[L-R] Dr Trudy Ambler, Dr Marina Harvey, The Hon Phillip Ruddock MP and Dr Jayde Cahir.
[L-R] Dr Trudy Ambler, Dr Marina Harvey, The Hon Phillip Ruddock MP and Dr Jayde Cahir.

National honour for three of our best

Congratulations to Dr Marina Harvey, Dr Trudy Ambler and Dr Jayde Cahir on receiving 2015 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, as part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

The awards, announced last week, are administered by the Office for Learning and Teaching, and recognise the country’s best educators.

Their Citation was awarded for research into the development of a new model of mentoring, the Spectrum Approach to Mentoring, which provides a framework of scholarly, flexible and innovative mentoring that enhances the professional learning of higher education teachers and the student experience.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor John Simons says he is thrilled with the Citations.

“This is an important recognition of pioneering research that has not only contributed to the professional development of our academics but which has also had a positive impact on students’ learning.”

Dr Marina Harvey, commenting on behalf of her colleagues, says the Citation is one more indicator of the quality of the learning and teaching research that is undertaken at Macquarie.

“We have always believed in the efficacy of the Spectrum Approach to Mentoring for learning and teaching in higher education, and it is a great affirmation to have the sector also recognise the role of our approach to mentoring.”

“Professionally, working collaboratively on this team has meant that each member can contribute their strengths to the project to achieve successful outcomes. This shared approach to leading projects draws on the best each person has to offer, and it works.”

Learn more about the Spectrum Approach to Mentoring.