New research into paid parental leave

The choice of twelve months paid parental leave would best support women’s workforce participation and optimal care for children in Australia, according to the findings of Southern Cross University researcher Dr Wendy Boyd. Ongoing research through the School of Education began as part of Dr Boyd’s PhD studies 10 years ago when 120 first-time mothers […]

Igniting students’ passions through new university program

Southern Cross University has kicked off an innovative guest lecturing program in local high schools in the Tweed and Gold Coast regions. SCU Ignite involves academic staff from the School of Business and Tourism visiting select schools to deliver a short educational presentation to senior students. Southern Cross University marketing lecturer Katie O’Rourke visited St […]

Law graduate wins prestigious Leo Cussen’s Advocacy Award

Southern Cross University law graduate Matthew Murphy recently won a prestigious Leo Cussen’s Advocacy Award with Distinction following his final practical placement in Melbourne. The 25-year-old graduate from Lennox Head moved to Melbourne mid-last year to complete his Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at Leo Cussen, a practical training organisation in Melbourne CBD. “As part […]

Indigenous health student awarded national scholarship

Southern Cross University Indigenous student Markas Jacobsen has been awarded the prestigious Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship to study osteopathy. The first-year Bachelor of Clinical Sciences student completed the Preparing for Success Program last year to gain university entry and has now received the competitive national, externally-awarded Indigenous scholarship worth up to $15,000 a year. The […]

High school students gain Head-Start at University

Year 11 and 12 students from the Gold Coast through to the Coffs Harbour region are getting a head start at Southern Cross University, completing a first-year university subject alongside their senior school study. The prestigious 12-week Head-Start program, now in its sixth year, has welcomed 149 local students from across the Gold Coast, Lismore […]

Postcard to home: Marcella Atu Fitina

Marcella Atu Fitina and her husband Charlie Siwa from Papua New Guinea have both received Australian Awards Scholarships to study at Southern Cross University. The aim of the federal government initiative is to contribute to the long-term development needs of Australia’s partner countries, providing opportunities for people from developing countries to study full time at […]

Region’s Rising Stars receive scholarships

Southern Cross University and its partners have awarded a new round of Rising Stars Scholarships to support new and continuing students. These prestigious scholarships are made available by the University, local councils, generous community groups, industry and individuals who believe in the value of education. The Australian Government also provides scholarships. Many of the recipients […]

Students help save elephants

Twenty Southern Cross University students have travelled to Indonesia this month to help save elephants after winning an Australian Government New Colombo scholarship. The students are volunteering for two weeks in Sumatra at the Way Kambas National Park to work on conservation programs alongside the non-profit Save Indonesian Endangered Species Fund. Second-year business student Ashleigh […]

Speech pathology student inspired by personal circumstance

Southern Cross University student Caroline Thomas knows first-hand how speech pathology treatment can assist adults who have experienced a stroke or other debilitating condition that can result in communication difficulties such as aphasia. The Currumbin resident has used her personal circumstance of seeing her parents come to terms with life after her father’s stroke more […]

Budding entrepreneurs help tourism business

Southern Cross University business students have gained valuable experience in their entrepreneurial studies, proposing development ideas for the iconic Natural Arch Café Restaurant property now on the market. Ideas ranged from camping under the stars to hot air ballooning, with three projects winning entrepreneurship awards for their innovative plans for the property. Also known as […]

Meet the staff: Dr Bennan Chen

The new aquaculture operations manager at Southern Cross University’s National Marine Science Centre, Dr Bennan Chen, has spent most of his career improving the survival rates of larval ‘baby’ fish, with his research transforming the aquaculture industry. Dr Chen, who took up his position  at Southern Cross University late last year, has more than 25 […]

Postcard to home: Tieu To Sa Dang

For Vietnamese student Tieu To Sa Dang, studying a Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management in Australia will propel her towards an international career. The 18-year-old from Hanoi started studying in Session 3  last year at The Hotel School Sydney, a partnership between Southern Cross University and Mulpha Australia. “I chose to study in Australia […]

5 Minute Research Pitch national finals a success

Southern Cross University hosted the 2016 national finals of the prestigious 5 Minute Research Pitch at the Gold Coast campus. Fifteen academics from eight universities each had five minutes to present their current or recently-completed research with the aid of three PowerPoint slides. Dr Melanie Hayman from Central Queensland University won the overall prize with […]

International experts to feature at Summer Law School 2017

Southern Cross University will host two internationally renowned legal experts for two Summer Law School sessions at the Gold Coast campus in January 2017. Jay Gary Finkelstein has practised corporate and securities law for more than 30 years from the US and internationally and will share his experience with the students in the Current Issues […]

Nursing student co-leads HealthyU research

Third-year Bachelor of Nursing student Katrina Horne has been hand-chosen as an Australian College of Nursing Emerging Nurse Leader and invited to share her experience at the Queensland South Region network in December. Katrina’s leadership skills were acknowledged when she was selected as one of five pre-registration nursing students nationally into the prestigious Emerging Nurse […]

Meet the staff: Dr John Haw

Dr John Haw, Senior Lecturer, Deputy Director of Teaching and Learning, School of Business and Tourism  What is your job at Southern Cross University? One day I was walking through the car park at the Lismore campus when a nice car pulled up alongside me. The fellow inside leaned out the window and said “Excuse me, […]

Postcard to home: Taiwan

Four Taiwanese tourism students have become the first from their university to complete their final year of study at Southern Cross University’s Gold Coast campus. Classmates Vicky, Cherry, Gina and Irene – as they like to be known in Australia – hail from Tam Kang University in Taipei where it is compulsory to study abroad […]

Postgrad Corner: cage diving with great white sharks

Kirin Apps has been obsessed with sharks since she was 10-years-old. She has dived with many species across the globe which has helped inform her PhD research at Southern Cross University focusing on shark tourism and ethics. After completing a Bachelor of Marine Science and Management at Southern Cross University, Kirin completed Honours research on […]

UniLife Awards recognise University stars

Two Coffs Harbour students were the joint winners of the Southern Cross University Contribution to Campus Community award, presented at the annual  UniLife Awards, held at the Lismore campus. The UniLife Awards recognise the outstanding achievement and contribution by Southern Cross University students in the areas of sporting and student life and are endorsed by […]

In Print

Two books by Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice academics will be launched on Thursday, November 10. A further three books by academics in the School of Education were launched earlier this month. Property Diversity and its Implications by Dr John Page and Going Native – The Passions of Philip Jacks by Dr Rohan […]

Gold Coast’s best teacher a Southern Cross University graduate

Darren McSwaine is the Gold Coast’s best secondary teacher as voted by state school principals across the city. The Southern Cross University alumnus proved that his commitment to curriculum development and engagement with students at Elanora State High School was top-notch, claiming the coveted Teacher of the Year title at the recent Teachers Ball. Mr […]