Field Rickards wins Sir James Darling Medal

10 October 2013

Congratulations to Professor Field Rickards, Dean of the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, who last night received the Australian College of Educators(Victoria) Sir James Darling Medal.

The medal is the highest award from the state branch, and is awarded annually to an eminent Victorian educator, who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to Victorian education.

Professor Rickards received the medal in recognition of his ‘profound’ impact on education in Victorian and Australia, in particular his ground-breaking work in teacher preparation and his passionate advocacy for the profession. He said he was honoured by the recognition.

“I am delighted to receive this award,” he said. “It means so much because it is recognition from the profession; from the people we work with and for every day. I am also incredibly humbled to be included alongside previous medal winners, who have all made outstanding contributions to education over the years.”

Australian College of Educators (ACE) Board President, Professor Bob Lingard, said Professor Rickards was an outstanding candidate for the Sir James Darling Medal.

“Professor Rickards is easily one of the most passionate advocates for the profession,” he said. “ACE wishes Field continuing success as one of the movers and shakers in education and research.”