Professor Gail Whiteford - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Social Inclusion)
Gail currently holds the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Social Inclusion) at Macquarie University, a portfolio which includes the Participation and Community Engagement Project, Equity and Diversity, and Indigenous Engagement (outreach, education and employment). Gail is a sought after speaker, having given keynote and invited presentations in Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, France, NZ, the UK and South Africa. She has recently worked on two European Commission social inclusion projects involving disadvantaged groups such as street children (Turkey) and people with disabilities (Bulgaria). Gail is well known in her home discipline of occupational therapy with several edited books and numerous publications focused on occupational deprivation and its impacts. In 2009 Gail's international contribution to the discipline was recognised when she was the recipient of a Canadian award for meritorious service.
Lindie Clark - PACE Academic and Programs Director
Lindie Clark is the Academic and Programs Director of Participation and Community Engagement (PACE) at Macquarie University. Prior to taking up this role she was the Director of the University's Health Studies program, in which capacity she ran a PACE unit, Health Placement, for many years. In 2008 Lindie and two of her colleagues were awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for 'Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning' for their efforts in building Sustainable Work-Integrated-Learning programs in the Faculty of Science. Prior to joining Macquarie University Lindie worked in a range of regulatory agencies in the health, employment and industrial relations fields. As a Harkness Fellow she completed a Master of Public Administration at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in the mid-1990s. Lindie is also a Trustee of the Dusseldorp Skills Forum, a not-for-profit organisation that works to enhance the opportunities for education, skills and employment for all young people, particularly those who don't succeed in the 'mainstream'. Seeing students apply their university learning in real world settings, and in so doing realise the valuable contribution they can make to the broader community, is one of the most rewarding Learning and Teaching experiences Lindie has had in her career. PACE is about extending such opportunities to all Macquarie students.
Dr Justin Dutch - Director, First Year Experience Unit
Justin's connection to Macquarie goes back to 1989, when he undertook his studies as a secondary teacher, and subsequently a PhD in Cultural Theory and Performance. Since then, he has taught and lectured in high school, TAFE and university settings. More recently, he was Macquarie's International Study Skills Adviser. In that role, his experiences with commencing students alerted him to the importance of effective, well-supported transition to university study, and in 2008 Justin brought these experiences to his current role of Transition Program Coordinator. Currently, Justin co-chairs the First Year Experience Working Party with the PVC for Social Inclusion, Professor Gail Whiteford.
Brian Hurd - Manager, Scholarship and Prizes
Brian has worked at Macquarie University since 2001. Most of this time was spent working in Admission within the Coursework Studies Section. He was appointed Manager of the Coursework Scholarships and Prizes unit which resides in the Social Inclusion portfolio. The Coursework Scholarships and Prizes Unit has a scholarship budget of $2.5 million. Before coming to Macquarie, Brian worked in the Higher Education Sector in the United States for six years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York and a Master Degree in Educational Leadership from Macquarie University.
Dr Richard Reed - Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Social Inclusion)
Richard took up his post at Macquarie in June 2012 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He is currently conducting evaluative research on a number of Social Inclusion's HEPPP-funded projects, with the aim of evidencing the impact of a range of programs on increasing the participation of students from equity backgrounds in higher education. Richard previously worked in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he conducted doctoral research on the transition from conflict to peace made by individual former combatants, paramilitary organisations and the low-socioeconomic communities directly involved in the conflict. During this time, he initiated a number of voluntary educational school engagement activities as part of broader efforts to build peace by combating the conflict's legacy of enduring social division and exclusion. The direct experience of the transformative potential of education has reinforced his commitment to advancing educational opportunities for all, to deploying academic research and to establishing effective links between the academic and community sectors as tools for effecting social change and tackling social injustice.
Ruth Tregale - Manager, Widening Participation
Ruth joined the Social Inclusion team in January 2010, having previously worked as Social Sustainability Manager at the University's student services organisation. She holds a postgraduate diploma in Community & Youth Work; and a Masters degree in Sustainable Development from Macquarie. Through previous roles with a global NGO and the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, Ruth is very aware of the role of education in achieving sustainable development. She is passionate about ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to access and succeed in tertiary education, regardless of background or current socio-economic status.
Kate Wilson - Director, Equity and Diversity Unit
Kate started as a teacher in an independent progressive school in the Adelaide Hills before moving back to her home town Brisbane to complete a Masters and specialise in educational and therapeutic programs for disadvantaged groups (at risk youth, sex offenders, long term unemployed , disadvantaged women and migrant groups).Kate joined QUT in 1998 as coordinator of mentoring programs for academic women and over the next 5 years worked as an academic in Education and Human Services, as a Dean's researcher and as an Equity and Diversity consultant across a number of faculties and offices. In 2002 she moved to Sydney to become Coordinator (Gender and Disability) at UTS where her team established Women@UTS and strengthened the disability employment program. In 2007 Kate was invited to join Macquarie. Passionate about people and building an inclusive environment for both staff and students of Macquarie University, Kate is developing a strong and effective equity and diversity team to progress the social inclusion agenda.
Social Inclusion Portfolio