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Bond academics receive Australian Government awards for teaching

Four Bond University academics have been awarded prestigious Citations in the Australian Government's Awards for University Teaching, which recognises outstanding contributions to student learning.

The academics hail from the Faculties of Law, Health Sciences & Medicine, and Society & Design, and were among 180 academics and professional staff from 36 universities nationwide to be acknowledged.

Faculty of Law Assistant Professor Danielle Ireland-Piper, who was also the recipient of the Australasian Law Teachers' Association/Lexis Nexis Early Career Award in 2013, received the award for inspiring and motivating law students through the use of social media, creative performance, interactive and self-directed assessment, and internationalisation.

Associate Professor Kevin Ashton, of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, was recognised for enhancing student learning and engagement in undergraduate genetics through problem based learning with integrated laboratories.

From the Faculty of Society and Design, Dr James Birt was acknowledged for improving student learning and engagement through practical juxtaposition of art and science in multimedia education; and Assistant Professor Chris Knapp was recognised for enabling future architects with innovative intellectual and technical skills, which address real scenarios through novel design integration that exceed and transform building industry practice.

Bond University Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford, said it was a great result for Bond University to have four teachers recognised in the national teaching awards.

"We are a small institution in comparison to many of the competing universities, so to have the teaching initiatives of four of our academics recognised affirms Bond University's position as a leader in teaching excellence in Australia," he said.

"Our teaching staff are renowned for going above and beyond and, with small class sizes a key element of the Bond experience, they are able to provide the personalised attention and mentoring needed to help our students excel."

"I would like to congratulate Assistant Professor Ireland-Piper, Associate Professor Ashton, Dr Birt and Assistant Professor Knapp on being recognised in these prestigious awards."

An official awards ceremony was held at Brisbane’s Customs House on Monday, 29 September 2014 to recognise the  recipients.

The Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) administers the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).

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