2017 ended on a high note for our staff and alumni with remarkable success on the national stage.

On 14 December, Griffith staff were presented with two Australian Awards for Teaching Excellence (AAUT) by the Federal Minister for Education and Training the Hon Simon Birmingham MP at a special ceremony in Melbourne.

The Griffith University Bachelor of Midwifery Program team received an AAUT Award for Programs that Enhance Learning in the Innovation and flexibility in curricula, learning and teaching category, while the Griffith Community Internship Program team received an award in the Student experiences and services supporting learning, development and growth in higher education category. These national awards are a well-deserved recognition for both teams and a tribute to their sustained contribution to quality learning and teaching.

Griffith alumnus and respected film producer Angie Fielder also shared outstanding success in December with her movie Lion taking out the Best Film prize at the 2017 Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.

The AACTA award follows an Oscar nomination for Best Picture for the producer and the Lion team, as well as the Feature Film of the Year award at the Screen Producers Australia Awards in November.

Lion broke box-office records for independent Australian filmmaking following its release, picked up Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, and won BAFTAs for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Angie graduated from the Queensland College of Art in 1996, and went on to be named Griffith Film School‘s Graduate of the Year in 2012.

I look forward to celebrating further staff, student and alumni successes in future newsletters throughout 2018.

Professor Ian O’Connor AC

Vice Chancellor and President

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