Swinburne Awards Community Leaders with Honorary Doctorate

Tuesday 9 September 2014

The square Swinburne logo on the west side of the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre building in Hawthorn.

Two leading contributors to Australian society will be awarded honorary doctorates at the Swinburne University of Technology graduation ceremony today.

Ms Dot West will receive the award for her work in broadcast media where she has been instrumental in the development and growth of the Indigenous media sector throughout the country particularly in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. 

With practical experience in both production and management Ms West is a board member of SBS and a director of Goolarri Media Enterprises in Broome.  She has also served on a number of boards including Screenwest, Australian International Documentary Conference and the National Indigenous Radio Service, Ramu Productions and the Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media Association.  She was the inaugural vice chairperson of the National Indigenous Television (NITV) service.

“Dot brings to the industry her skills in media, management and facilitation capabilities to assist in the vision of Indigenous media playing an intricate role in communications and the arts within the Kimberley and across the nation,” Swinburne Vice Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson said.

Dot currently works freelance as a scriptwriter and consultant in the Indigenous media sector.

Dr Alexander Gosling will receive the award for his highly innovative work driving new products and technologies through to commercial success.

He is a principal at management consultancy Capstone Partners which provides planning, advisory and management services to both the private and public sectors.

 Dr Gosling was founding director of Invetech working with a broad range of clients in product development and associated research and development.

He is a current member of the Melbourne Business Angels, a past National President of the Australasian Industrial Research Group, a Past National President of the Australia-Malaysia Business Council, and a Governor of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering.