Simone Tur, Director of the Yunggorendi First Nations Centre for Higher Education and Research at Flinders, has received the Award for Education and Leadership at the 2014 Gladys Elphick Awards.
The awards, which recognise community spirit and acknowledge the outstanding contribution Aboriginal women make to the community, were part of the 2014 NAIDOC Week celebrations in South Australia earlier this month.
Ms Tur has been a staff member at Flinders since 1998, and was appointed Director of Yunggorendi in 2011. She contributes to maintaining culture through work with her community in the Anangu Pitantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, bringing her knowledge about Indigenous people into her teaching and leadership.
Ms Tur said she was honoured to be a recipient of a Glady Elphick award for Leadership in Education.
“I would like to thank Yunggorendi for nominating me for this award and acknowledge the role the Centre plays in supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who aspire to attend university and how education can have a positive impact on their lives and communities,” she said.
“I also acknowledge and recognise my own community knowledge holders, past and present.”
An award has also been made to Flinders historian Dr Brian Dickey, who has remained a research associate at the University since his 1999 retirement.
Dr Dickey received the South Australian Lifelong History Achievement Award from the History Council of SA, one of four awards presented at the recent South Australian Historian of the Year Awards ceremony at Government House.
History Council President Dr Susan Marsden said the award reflected Dr Dickey’s “ubiquitous presence in South Australian history, at Flinders University, as a teacher, writer, and an energetic supporter of organisations and individuals in the wider community”.
The award recognised both Dr Dickey’s own scholarship and his role as a mentor and teacher to his students. A teacher in the Department of History at Flinders for 33 years, he taught thousands of undergraduates and supervised many honours and postgraduate students, imparting the skills of high-calibre historical research and writing.
The award also cited his record of publications, particularly in the area of social welfare and the churches. In addition to personal publications that include a history of Holy Trinity Church, Adelaide, he was a moving force in The Australian Dictionary of Evangelical Biography and also edited of the Journal of the Historical Society of South Australia.
The citation stated that “with colleagues David Hilliard, Peter Howell and Eric Richards, he helped make Flinders University an acknowledged centre of research in Australian history.”
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