The University of Newcastle, Australia

Professional staff to make their mark

Friday, 24 March 2017

Entrepreneurship and innovation, sustainable environments, public spaces that promote wellbeing, and virtual communities are the diverse areas of interest that the professional staff recipients of UON’s International Development Scholarships will pursue in 2017.

Under the scholarships, launched in 2016 as part of the University’s NeW Futures commitment to increasing global engagement, four professional staff have been awarded up to $10,000 to travel overseas for professional development.The experience will also benefit UON by growing our international networks for collaboration.

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2017 scholarships.

  • Meri Butler, IFS Campus Strategy Manager, will attend the Gehl Institute Masterclass ‘Tools for Change’ in Copenhagen to learn about the intersection of social sciences and architecture, focusing on the relationship between the built environment and people’s quality of life.
  • Siobhan Curran, Three76 Innovation Hub Coordinator, will attend the international Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centres in Canada which will explore the best practices in entrepreneurship education and new venture creation.
  • Jayne McCartney, Student Communications and Information Officer, will attend the Social Media Strategies Summit Higher Education Conference in Boston to learn about ground-breaking work in the area of virtual communities and network and collaborate with leaders in the field.
  • Justine Ulph, NIER Research Development Officer, will use the scholarship to work with counterparts in the Pacific Islands at The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme – an organisation responsible for the Pacific region’s protection and sustainable development.

Deputy Director, Workforce Strategy and Transformation Tina Crawford said the selection committee was faced with an exceptional pool of talent again this year.

“The four recipients not only highlighted areas of personal growth, but addressed activities that aligned with areas of strategic importance for the University,” Tina said.

“Their interaction with peers and colleagues at other Higher Education institutions and organisations will promote ongoing communication and foster long-term relationships. These four professionals will be excellent ambassadors for our University,” she said.

The recipients will be acknowledged at a reception with the Vice-Chancellor, colleagues and family on Tuesday 4 April from 3pm in the Chancellery foyer. All staff are welcome to attend.

Read more about the recipients and their projects.

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