Celebrating 10 years of Southern Cross University 10km Run at Gold Coast Marathon

Team SCU was in full force for the Gold Coast Airport Marathon over the first weekend in July, with more than 150 staff, students, alumni and friends donning blue and gold to take on each of the seven events. When Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker fired the Gold Coast Airport Marathon starting pistol for the […]

John Mapatano a poster boy for the courage of local refugees

Most fathers hold their new bubs within minutes of them being born. Southern Cross University student John Mapatano had to wait 14 months to meet his precious son. His partner Caroline and baby boy Ian arrived on the Gold Coast in June after being separated in 2015 when John was forced to leave Caroline in […]

Students Suit Up for a day on campus

Students from across the Gold Coast and Northern NSW regions donned their best school jerseys for the second annual Suit Up Careers Day at Southern Cross University. More than 100 secondary students, their teachers and careers advisors attended Suit Up to find out more about studying for careers in business, IT, tourism and law. Students […]

Enjoy a whale tale at Aquarium’s new educational experience

As the weather cools down, the whale watching season is heating up, making it the ideal time to learn more about these magnificent creatures at the Solitary Islands Aquarium. The world-class research aquarium was recently named one of Coffs Harbour’s best attractions on TripAdvisor, based on consistently great reviews, feedback and recognition. Engagement Activities Manager […]

Postgrad Corner: Michael Bryant

How much do you trust your phone? More specifically, how much do you trust the apps on your phone? With most apps comes lengthy terms and conditions that include the ability to track our every move, so it’s a wonder many of us tap ‘agree’ without a second thought. Southern Cross University researcher Michael Bryant […]

Postcard to home: Micael Baguio

Micael Baguio from the Philippines is one of nine Southern Cross University students to be chosen for the Gold Coast’s prestigious team of Mayor’s Student Ambassadors alongside 30 other international and domestic students from the city. The students went through a rigorous selection process to be named ambassadors and were inducted in a ceremony with Gold Coast Mayor […]

Meet the staff: Brendon Hyndman

Dr Brendon Hyndman is an academic in Health & Physical Education (PDHPE) within the School of Education at Southern Cross University. His research has been focused on schools as a crucial setting to develop students’ physical activity participation, health and overall wellbeing. He has recently published his first full-length book ‘Contemporary School Playground Strategies for Healthy […]

In Print: books by our academics

Contemporary School Playground Strategies for Healthy Students By Brendon Hyndman, published by Springer This book is a research guide for implementing contemporary playground strategies to promote active, healthy students in both primary and secondary school settings. A number of school playground strategies have succeeded in reducing the decline in students’ activity levels by introducing equipment […]

Celebrating the role of midwives

The role of midwives was celebrated around the world earlier this month, with Southern Cross University joining the party in Coffs Harbour and at the Gold Coast. International Day of the Midwife (IDM) was celebrated on May 5, with this year’s theme ‘Midwives, Mothers and Families: Partners for Life!’. To celebrate the day Coffs Harbour Health […]

A Bright Future for student in mentoring program

Southern Cross University student Brendan Swan has for some time dreamt of becoming a politician, and recently he had the chance to rub shoulders with the State’s leaders at Parliament House in Sydney. The second-year Bachelor of Laws (LLB) student, who founded and is the President of the Southern Cross University Law Association, connected with […]

From serving in Afghanistan to surfing the Gold Coast

Army veteran Matthew Hoare served almost five years with the 8/9th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment at Enoggera and was deployed to Afghanistan and East Timor. The 28-year-old from Elanora has since returned and started a family and is following his passion for helping soldiers rehabilitate, by studying a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at […]

Terrifying self-defence strategy in a Sea Urchin discovered

When under attack, the collector sea urchin has the ability to release hundreds of miniature independent ‘jaws with teeth’ that can latch on to predators and release venom. The discovery from Southern Cross University marine biologist and PhD candidate Hannah Sheppard-Brennand and her research team, shows sea urchins defend themselves by counter-attacking with the ‘pedicellariae’ […]

Country’s first cohort completes the Graduate Certificate in Australian Nursing

Southern Cross University was the first in Australia to offer a Graduate Certificate in Australian Nursing, with the first cohort of internationally qualified registered nurses now graduated from the 12-week course. The first intake at the Gold Coast campus in November coincided with the Queensland Government’s International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016-2026 (Strategy). […]

Meet the staff: Heidi Zimmer

What is your job at Southern Cross University? I work as a casual academic in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering in Lismore, with Associate Professor Doland Nichols on a new project in northwestern Vietnam on forest restoration. Soil erosion is an important problem in those mountainous areas in Vietnam and Southern Cross University […]

Postcard to home: Min Liu

Accounting graduand Min Liu has gone from winning multiple academic scholarships during her undergraduate degree in China, to being named Southern Cross University’s best postgraduate accounting student studying in Australia for 2016. She received the award as the graduating Master of Professional Accounting onshore student with the highest grade point average. The award was given […]

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 practical training for his Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at Leo Cussen, a practical training organisation in Melbourne […]

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 […]