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Australian Catholic University annual review 2008

Research grants and awards

Australian Research Council (ARC) grants

Associate Professor Peter Howard and Professor Jude Butcher won an ARC– Linkage grant ($120,000 over three years) with partners Mission Australia and the St Vincent de Paul Society for a project entitled Social inclusion through community embedded, socially supported university education.

The following other staff members won ARC Discovery grants with researchers from other universities:
  • Professor CravenFederalism for the 21st century (University of NSW)
  • Professor Elizabeth Warren and Professor Tom Cooper of Queensland University of Technology- Young students’ generalisation in arithmetic and algebra
  • Professor Peter Rendell - Everyday cognition in older adulthood (University of NSW)
  • Professor Shurlee Swain - the History of adoption in Australia (Monash University)
  • Professor Peter Camilleri and Associate Professor Morag McArthur A national assessment of Australia’s children’s courts (Latrobe University)
  • Professor Geraldine Naughton and six other researchers - Unleashing the power of play

Research Grants and Awards

Other awards

  • Dr Bronwen Neil received An Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Fellowship to the University of Bonn for Leo the Great and poverty in fifth-century Rome
  • Dr Rhonda Faragher received a federal government Endeavour Executive Award for her program to improve the educational outcomes of children with Down syndrome in Singapore and Australia, working with colleagues at the National Institute of Education and the Down Syndrome Association of Singapore
  • Dr Ann Gervasoni and a consortium involving University staff and Catholic Education Offices in Western Australia, Ballarat, Sale and Sandhurst received a federal government grant ($1,319,200) for the project Bridging the numeracy gap for students in low SES and Indigenous communities in regional Victoria and Western Australia
  • Professor Naughton received National Health and Medical Research funding ($480,000+) with Professor Anita Bundy of the University of Sydney, for Playgrounds: a simple intervention for childhood obesity
  • Professor Naughton was awarded an Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing grant with six researchers from other universities Healthy eating and physical activity guidelines for early childhood settings
  • Dr Toni Noble and the Flagship for Creative and Authentic Leadership in collaboration with Erebus received DEEWR funding for a scoping study on wellbeing to direct education in all Australian schools
  • Dr Vaughan Monamy was awarded a NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change grant
  • Professor Shurlee Swain with the University of Melbourne received an ARC grant ($800,000+ for three years) for Who am I? The archive as central to quality practice for current and past care leavers (Forgotten Australians)
  • the Flagship for Creative and Authentic Leadership received an AusAID Australian Leadership Awards (ALA) Fellowships program grant ($445,500) for Seeking influential and authentic leaders: a professional development program in capacity strengthening for educational leader
  • Professor Elizabeth Warren in partnership with the Queensland Catholic Education Office was awarded a grant  from the Commonwealth Government ($300,000) for Closing the gap – students experiencing success (SES) in mathematics, aimed at improving the development of children’s mathematics skills throughout the Catholic Dioceses of Cairns, Rockhampton and Toowoomba
  • Professor Clarke, A Downton, J Brown, Professor P Clarkson, Associate Professor M Horne, A McDonough, A Roche and Dr A Scott were awarded a grant from the Catholic Education Office (CEO) Melbourne ($100,000) Research and professional development for contemporary teaching and learning of mathematics
  • Professor Sandy Middleton and team from the Nursing Research Centre in Sydney received grants totalling nearly $100,000 from St Vincent’s Clinic Foundation for projects encompassing management of acute stroke, thromboembolism prevention and intensive care practice
  • Professor Linda Worrall- Carter and colleagues in the Centre for Nursing Research in partnership with St Vincent’s Health Melbourne were awarded a grant from Beyond Blue ($78,365), an organisation that supports research on depression, for Improving depression and anxiety screening of patients with heart disease:implementing a multidisciplinary clinical pathway
  • ACU was awarded a grant by the Australian Government’s Whole of School Intervention Strategy ($60,000) for Building a Foundation for the University’s Literacy and Numeracy Cluster Program, which aims to enhance literacy and numeracy outcomes for Indigenous children in the early years of schooling.


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