WA Universities Shine At Universities Australia Awards

23 April 2020

Three of Western Australia’s universities have been acknowledged at the 2018 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

The annual awards, handed out on 26 February as part of the Universities Australia higher education conference, recognised the nation’s most prestigious teachers and programs.

Congratulations to teams at Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, and The University of Western Australia for their outstanding achievements.

Category: Educational partnerships and collaborations with other organisations

State-wide partnership for Assistant Nursing training, Edith Cowan University

Awarded to: Carol Crevacore, Hazel Neale, Fenella Scott, Michelle Dixon

Since 2010, nursing students at Edith Cowan University have benefited from a unique partnership with NorthMetro TAFE, employment agency NurseWest and Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Students undertake training and employment as an Assistant in Nursing while completing their registered nursing studies at university. The one-in-a-kind program increases enrolments and retention and produces assistant nurses that are industry-ready and meet critical workforce needs. More than 800 students have completed the program and successfully transitioned to nursing positions.

For more information on Edith Cowan University’s nursing course visit their website.

Category: Innovation in curriculum design and pedagogy practice

Bachelor of Nursing e-portfolio learning program, Murdoch University

Awarded to: Associate Professor Caroline Nilson, Dr Martin Hopkins, Prue Andrus, Helen Dugmore, Cormac Norton

The Bachelor of Nursing e-portfolio program prepares Murdoch University nursing graduates for professional practice in a complex, dynamic, and adaptive system that responds to society’s and patients’ health care needs. The e-portfolio interface sees student engage in an authentic learning process that they own, and which allows them to meaningfully construct, explore and discuss real-world problems in contexts that are relevant to their nursing knowledge and skills development. The e-portfolio activities and assessments are also linked to the graduate employability skills that are aligned with industry practices, protocols and standards.

For more information on Edith Cowan University’s nursing course visit their website.

WAAPA’s Bachelor of Arts (Acting), Edith Cowan University

Awarded to: Glenda Linscott, Samantha Chester, Donald Woodburn, Luzita Fereday, Associate Professor Andrew Lewis

Edith Cowan University offers one of the leading actor training programs in Australia: Bachelor of Arts (Acting) (BAA) in the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Students are coached through a fully scaffolded, immersive experience that supports them to integrate three foundational strands of actor training: voice, movement, and acting. This tailored approach contributes to outstanding student experience outcomes well above the school, university, and national rankings and exceptional graduate outcomes – exemplified with BAA graduates performing in international and local movies, theatres, shows, and TV series, as well as creating their own work.

For more information on WAAPA’S Bachelor of Arts at Edith Cowan University, please visit their website.

Category: Student Experiences and Learning Support Services

Fit For Study, The University of Western Australia

Awarded to: Tricia Wylde, Emma Hawkins, Kasey Hartung and Emma Boyne

Since 2002, the Fit For Study program has supported and improved learning and facilitated the personal growth of students from The University of Western Australia. The collaborative program recognises the value of engaging students and providing learning opportunities that enrich the student higher education experience. Among other things, the program builds student physical and mental health literacy to improve learning and academic achievement.

For more information on The University of Western Australia’s Fit For Study program, visit their website.

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