BEL teachers receive national awards

26 Sep 2014

The University of Queensland’s teachers and lecturers have been recognised as among the best in Australia, receiving four Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in the 2014 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Three lecturers and a team of teaching staff will each receive a $10,000 prize at the Queensland Citation Awards ceremony in Brisbane on September 29.

UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Joanne Wright congratulated Dr Richard Robinson (UQ Bsiness School), Dr Yunxia Zhu (UQ Business School), Dr Bronwyn Lea (School of English, Media Studies and Art History) and the UQ French Team (School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies) on their success.

“These annual citations recognise the efforts of UQ teachers to inspire and encourage their students by using innovative teaching techniques and often the latest technology and by examining and improving previously accepted methods,” Professor Wright said.

“Receiving such a high national honour recognises the importance of great teachers in our university and in the learning experiences of our students.

“Dr Lea, Dr Robinson, Dr Zhu and the French Team have inspired and supported their students to learn more and learn more effectively.  They, and their students, have helped to consolidate UQ’s international reputation as a leading university.  I offer my warmest congratulations and thanks for all their efforts.”

Dr Richard Robinson:  For motivating students towards future hospitality leadership, by inspiring them with authentic and experiential teaching and learning contexts which bridge the perceived theory-practice divide.

Dr Yuanxia Zhu:  For applying a learning-by-doing approach to inform teaching that deeply engages students in a journey of growth that builds their competence in culturally diverse contexts.