Masters of Orthoptics graduate Aida Zeric has been awarded the inaugural Lance Jolly prize from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
UTS Head of Discipline (Orthoptics), Professor Kathryn Rose, hosted an intimate event at the University to celebrate Ms. Zeric’s success as the student with the highest aggregate mark across the course.
Speaking of Ms. Zeric, Prof. Rose said, “I have never had a student in my whole teaching career achieve a high distinction in everything during her first semester. She continued to excel throughout the course in theory, practice and clinical placement subjects – that’s a very rare achievement.”
Ms. Zeric has taken up a full-time clinical career at Westmead Hospital.
I have never had a student in my whole teaching career achieve a high distinction in everything during her first semester
The Lance Jolly award recognises Pat Lance who developed the School of Orthoptics in Sydney, initially at the Sydney Eye Hospital and Neryla Jolly, who was involved in educating orthoptists for over 40 years. The Masters of Orthoptists course moved from Sydney University to UTS in 2015 and was presented at the school’s new home for the first time on 29 May.
Prof. Rose said moving the school from Sydney to University of Technology had been tremendously successful. “It has revolutionised the quality of students being taken in and it has revolutionised our teaching and our capacity. Employers are telling us how good the graduates are, and that’s because they’re getting such good exposure at the university prior to moving into clinical practice – they’re working in state of the art facilities,” said Prof. Rose.