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QUT excels in real-world science and engineering learning environments and experiences


Science and Engineering Faculty received three of the five awards presented to QUT in the Australian Awards for University Teaching

QUT teachers who excel in creating real world learning environments and experiences for their students in robotics, Indigenous studies, science, and engineering are among those honoured by this year's Australian Awards for University Teaching.

QUT educators received five Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the national awards and were recognised at a Brisbane ceremony on September 24.

Three AAUT awards are attributed to QUT Science and engineering educators, including Professor Peter Corke, Associate Professor Jennifer Firn, and Professor Doug Hargreaves

In all, QUT's five citations placed the university in the nation's top four performers for this round of AAUT awards.

Recipients included:

  • Professor Peter Corke - For providing students at QUT and around the world accessible, leading edge curricula and resources that engage and inspire them as future leaders in robotics.
  • Dr Debbie Duthie - For inspiring and transformative teaching of Indigenous Studies to social work and human services students to prepare them for culturally safe practice.
  • Associate Professor Jennifer Firn - For innovative, project-based science teaching that engages, motivates and mentors students in undertaking authentic scientific discovery through supportive communities of practice.
  • Professor Doug Hargreaves - For influencing learning in a large first year unit via motivational directed peer- and self-learning approaches that broaden students' understanding of the engineering profession.
  • The Connections for Learning Program (Professor Robyn Nash, Rena Frohman and Pamela Lemcke) - For enabling thousands of culturally and linguistically diverse students to succeed as learners and achieve professional aspirations through active engagement in a contextualised co-curricular program.

Citation recipients were each awarded $10,000, to be used to further their work in teaching and learning.

The Australian Awards for University Teaching are overseen by the Australian Government's Office for Teaching and Learning.

Original story: QUT educators earn A+ in national teaching awards


Professor Peter Corke

Professor Peter Corke

Director, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Robotics Vision - Science and Engineering Faculty, Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems

Associate Professor Jennifer Firn

Associate Professor Jennifer Firn

Associate Professor - Science and Engineering Faculty, Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences, Environmental Systems

Professor Doug Hargreaves

Professor Doug Hargreaves

Professor - Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Systems and Asset Management


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