undertaking a two-week teaching placement in a remote or Indigenous area of Australia or overseas, and
  • The Dean’s Honours list for the top 2 per cent of students in each year level.

Dr Sophie Rudolph was the proud recipient of the Doctoral Research Prize for her research thesis titled, Racing the gap, a critical analysis of Australian Indigenous education policy discourse and its political effects, while the Early Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (Early ABLES) Project Team took home the MGSE Engagement Excellence Award.

The evening also included a presentation by Dr Jason Lodge from the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education on University teaching and changing times. Dr Lodge was also awarded the MGSE Teaching Excellence Award.

The final award for the evening, the MGSE Distinguished Research Career Award, went to Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffin.

Regarded as a true giant of education, Patrick reflected on his 40+ years in education, saying he wouldn’t have received the award it wasn’t for his ongoing collaborations with other experts.

“This award sounds like it’s an individual award but in reality, I couldn’t have done this research without the help of others,” he said.

“To our graduate teachers in the audience I say, on your own you can achieve very little. But when you collaborate with other teachers and staff members, there’s no limit to what you can do.”

To view the complete awards listing and winners, please see the 2016 Awards Evening program.MGSE Awards Evening 2016

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