Lynette Browning has been working at CQUniversity for almost five years and recently moved into the role of Executive Officer to Professor Grant Stanley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the Adelaide campus. With almost two decades experience working in universities, she is passionate about research and manages the CQUniversity Early Career Researcher Program and the internal heats of the national 5 Minute Research Pitch Competition.
What is your first memory?
Living on a farm on Yorke Peninsula, South Australia when I was around two-years-old.
Are you a CQUni Alumni? If so, what did you graduate in?
Yes, I’m a CQUni alumni. I graduated with a PhD in Sciences, Engineering and Health and I was part of what is believed to be a record for CQUniversity when 16 PhD graduates crossed the stage at the August 2016 graduation ceremony in Rockhampton.
What is the best thing about CQUni?
The people I work with.
Describe the greatest moment of your life so far?
The birth of my son of whom I am extremely proud.
Who was the last person who made a difference in your life, and how?
Professor Hilary Winchester has made a big difference to my life. I did not have the opportunity to attend university when I left school, so for the past 15 years, I have studied part-time while working. When I was working at UniSA, professional staff could only enrol in a PhD with the approval of a member of senior management. Hilary supported my application at UniSA where I started my PhD with Professor Drew Dawson, and I transferred to CQUniversity in 2012 where I took on the role of Hilary’s Executive Officer for three years and completed my PhD. This would not have been possible without Hilary’s support.
How are you changing the world?
One Early Career Researcher (ECR) at a time.
This weekend is free – what would you do?
I would go to visit family, either on Yorke Peninsula or in Canberra.