Professor Michelle Trudgett, the Director of the Centre for Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges (CAIK), and Russell Taylor, a UTS Council Member and Chair of the UTS Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous Advisory Committee, have been honoured with NAIDOC 2018 Awards.
Professor Trudgett, a Wiradjuri woman, was named NAIDOC 2018 Scholar of the Year, while Mr Taylor was named NAIDOC 2018 Male Elder of the Year.
Professor Trudgett has been founding Director of CAIK at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) since the centre's inception at the beginning of 2015. She is internationally regarded as a leading Indigenous Australian scholar, with her research providing great insight into Indigenous participation in higher education, specifically postgraduate education.
Her findings on support and supervision for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander postgraduate students have had a big impact, contributing to government and university initiatives to increase the number of Indigenous Australians gaining postgraduate qualifications.
Russell Taylor, a proud Kamilaroi man, was awarded the NAIDOC 2018 Male Elder of the Year Award for his tireless campaigning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for many decades. He is passionate about the value and integration of education and intercultural understanding.
Now retired, Mr Taylor was the Principal of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies for 13 years and in 2016 he was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia.
He has been a member of the UTS Council since November 2006 and in 2016 was awarded the inaugural UTS Indigenous Australian Alumni Award, formally recognising and celebrating his commitment to promoting knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, traditions, languages and stories, past and present.
UTS is proud to have Professor Trudgett and Mr Taylor as members of its community.