Inspiring stories celebrated at the Vice-Chancellor’s Engagement Awards

October 14 / 145

Professor Glyn Davis celebrates with winners of the Peter McPhee student award
Professor Glyn Davis celebrates with winners of the Peter McPhee student award

Thirty-three staff and student projects from across the University have been recognised at the Vice-Chancellor’s Engagement Awards in the Grand Buffet Hall on 19 September.

Since they were established in 2007, the awards have recognised the significant engagement and partnership work of more than 150 staff, student and partner organisation projects.

The winners were diverse in concept, development and application, but all projects embraced the spirit of engagement and were developed in partnership with an external organisation, group or business.

For the first time this year, the annual awards program also incorporated the Peter McPhee Student Awards, which support students to develop engagement skills while improving the economic, social, environmental or cultural life of our region, locally and internationally.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Glyn Davis said the calibre of project applications for the awards this year continued to build on an already impressive collection of engagement work.

“We can see that students are thinking creatively when it comes to engagement, through arts, dance, fitness, tutoring, academic approaches, community development and working closely with Indigenous communities to address areas of need,” he said.

“Staff awards and grants are also diverse in the range of disciplines represented – a good indication that engagement is indeed taking place all over the University.

“We remain committed to engagement because it’s through engagement with partners and professionals beyond campus that students can learn, and our academics can contribute, in the best and most effective ways.”

Pulse Credit Union (Melbourne University Division) sponsored a $5000 student engagement grant which was awarded to The Buldana Maternal and Child Health Project team.

To read about the award and grant winners for 2014, download the Vice-Chancellor’s Engagement Awards booklet at: http://www.mepo.unimelb.edu.au/promoting-partnerships-rewarding-engagement

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