The people

The primary members of the Student Retention and Success initiative:

Marcia DevlinPhoto of Marcia Devlin
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality)

Professor Devlin is a strong and vocal advocate for the transformative role of tertiary education, both as a mechanism for social justice and as a driver for regional and national productivity and innovation. Professor Marcia Devlin is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality) and a Professor of Learning Enhancement at Federation University Australia.

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Grant MeredithPhoto of Grant Meredith

Associate Dean, Student Retention & Success (Faculty of Science and Technology)

Grant is the Associate Dean of Student Retention and Success for the Faculty of Science and Technology. Grant has taught subjects locally and internationally focused around professional communication, multimedia and academic skills.

Grant is the program leader for the Technologies for Empowering People for Participation in Society (TEPPS) programme, which aims to enable the lives of people the world over through the radical design of software solutions. Grant has published and presented his research at national and international levels. He has been awarded multiple national grants and was part of the University's only successful crowd-funding campaign to date. Grant was awarded the FedUni Alumnus of the Year in 2015.

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Amy BarnhousePhoto of Amy Barnhouse
Associate Dean, Student Retention & Success (Federation Business School)

Amy joined Federation University Australia in 2012 as a Lecturer in Law after having practiced law for 17 years in the United States. For more than a decade, she owned and managed a successful law firm. Since arriving at FedUni, Amy has been passionate about providing a positive student experience by creating a sense of community and belonging in her classes. Along with the Federation Business School Student Retention and Success Committee, Amy has drafted a Student Retention and Success Strategic Plan to guide Federation Business School for the next five years. Amy continues to lecture in Fundamentals of Law and Dispute Resolution in conjunction with her Associate Dean role.

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Andrew SmithPhoto of Andrew Smith
Associate Dean, Student Retention & Success (Faculty of Health)

Andrew is the Associate Dean of Student Retention & Success for the Faculty of Health. Andrew is a nurse with extensive experience in acute and community health nursing with a health promotion and Public Health background. He has written and delivered a variety of courses in the program across all year levels in the Bachelor of Nursing program, over the last 9 years. Andrew's research and academic interests are situated around health literacy and rural health in particular equity and access issues. This seems to fit well with the role of retention and success given many of the students in the Faculty of Health are first in family students. Andrew received a VC citation in 2014 for building social justice in his teaching practice. Staff and students would agree that Andrew is student focussed and approachable as he Associate Dean in the Faculty of Health.

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Alison Lord
Associate Dean, Student Retention and Success (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Alison joined the initiative in May, 2016, taking the reins from Christina Sadowski. Alison also holds the role of Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood and is based at our Horsham Campus. Prior to her appointment with FedUni, Alison taught with University of Newcastle and most recently with Charles Sturt University.

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Grant Henderson
Retention and Success Data Analyst

Grant Henderson is the Data Analyst for the Student Retention and Success initiative. His role includes calculating our retention and attrition statistics, analysing our enrolment and demographic data to determine attrition hot spots, and providing data support to the numerous initiatives that support student retention and success.Grant completed his Bachelor of Computing with Distinction at the University of Ballarat in 1997 and has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) and a Graduate Certificate in Energy Studies. Grant has a breadth of experience in the education and ICT fields, combining ten years of experience as a teacher of ICT and science with his experience working, and consulting, in ICT in multinational and government sectors. As well as interests in data analytics, Grant has a strong interest in the use of ICT in education and has led the development of eLearning practices and the integration of learning technologies within schools.

Kim Ferguson Kim Ferguson smiling
Initiative Coordinator

Kim Ferguson is the Student Retention and Success initiative Coordinator. With over twenty years of experience in government and the private sector, Kim decided to formalise her experiences and undertook a Bachelor of Management in 2011. Graduating with Distinction in 2014, Kim was also the recipient of a University of Ballarat Leadership Award, a University of Ballarat Gold Volunteer Award, and an Award of Excellence for Academic Achievement from the Business School. Her experience as a Student Mentor, along with her memories of being a new student juggling family responsibilities, makes her a strong advocate for the student experiences addressed through the Retention and Success initiative.  Kim is an approachable and passionate member of the initiative and happy to accept ideas and suggestions from staff and students. Please do not hesitate to contact her directly.

Christina SadowskiPicture of Christina Sadowski
Previous Associate Dean, Student Retention & Success (Faculty of Education and Arts)

Christina spent her formative years on the east coast of the United States, studying at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. Christina worked as a social worker with children and families in inner Melbourne, Cape York, Brooklyn NY, and Ballarat and the Grampians region before coming to the University of Ballarat in 2008 as a PhD student and sessional tutor. Christina resigned in March 2016 from her Associate Dean role to take up other responsibilities in her Faculty. We thank Christina for her contribution to the initiative.

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