News and Highlights
NSW Premier's Literary Awards - RHD Students Shortlisted
Two of our PhD students have been shortlisted in this year's NSW Premier's Literary Awards in the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing. They are Michael Sala, with his debut novel "The Last Thread", published by Affirm Press, and Ryan O'Neill, with his debut collection of short stories "The Weight of a Human Heart", published by Black Inc.
The prize is worth $5000, and is given for a published book of fiction by an author who has not previously published a booklength work of fiction. It is unique for two writing students from the same university to be named together in the same year in a shortlist of six. Michael and Ryan's achievements boost the growing list of published writers that the University Writing Program has produced over the years, which includes Patrick Cullen, Karen Hitchcock and David Kelly, an outstanding record among the writing programs in the country.
In addition, Michael Sala has also been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize
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Congratulations Associate Professor Jo May!
Congratulations to Jo May on her appointment as Associate Professor (Teaching and Learning) in English Language and Foundation Studies (ELFS). Jo will step down from her current role as Deputy Head of School Teaching and Learning on 1 March.
This is a wonderful, thoroughly deserved appointment, but a loss for the School and its executive. ELFS has certainly recruited a thoroughly professional and enthusiastic colleague.