Awards and recognition


Distinguished Professor Ingrid Piller is among five Macquarie academics appointed to the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts.

Five new ARC College members reflect Macquarie’s research renown

Congratulations to the five Macquarie academics who have been made members of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts:

They join seven existing Macquarie staff who remain on the College this year: Professor David Coutts, Dr Michael Donovan, Professor Paul Haynes, Professor Annabelle McIver, Professor Samuel Muller, Associate Professor Kristian Ruming and Professor John Sutton.

Read our story on the progress the ARC College of Experts is making towards gender parity >>

Three Macquarie subjects ranked in top three nationally  

Macquarie now has 14 subjects ranked in the top 150 internationally in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, with three subjects rated within the top three in Australia.

Macquarie is ranked first in Australia and 51-70th in the world for Classics and Ancient History, while Philosophy placed second nationally and Linguistics third. Philosophy and Linguistics climbed in the global standings, now being ranked 23rd and 27th respectively.

Our other top performing subjects include Psychology (74th in the world) and Education (78th). Accounting and Finance is back in the top 100 at 84th.


Star scientists shine in February

Associate Professor Heather Handley is the recipient of the 2021 Beryl Nashar Award from the Geological Society of Australia. The award recognises contributions of an Australian woman geologist of any age who has made a significant contribution to any field(s) of geology and the geological profession in general.

Congratulations to Dr Stuart Ryder who is part of the CSIRO Australian-led team that received the 2020 Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The team’s discovery has improved our understanding of bright flashes of radio waves from distant galaxies.

Associate Professor Michelle Power was BBC Wildlife Magazine’s Scientist of the Month for February, for her research into antibiotic-resistant superbugs among the gut flora of wildlife.

Macquarie MOOCs make FutureLearn’s top courses

Two courses designed by Macquarie’s English Language Centre (ELC) have been named in FutureLearn’s list of top 15 courses from Australian universities.

Austrade partnered with FutureLearn as a platform to allow Australian higher education providers to support international students’ learning while travel to Australia is restricted.

The two Macquarie courses featured – ‘Improve your IELTS speaking score’ and ‘Practice your PTE Academic Speaking Skills’ – were designed by staff in the ELC, in collaboration with other staff in the Engagement portfolio.

“This was a great opportunity for our team to gain expertise in designing quality online products and to raise our profile internationally as experts in English language test preparation,” says Pamela Humphreys, Director of MUIC and ELC. “I never expected us to reach number 1 in the Austrade campaign and to have both MOOCs rated in the top three! Our ELC Learning Designers Rose Harvey and Jose Lara, along with Rita Do from Macquarie International, did such a fantastic job.”

Stella effort

Congratulations to Dr Rebecca Giggs and Dr Intan Paramaditha, both from the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature (MCCALL), whose works have been longlisted for the prestigious 2021 Stella Prize

Rebecca’s book Fathoms: the world in the whale blends natural history, philosophy, and science to explore how the lives of whales shed light on the condition of our seas.  

Intan’s book The Wandering looks at the highs and lows of global nomadism, the politics and privileges of travel and desire, and the freedoms and limitations of the choices we make. 

The 2021 Stella Prize winner will be announced on 22 April.

Our pioneering pilot  

awards-and-rec-coin-insetDid you know that prior to her work in health services research, Associate Professor Robin Clay Williams was a military test pilot, electronics engineer and flight instructor in the Australian Air Force?

Her historic role as one of Australia’s first female RAAF pilots has been recognised with Robin’s image appearing on a Royal Australian Mint coin commemorating the Centenary of the Australian Air Force.






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