Sun 9 Apr 2017

WITT presents four scholarships

What do you do when you have a first prize and four candidates who can’t be separated?

WITT was faced with that dilemma when it judged its annual staff awards – and this week announced it had resolved the problem.

It awarded four $5000 scholarships instead of one.

They went to head of nursing Diana Fergusson, careers adviser Nikki Truman, Team Leader, Library Bridget Knuckey and Senior Academic staff member, Learning skills-development, Gary Sharpe.

The awards were announced by WITT chief executive Barbara George.

Gary Sharpe will use his $5000 to further study into dyscalculia (dyslexia in numbers), and in particular strategies to work with learners and strategies for learners to use in their worlds of working with numbers.

Nikki Truman’s aim is to visit people who hold similar roles to hers in polytechs around North Island to study their roles, how they measure their effectiveness and what systems they use. She will also increase her skills in computer programs.

“Both these goals help with self-evaluation and review,’’ she said.

 Diana Fergusson said the award took her by surprise and she is still to determine exactly how to use the scholarship.

“But I think that I would like to attend the International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress.’’

The 2017 ICN Congress is in Barcelona, Spain in May. It is an international gathering of thousands of nurses and will explore nurses’ leading role in the transformation of care, with a particular focus on universal health coverage, the Sustainable Development Goals and human resources for health.

She said the congress would provide opportunities for nurses to build relationships and to disseminate nursing knowledge and leadership across specialties, cultures and countries.

Leadership training is on Bridget Knuckey’s agenda.

“The Library and Information Association of New Zealand offers an online course ‘Thriving Under Fire’ which I will also undertake this year.  I would like to take the opportunity to develop the Library team by taking them on a ‘road trip’ to see best practice in other academic and public libraries and develop closer working relationships,’’ she said.


Picture: Scholarship winners, from left, Bridget Knuckey, Gary Sharpe, Diana Fergusson and Nikki Truman.