City of Rockingham Chair of Education position renewed

November 3, 2011

The City of Rockingham Chair of Education position, jointly funded by Murdoch University and the City of Rockingham, has been extended for a further three years.

Professor Barry Down was named the inaugural City of Rockingham Chair of Education in 2005.

Since then, the role has been extended twice, reflecting the impact Professor Down has had on the community during this time.

In 2010 Professor Down won two Australian Research Council (ARC) Competitive Category 1 Grants that totalled $369,971.

He has initiated a number of other research and teaching projects related to student engagement and retention, assisting in the development of a better understanding of the educational issues facing young people in the City of Rockingham.

Murdoch University Rockingham Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart praised Professor Down’s achievements and welcomed the City of Rockingham’s continued support.

“The City of Rockingham continues to lead the nation in supporting ‘regional’ higher education,” Professor Taggart said.

“The City’s commitment to supporting the Chair of Education has led to significant research being undertaken in the Rockingham region for the benefit of students and families.”

City of Rockingham mayor Barry Sammels acknowledged the renewal.

“The Chair of Education position represents a successful partnership with tangible benefits felt by the local community,” Mr Sammels said.

“In this role, Professor Down has attracted funds for local educational research projects as well as implemented strategies to improve retention and participation outcomes for the Rockingham community and attract more people into higher education.”

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