Published on 29 April 2013
A former legal practice manager from Maleny has graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a near-perfect grade point average of 6.8 out of 7 as she makes a strategic move into planning.
Susan Illidge, 48, received a University Commendation for Academic Excellence along with her Master of Regional and Urban Planning when she attended the USC Graduation Ceremony this month (5 April).
Susan, who recently moved to Auchenflower in Brisbane, said she enjoyed applying her range of skills to excel in study at USC. She had managed her husband’s Maleny legal practice for eight years until its sale last year.
“I like urban design but I’m particularly interested in strategic planning at a regional level,” she said. “I enjoy the challenges of balancing the environmental, social, economic and cultural factors.”
Susan chose USC because it was close to home and the Master’s degree was flexible enough for her to juggle work, children, sport and volunteer work.
“The lecturers were backed by practical experience and I loved the buildings and bush setting,” she said.
Susan, who grew up near Glenmorgan, also found her environmental elective courses stimulating because of the number of International students from interesting environmental backgrounds.
She has extensive prior experience in marketing and management in the petroleum industry and now aims to bring her research, analytical and strategic skills to the planning industry.
— Julie Schomberg