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New lecturers bolster training team in Alice

By Patrick Nelson

Interim Vice-Chancellor Professor Sharon Bell bids Morag McGrath a fond farewell Interim Vice-Chancellor Professor Sharon Bell bids Morag McGrath a fond farewell

Two new lecturers have joined the Vocational Education and Training team as Alice Springs campus prepares for the 2014 academic year.

Director Central Australia Paul Fitzsimons welcomed Barry Sams and Rose Skinner, saying both would be valuable additions to staff.

“Mr Sams is our new Business and IT lecturer, a Central Australian for the past 10 years, who will deliver certificate I and II courses to students in remote communities,” Mr Fitzsimons said.

“Ms Skinner joins us from Batchelor Institute as senior Adult Literacy and Numeracy lecturer, bringing a wealth of experience to a critical area of teaching and learning.”
Mr Fitzsimons said the higher education sector would be bolstered with the arrival of Lisa Chalmer as the new midwifery lecturer, due to start today.

“I am delighted to once again have a midwifery lecturer at Alice Springs campus who will provide an important face-to-face connection with local students and complement the teaching staff in Darwin.”

Mr Fitzsimons extended his appreciation to two long-serving staff members who retired recently.

“We will miss Morag McGrath (School of Business and Services) and David Reilly (Campus Administrator) both of whom provided many years of outstanding service to the university.

“I expect we will continue to see Ms McGrath on campus from time to time as she undertakes a doctoral program.”

Mr Fitzsimons said that Top End-based Bharat Desai had been appointed the Head of School for Business and Services following Ms McGrath’s retirement.

“I’ve elected to absorb the responsibilities of campus administrator,” he said.