Research excellence the toast of UTS

In summary: 
  • UTS celebrated the diversity and breadth of its research at the 2011 Vice Chancellor's Awards for Research Excellence
  • The Chancellor's Medal for Exceptional Research was awarded to world-leading human choice behaviour expert, Professor Jordan Louviere

Leading UTS research in areas from choice modelling to sustainability and improving services for the homeless was recognised in the 2011 Vice Chancellor's Awards for Research Excellence.

The awards, presented by Dr Kate Wilson, Executive Director of the Office of Environment and Heritage's Scientific Services Division, were on offer in seven categories, from early career research excellence to the integration of research into teaching and learning.

The night's big honour, the Chancellor's Medal for Exceptional Research, went to the Director of the Centre for the Study of Choice (CenSOC) and world-leading human choice behaviour expert, Professor Jordan Louviere.

"Jordan's career-long commitment to marketing and economics has made an unprecedented contribution to his field," said UTS Chancellor Professor Vicki Sara.

"He has established CenSOC as a leading research centre that works closely with industry, but also focuses on community consultation to give the public a voice on issues like climate change and an emissions trading tax."


Other winners on the night included Dr Keith Willey, who took out the UTS Medal for Teaching and Research Integration. Among Keith's many achievements is his development of SparkPLUS, an online self and peer assessment tool that assists students to rate their contributions and those of their peers to a specific task.

"Tonight's winners are fantastic ambassadors for the UTS research community and are representative of the sort of talent we have here," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Attila Brungs.

"It's very encouraging to see that there is excellence both across the university and across the spectrum of research careers here, from our very talented early career researchers to established academics who are producing world-class work and mentoring the next generation of research leaders."

The winners and highly commended nominees were:

The Chancellor's Medal for Exceptional Research
Winner: Professor Jordan Louviere, Business
Highly Commended: Professor Vigi Vigneswaran, FEIT

UTS Medal for Teaching and Research Integration
Winner:  Dr Keith Willey, FEIT

Early Career Research Excellence
Winner:  Dr Peter Macreadie, Science
Highly Commended: Associate Professor Yuan Feng, FEIT

Research Support
Winner: Barbara Munday, FEIT
Researcher Development (including supervision)
Winner: Professor Caroline Homer, NMH
Highly commended: Professor Paula Hamilton, FASS
Research Excellence through Partnership
Winner: Dr Catherine Robinson, FASS
Research Leadership
Joint winners: Professor Chengqi Zhang, FEIT and Professor Stuart White, ISF

For more information on the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Research Excellence please visit the research website.