USQ projects snag national awards
THE University of Southern Queensland's engagement with its students and the wider community has been recognised by Australasia's professional body for tertiary education administration.
Two USQ projects were awarded at the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) Campus Review Best Practice Awards ceremony, held at the Arts Centre Melbourne last week.
The USQ Stars Campaign was presented with the 'Engagement Australia Award for Excellence in Community Engagement', while the 'The Campus Living Villages Award for Excellence in Student Engagement' went to USQ Student Support and Retention.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Communities) Carl Rallings congratulated the USQ recipients on their success, particularly given the large number of high quality applications for the awards.
"The ATEM Campus Review Awards aim to recognise and acknowledge excellence in professional management and administration by staff of tertiary institutions, or directly associated agencies, in Australia and New Zealand," he said.
"Both the Student Support and Retention team and the USQ Stars Campaign have proven dedication to quality engagement, be it with students or the wider University community.
"Their work are examples of excellence for us to commend and learn from."
USQ Student Support and Retention was recognised for its holistic approach to addressing particular cohort needs through a series of personalised, one-on-one enrolment sessions held on each campus and via phone or Zoom for online students.
The team, led by Student Support Coordinator Fiona Brady, also created a suite of 'How to enrol' videos which have been viewed more than 16,000 times.
The USQ Stars Campaign saw the University community rally to weave 10,000 ribbon stars by July 2017 for the One Million Stars to End Violence project.
The stars will feature in a public art installation in Brisbane's King George Square during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
USQ Phoenix Central, headed by Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Peter Munster, spearheaded the campaign which brought together students, staff and the general community.
To learn more about the award winning projects, visit here.