2019 professional development scholarships announced

Friday, 12 April 2019


The 2019 International Scholarships for Professional Development were announced by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky AO and Director, People and Workforce Strategy Tina Crawford on Thursday 11 April 2019.

2019 professional development scholarships announced

The 2019 cohort is the fourth group to be given the opportunity to develop their professional interest and expertise to support their work at the University. Valued at $10,000 each, the highly sought after scholarships are also an opportunity to grow professional networks across organisations and institutions globally.  This year’s recipients are travelling to the UK, USA, Canada, Singapore and Ireland.

“It is wonderful to see this initiative now firmly established at our University and I am very supportive of it continuing,” the VC said.

“Our professional workforce is really the engine room of the University, so I am really looking forward to hearing what the recipients learn on their study trips and how they are implementing new approaches into their work here,” Alex said.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners:

Angela Budden, Student Communications and Information Officer, Student Central
Angela’s interest is the use of augmented and virtual reality technologies to improve student communication and experience. Angela will visit the Savannah College of Art and Design to talk to the team about some recent projects that have contributed to the student experience and growth in identity and student numbers. Angela will also visit a number of institutions in New York to benchmark our practices against the work of their student communications teams.

Emily Keating, Marketing Officer, Marketing & Communications
Emily will attend the CASE Annual Conference on Marketing and Branding in Philadelphia to learn about market trends and innovative ways to develop and deliver engagement content in higher education. While in Philadelphia, Emily will also visit Temple University to meet the team responsible for their video blog. Next stop is Colombia University, to look at best practice in mobilising our alumni as brand ambassadors network and how to promote major donations and grant funding, then over to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to talk about brand architecture. Finally, Emily will visit the University of Calgary to talk about community partnerships.

Fiona Mundie, Project Officer, Regional Campuses
Fiona will visit a number of institutions in the UK who are doing extraordinary things in the student engagement and experience space. She will speak to staff and students at Loughborough University, the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield and bring back knowledge and insights to support her own work in student associations. Fiona will also attend the European First Year Experience Conference in Cork, Ireland.

Imogen Harris-McNeill, Engagement Officer, Office of the PVC, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Imogen will travel to the UK and Singapore to learn about best practice in the development and implementation of innovative co-curricular employability, mentoring and leadership programs in health and medicine and across STEMM disciplines. Imogen will visit the University of Leeds, and the University of Bristol, as well as the National University of Singapore to explore their programs to support the implementation of a new program for our students from 2020. She hopes to meet with the UK Council of Deans of Health to learn more about their health students’ leadership program. Imogen will also attend the European First Year Experience Conference in Cork, Ireland.

Tina Crawford, Director of People and Workforce Strategy said the success of this program is evidenced across the institution.

“It makes me extremely proud to see some of the great improvements we are making across the institution that have a direct link to this scholarship program,” Tina said.

“We are very much looking forward to learning about the experiences of this cohort on their return,” Tina said.


The International Development Scholarship recognises high-performing and high-potential staff and provides development opportunities for the recipients while bringing benefit to UON through international engagement and collaboration.