The University of Queensland has established an exceptional reputation for excellence in university teaching and learning. This reputation is evidenced by unrivalled achievements within national teaching and learning award program.

The UQ Early Career (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) Scheme strives to consolidate and extend UQ’s position of excellence in University Teaching and Learning by focusing on and expanding the critical mass expertise and providing resources to new Teaching Focused staff to assist them to build a profile in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

The Early Career Grants Scheme is highly competitive and the proposals received were of extremely high calibre. Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Joanne Wright, would like to extend her congratulations to the recipients and looks forward to their progression in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

2014 UQ Early Career Grant Recipients:

Dr Emma Bartle School of MedicineDr Emma Bartle
School of Medicine

Emma Bartle began her academic career in 2009 as a lecturer in the School of Chemistry at UWA, coordinating and teaching the large first year courses. She was heavily involved with the restructure and development of the new chemistry degree program, and responsible for the implementation and evaluation of several eLearning teaching innovations. Her work in this area was recognised with a 2010 UWA Teaching Excellence (Early Career) Award. Emma moved across to UQ in 2010 to take up a teaching-focussed position as a lecturer in medical education. In the past 4 years Emma has been establishing a profile in the scholarship of teaching and learning in the areas of student-created digital media assessments, scientific and clinical reasoning, self-directed learning and faculty development and career choice.

Project Title: Building capacity for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) amongst clinicians working as educators in the UQ School of Medicine
The principal aim of this project is to enhance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning capacity within the UQ School of Medicine. It will explore and identify the barriers and facilitators that clinicians face when engaging in SoTL and models will be developed for upskilling clinicians in this area.


Ms Robyn Parry UQ Business SchoolMs Robyn Parry
UQ Business School

In February , 2014 Robyn joined the University of Queensland Business School as an Associate Lecturer (teaching focussed) in Accounting

Before joining the University of Queensland Business School as an Associate Lecturer in Accounting, Robyn was an accounting academic for over 14 years with James Cook University (Brisbane) and CQUniversity (Brisbane). Robyn course coordinated/lectured accounting for decision making, both financial and management accounting, corporate accounting, accounting theory and auditing in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Robyn’s business career has evolved through public practice plus the mining, construction and government sectors before moving to accounting education. She has a keen interest in the development and enhancement of accounting education through technology.

 Project Title: Creation of a virtual business environment to be used as an experiential learning and assessment tool for ACCT 1101
This project will develop a virtual business environment (VBE) to be used as an ACCT 1101 experiential learning and assessment tool to promote student engagement focussed on business decision making. This tool will allow students to compete in an unpredictable commercial environment and make business decisions founded on their subject knowledge.


 Dr Kirsten Zimbardi
School of Biomedical Sciences

After completing her PhD in Development Endocrinology at the University of Adelaide, Kirsten moved across to the University of Queensland in 2007 to begin her academic career as a Teaching-Focussed Associate Lecturer. In the past 4 years Kirsten has taken a lead role in the School and Faculty's Teaching and Learning Groups, establishing a profile in the scholarship of teaching and learning in the areas of inquiry-based practicals, undergraduate research experience, scientific reasoning and tutor professional development.

Project Title: Feedback Analytics – developing methodologies to understand the relationships between feedback provision, student feedback use and academic performance
An innovative online system has been developed to collect large-scale data on digital feedback provision, student accessing of feedback and changes in assessment performance. This project will analyse the resulting extensive dataset to determine the direction of the future data collection and visualisation efforts, which will guide subsequent feedback interventions and innovations.

More information on UQs Early Career Teaching and Learning Grants and other UQ funding opportunities can be found here



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