Panelists short bios

Ruby Crandell is a 2nd year of a Bachelor of Arts and International Relations at ANU. She advocates for productive and empathetic solutions to community problems. Ruby facilitates MATE training which equips ANU staff, students, and academics with skills to prevent and approach situations of gender-based violence. She is passionate about problem-solving, critical thinking and all things humanities. Having lived on campus and studied at ANU she will provide insight into the experiences of first year students and the suite of challenged they regularly encounter. 

Claire Hansen is a Lecturer in English at the Australian National University. She is a researcher on the Shakespeare Reloaded project and holds an honorary Fellowship with the Centre for the History of Emotions. She is a co-chair of the Blue Humanities Lab and a co-founder of the health humanities project, The Heart of the Matter. Claire was awarded the overall University Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning at James Cook University (2020), and was also awarded a national Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2021). Her second book, Shakespeare and Place-Based Learning, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press Elements. 

Dr Jeremy Smith is responsible for delivering, coordinating and developing courses in engineering at both undergraduate and postgraduate coursework level since 2007.  In 2010 I completed the ANU Grad Cert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and 2011 participated in the AAEE (Australasian Association of Engineering Education) Winter School on engineering education research.  I am an active member of AAEE and have published a number of papers in engineering education research conferences in Australia and overseas since 2010.  Since 2011 I have been involved with five ANU VC education grants and an OLT Seed Grant in 2014.  In 2015 I received an ANU VC’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning, in 2016 received a national OLT Citation for contributions to student learning, and in 2017 received an Award for Teaching Excellence from the Australian Awards for University Teaching. 

Dr Kathy Egea is a member of the Teaching and Curriculum Team in the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning at UTS. Kathy is the First and Further Year Experience (FFYE) Coordinator at UTS. The UTS FFYE team leads a university-wide program to improve student transition and success by engaging academics in embedding transition practices in the curriculum and building communities that foster collaboration across the university. Kathy works with Faculty Transition Coordinators (academics) to link the central program with the faculty needs. In 2015, the FYE team was awarded the UTS T&L program award for its student equity and participation work. In 2016, the FYE team won a national Office and Learning and Teaching citation – For leading the First Year Experience program: supporting student transition and success through engaging academic and professional staff in curriculum innovation and collaborative communities. In 2019, the program moved from a focus on FY students to add the transition for students moving through their degrees and into the workplace. In 2021, Dr Egea was awarded the STARS Fellow award, and was also a finalist in the CAULLT Global Good Practice Award (Community of Transition Practice to Enhance Inclusion)