How long have you worked at UOW?
For just over 10 years.
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
I’m currently on secondment to the role of Manager, Course Portfolio in the Academic Quality and Standards unit. AQS is a central unit reporting to the Deputy- Vice Chancellor (Academic). We play a central role in the attainment and maintenance of academic quality and ensuring that our courses and our teaching meet the relevant academic standards.
The Course Management Team:
- Oversees robust course approval and re-approval processes
- Ensures our courses meet AQF requirements and our own course design standards
- Ensures course information is current and sufficient to enable students to make informed decisions
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my role is to see improvements in business processes and building relationships with stakeholders. The Academic Quality and Standards Unit are always focussed on continuous quality improvement, sometimes this means we initiate quite considerable change through review processes, but other times it is really about empowering stakeholders with the information they need to progress their own improvement ideas.
What’s the most challenging?
The most challenging part of my role is managing change. At the moment the University is developing and implementing a Course and Subject Management Online System (COSMOS). As with most large system changes, this has and will continue to impact existing processes. This period of transition can be challenging for all stakeholders involved. However, in the long run this system will bring about a lot of improvements to our business processes, including improving the quality and reliability of information, increasing transparency and allowing more oversight of the course portfolio at the University.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
My proudest work achievements at UOW were when I won the VC’s Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning Award in 2018 as part of the Academic Integrity Project Team and again in 2019 with the Data for Quality Assurance Team. Both of these projects brought together staff from across the University (academic and professional staff, as well as central and faculty staff) to work towards a set of common goals. It was lovely to celebrate these achievements with the respective teams.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?
It’s going to be a very busy year for us in 2019. Our priority areas are:
- Implementing the Course Portfolio Principles
- Working with stakeholders on enhancing and further developing COSMOS
- Reviewing the Course Policy and related procedures
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
I started at the University as a Management Cadet. My fondest memory was my cadet farewell. I wasn’t actually leaving the University, but it was lovely to have an opportunity to thank all of those that had contributed to my journey so far (can’t believe it’s been over 5 years since then).
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I’m more comfortable in the water than on land. I love swimming and really loved learning to scuba dive.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
While there is no place like home, my favourite place to visit has been Japan. Japan was the first holiday destination for me and my now fiancé, so it will always be a special place for us. While Tokyo is lively city, I love getting out of the big cities. The people were really friendly and helpful, so many beautiful gardens. Although I’m about to head over to Europe on my honeymoon, so perhaps I’ll come back with a new favourite spot.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
There are still so many things on my bucket list. I grew up watching Sound of Music (a big deal in our household given my Mum’s side of the family is from Austria), so one item still on the list is visiting the locations featured in the movie. As we are headed to Europe on our honeymoon, my poor, soon to be, husband will be dragged around on a Sound of Music tour. So I’ll soon be crossing that one off.