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Health Sciences academics dedicated to the student experience


30 June 2011

Prof Refshauge and Dr Bourne from the Faculty of Health Sciences are among the seven University of Sydney academics recognised for their outstanding contributions to teaching and learning with Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citations.

The Citations reward sustained commitment to the student experience, and also include a $10,000 grant.

"We sincerely congratulate the seven staff members who have been recognised in the ALTC Citations," says Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

"Identifying and nurturing excellence in teaching is at the heart of our strategy, so we are delighted to see this external recognition.

"By cultivating best teaching practice at all levels, we aim to provide a consistently high quality student experience."

Citations can be awarded to academic and general staff and institutional associates who have made significant contributions to student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period.

Winners are chosen from a selected group of nominees put forward by the University's Institute for Teaching and Learning.
For the first time the Citations this year include 'Early Career' Citations for those who have been in the higher education sector for no more than seven years and Dr Roger Bourne from the Faculty of Health Sciences was recognised in this category.

Dr Carol Nicoll, Chief Executive of the ALTC, noted the importance of recognising early career achievers to encourage continued engagement with students into the future.

"I am very confident that the winners of this year's Citations will continue to make a lasting impact on the student experience," she said.

The Citations will be presented at the national Awards and Citations ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on 16 August.

The Faculty of Health Sciences citations:

Professor Kathryn Refshauge
Professor Kathryn Refshauge

Professor Kathryn Refshauge
Professor Refshauge creates an inclusive learning environment with opportunities for each student to develop a variety of individually meaningful attributes in preparation for diverse careers

As Deputy Dean and Professor of Physiotherapy, Professor Refshauge has supervised to completion 40 higher degree research students, many of whom have presented their findings in prestigious conferences and top-ranking journals. Her approach to teaching and learning sees PhD education as a process that includes cultural and social elements in addition to the acquisition of research and professional skills. Much more than the production of a thesis, the learning experience should extend beyond the completion of the PhD to ensure life-long learning and facilitate significant societal contributions. Professor Refshauge also received an Excellence in Higher Research Degree Supervision Award in this year's Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Awards.

 Dr Roger Bourne
Dr Roger Bourne

Early Career: Dr Roger Bourne

For development of innovative curricula and teaching tools that inspire students to learn

Since he began teaching in 2007 in the Discipline of Medical Radiation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Dr Bourne has aimed for the students he teaches to become reflective practitioners. While students in this discipline are often very strongly focused on vocation, Dr Bourne has implemented numerous strategies to develop students' appreciation of the value of deep learning and research. This includes developing the study of medical digital imaging with the introduction of a 'hands on' MRI system. Using remote access, the system placed his discipline at the forefront of learning and teaching in the world in this area. Dr Bourne also received an Outstanding Teaching Award in the 2011 Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Awards in May.

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