FedUni Living receives prestigious Australian University Teaching Award

Posted: Friday 2 December 2016

The Live > Learn > Lead (LLL) program at  Federation University Australia has received a major award at The 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching acknowledging quality teaching practices and outstanding contributions to student learning.

“Our LLL residential community program has been recognised for making an outstanding contribution in the category of widening participation,” Colin Marshall, Director of Campus Life, said.

“It encompasses approaches to learning and teaching, and the student experience of higher education that enhance student access, widen participation and support progression.

“The LLL program was assessed on detailed evidence provided including its distinctiveness, coherence and clarity of purpose; influence of student learning and the student experience; its breadth of impact and the extent to which it supports principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.”

The award recognises programs and services that demonstrate effectiveness through rigorous evaluation that set benchmarks for similar activities at other institutions.

“These national awards are very competitive and winning one is very prestigious,” Professor Marcia Devlin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Quality), said.

“This award is well-deserved recognition of the outstanding work undertaken by Colin and his team to support FedUni students.”

The Federation University Australia LLL program coordinates a holistic successful support program for students around the following four institutional pillars:

  • Contribution to student recruitment, orientation, transition of students to physical campuses;
  • Provision of student support throughout the student life cycle;
  • Promotion of student learning, resilience, development and growth; and Encouraging multicultural engagement across the entire student cohort.

“Campus Life collaborates with local, national and international communities to facilitate significant initiatives that widen participation and success for regional and rural higher education students,” Mr Marshall said.

“Program initiatives align with various stages of the student life cycle, which directly contributes to ‘closing the gap’ for regional students and increases their ability to access, participate in and actively engage in their tertiary education.

“The program focuses on extending, promoting and enhancing evidence-based best practice initiatives, between the student residential community, the broader institutional community and external communities.

“The LLL program is underpinned by an inclusive philosophy theory which brings together residential communities, student learning journey, student belongingness and broader institutional engagement initiatives.”

The program offers strategic, targeted high-level support to students through early engagement activities and numerous outreach activities.

It is delivered across the Ballarat and Gippsland campuses for up to 1,000 students within residential accommodation facilities annually.

“The LLL program directly aligns with a number of institutional strategic plans including the 2015-2017 Learning and Teaching, 2015-2016 Social Inclusion, 2015-2018 Student Retention and Success and 2015-2017 Reconciliation Action Plans, so my team and I are absolutely thrilled to receive this prestigious award,” Mr Marshall said.

The Australian Awards for University Teaching awards presentation ceremony was held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra. Colin was joined by Campus Life team members Melanie Coffey and Andrew Renfree where they received the Award from Senator Simon Birmingham, Federal Minister for Education and Training.

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