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Professor Cobie Rudd receives $350,000 ALTC National Teaching Fellowship

Monday, 09 May 2011


The Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) announced last week that ECU Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement), Professor Cobie Rudd, is one of five recipients of the prestigious ALTC 2011 National Teaching Fellowships.

The fellowships are awarded to high-profile leaders from universities across Australia who are exemplars of, and strong advocates for excellence in higher education learning and teaching. The program will inject $1.75 million into the higher education sector.

The 2011 National Teaching Fellowship, worth $350,000, will support Professor Rudd in her bid to develop curriculum, strategies and tools for using simulated learning in a range of settings within the education sector.

The funding will help address opportunities for simulation activities in learning and teaching and is targeted to all health disciplines and interprofessional learning.

“To receive this Fellowship is both humbling and rewarding. It will provide much needed funding to link the safety and quality in the health agenda to quality learning and teaching, as ECU continues to play a strong leadership role in simulated learning within Australia and internationally,” said Professor Rudd.

“Learning through simulation is a key area for enhancing work readiness for health students and therefore resulting in greater employability. The approach can address two major problems concurrently: the challenges that all universities face in securing quality clinical placements for health students; and the worrying levels of adverse events and near misses that plague health systems.”

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, congratulated Professor Rudd on her recognition by the ALTC.

“Professor Rudd is an outstanding leader in developing and applying simulated learning environments in health education.”

“Simulated learning prepares students for the ‘real world’ while also assisting health systems to provide safe, high quality health services.”

“Receiving this Fellowship reinforces ECU’s position on the global scene as one of the nation’s leaders in the rapidly emerging area of simulated learning and teaching, and on behalf of the ECU community I congratulate Professor Rudd on this wonderful achievement,” said Professor Cox.

For Further information on the ALTC National Teaching Fellowships and to view the full list of winners visit


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