2019 Fellows

Higher Education and Skills

Ryan Andrijich

I teach hospitality programmes in two adult men’s prisons (GEO and Corrections Victoria sites) Hospitality programmes have been delivered in correctional facilities for decades.

I intend to research the San Patrignano model to further develop food-based education programmes, using their principals of collaborative projects that integrate education with residential groups for food growing, production, preparation, shared meals and learning experiences and opportunities.

My programmes are designed to maintain and increase engagement of the most disadvantaged cohorts among one of the most disadvantaged communities in our society, my proposed research will further expand on this.

“The Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for me to explore high level food-based education and vocational programs in the world leading San Patrignano community in Italy. I plan to investigate the delivery and integration of these programs into a residential setting and examine the relationship with the local community and the food and wine industry of Europe who enthusiastically embrace the quality and origin of the produce.”

Jill Slater

Jill’s Fellowship will focus on creating sustainable and seamless pathways from ACE to TAFE. She will undertake applied research into Australian and international best practice in the area of formalising pathway arrangements between non-formal (ACE) and formal (VET) education and training. She will explore models, pedagogy and where it exists, institutional policy/procedures and appropriate support services to enable pathways between Swinburne, and partners in the SwinLocal collaboration.

“I am delighted to be chosen as one of the 2019 ISS Fellowship recipients and to study international best practice in an area I am passionate about. I am most excited about discovering international models that combine partner resources and supports to create pathways in and expand opportunities for our respective learners to reach their personal and career aspirations.”

Daman Shrivastav

The Fellowship will aim to enhance the quality of training provided to hospitality professionals in the Victorian Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sector. It will do so by identifying competency gaps among recently graduated TAFE chefs as perceived by employers and experienced chefs and recommending changes to the relevant courses in the TAFE syllabus. Over 2408 chefs have migrated to Australia since 2015. Some of this demand may be attributed to the local chefs lacking requisite skills. The refreshed competency-driven curriculum informed by industry inputs will lead to superior employment outcomes for the TAFE graduates.

“I am so excited and grateful to be a Higher Education and Skills Group Fellowship recipient. I accept this fellowship with extreme honour. This fellowship will provide me an improved understanding and capabilities processed by the hospitality students in the Victorian TAFE system and the competencies and capabilities that the industry currently needs.”

Dianne Mckay

Diane’s Fellowship will investigate International examples of educational approaches which address the gaps between disadvantaged learners and high quality education and training outcomes. It will support her work as a VET teacher and Coordinator, as well being beneficial in providing solutions which support the needs for improving the inequalities within the educational system.

She will travel to England to attend a workshop, “Closing the Attainment Gap for Disadvantaged Learners” and attend the International Conference on New Approaches to Education at Vrije Universiteit. This will be an opportunity to network with other educators and discuss relevant research into the differing educational systems.

“I feel honoured and delighted that I will have the opportunity to travel overseas to complete research in an area of vocational education I am passionate about. Meeting other Fellowship members, along with Nick and Wendy has inspired me to contribute the best possible work.”

Sameer Mathur

The aim of this Fellowship is to identify Industry engagement strategies and Quality Assurance Models that focus on meaningful engagement with industry partners and stakeholders. Sameer will investigate strategies to effectively engage industry to actively participate in training design, delivery, assessment and review of Vocational Education Training programs with focus on Business Services, Health and well-being sectors.

Sameer plans to visit Europe for three weeks to attend various educational conferences, meet with leading educators, conduct interviews and meet local employers to understand how local businesses engage with training providers.

“I am truly honoured to have been selected as a VET International Practitioner ‘Fellow’ and I look forward to explore and imbibe learnings from this unique opportunity that has come my way. I consider my Fellowship as an impetus to stretch beyond and above my own expectations both personally and professionally”.

Robert Millar

This Fellowship aims to make contribution to developing education approaches that address the gaps for disadvantaged learners.

Robert will go to the Social Enterprise World Forum and look at key area and how they translate into the Australian context. He will specifically look at how we can embed vocational and employability training along with providing entrepreneurship skills for job seekers to establish their own social enterprise or small business startup.

It will explore social models of social enterprise for the vocational training and education sector and how this can translate into the Australian market.

“I am super excited to get a fellowship with the ISS institute. It will enable me to explore models of social enterprise for the vocational training and education sector and how this can translate into the Australian market and particularly interested in how it can grow the rural community I live in. This opportunity will give me the opportunity to see best practice models that I can share with my sector upon returning.”

Mark Ashton

The Fellowship seeks to investigate what they have identified as a gap in heritage trades skills training in Australia insofar as a distinct lack of specialists in heritage roofing. As a plumbing contractor and VET trade teacher, I see a definite need for greater training in such skills, which are rapidly being lost in Australia with a general emphasis on new-build rather than restoration and the adoption of traditional methods and materials in roofing.

My ISS Fellowship opportunity will see me undertake a study tour to see first-hand how old roofing skills have been formally adopted into the UK’s building and construction sector to preserve our heritage buildings as they had been originally constructed and hence meet our international obligations in respect of the Burra Charter.”

Felicity Williams

This Fellowship will enable Felicity to investigate best practice in supporting treatment initiatives for adults with a learning disorder within the VET context. It will be focusing on ways to engage adults who have poor past experiences of education, lack of diagnosis as a child leading to frustration, low self-esteem and low educational attainment, who have become involved with the justice system through a combination of the above and the inability to gain or sustain employment, and/or poor decision making.

Felicity will be seeking:

• insights into ways to engage these adults in VET setting that supports development of literacy, numeracy and inter-personal skills while overcoming the deficits of a learning disorder.

• to introduce these concepts into initiatives to enhance professional development outcomes for VET trainers, particularly those involved in general education for adults programs, including teaching literacy and numeracy skills in adults

• to influence relevant policy agendas.

“We know that education can be life changing. However, everyday – we work with people who have significant barriers to successfully engaging in formal education programs. This includes people with undiagnosed learning disorders, such as dyslexia or ADHD.

I hope that the insights gained through this fellowship will provide new ways and practices for our VET teachers to empower vulnerable people. Through this additional, targeted support, these learners will be able to shift their lives through managing their learning disorder, finding their strengths and ultimately gaining meaningful employment that recognises and plays to those strengths.”

Marina McGrath

The aim of this Fellowship is to develop quality training for TAFE students who wish to enter the Textiles and Clothing Industry. Focusing on sustainability, Marina wants to research design and develop products that reduces the negative ecological impact of the industry that will meet increasing consumer demands and to better impact industry operations.

Marina proposes to create a ‘case studies booklet’ that teachers can use a tool in their classes to further disseminate the knowledge she gains across the industry. Marina hopes to develop short courses which allows participants to apply skills to produce thoughtful product with a smaller environmental footprint and to stimulate and activate the implementation of a more considered fashion business where we can all take steps to a brighter future.

“I hope through the fellowship to be part of a movement of collaborators to work towards a brighter future in training students to move in a considered, positive direction, to reduce the negative impact of the fashion industry on the environment. I see it as an opportunity, a key to open doors,  a green light to move forward and promote change.”

Jill Konig

The aim of the Fellowship is to conduct international research through immersion, interviewing, meeting key leaders and observing three current programs operating in the USA, to address the gaps between disadvantage, disengagement, youth offending and education.

The Fellowship findings will ultimately form a key part of a proposed education approaches to address the gap in current educational opportunities for young people at risk of involvement, or who are currently involved, in the Youth Justice System.   These educational approaches can be successfully incorporated into current curriculum and address risk factors associated with youth offending.  The approaches can be used for diversion and intervention strategies, or to inform a targeted and specific intervention/diversion education model to interrupt the trajectory of movement through the criminal justice system.

“Receiving the 2019 International Study Skills Institute fellowship has provided me with an avenue to research existing innovative and successful methods of education and youth justice.  The prospect of being able to be part of a collaborative effort to enhance this area in Victoria will see a vision conceived 25 years ago, enabled.”

George Alexander Foundation Fellows

Hannah Webb

Minting the future: the shifting cultural role of Mints

Coins have long documented people and events of national significance, dating back to Ancient Greece and Rome. Today Mints worldwide are responsible for the preservation of their coin collections, facilities and the cultural importance they represent. In a time where modern technology is encouraging a shift from tangible money towards contemporary payment methods, Mints are beginning to play more prominent roles as cultural institutions and not just commercial businesses. How can Mint museums contribute to the sustainability of their industry through innovative visitor experiences that engage and educate their visitors about the cultural significance of coins? This Fellowship will aim to identify new approaches to visitor experiences with an emphasis on accessibility and education. It will explore how different approaches can improve the innovative quality and relevance of Mints so that they hold interest for communities Australia-wide for generations to come.

After hearing about this opportunity from a past Fellow, I am so excited to be awarded the 2019 GAF Fellowship. I am currently planning my overseas investigations in the UK, France and Spain and am looking forward to collaborating with my chosen institutions.

Mitch Cleghorn

I will travel to London to partake in a short course delivered by Prof. John Edwards on the management of conservation building projects. This course will highlight the necessity of inputting heritage management and significance into project management, but also recognises that heritage management must be project managed. It will take participants from initiating a construction project to practical completion and into the operational management of a building. I will then travel to the Engine Shed in Scotland to meet with trainers and heritage professionals that are implementing cutting-edge construction courses with a strong emphasis on conservation of built heritage. I wish to undertake a brief business study and analysis of their organisation and training programs to see what makes them successful with a view to bringing a similar model to Australia.

Eighty percent of the buildings standing in 2050 have already been built. Australia’s future will be about the conservation of our built heritage. We need to establish a sustainable training model that is applicable to the modern Australian construction industry.

Reza Bolouri

This Fellowship will identify and investigate innovative models of architectural practices in the UK. The Fellowship will focus on the connection of builder and architect in practice and successful advocacy techniques that promote the wider use of architecturally-led building in the design and construction of new homes. The aim of the Fellowship is to provide learnings that can be returned and disseminated within the Australian context in order to improve the efficacy of the design and construction of new homes. The larger goal is to contribute to more widespread and affordable buildings benefiting architects, builders and homeowners in Australia.

The process of writing and applying for this Fellowship has allowed me to clarify my personal and professional goals. I am. Now excited to travel and begin researching in the next stage of the Fellowship journey.

Paul Roberts

This Fellowship will focus on an investigation into integrated in-school programming within mainstream schools for students with emotional and behavioural difficulties and/or a background of trauma. I am proposing to see different practices and programs internationally and draw learnings from all of those to apply to the Australian context. I am particularly looking at the structures and systems that have been embedded into a mainstream school context, alongside the theory and practices that operate within those structures. These programs need to be evidence-based, with impact having been measured to prove success. Meeting with those who have developed and worked in these programs or systems will further equip me to undertake our own journey to effective, evidence-based initiatives here. Seeing what the established initiatives look like, feel like and sound like can provide a template on which to build our own approaches in Australia.

I’m so honored and excited to undertake this fellowship. To have this opportunity allows me to invest in my passions and know I can dream bigger. It’s incredible to be supported to pursue something that I believe can really make an impact.

Alexandra Taylor

My Fellowship aims to develop strong leadership opportunities in the very niche, specialised area of art crime and cultural heritage protection. By expanding upon my knowledge and understanding of materials, contexts and intellectual themes surrounding art fraud, attribution and authentication, I hope to better comprehend the various methods and techniques by which examination, investigation and analysis takes place. This Fellowship explores how materials-based analysis, provenance documentation and art historical research might be applied within the legal-evidentiary framework by valuing their merits as well as their limitations with fist-hand experience and direction from some of the world’s leading experts in art crime and cultural heritage protection.

I’m thoroughly grateful for the support of the ISS Institute and GAF Fellowship, without whom I would not be able to attend the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art’s postgraduate certificate programme in Umbria, Italy. You’ve helped make it possible for me to pursue specialised study in the area that I’m most passionate about and I couldn’t be more thankful! Please keep up to date with Alexandra’s endeavours via the following link – https://theartofvalue.blog/

Braeden Lampard

Unscreened irrigation pumps have a large impact on native fish in the Murray Darling Basin. Internationally, communities have successfully played significant roles in addressing similar issues, whereas in Australia community awareness and engagement is low. This Fellowship will allow me to examine the role of community in highly technical projects and how best to support them to advocate and create change.

I was proud to be short listed and make the interviews, but to be the successful candidate for 2019 is exceptional. I’m eager to work alongside national and international leaders and help catalyse change, and ensure there is a healthier, sustainable future for the native fishes in the Murray – Darling Basin.

Italian Australian Foundation Fellows

Rebekka Hocking

During this Fellowship I intend to undertake an internship at The Institute for the Study of Aegean Prehistory – Study Centre for East Crete (INSTAP-SCEC). The INSTAP-SCEC is a laboratory for the study and conservation of Stone Age and Bronze Age archaeological material from a variety of excavations in East Crete. Conservation is a small but rapidly developing sector with new research and techniques constantly being developed. There are very limited opportunities for graduate training in archaeological conservation in Australia.  This Fellowship is an opportunity to be surrounded by people researching Aegean archaeological material and developing new treatment techniques. I will be able to develop my practical treatment skills, while being exposed to new materials, processes and technology.

I am very appreciative of the support extended to me by the IAF and ISS Institute in order to undertake research and professional development in my field.

Mick Prato

The focus of this Fellowship is to explore the introduction of a practical summative assessment for all Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs within Victoria, using the internationally recognised WorldSkills Standard Specifications (WSSS).  Australia’s VET system embraces competency-based training and assessment (CBT / CBA), which makes the measuring and recognition of excellence, challenging. Numerous countries around the world do not use CBA and instead use a graded system to assess the skill level of VET students. Some of the newest and most exciting VET systems in the world have deployed the internationally-recognised WorldSkills model of assessment. Research of this kind is a world-first and would enable Victoria to remain at the forefront of VET innovation globally. There is much to learn from the ways that WorldSkills assessments have been embedded in to the VET systems of other countries, and to evaluate whether similar practice could (or should) be applied here.

I feel very privileged to be awarded an IAF Fellowship and excited about the potential uses of my research findings.

Rebecca Ingleton

Throughout my studies and professional experience, I have discovered the vast potential of well-designed urban spaces to positively impact on people’s health, social inclusion, safety and sustainability. I see an essential need to ensure that community spaces are designed to achieve the best possible urban outcomes. The focus of my Fellowship is to identify the design elements that are critical to the success of celebrated international community spaces. I will visit the Canadian cities of Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary, which are cities celebrated for their innovative urban design. By identifying key design elements, I will create a concise set of findings which I will aim to replicate in an Australian context.

My experience so far has been extremely exciting and full of opportunity. It is an honour to have been awarded this Fellowship and I am eager to continue my research and planning for my International trip to Canada.

Claire Rowson

The aims of this Fellowship are twofold: encouraging the preservation of the rare trade skills associated with the Numismatic and Medallic Arts in Australia and to advocate for the conservation of numismatic collections of coins and medals. Most people handle coins everyday yet rarely consider the incredible range of skills and expertise that contribute to the manufacture of these intriguing objects. These skills include the hand modelling of bas-relief designs in clay and plaster as well as the direct engraving of steel coining tools and dies. With few formally accredited training programs world-wide, the fellow will travel to Rome to experience targeted training in the engraving of coins and medals and to museums throughout Europe to experience best-practice documentation, display and conservation of coins in collections.

I recognise I’ve been extremely fortunate in my training in an artisanal and heritage trade, especially in an age where working as an artist is becoming less viable as a career option. This fellowship is an opportunity for me to encourage dialogue on the preservation of rare-skills and to work towards strategies that make these pathways appealing and sustainable career options for others.

Grace Leone

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of the United Nations’ Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Australia is committed to achieving these Goals. This Fellowship will explore ways of addressing the SDGs in the context of creative civic learning in public space.  This Fellowship will research the application of interdisciplinary practice for better sustainable living in cities and how inhabitants can reinvent the city through experimentation and creative interventions. Through collaboration with and mentorship by the director of City Space Architecture, a non-profit organization based in Bologna, Italy, it will allow an immersive investigation into European case studies mentioned in the publication Human Cities – Challenging the City Scale, a project supported by UNESCOs’ Creative Cities Network and allow an opportunity to apply that knowledge into the Australian educational and Building Design context.  

It is an honor to be awarded the IAF Fellowship which will support the growth and contribution of my practice and acknowledges my Italian heritage that creates the strong foundation that shapes the person I am today.