It was a sunny day in Sydney and I was stuck in a dusty office doing invoice filing. I was questioning my life choices.
The phone rang and my manager told me that Angela was looking for an RA/PM to help her with her research project on undergraduate research.....The rest is history and is still being written ten years on.
While working with Angela to promote UGR across Australia, I met many UGR students and witnessed their immense curiosity, commitment and impressive capabilities to pursue research questions. What's more, we learned a lot from working with students. I was fascinated by how much students would step up if we just provided a space for them, gave support and encouragement, and more importantly trust them.
Angela and I have been working closely since 2010 on conferences, events, newsletters, website, student projects, grant applications, reports and publications. In between I did my own research: a PhD on the PhD experience, specifically on researcher development and the role of social support. I worked as a learning designer, academic developer, and lecturer. Now I continue work and research in academic development at the University of Sydney Business School with a focus on assurance of learning, assessment, graduate skills, research education and research students.
Next year I will be delivering a one-of-a-kind unit in the new Bachelor of Advanced Studies at The University of Sydney, where I will be mentoring and helping students solve research questions in business, education and leadership. No doubt I’ll be meeting some bright minds and I can’t wait to learn with and from them!
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