What a month!


There are many reasons for congratulations this (and every) month. These are just a couple of which I’m especially proud.

Lihong Zheng – winner of Cisco’s Inaugural Academic Award

Lihong Zheng

Cisco’s Women in IT Awards has announced Lihong Zheng as the winner of the Inaugural Academia Award for her outstanding work with the Cisco Academy – a brilliant achievement!

The Academia Award is dedicated to a Cisco Networking Academy instructor who has accelerated and advanced her career beyond typical performance expectations while providing exceptional leadership and mentorship, inspiring students to pursue careers in STEM fields and who has contributed to the broader STEM community.


The award recognises Lihong’s significant contribution not only to the discipline of Information Communication and Technology, but specifically for “tirelessly promoting Cisco Networking Academy courses amongst students to gain the number one spot of the most students enrolled in Networking Academy Courses across Australia.”

Congratulations Lihong – a well-deserved recognition!

CISCO awards

Vice Chancellor’s Forum

Last week the Director of Online Content Development (Jay Cohen) and the Sub Dean of TOL (Jason Howarth) presented at the Vice Chancellor’s Forum (VCF) on TOL. In particular, Jay and Jason hosted a three-minute masterclass on the Agile project management methodology that is now being used in the development of TOL subjects. They also presented information on the new ASSIST software – a flexible assessment tool that is being incorporated into many TOL subjects.

Interest in the presentation was strong, with a positive response from attendees.

You can find out more about what TOL is doing in Jason’s latest TOL monthly update.

A great year for Faculty research

I know I’ve already congratulated our researchers via email on our excellent ERA outcomes announced last week, but I’d like to also make note of it here.


Philip Charlton and colleagues in School of Computing and Mathematics have achieved well above world standards in the areas of Physical Sciences (02) and Astronomical and Space Sciences (0201) and we have improved considerably in the following areas:

  • Information and Computing Sciences (08)
  • Studies in Human Society (16)

We have also maintained our world standard ratings in the following areas: At the fou

  • Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing (0801)
  • Marketing (1505)
  • Criminology (1602)

For those research areas that we are just entering – Computer Software (0803), Information Systems (0806) and Law (1801), we have also made an admirable start.

The breadth of our research impact is shown in other ranking FOR codes:

  • 0807 Library and Information Sciences (Al-Saggaf)
  • 2201 Applied Ethics (Burmeister, Miller)
  • 0502 Environmental Science and Management (Morrison, Parton)
  • 0706 Horticultural Production (Oczkowski, Saliba)

This interdisciplinary approach allows us to solve problems in unique and cutting edge ways, which is important for our university and its stakeholders. Once again, congratulations to all who have contributed and for all of your hard work in producing these quality research outcomes.