Success for tutors in national awards

April 23, 2012

Two Murdoch University tutors have received well-deserved national recognition for their dedication to their students, winning prestigious Open Universities Australia bi-annual Tutor Excellence Awards.

Alan Royle of Ardross and Kersti Niilus of Leeming, who both tutor in an introductory course offered at Murdoch University through OUA, earned two of the four national awards.

Alan is one of Murdoch University’s most dedicated tutors, working with online students almost continuously over the past six years on this unit.

“I entered university after 39 years away from school,” he said.

“I was ready to give up after about five weeks and I know firsthand how important tutors can be in encouraging students to learn.”

Kersti, who is also working towards her PhD at Murdoch, said the most rewarding aspect of tutoring was to watch the students develop critical thinking skills and confidence over the 13 week study period.

“Suddenly the penny just drops and they realise they can do it,” Kersti said.

Professor Lorraine Marshall from Murdoch’s Student Learning Centre said that she was immensely proud of Alan and Kersti’s achievements.

“These awards recognise Murdoch University as an elite provider of student-focused learning,” Professor Marshall said.

“Murdoch has always had a focus on teaching and we ensure that the tutors are supported in a collaborative environment.”

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Comments (2 responses)

katie April 30, 2012

Congratulations Alan and Kersti for being such wonderful ambassadors of teaching and learning.

Martin Gwyn-Fawke April 30, 2012

Well done to both Kersti and Alan.

You have both been fantastic role models to new tutors and your commitment to your students' learning has been an inspiration to anyone who sees and reads you in action.
I was lucky enough to be at the awards ceremony in Melbourne and I want to tell everyone at Murdoch about the impact you had on everyone present at the ceremony. I was very proud to be there to support you both and I am very glad that your tireless efforts have received national recognition. Well deserved.

Well done again!


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