Murdoch students learn from nation’s best

December 10, 2014

Two of the highest awards for Australian tertiary teaching and student support have been bestowed on Murdoch University by the Office for Learning and Teaching in 2014.

Associate Professor Michael Calver received an Award for Teaching Excellence and Murdoch’s First Year Advisor Network was honoured with an Award for Programs that Enhance Learning.

Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP congratulated the recipients, saying the awards recognise and value outstanding teachers and are part of the Australian Government’s commitment to high quality learning and teaching in universities.

“These Awards celebrate the best and most innovative teaching in the nation,” Mr Pyne said.

“I would like to congratulate all the Awards recipients who achieved excellence in their chosen fields and made a tangible and lasting difference to students and to higher education learning and teaching.”

Professor Michael Calver brings nearly 40 years of teaching experience to his lectures in animal ecology, and is renowned amongst students for making difficult concepts both fun and accessible.

“The award is for Murdoch,” Professor Calver said.

“It's a ringing endorsement of the teaching diploma I completed at the University and of the support and encouragement of all the colleagues, both academic and professional staff.”

Murdoch University’s Student Advisor Network was recognised for its effectiveness in enabling University strategic initiatives to be tailored to individual schools and student cohorts.

“The Network provides student support at the individual, school and university level, ensuring a range of opportunities for students to access the support the Network provides in a manner most appealing to them,” said Network Coordinator Ann Lefroy.

“This award acknowledges the hard work, collaboration and commitment to the student experience by network members over the past four years.

“The best reward for us is actually the satisfaction of our students but this award will hopefully enable new opportunities to hone our skills and strengthen the network in the future.”

Murdoch’s Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart expressed his congratulations to the recipients, saying the awards were well deserved.

“It is great to see national recognition of the efforts of these staff in providing a stimulating, supportive and rigorous learning environment for their students,” he said.

“These awards contribute greatly to achieving Murdoch University's vision as a research intensive institution that offers a world class learning and teaching experience to students.

“Murdoch has entered an exciting new era for learning and teaching with the new curriculum now entering its second year of implementation.”

The Awards were presented on 9 December at Parliament House by Senator the Hon Scott Ryan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education.

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Comments (One response)

Martin Gwyn-Fawke December 10, 2014

Well deserved one and all.

Congratulations to Mike and group congratulations to the whole Student Advisor Network on a sustained fantastic job.

It's been a bumper year for Mike as he also received an Open Universities Australia NOVA award for excellence in online teaching.

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