The University of Newcastle’s Associate Professor Seamus Fagan has been recognised today for his outstanding contributions to international education in Australia.

Associate Professor Fagan has received the ‘Distinguished Contribution to the Field of International Education’ award at the Australian International Education Conference in Melbourne.

The award recognises the ongoing outstanding contribution of a professional colleague in international education who has led groundbreaking initiatives in the field.

Associate Professor Fagan has worked for 32 years in international education, 16 of those at the University of Newcastle, where he is Director of the University’s English Language and Foundation Studies Centre.  The Centre is a recognised leader in providing English language and tertiary preparation programs.

The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Global Relations), Professor Kevin McConkey, nominated Associate Professor Fagan for the award.

“Associate Professor Fagan has displayed unwavering commitment to the international student experience,” Professor McConkey said.

“His leadership has been pivotal to the development of programs and initiatives that enhance the quality of international education in the University and the wider education sector.

“We are incredibly fortunate to work with Associate Professor Fagan, pursuing new concepts and innovation to improve the breadth and calibre of international students’ educational and aspirational opportunities.”