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Adult and vocational education expert within Griffith’s School of Education and Professional Studies (EPS), Associate Professor Sarojni Choy, was recently recognised for her significant contribution to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

Associate Professor Choy received the Berwyn Clayton Award for Distinguished Service to Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA) at the AVETRA conference in Melbourne last week.

This award recognises the exemplary and distinguished service of nominated AVETRA members who have worked towards improving AVETRA’s status as Australia’s peak association for VET researchers.

Associate Professor Choy is the first Queenslander to win this award.

“Working closely with leading Australian VET researchers, Professor Emerita Berwyn Clayton, Professor Roger Harris and Associate Professor Ros Brennan Kemmis, extended my experiences in several projects at a national level,” she says.

“I managed a nationally funded program over three years that facilitated the development of numerous VET researchers.”

These experiences have positioned her well for her role as the Higher Degree Research Convenor in the School of Education and Professional Studies for the past four years, and now as the Coordinator of the program.

She says the support provided by Professor Stephen Billett, Professor of Adult and Vocational Education in EPS, contributed significantly to her success.

“Stephen’s continued mentoring and guidance since 1997, when I first met him here at Griffith, has provided me with numerous opportunities to engage in highly successful VET research.”

In addition, an EPS PhD graduate who was supervised by Professor Billett, Dr Selena Chan from Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology in New Zealand, won the award for the Best Article.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Choy for the thoroughly deserved award, as well as to Professor Billett and the Adult and Vocational Educational Education team in EPS.