A well-known North-West advocate for education was bestowed with the University of Tasmania’s highest honour at the 2017 Burnie graduation during December.
Principal of the University College Professor Janelle Allison was admitted to the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters.
The degree is conferred by the University Council on distinguished scholars, visitors or people who have provided outstanding service to the Commonwealth, State or University.
Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Calford congratulated Professor Allison, noting her prolific contribution to the institution and wider community.
“Since joining the University of Tasmania, Professor Allison has been a champion for education in the North-West region and the broader State," Professor Calford said.
“Her passion and determination have helped break down barriers, increase participation in education, and transform our curriculum in a way that reflects industry demand and the changing landscape of local workforces.
“Professor Allison has worked tirelessly to broker new and important partnerships with our communities while continuing to foster strong links with government, industries and business.
“The outcomes of her far-reaching work will be of enormous benefit to Tasmania, economically and socially, in line with our commitment and work to improve educational attainment state-wide.
“The University of Tasmania is very proud of all that Professor Allison has accomplished to date, and we congratulate her immensely on achieving our institution’s highest honour.”
Professor Allison joined the University of Tasmania in 2007 as Director of the Institute for Regional Development, later becoming Director of the Cradle Coast campus and University Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development).
In 2016, she was appointed inaugural Principal of the University College, overseeing the integration of the University’s Associate Degree curriculum, a new style of flexible, focused learning that allows students to upskill and enter university through alternative pathways.
Professor Allison said she was "honoured to accept this Doctor of Letters, and I thank the University of Tasmania”.
“It has been wonderful decade working in Tasmania and to call the North-West of Tasmania home," Professor Allison said.
“I extend my thanks to the North-West community – it has been a privilege to work with many across the region and to explore with them, ways in which we can provide access to further education."
In addition to her role as Principal of the University College, Professor Allison holds a number of community leadership positions, which include a place on the Joint Commonwealth Tasmania Economic Council chaired by the Prime Minister, and the Tasmanian Development Board.
Professor Allison has also been a member of the Regional Development of Australia Tasmania Committee, the North-West Regional Reference Group established by the State Government, and the Caterpillar Transition Taskforce.