Celebrating Success

Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researchers announced, a win for humanities’ professional team, medieval scholar takes out global prize, Flinders paramedics scoop the pool and Emeritus Professor is honoured with a top international accolade.

Professional prize for HASS

Michelle Gander accepts the award

The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences professional staff were awarded the ATEM (Association of Tertiary Education Management) Award for Excellence in School/Faculty Management at the association’s awards ceremony on 30 September.

Michelle Gander, Director College Services, attended the awards event to collect the trophy, which acknowledges the work and achievements of the College’s professional team following the professional services review project.

College Vice President Professor Vanessa Lemm stated to staff: “Any re-structure is obviously a challenge, but your continued positivity, customer service and support of the new College and it’s culture to put students at the centre of our work has been hugely appreciated.

“You should all be extraordinarily proud of your individual and collaborative achievement, and Michelle and I congratulate you on all your work, which has now been recognised externally by a professional association.”

VC’s Early Career Researchers announced

Ten top researchers have been honoured with a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers. A formal ceremony will be held at the end of November. Keep an eye out for details on the recipients and their research in a FiT coming soon…


Dr Rami Al-Dirini College of Science and Engineering

Dr Tully Barnett College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Monica Cations College of Medicine and Public Health

Dr Johanna Conterio College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Dr Kacie Dickinson College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr Ashley Hopkins College of Medicine and Public Health

Dr Julie-Ann Hulin College of Medicine and Public Health

Dr Gorica Micic College of Medicine and Public Health

Dr Farzin Shabani College of Science and Engineering

Dr Emma Tonkin College of Medicine and Public Health

International award for medieval scholar

Matthew Firth

Flinders PhD candidate Matthew Firth has taken out the Proxime (runner up) prize in the 2019 Mediaeval Journal Essay Prize, an honour awarded each year by the University of St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Scotland.

He was awarded the prize for his essay ‘An Icelander in the Court of King Knut: History and Memory in Bjarnar saga Hitdaelakappa’.



Gastroenterology world honour

Emeritus Professor James Toouli

Emeritus Professor of Surgery James Toouli has been awarded the 2019 Masters of the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) Award in honour of his exceptional professional and personal contributions to the field of gastroenterology and its related disciplines.

The accolade, presented in Istanbul in late September, reflected his efforts in less developed regions of the world in particular.

This award is the highest honour the organisation bestows and is granted only to individuals who have provided outstanding dedication to the mission of the WGO and achieved distinction in such areas as research, teaching and the community at large.

Paramedics Scoop the Pool at HERGA 2019

Brad Mitchell, Sian Nelligan, Dr Tim Rayner, Anthea Cayetano and James Thompson at the event

Flinders’ Paramedic team was awarded the Higher Education Research Group Adelaide (HERGA) prize for 2019 at its annual conference on 25 September.

The team delivered four presentations at the event by lead authors James Thompson, Anthea Cayetano, Brad Mitchell and Sian Nelligan, generating much informed discussion and demonstrated the breadth of education-related activities around assessment, clinical skill acquisition, regional delivery and student experience on placement, currently being investigated by the paramedic team.

Their prize rewards high value contribution to the 2019 conference specifically, but also reflects the team’s engagement with HERGA over years, consistent with its commitment to quality, contemporary clinical education for students undertaking the Bachelor of Paramedic Science degree.

Sharing defence strengths at Asia Pacific showcase

Flinders University is front and centre at the South Australia stand at one of the biggest naval technology showcases in Australia this year.

Pacific 2019: International Maritime Exposition, held biennially in the Asia Pacific, is bringing together industry, government and defence professionals in Sydney from October 8-10.

Tony Kyriacou (left) and Professor Karl Sammut

Flinders Defence Director Tony Kyriacou says the event is an opportunity for Flinders to promote its research strengths in areas such as autonomous maritime vehicles and robotics.

Flinders will also be involved in a range of high level partnership announcements.

“Our presence at Pacific 2019 presents the best of Flinders’ cutting edge research to the key players in the fast growing maritime sector – unlocking opportunities for collaboration and strengthening employment prospects for graduates”.

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