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Campus News : December 2011
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News December 2011 9 "It was a time of great reform and upheaval within the police. The Graduate Certificate in Management studies at UOW provided me with the opportunity to read widely on management theories, critically reflect on the NSW experience, and apply that learning to my own life and workplace." Mr Doyle became the 'dux' of his cohort and won a scholarship for further study, leading to a Masters In Business Administration (at Charles Sturt University) to go with his earlier Law degree from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). As Chief Inspector at Campbelltown, Mr Doyle was heavily involved in community affairs and partnership programs. However, he could see that more needed to be done and decided to seek election to the NSW Parliament for the Liberal Party. He lost 7kg as he walked the then safe Labor seat, door- SUE BURRELL Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) 1976 Diploma in Education 1977 If you've been to the Australian Museum in Sydney recently, chances are your enjoyment of the exhibitions has been enhanced by the work of UOW graduate Sue Burrell. As an Interpretive Officer at the Australian Museum, Sue developed the first Behind the Scenes tour for the public while she and her fellow Interpretive Officers are generally the first contacts for visitors. The Interpretive Officers work closely with the museum's scientific staff to promote research conducted at the Australian Museum and respond to a broad range of information enquiries from individuals and specialist interest groups. Sue says her teacher training at UOW and classroom experience as a high school teacher has been invaluable. "The role of Interpretive Officer requires a proficient skill in communicating the science of nature to a general audience. Certainly my teaching experience provides those necessary communication skills and a confidence to speak to large groups, while my Commerce degree gave me good grounding in researching new topics. "Working at a museum that is a world-class authority on Australian nature and culture, the biggest challenge is knowledge," Sue said. "You are learning Sue's museum role a learning experience every day and as my degree was not science-based I need to do a lot of research and study. "But this is not an issue because as a teacher you always want to learn more so that you can impart what you have learned in such a way as to enthuse, excite and educate. I always follow the 3 Es!" "The best part of the job is taking people around the museum's collection areas and seeing the look of amazement at the items that comprise part of the fantastic 18 million-item collection -- showing and interpreting specimens and artefacts." Sue came to museum work by chance when her husband David, also a UOW graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Psychology), was posted overseas. The family spent 15 years abroad, living in New Zealand, Singapore, Argentina and Britain. "While living in Singapore I became involved with the then Children's Discovery Gallery at the Singapore History Museum, doing both guiding and research work for exhibitions that covered South East Asian history and culture," Sue said. When the family moved to Britain she became involved with a local history museum, focusing on English social history. She later joined the Brooklands aircraft and automobile museum. At Brooklands she developed the guide for the car and plane tour and an explanatory guide for the museum's Concorde aircraft. Sue, whose maiden name was Slaviero, attended St Mary Star of the Sea College in Wollongong and received a teaching scholarship to study at the then Wollongong University College, just before UOW gained its autonomy from the University of NSW in 1975. "I was a student when the uni went autonomous and I remember it being a time of great celebration. Our graduating year was the first to all receive UOW degrees," she said. "My most distinct memories all centre on the uni being very small with a total student population of about 2000. It was easy to get around, parking was never an issue and there was always contact with students in the other faculties. "The smallness of the University meant we were able to get to know the professors, lecturers and tutors personally, and I especially remember Ken Blakey, Rob Castle, Julie Irving, John Steinke and Arthur Partridge." NH knocking and talking to the community. "I knew that Campbelltown as an area had really come of age and was ready for a change. They wanted someone who was prepared to stand up for them," he said. Former Labor Minister Graham West (also a UOW graduate) had decided not to re-contest the seat, and Mr Doyle scored a commanding victory in the Coalition's sweep of the NSW election. He said Campbelltown was "blessed" to have both the UOW and the University of Western Sydney close at hand. "I have spoken in the Parliament of the great contributions to our community by our universities. UOW is highly regarded and accessible to students at Campbelltown, and I am very proud be a graduate," he said. NH Sue Burrell showing fossil specimens on the Behind the Scenes tour at the Australian Museum. (Image copyright: Australian Museum 2010)