Staff Travelling Scholarships winners announced

9 January 2014

Congratulations to Dr Sascha Jenkins, Gaylene Yuen, Mandy Nelson and David Scoppa (pictured above, left to right), the successful applicants for the University's 2014 Professional Staff Travelling Scholarships.

The scholarships provide recipients with the opportunity to further their work on an existing project, process or initiative, and to research global best practice to enhance and contribute to the University's strategic priorities.

Dr Sascha Jenkins, Executive Officer for the University's new Office of Clinical Education, will use the scholarship to explore best practice in clinical placement management, focusing on programs offering interdisciplinary placements.

"I plan to visit Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, the University of Western Australia, Monash University and the University of Melbourne to speak with school and placement staff about the models of placement used in medicine, nursing and physiotherapy," said Sascha.

Mandy Nelson, Senior Administration Officer at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), will travel to Stanford University, the University of San Francisco, global architecture firm NBBJ and the University of British Columbia (UBC) to observe and discuss contemporary approaches to best practice and innovation in the design of collaborative academic research, learning and administrative working spaces.

Her research will inform the design of an integrated FASS facility that incorporates features such as contemporary computer labs, a research hub and formal and informal learning commons.

Human Resources Redeployment Adviser David Scoppa will visit UBC in Vancouver and MIT in Boston to research how the Redeployment Unit can use new technology, for example Yammer, to better enable and support career development and career transition opportunities for professional and academic employees.

Gaylene Yuen, Events and Outreach Manager, Student Recruitment, will observe the student ambassador programs in US universities.

"I will travel to Harvard, Columbia, UCLA and the University of Southern California to review how they work with current students to promote their universities to domestic and international markets," said Gaylene.

"As our recently formed Student Recruitment and Admissions group includes international recruitment, I would like to expand our student ambassador program to include international student ambassadors."