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Campus News : March 2011
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News March 2011 11 Professor Amanda Lawson Awards, achievements and accolades FCA Dean joins ARC advisers UOW's Faculty of Creative Arts Dean Professor Amanda Lawson has been appointed to the Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Council. Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Senator Kim Carr said he had expanded the membership from seven to 10 to help the Australian Government better understand and support the breadth of research undertaken in Australia. "By providing advice to the Australian Research Council these research leaders will use their expert knowledge in fields including Indigenous studies and creative arts to help the ARC further its ambitious reform agenda. This agenda aims to improve ARC funding schemes so they can better support today's research sector," Senator Carr said. "Professor Lawson will increase the ability of the ARC to assess support for research in the creative arts." Professor Lawson joins other new appointees Professor Peter Buckskin (University of South Australia), Professor Stephen Garton (University of Sydney), Professor Margaret Harding (UNSW), Professor Paul Johnson (La Trobe) and Professor Ian Young (Australian National University) on the Advisory Council. "They join continuing members Emeritus Professor David Siddle, Professor Robyn Owens, Ms Robyn Baker, as well as ARC CEO Professor Margaret Sheil, who remains the Chair," Senator Carr said. The Advisory Council was established in 2008 to advise on strategic issues relating to the mission of the ARC, including strategic planning, policy matters relating to innovation, research and research training, and matters relating to the evaluation of the quality and outcomes of research and research training in an international context. BG The University of Wollongong Library has become the first organisation in Australia to be recognised with the international Investors in People Silver Standard. Investors in People aims to improve the effectiveness and productivity of an organisation and provide better services through strategic development of the workforce. The standard has evidence requirements reflecting international best practice that must be met, focusing on business and leadership strategy, learning and development, people management, performance measurement and continuous improvement. The Library has a long-standing commitment to Investors in People, which was first certified in 1999. A new approach introduced in 2010 offers Bronze, Silver and Gold status options to recognise further achievement beyond compliance requirements. University Librarian Margie Jantti said the Library has met the additional 76 evidence requirements for recognition at Silver status, making it the first organisation in Australia to achieve this prestigious level of best practice. "This recognition acknowledges the role of the Library staff - their efforts, contribution and enthusiasm in sustaining our high performance culture and high satisfaction rates with students and overall staff," Ms Jantti said. BG Library's silver lining OAM recognises fund-raising work Office of Community and Partnerships development manager Leigh Stewart received a Medal of the Order of Australia for his community fund-raising efforts in the 2011 Australia Day Honours. Mr Stewart has been closely involved in fund-raising in the Illawarra for the past 20 years and has helped to raise more than $2 million for various causes. He is best known for the annual Bandage Bear celebrity benefit night, which he has coordinated since 1999. Proceeds from this annual event at Wests Illawarra Leagues Club are used for research into children's cancer and the Kids Fund -- an organisation Mr Stewart co-founded with The Disability Trust in 1998 to provide equipment and support for Illawarra families with children with severe disabilities. Over the years Bandage Bear proceeds have been used to purchase hundreds of thousands of dollars worth essential equipment such as wheelchairs, splints, support frames, walkers and communication aids, and to modify homes, equipment and accessories. Mr Stewart has also coordinated a number of benefit nights for other community projects and charities, including the Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, Corrimal and Fairy Meadow Surf Lifesaving Clubs, Illawarra Wheelchair Basketball, Parameadows Foundation and Wollongong Purple Ribbon Month for abused children. In his current role for the University of Wollongong, Mr Stewart raises funds, awareness and support for the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, with a particular focus on the annual Stumping Serious Diseases celebrity cricket match and dinner. Former UOW Creative Arts lecturer Robina Beard also received an OAM in the Australia Day awards. Ms Beard, of Corrimal, is a widely respected stage and television actor who is best known for her character "Madge the manicurist" in the long-running Palmolive dishwashing detergent commercial. Ms Beard, who graduated from UOW with a Master of Creative Arts in 1993, was honoured for her services to the arts, especially dance. NH UOW Librarian Margi Jantti with the Investors in People award. Leigh Stewart talks to Clara at the 2010 Bandage Bear charity event.