15 November 2004

The University of Queensland will have three finalists in this year’s Australian Awards for University Teaching, to be announced at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday, November 30.

Federal Minister for Education, Training and Youth Affairs Dr Brendan Nelson will present the prestigious annual awards.

UQ academics have won Australian Awards for University Teaching in each of the seven years since they were introduced, including the Prime Minister’s Australian Award for Individual University Teacher of the Year for the past two years, and three times overall.

Professor Ian Cameron, a professor of Chemical Engineering at UQ, won the 2003 Prime Minister’s Australian Award for Individual University Teacher of the Year.

In 2002 Dr Peter O’Donoghue, an Associate Professor in the University’s School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences, jointly won the major award with Associate Professor Lynne Hunt from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.

In 2000, a Professor of Information Systems at UQ, Ron Weber, won the Prime Minister’s Award.

Individual UQ category finalists in this year’s national awards are:

* Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies – Dr Jose (Jimmy) Botella.

* Social Sciences – Dr Merrilyn Goos.

The University also has a finalist in the Institutional section of the national awards in the category: Provision of support services (on and off campus) that assist the learning of students.

The winner of the individual categories each receive $40,000, with the Prime Minister’s Award for University of Teacher of the Year winner will receiving an additional $35,000. Institutional awards carry prizes of $50,000 each.

The award presentation follows the Australian Universities Teaching Committee (AUTC) National Teaching Forum on Recognising and Rewarding Good Teaching, being held on Monday, November 29, at Old Parliament House, Canberra.

The AUTC has invited Dr Mary Taylor Huber of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching to be the keynote speaker at the forum.

Media: Further information; contact Brad Turner at UQ Communications (phone 07 3365 2659).