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Exceptional Business School Student awarded prestigious University Medal

20 Jun 2014

Rae Cooper, Lara Good and Leanne Cutcher A Business School graduate with a concern for young people working in retail and hospitality has been awarded the prestigious University of Sydney Medal for outstanding achievement in her Honours year.

Laura Good finished first amongst her Honours cohort in the Business School's Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies.

The Discipline's Honours Coordinator in 2013, Associate Professor Leanne Cutcher, described Laura's work as "excellent".

"Indeed, Laura has performed at an exceptionally high level throughout her degree," Associate Professor Cutcher said. "Her Honours thesis, in particular, demonstrated an outstanding capacity to undertake original research, engage in critical thinking and write convincingly."

Laura's thesis, Voicing their complaints: Students Working in Retail and Hospitality and Sexual Harassment by Customers, has been recommended for publication in an academic journal as it represents "an original contribution to the literature on employee voice".

Laura, who now works as a researcher with the University of Melbourne's Centre for Workplace Leadership, said she was "excited and honoured" by the University Medal. "My degree has been a lot of hard work, not only for me, but also for my supervisor, Associate Professor Rae Cooper," she said.

Associate Professor Cooper, who is the current Honours Coordinator in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies, said that Laura is an outstanding student and that the University Medal was well deserved.

"Medals are awarded to the best of the best of our students and Laura certainly is that," Associate Professor Cooper said. "In her work she built a new conceptual understanding of a very important workplace issue."

"It was really wonderful for me to be part of the process of building Laura's research and analytical skills," she added. "Supervising smart, dedicated and passionate students like Laura is one of the most rewarding parts of my job."

In 2012 Laura was awarded the Maritime Union of Australia Eliot v Elliott Prize in Industrial Relations Policy, The Walter Reid Memorial Prize and the University of Sydney Academic Merit Prize. She was also the recipient of the Qantas Scholarship.

The Dean of the Business School, Professor Greg Whitwell, congratulated Laura on the University Medal saying that it was an "acknowledgement of her hard work and dedication to a vital area of national life".

"Students like Laura help to ensure that the Business School remains a world class centre of learning and teaching," Professor Whitwell concluded.