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Award for postgraduate support program

USQ Faculty of Business and Law award winning staff who won for programs that enhance learning.
A support program created to address a need for quality flexible learning support for mature-aged students has earned a USQ Faculty of Business and Law award for programs that enhance learning.

The UPGRADE program was the brainchild of USQ Senior Project Management Lecturers, Dr Jon Whitty and Dr Barrie Todhunter who ran a similar, condensed support session as part of their intensive workshops.

'We were running shorter sessions in our intensive project management workshops, but identified there was a need for full-day sessions and that postgraduate students from across a number of disciplines were looking for the same support,' Dr Todhunter said.

Working together with specialist learning support staff Lynette Faragher and Adrian Stagg and Springfield campus Librarian Kerrie McLaren they created a full-day intensive workshop model, now held at Springfield campus bi-yearly.

'Mature-aged students are often new to postgraduate university study and have possibly not studied for many years,' he said.

'We provide them with an accelerated learning program that provides access and learning support for students who live and work in areas remote form the campus, including regional Queensland and interstate.

'We run the workshops over the weekend, creating opportunities for students who would not otherwise be able to attend on-campus learning support activities and often have students travelling long distances just to participate.'

The award caps off a year of success for Drs Todhunter and Whitty who each received prestigious national Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in September.

Dr Whitty has also been invited to deliver a series of lectures across the United Kingdom for the Association for Project Management (APM), the UK’s national professional body for project managers next month.

He will deliver talks to leading project management professionals in Reading, Kent, Central London and Cambridge from 28 November to 6 December.

'I will also be talking with the APM executive, people who represent the strategic side of large corporate institutions in the UK.'

Dr Todhunter and Dr Whitty will accept the Faculty award on behalf of the UPGRADE team at an awards ceremony on 15 November in Toowoomba.


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Dr Barrie Todhunter, Lynette Faragher, Kerrie McLaren and Dr Jon Whitty and Adrian Stagg (not pictured), USQ Faculty of Business and Law won for programs that enhance learning.

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