How long have you worked at UOW?
I joined UOW in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences in 2008.
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
My role at UOW is Programs Coordinator with the Academic Development and Recognition (ADR) team within the Learning, Teaching and Curriculum (LTC) unit. I coordinate a range of internal and national learning and teaching reward and recognition programs, including the VC’s OCTAL Awards, ESDF grants and AAUT Awards.
I am also Co-Chair of the NSW/ACT Promoting Excellence Network (PEN), a collection of academic and professional staff involved in support activities related to national awards and grants, from collaborating universities across NSW and ACT.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
It is a privilege to work with a wide range of staff to support them in, what is often a long and deeply personal journey, gaining recognition for their outstanding contributions and innovations to learning, teaching and the student experience. Seeing colleagues succeed in a range of learning and teaching award and grant programs and progress in their career is always super satisfying.
What’s the most challenging?
There are lots of deadline’s and personalities to juggle – this always keeps things lively!
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Being awarded an OCTAL in 2017 was a standout. Engaging with the process I usually support pushed me out of my comfort zone but better equipped me in my role and support of others.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2020?
2020 has been quite different for all of us. I never thought I would be working from home under these conditions. I’m embracing the change and remaining connected with the team, as we focus on delivering our programs online and continuing to provide the same quality of support we always have.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
I’ve met and worked with some wonderful people in my time with UOW. I’ve developed some special relationships with colleagues, been guided and mentored by some truly inspiring leaders and had many valuable opportunities to connect with others in similar roles across the country.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I started playing piano at the age of 6! I’ve had on-and-off moments over the years but sitting down to play still provides a place of refuge and rest for me. Engaging in anything creative always attracts my interest.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
For me, it is less about the place and more about the people.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
Who doesn’t love to travel and try new things?! There are still many corners of the world I am yet to discover and many experiences I am yet to explore. Shame about that cancelled trip we were about to take! When things settle to some new normal, I look forward to rebooking another adventure.