The University of Newcastle, Australia

Faculty of Science academics shine in inaugural Merit List awards

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Reinforcing the Faculty of Science commitment to providing an exceptional student experience, three Faculty Program Convenors have been recognised in a new award created as part of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Merit List program.

DVC(A) Merit List for Learning and Teaching

Indeed, Associate Professor Michelle Duffy, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, and Associate Professor Kathleen Mee, School of Environmental and Life Sciences, have each been recognised for Exemplary Graduate and Student Feedback.

Meanwhile, Dr Tanya Hanstock, School of Psychology, is one of only two Program Convenors across the University of Newcastle to be recognised in all three categories; Exemplary Graduate and Student Feedback, Exemplary Student Outcomes in a Program and Outstanding Overall Program Performance.

Dr Hanstock, the Convenor of the Master of Clinical Psychology program, was pleasantly surprised when she found out she’d been acknowledged across all three categories, and said it was truly a team award.

“We are all very proud of our program’s success and it’s really nice to see when this is recognised at a Faculty and University level,” she said.

“Our program involves professional training so all staff and students share the same goal: we want our students to be the best clinical psychologists they can be. It is wonderful that this new award has been established as it shows the importance of the Program Convenor role at our University.”

Program Convenors are academic staff members with overall responsibility for the management and quality of programs. They serve as the key people that students talk to for advice on academic matters, from course recommendations to suit interests and study plans to career advice.


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