Courtyard name recognises contribution of former Vice-Chancellor

Published 11 October 2011

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The central courtyard on the campus of the University of New England has been named the “Ingrid Moses Courtyard” in recognition of the former Vice-Chancellor’s contribution to the University.

Emeritus Professor Ingrid Moses, who was Vice-Chancellor from mid-1997 to January 2006, returned to UNE on Friday 7 October for the unveiling of a plaque in the courtyard, and to present the Occasional Address at the first of UNE’s two Spring Graduation ceremonies for 2011.

During the courtyard naming ceremony the Chancellor, the Hon. Richard Torbay, said that Professor Moses had given “exemplary service” to higher education in general and to UNE in particular, making “outstanding contributions to teaching and learning” and leaving UNE “virtually debt-free” by the end of her eight-and-a-half years as Vice-Chancellor.

“I’m very proud, on behalf of the University and the University’s Council, that we can claim Ingrid as one of our own,” he said. “This courtyard is a permanent reminder of her lasting contribution.”

The Chancellor outlined some of Professor Moses’ major initiatives – including the UNE Country Scholarship Scheme, which she initiated in 1998 to assist students from regional and remote areas. In her response, Professor Moses said that it had been “wonderful” to see the outcomes of the scheme: “bright young men and women making great contributions to the community”.

Professor Moses supported the proposal to redevelop UNE’s central courtyard about six years ago, recognising the importance of an attractive outdoor space for the social interaction of students and staff members.

After leaving the role of UNE Vice-Chancellor she moved to the ACT, where she has served two terms as Chancellor of the University of Canberra. “I’m really pleased to see that UNE is thriving,” she said. “It’s wonderful to be back here.”

The courtyard ceremony was attended by friends and former colleagues of Professor Moses from the University and Armidale communities. The plaque is now attached to a rock in the centre of the Ingrid Moses Courtyard.