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UNSW has been shortlisted in three of the eight categories in the 2016 AFR Higher Education Awards, which recognise excellence in the higher education sector.

The UNSW nominations among the thirty-two finalists are:

Emerging Leader category: UNSW marine ecologist Professor Emma Johnston.

Professor Johnston is a high-profile science communicator, winning the 2015 Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research. Earlier this year she was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNSW. Professor Johnston features in UNSW’s '15 women changing our world' and is also President of the peak science professional body, Science and Technology Australia.

International Education category: UNSW Professional Development Program (International Students).

The internship and professional skills program is open to all UNSW international students for whom English is a second language. The program consists of two components:

  • A three-day seminar on business communication, customer service skills, employer expectations and the recruitment process; and
  • A 50-100 hour on-campus office internship program organised by Careers and Employment and run in various departments at UNSW.

Community Engagement: Kingsford Legal Centre & Kooloora Community Centre Partnership

The community legal centre at UNSW Law provides clinical legal education to law students. KLC runs a regular drop-in legal outreach at the Kooloora Community Centre, which offers legal help and advice to the Indigenous community on issues such as debts, fines, car accidents, consumer problems, guardianship and welfare problems.

The full list of finalists can be found here. Winners will be announced on 16 November 2016.