Melbourne Graduate School of Education celebrates top achievers

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education celebrated the outstanding achievements of staff and students at its annual Awards Evening on May 12.

A full house of guests gathered in the Kwong Lee Dow Building to cheer on this year’s 81 award winners from a broad range of areas and disciplines across research, teaching and engagement.

Melbourne Graduate School of Education celebrates top achievers
Professor Field Rickards, Dean of the Graduate School pictured with the Dean’s Honour List recipients (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

In his opening address Professor Field Rickards, Dean of the Graduate School, congratulated all of the winners on their superb efforts.

“This is an important annual event and I’m delighted to celebrate the achievements of our most outstanding students and staff,” he said.

“You have all worked incredibly hard and we are proud of you.

“For the fifth year in a row we have been ranked number one in Australia and in the top 10 globally. This places us among the world’s best and is a credit to our exceptional staff, students and graduates, many of whom are here tonight.”

Master of Teaching (Primary) Graduate Anthony Curnow wowed the audience taking home four awards including
  • The Alice Taylor Scholarship for the most outstanding result in the Master of Teaching
  • The ACHPER Primary Award for the most outstanding result for the subject Health and Physical Education
  • The Valerie and Lawrence Kennedy Bursaries for students undertaking a two-week teaching placement in a remote or Indigenous area of Australia or overseas, and
  • The Dean’s Honours list for the top 2 per cent of students in each year level.
Dr Sophie Rudolph was the proud recipient of the Doctoral Research Prize for her research thesis titled, Diversity and inequality in education, while the Early Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (Early ABLES) Project Team took home the MGSE Engagement Excellence Award.

The evening also included a presentation by Dr Jason Lodge from the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education on University teaching and changing times. Dr Lodge was also awarded the MGSE Teaching Excellence Award.

The final award for the evening, the MGSE Distinguished Research Career Award, went to Emeritus Professor Patrick Griffin.

Regarded as a true giant of education, Patrick reflected on his 40-plus years in education, saying he wouldn’t have received the award it wasn’t for his ongoing collaborations with other experts.

“This award sounds like it’s an individual award but in reality, I couldn’t have done this research without the help of others,” he said.

“To our graduate teachers in the audience I say, on your own you can achieve very little. But when you collaborate with other teachers and staff members, there’s no limit to what you can do.”

University of Melbourne Master of Teaching

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education is one of 13 Graduate Schools established by the university as part of the Melbourne Model. Graduates enjoy diverse career outcomes in challenging and stimulating settings from education through to the corporate sector. Equipped with transferable skills, including excellent problem solving, communication and organizational skills, University of Melbourne’s graduates are able to move in and around a broad range of industries.

Programs: Master of Teaching (Primary or Secondary)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: March
Duration: 1.5 to 2 years
Application deadline: Although there is no strict application deadline for either of these programs, it is recommended that students apply at least three months prior to the program start date. Doing so will provide students with a sufficient amount of time to complete the assessment and pre-departure process.


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