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University takes back top English post


15 September 2006

I am very conscious of the fine tradition of intellectual and scholarly leadership shown by Sydney University academics who have held this position.
I am very conscious of the fine tradition of intellectual and scholarly leadership shown by Sydney University academics who have held this position.

A University of Sydney academic has been appointed to oversee the HSC English exam, continuing the University's long and close involvement with the only compulsory HSC subject.

The NSW Board of Studies has appointed Dr Jacqueline Manuel, from the Faculty of Education & Social Work, as the Chief Examiner of HSC English (standard and advanced); Dr Manuel has already served three years on the HSC exam committee.

"My role is to ensure the spirit of the syllabus is reflected in the HSC exam," Dr Manuel said. "I also need to make sure there is something in there that each kid can have a go at. It needs to stretch the brighter ones, but also give all students, at whatever level, the opportunity to show what they can do."

Dr Manuel will be responsible for the overall examination process, from assisting in the selection of exam committee members, to ensuring the quality and rigour of the exam and marking process.

University of Sydney academics have played a central role in shaping and developing the NSW HSC English syllabus and examinations (and its forerunner, the Leaving Certificate) since their inception.

A series of University of Sydney English Professors have held the Chief Examiner position, including Professor A.L. Waldock (1940s); Professor A.G. Mitchell (1950s); Professor G.Wilkes (1960s - 1980s); and Associate Professor Adrian Mitchell (1990s).

During the past six years, the position has been held by Dr Kerry-Ann O'Sullivan from Macquarie University, but with Dr Manuel's appointment the position has now been returned to the University of Sydney.

Dr Manuel, who joined the University in 2001 after a number of years teaching in secondary schools in the ACT and NSW, is the first academic from the University's English Education staff to be appointed to the position. Her appointment reflects the Faculty's current high standing in the field of secondary education.

"With a PhD in English Literature, a First Class Honours degree in English Literature, and extensive teaching experience and research in English Education, Dr Manuel's qualifications and experience equip her well for this challenging, highly responsible and esteemed role," said Dr John Hughes, Pro-Dean (Development) in the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

"I am very conscious of the fine tradition of intellectual and scholarly leadership shown by Sydney University academics who have held this position," Dr Manuel said. "I will certainly strive to uphold that tradition and emulate their work."


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