Achievements and Announcements


ATN Teaching Excellence Award

UniSA professor elected to Academy of Social Sciences Australia

Distinguished educational writing award for Professor Rigney

Peer2Peer program awarded


Jaipur Down Under

Richard Irons joins Student and Academic Services

Samstag Scholarships for socially engaging artists


ATN Teaching Excellence Award

Anna RogersAnna Rogers, Lecturer in the School of Education, is one of five academics who was awarded a national 2018 Australian Technology Network (ATN) Teaching Excellence Award.

She received the award at the 2018 ATN Conference dinner in September, held at Curtin University.

One candidate from each ATN university receives this award.

In 2017 Rogers received the UniSA Award for Teaching Excellence and was the University’s selected candidate for the ATN award in recognition of her broad and deep contribution to mathematics education.

UniSA professor elected to Academy of Social Sciences Australia

Professor Cheri OstroffProfessor Cheri Ostroff, a research professor from UniSA’s School of Management who is internationally renowned in the field of organisational behaviour, has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Already an elected fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Prof Ostroff was elected to the Academy along with 35 other Australian social scientists.

All Fellows of the Academy are elected by their peers based on a distinguished contribution –recognised internationally – to one or more of the social sciences.

President of the Academy, Professor Glenn Withers, congratulates the new Fellows, now rounding up the total number of Academy members to 660.

“The strength of Australian social sciences is reflected in these appointments,” says Prof Withers.

Prof Ostroff will be formally welcomed to the Academy at a Fellow’s Dinner and Annual General Meeting in Canberra later this year.

Distinguished educational writing award for Professor Rigney

Professor Lester-Irabinna RigneyEarlier this month, Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney from UniSA’s School of Education, was awarded the 2018 Hedley Beare Award for Educational Writing from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL).

The annual award is ACEL’s highest honour for an outstanding piece of educational writing that has provided new and significant knowledge about educational leadership.

Prof Rigney was awarded the honour for his writing in the field of Aboriginal education, leadership and policy development.

“I feel honoured on receipt of this high honour to be among distinguished predecessors,” says Prof Rigney.

“My writings advocate for inclusive and democratic schooling for all children. Education inequality for one is injury to all.”

Prof Rigney has also been honoured internationally with a prestigious 2017-2018 Distinguished Fellowship at Kings College, London. This Fellowship is given to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to the philosophy and expression of education theory.

The Fellowship will see Prof Rigney collaborate with international researchers in the European Union and United Kingdom on culturally responsive schooling.

Peer2Peer program awarded

(L-R) Dr Jane Andrew and Dr Sally Lewis.(L-R) Dr Jane Andrew and Dr Sally Lewis.

UniSA’s Peer2Peer program has won an award from the Australian Collaborative Education Network Limited (ACEN).

Peer2Peer is an annual initiative based at UniSA’s Match Studio which brings together students from the communication, graphic design, IT and psychology disciplines to research, develop and implement a social media campaign, in order to meet the requirements of real clients.

The program – coordinated by Dr Jane Andrew and Dr Sally Lewis – won the ACEN Case Studies Award which recognises quality and innovative work integrated learning practices across a diverse range of disciplines, models and methods.

Last year the students in the program successfully worked with South Australian Police on a ‘party safe’ campaign.


Jaipur Down Under

UniSA is helping to bring one of the world’s best literary festivals to Adelaide in November with a three-day event jam-packed with international authors, bloggers, journalists and commentators.

Founded in 2006, the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) is the largest free event of its kind in the world, having hosted more than 1600 speakers and almost 1.2 million participants to date.

With a long history of other satellite events across the globe including in London, Colorado and New York, this year – with support from UniSA – OzAsia is bringing the JLF experience to Australia.

The festival features talks from more than 60 international authors, journalists and musicians. The event is set to build bridges between cultures with the exchange of ideas and new geopolitical perspectives and a wide array of free family-friendly activities from yoga and food stalls, to talks, dance, music and workshops.

The Festival kicks off on Friday, November 9 at Adelaide’s Riverbank Precinct, with a free outdoor music concert and wraps up with Diwali celebrations on Sunday, November 11.

Richard Irons joins Student and Academic Services

Richard IronsExperienced higher education professional, Richard Irons, will join UniSA next month as the new Director of Student and Academic Services.

Currently Academic Registrar at the UK University of Derby, in his new role he will be responsible for coordinating UniSA’s student administration services – from enrolment to graduation – and maintaining student records, providing campus-wide services to students, as well as managing the University’s academic policies.

“In a higher education landscape which is increasingly competitive and constantly changing, the importance of the student experience has never been greater,” Irons says.

“As the incoming Director of Student and Academic Services I am looking forward to working with colleagues and teams both within SAS and the wider University, and my family is relishing the opportunity to embark on a new life in South Australia and make Adelaide our home.”

Welcoming the appointment, UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says Irons’ career achievements have already been impressive.

“Richard led the Student Services unit at the University of Derby for two years before a rapid promotion to Academic Registrar in 2017, where he was instrumental in driving new structures and processes,” Prof Lloyd says.

Samstag Scholarships for socially engaging artists

The 2019 recipients of the prestigious Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships are two artists involved in socially engaging practices.

Elyas ALAVI, Naan/Bread (installation view, detail), 2017, video still, Middle-eastern bread, LED light, acrylic on wall. Photo: Grant Hancock.Elyas ALAVI, Naan/Bread (installation view, detail), 2017, video still, Middle-eastern bread, LED light, acrylic on wall.
Photo: Grant Hancock.

Elyas Alavi is a cross-disciplinary artist and poet based in the Adelaide Hills, with his art practice driven by ideas of social justice, memory, displacement and exile.

Born in Afghanistan and arriving in Australia as a refugee at risk in 2007, Elyas was influenced by his father who was a teacher and book lover. He says poetry accidentally became his primary art form, stemming from regular poetry recitals he attended as a teenager as a way to escape fighting in his homeland.

Fellow scholarship recipient, Georgia Saxelby, is an interdisciplinary artist living and working between Sydney and the United States.

Georgia SAXELBY, Lullaby (still from video performance, detail), 2017, in collaboration with Viva Soudan and Bailey Nolan. Photo: Kristin Adair. Georgia SAXELBY, Lullaby (still from video performance, detail), 2017, in collaboration with Viva Soudan and Bailey Nolan.
Photo: Kristin Adair.

Her participatory practice engages with issues of public social space, collective ritual behaviour and notions of sacred space in both ancient and contemporary cultures.

Erica Green, Director of UniSA’s Samstag Museum of Art, which administers the Samstag Scholarships program, says that the Samstag Scholarships will provide Alavi and Saxelby the time and context to advance their artistic practice.

“It is an opportunity to build upon what they have achieved so far to create an international practice,” Green says.

The scholarship program, now in its 27th year, can celebrate awarding 142 scholarships, with a total value exceeding ten million US dollars.

More details can be found on the Samstag Museum’s website.