Michael Grant’s work in inclusive design and accessibility has connected him with many different areas of the university. This year one of those collaborations landed Michael on the shortlist for a Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Professional Staff…
Zoe Williams, Macquarie’s Head of Governance Services, nominated Michael in the Collaboration and Connection Category. “Michael has worked tirelessly with Governance Services, Campus Wellbeing and third party providers to improve the accessibility of the University’s election processes for visually impaired staff and students.”
Zoe says that “the University administers elections to elect staff and student representatives on University Council, Academic Senate and Faculty Boards and students to the Student Advisory Board. Access for all staff and students to participate in the election processes is critical to the University’s governance by having broad representation on governing bodies and fulfilling legislative requirements.”
Due to Michael’s generosity with his time and his well-recognised expertise in learning technologies and universal design, University election processes including online candidate information and online ballot forms are now completely accessible to visually impaired staff and students of the University.”
Michael currently works as in the Learning and Teaching Centre as an Educational Developer with a special focus on inclusive design, and also provides educational design services to the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
The eventual winner amongst tough competition in Michael’s category was Tori Hocking, Executive Officer, Research. Congrats to Tori and all of this year’s winners and nominees!