A new member of the academy of Europe
June 2022: Deputy Director of Swinburne Data Science Research Institute, Professor Jinjun Chen, has been elected as a Member of the prestigious Academia Europaea.
The Academia Europaea was founded in 1988. It is dedicated to the advancement and propagation of excellence in scholarship in the humanities, law, the economic, social and political sciences, mathematics, medicine, and all branches of natural and technological sciences.
Membership is by invitation, which are made only after peer group nomination, scrutiny and confirmation as to the scholarship and eminence of the individual in their chosen field. Members are drawn from across the whole European continent and European scholars who are residents in other regions of the world. Current membership stands at around 4,500 – amongst them are seventy-two Nobel Laureates.
2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours
Congratulations to the members of Swinburne’s community who have been acknowledged in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours, including alumni, staff, friends and supporters of the university.
Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
Dr Brendan Murphy AC
For eminent service to medical administration and community health, particularly as Chief Medical Officer, and to nephrology, to research and innovation, and to professional organisations.
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Brigadier Matthew Burr AM
For exceptional service as Commander of the 4th Brigade force assigned as Commander Joint Task Force 646 and Commander Joint Task Group 629.2.
Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)
Mr Philip Taylor AFSM
For commitment to the safety of firefighters, given over 42 years' of service to the Victorian community as a firefighter in Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV).
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Professor Josie Arnold OAM
For service to tertiary education.
Professor Lester Johnson OAM
For service to tertiary education.
Mr Terence McKay OAM
For service to the community through a range of roles.
Ms Dorothy West OAM
For service to first nations media and communications.
June 2022: Professor Greg Murray is an author in the American Psychiatric Association’s latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5-TR). The DSM is known as ‘the bible of psychiatry’. It contains classifications, descriptions and symptoms of mental disorder and it is used as a guide to diagnosis. Professor Murray was invited to contribute as a global expert in bipolar and related mental disorders.
Modern Slavery Project win the 2022 Sustainability Project of the Year at The Faculty Awards of Excellence
June 2022: As a member of the Australian Universities Procurement Network (AUPN), Swinburne is proud to see AUPN’s Modern Slavery Project win the 2022 Sustainability Project of the Year at The Faculty Awards of Excellence.
The AUPN is leading a sector collaboration to support member universities to meet the challenge of human rights transparency and risk management in their supply chains and contribute to the fulfilment of Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth) reporting requirements.
Swinburne Director of Sustainability and Procurement, Rhiannon Jones played a pivotal role as Co-Chair of the AUPN Modern Slavery Working Group. This group led a three-year program of work to develop, design and build a sector response to modern slavery.
The AUPN hopes that leveraging our aggregated buying power will improve our capacity to identify and action any modern slavery risks and drive more effective changes through our supply chains.
The Australian Universities Procurement Network (AUPN) represent the Australian and New Zealand higher education sector, who work together to improve excellence in procurement practice and the skills of procurement professionals.
Interdisciplinary leader receives special commendation for research supervision
May 2022: Professor Karen Malone has received a special commendation for Excellence in Graduate Research Supervision at the 2022 Australian Council of Graduate Research Awards.
Established in 2017, the ACGR Awards publicly promote outstanding performance in higher degree research supervision, leadership, and industry engagement. This year, the awards recognise exceptional academic staff whose dedication, professionalism and innovative practice truly makes a difference to research cultures, HDR student experience and industry partnerships.
The commendation recognises Professor Malone’s contribution to a more sustainable, just and ethical world through her support for students as they focus on the social and ecological impacts of their research.
Professor Malone utilises a cohort-based model of supervision focused on developing a shared community of practice. This model supports students to engage in traditional one-to-one supervision, while also learning from a supportive research community of fellow students, supervisors, panel members and external experts.
Professor Malone has six higher degree research (HDR) students currently under supervision, as well as 16 HDR completions and over 18 doctoral theses examined. She has supported all her HDR students as they have modified their methodologies and research design to an inquiry online due to COVID-19.
Fulbright Scholar to join Swinburne’s Social Innovation Research Institute
April 2022: Professor Valerie Jones received a Fulbright Global Scholar Award to study the use of emergent technology in facilitating social connectedness for aging adults in the United States and Australia. She will join Swinburne’s Social Innovation Research Institute in Melbourne from February to May 2023.
The Fulbright research will build upon Jones’ work examining the impact of artificial intelligence-powered personal voice assistants (PVA), like Amazon’s Alexa, on reducing loneliness in aging adults. Read more on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln website.
Australian Digital Inclusion Index recognised in the 2022 AACSB Innovations That Inspire
April 2022: AACSB International, the world’s largest business education alliance, has named Swinburne School of Business, Law and Entrepreneurship’s Australian Digital Inclusion Index as one of 24 business schools recognised in the 2022 Innovations That Inspire.
The Australian Digital Inclusion Index, a multi-year project from the Centre for Social Impact, documents digital inclusion in Australia by both geography and demography, and is the only comprehensive index of its kind.
Professor Tim Marjoribanks, Acting Dean, School of Business, Law and Entrepreneurship, says ‘the recognition highlights the School’s mission to advance social impact through industry-engaged research, and connecting people and technology, and alignment with the Swinburne Horizon 2025 strategy.’
AACSB Innovations That Inspire recognises institutions from around the world that serve as champions of change in the business education landscape, with Swinburne the only institution from the Oceanic region represented in this year’s announcement. In 2022, the highlights feature efforts to elevate diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
“Progress toward more welcoming, inclusive spaces requires action, and Swinburne University demonstrates leadership in this important effort,” said Caryn Beck-Dudley, AACSB president and CEO. “Through collaborations – among business schools, businesses, and communities – we will create a strong global society and equip leaders for positive impact.”
Swinburne was previously recognised by AACSB’s annual program in 2020 for the Swinburne Social Startup Studio.