Peter McPhee Awards – recognising student engagement

November 13 / 124

Professor Phil Batterham and Professor Peter McPhee with this years winning students. Photo: Catherine Evans
Professor Phil Batterham and Professor Peter McPhee with this years winning students. Photo: Catherine Evans

By Kate O’Hara

Students are engaging every day, in many ways and with plenty of passion – that’s the picture painted at the 2013 Peter McPhee Awards ceremony.

At an event hosted by the Office for Student Equity, nine student teams and individuals were recognised for their outstanding engagement work.

In just its second year, the Peter McPhee Awards have supported 26 student projects to engage and make a difference in many and varied ways.

This year guests at the event were treated to presentations from a number of winning projects, including the She Can Create program, a six-week creative workshop program aimed at girls from disadvantaged, migrant and refugee backgrounds.

The twice-yearly awards program is made possible by a donation by the University's first Provost, Professor Peter McPhee, with a particular focus on recognising projects which promote and develop engagement activity. Grants are provided to help students or groups of students initiate or participate in leadership, community engagement and volunteering activities, involving the University and the wider community.

The 2013 Award winners were:

  • •    “Pub Law” community legal education zine (pilot) - Victor Lei, Julian Chant, Claire Franklin
  • •    She Can Create - Kate Fitzgerald, Bethany Rose, Hannah Freesha
  • •    AusWHO - Asha Hertan-Crabb, Kristijan Jovanoski, Bill Huang
  • •    The Change Cycle: A Bicycle Recycling Project - Kelly-ann Allen
  • •    Wildlife Rehabilitation Placement Program for Vet Students - Alison Clarke
  • •    Australian Delegate for the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association
    (IFMSA) March General Assembly - Skye Kinder
  • •    2013 Climate Reality Leadership Corps Trainings - Samaneh Shokravi
  • •    Teachabout Wet Season Program 2014 - Georgina Long
  • •    Teachabout Wet Season Program 2014 - Andrew Gunn

Details about next year’s program of student awards and grants are available at

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