A podcast series of 10-15 minute live virtual conversations (with virtual coffee) between Ben Hallett (CEO/Co-Founder, Vygo) and various industry professionals in the education or student success space.
Kylie Austin | University of Wollongong
In this episode of the Champions Coffee Podcast, Vygo’s APAC Director of Partner Engagement, Lyndin Francis sits down with Dr.Kylie Austin from the University of Wollongong . She is currently the Associate Director of Student Equity and Success and has been with the University for over 15 years in key positions covering student affairs, student partnerships and outreach. Dr. Austin is also the current president of Equity Practitioners in Higher Education Australasia (EPHEA).
Gareth Trainer | University of Sunderland
In this episode of the Champions Coffee Podcast, Vygo’s Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Joel Di Trapani sits down with Gareth Trainer from the University of Sunderland. He is currently the Head of the Centre for Graduate Prospects at the University. The Centre for Graduate Prospects (CfGP) embeds employability and enterprise across the University of Sunderland, creating confident and motivated students who develop into professional, adaptable, and engaged graduates with rich and rewarding life and career prospects.
Prior to this role, he held multiple positions at the University of Newcastle, where he led the University’s employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship functions and spearheaded major initiatives aligned with the University's Vision and Strategy. Gareth is also an Honorary Fellow of Enterprise Educators UK and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Natasha Do | Deakin University
In this episode of the student edition of the Champions Coffee Podcast, Sharna Silloux, Vygo’s Global Community Lead, sits down with Natasha Do from Deakin University. She graduated this year from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Nutrition Science and Commerce, majoring in Management and is currently a Partnership Consultant at BUPA.
Dinesh Palipana | Griffith University
In this episode of the student edition of the Champions Coffee Podcast, Sharna Silloux, Vygo’s Global Community Lead, sits down with Dr.Dinesh Palipana from Griffith University. He is a researcher and senior lecturer at Griffith University and works in the emergency department at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
Dinesh is a doctor, lawyer, disability advocate, and researcher and was the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland. Dinesh is a senior advisor to the Disability Royal Commission, an ambassador to the Human Rights Commission’s Includeability program and a founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia. He was the third Australian to be awarded a Henry Viscardi Achievement Award and was the Queensland Australian of the Year for 2021.
Hannah Giles | Coventry University
In this episode of the Champions Coffee Podcast, Vygo’s VP of Partners, James Grew sits down with Hannah Giles from Coventry University. She is currently the Student Success Lead Practitioner at the University.
Sam Grogan | University of Salford
In this episode of the Champions Coffee Podcast, Vygo’s Regional Director of Partners for EMEA, Hannah Gardner sits down with Sam Grogan from the University of Salford. He is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University. Following an early career in the creative industries, Sam has spent the last decade and a half in student-centric leadership positions within a range of higher education institutions. Alongside work at Salford, Sam continues to work in leadership and thought leadership nationally and internationally, building on a range of external engagements and board experiences.