Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor
Congratulations to Gillian Wigglesworth, one of our Chief Investigators (CI), on being awarded the title of Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor from The University of Melbourne.
As well as being our CI and co-ordinator of the Learning Program, Jill is Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne and director of the Research Unit for Indigenous Language. With an extensive background in first and second language acquisition and bilingualism, her major focus is on the languages indigenous children learn and how these interact with English once they attend school.
Established by the university in 2014, the Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor title is a significant accolade, which recognises professors who have demonstrated either pre-eminence in research or creative activity, or pre-eminence in research and teaching.
Existing professors within the University can be nominated for the title and must also show outstanding leadership in the University and the wider community. Nominations are considered by the University’s Distinguished Academic Awards Committee and approved by the Vice-Chancellor.
The title is awarded in honour of Sir Redmond Barry’s contribution to the university and commitment to public learning.