Leader in school education awarded UWS fellowship

Date: 17/04/2009

The University of Western Sydney is proud to present Lindsay Wasson, a highly regarded leader in school education in New South Wales and Greater Western Sydney, with an Honorary Fellowship as part of the University's Autumn Graduation ceremonies.

On Saturday 18th April 2009, Mr Wasson delivered the occasional address to students graduating from the UWS School of Education before receiving his award.

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, says the University is delighted to recognise Mr Wasson's valued support and extensive contributions to UWS.

"Mr Wasson is an outstanding leader in school education, and is a valued friend and partner of the University. UWS takes great pride in being able to recognise this contribution through the conferral of an Honorary Fellowship of the University," says Professor Reid.

"Lindsay Wasson has been Regional Director, Western Sydney Region, with the NSW Department of Education and Training since 2005, where he has shaped the educational direction of schools and students across the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, the Hills, Blacktown, Penrith and Parramatta, as well as playing a leading role in key state and national education initiatives.

"He recently retired after 38 years of service to public education in NSW."

Professor Reid says Mr Wasson's contributions to UWS notably include his role in establishing strategic links between regional schools and the University.

"Mr Wasson played a pivotal role in the development of the University's partnership with the Lachlan Macquarie College initiative, a program which aims to benefit students and teachers in public schools across the Parramatta region by improving teaching and learning opportunities in mathematics and science," says Professor Reid.

"As a member of the University's Schools Engagement Reference Group, Mr Wasson also made valuable contributions to the development of the UWS Schools Strategic Plan, which aims to develop improved, mutually beneficial relationships between the University and schools in Greater Western Sydney.

"His legacy will continue, as we build on the foundation he has helped create for working with the schools in Greater Western Sydney to increase student aspirations and educational achievement in this region."

More information about Lindsay Wasson can be found here: http://www.uws.edu.au/graduation_ceremonies/graduation/lindsay_wasson/

For more information about the UWS Autumn Graduation ceremonies, visit: http://www.uws.edu.au/graduation_ceremonies/graduation/_nocache



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