A who’s who of Australian music at Songwriters’ Workshops

It reads like the line-up for the festival of the decade – Hiatus Kaiyote, Iva Davies, Jim Moginie and Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), Katie Noonan, Blue King Brown, Husky, Lior, Rai Thistlethwayte, Tex Perkins, Vince Jones. All these artists and more have graced the stage at Southern Cross University since 2006, sharing their skills and […]

Reimagining NSW: how a happy, healthy regional and rural citizenry helps us all

Reimagining NSW: how a happy, healthy regional and rural citizenry helps us all Alison Gerard; Branka Krivokapic-Skoko; and Liz Reimer from Southern Cross University This article was originally published on The Conversation, as part of its Reimagining New South Wales (NSW) series. For this series, Vice Chancellors across NSW asked a select group of early and […]

Postgrad corner: Judi Lowe

As a dive instructor and commercial boat master, PhD candidate Judi Lowe has dived all over the world. For her PhD research, Judi returned to her lifelong passions for scuba diving, dive travel to the coral reefs of the tropics and the lives of local fishers who live in poverty along those coral reefs.  Judi […]

Enterprise Lab to be established at Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University has been awarded $1 million from the NSW Government, through the Boosting Business Innovation Program, to establish the Southern Cross Enterprise Lab at its Lismore campus. The Southern Cross Enterprise Lab will facilitate collaborative opportunities between small and medium enterprises (SME), students and researchers for mutual benefit in the context of supporting […]

Rising Stars Scholarships help students achieve their best

Each year Southern Cross University and its partners support new and continuing students via the Rising Stars Scholarship program. Among the new recipients for 2016 are rising swimming star and biomedical science student, Moesha Johnson, who was awarded the Summerland Credit Union scholarship, and Justin Leigh-Smith, a science Honours student, who received the Rowe Scientific […]

AIME’s SCU program leading the nation’s next generation of young Indigenous talent

Southern Cross University has the best AIME Year 12 transition rate of any university in the country, with 58 of the 59 Indigenous high school graduates last year going into university, formal training or fulltime work. The 2015 Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) annual report, released this month, shows Indigenous high school students who participated […]

A small town’s rich stories to light up the screen

In the heart of the Upper Clarence, west of the Richmond Range, lies the town of Bonalbo, population 500. On the face of it, Bonalbo’s quiet streets belies its rich history: a former booming gold town in the 1850s and home of the first cattle dog trials in Australia in 1950. And for award-winning media […]

University student health services in focus at national meeting in Ballina

The Southern Cross University Health Clinic is leading the trend among campus practitioners nationally in its provision of services to both students and the general community. “The SCU Health Clinic at the Lismore campus bulkbills and offers a range of general practice services,” said Mrs Marlene Assim, manager of the SCU Health Clinic. “Unlike other […]

News in brief: July 2016

In this issue: Research Week around the corner UniLife Award nominations now open Research Week around the corner World-class research will be showcased at Southern Cross University’s annual Research Week, from August 1 to 5, with more than 50 events planned across the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses. The second annual series will […]

Postgrad Corner: Yun Wang

Yun (Melinda) Wang has long been fascinated by the body’s complex and finely-tuned internal systems. Trained as a medical doctor in China, Melinda spent the first five years of her career working in the respiratory, neurological, gastrointestinal, cardiac, renal and endocrinology departments of the Wu Han No1 hospital before becoming a specialist physician in the […]

Postcard to home: Fabio Premoli

Fabio Premoli is a fitter-and-turner from northern Italy. Difficult economic circumstances at home encouraged the 40-year-old to consider improving his English to expand work opportunities available to him. After holidaying in Australia last year and enquiring about English study, he is now five months into a 50-week General English course with SCU College at the […]

Shelley Watts: the law student fighting for Olympic boxing gold in Rio

Shelley Watts made history two years ago when she became the first female boxer to win gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Now the Southern Cross University law and human movement science student has Olympic gold in her sights. “If you don’t chase that gold, you’re going to fall short,” said Shelley a month […]

Paper-made ocean navigator garment wins wearable art prize

Stick navigation safely guided islander peoples across the Pacific Ocean for hundreds of years. Now a paper garment inspired by the technique has won a national wearable art prize for a team of textile artists, including a Southern Cross University researcher. The trio – Liz Powell, Dr Denise N. Rall from Southern Cross University and […]

Mazda Japan internship a first for mechanical engineering degree

A mechanical engineering student is the first from Southern Cross University and just the second Australian to be accepted into an internship with one of the world’s largest car manufacturers in Japan. Mitch Mahnken, a first-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering student, is at Mazda Motor Corporation’s head office and factory in Hiroshima […]

Meet the staff: Dr Ricardo Vasquez Padilla

What is your job at SCU? I started working four months ago in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering as a senior lecturer in the engineering program and course coordinator of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering. What is the most challenging thing about your job? Every day is a challenge being […]

Youth help shape the future of the NSW North Coast

From the outside, planning can appear to be a bureaucratic process, but not for the youth of the NSW North Coast who gathered at Southern Cross University this month to voice their opinions on the future shape of the region. The Youth Forum on the Draft North Coast Regional Plan, organised by the NSW Department […]

International wellness chef is now a gastronomy master

Samantha Gowing, Australia’s leading international spa chef and award-winning clinical nutritionist, has supercharged her foodie credentials with a Master of Gastronomic Tourism from Le Cordon Bleu and Southern Cross University. Ms Gowing, who was awarded the degree at the University’s Gold Coast graduation last month, said completing the Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism […]

Studying at SCU is a good decision, say local students

First-year students the McCalman triplets, Abigail, William, and Andrew, who completed Year 12 at Lismore’s Trinity Catholic College, and former Kadina High school vice-captain Millie Burnett, haven’t looked back since starting their degrees at the Lismore campus in February. The University attracts a broad spectrum of students including school-leavers who are studying highly regarded degrees […]

Angela’s off to Oxford as community gets behind law student’s dream

Southern Cross University law student Angela Powditch will be walking the hallowed halls of Oxford University come July after securing a place to study human rights law in the UK, thanks to the generosity of the community. Angela is one of about 70 students from around the globe attending the prestigious and highly competitive four-week […]

Frogs v fungus: time is running out to save seven unique species from disease

Seven Australian frog species that are now on the brink of extinction could be saved, say the nation’s top frog disease scientists, including Dr David Newell from Southern Cross University. Their findings were published in the journal ‘Wildlife Research’. Here they write for The Conversation. Authors: David Newell; Benjamin Scheele, James Cook University; Lee Berger, […]

Bright Futures for sport and exercise science students

An exercise physiologist who’s set up a small business treating people with chronic illnesses, a sleep and respiratory scientist working at a major hospital, and a sports academy program manager are some of the career pathways that graduates of Southern Cross University’s sports and exercise science degrees have taken. Mark Roberts, owner of Revolution Fitness […]