UWS staff rewarded for excellence

Date: 14/12/2009

The University of Western Sydney has recognised the outstanding achievements of its academic and administrative staff at the annual University Awards ceremony.

On Friday 11 December the Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards were presented to staff members from across the University's colleges, schools and divisions. The award ceremony was held at the UWS Parramatta campus.

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, congratulates each of this year's recipients on their success.

"These Awards are a platform for showcasing the endeavours and accomplishments of our finest and most valuable asset - our staff," says Professor Reid.

"It's a way to publicly recognise and reward their excellence and achievements, and their passionate belief in UWS.

"This year's recipients are leaders in their fields, whose hard work and aspirations for excellence have set a fine example for the University as well as the broader community."

In 2009, Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Awards were presented in a number of categories:

* Teaching: Dr Sharon Bourgeois, School of Nursing and Midwifery, for developing an approach to teaching which positively influences, motivates and inspires students within the clinical setting. Dr Bourgeois is based at the Campbelltown campus.

* Professional Service: Mr Adam Byrne, Capital Works and Facilities, for adopting a pro-active approach to improving safety and security services on UWS campuses in his role as Senior Manager, Campus Safety and Security. Mr Byrne is based at the Hawkesbury campus.

* Professional Service: The team of staff within the University's Contact Service Centre (CSC), which has emerged as one of the leading call centres in the University sector and has set a high standard for customer service delivery at UWS. The CSC is based at the Penrith campus.

* Postgraduate Research, Training and Supervision: Professor Janice Aldrich Wright, School of Biomedical and Health Science, for demonstrating a high level of commitment to the education of postgraduate students. Professor Aldrich Wright is based at the Campbelltown campus.

* University Engagement: Dr Carol Reid, School of Education and Centre for Educational Research (CER), for engaging with the communities of Greater Western Sydney through innovative teaching, research and education initiatives. Dr Reid is based at the Bankstown campus.

* University Engagement: The team of staff involved with the University's SMExcellence and the Small Business Toolkit, which assist small businesses and their communities develop practical management skills and improved business performance. The SMExcellence team are based at the Parramatta campus.

* University Sustainability: A team of students from the School of Communication Arts, for utilising online and social media technologies to report live on Powershift, Australia's first ever national youth summit on climate change. The School of Communication Arts team are based at the Penrith campus.



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