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December 2017

USC’s new Chancellor Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d); the Governor of Queensland, Paul de Jersey AC; and USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill.
Big year for USC in 2017
22 Dec 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast turned 21 this year and its ‘coming of age’ featured many achievements, including significant milestones in its growth and development, its research capacity and its reputation.

Two USC academic leaders recognised by UK academy
21 Dec 2017

Two of USC’s leaders in learning and teaching have been recognised as Principal Fellows of the United Kingdom’s Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Education student Alan Miles, left, and Tim Fairfax AC
Remote teaching experience inspires USC student
21 Dec 2017

A placement as a preservice teacher at Bwgcolman Community School on Palm Island, off Townsville, has helped inspire USC student Alan Miles to pursue a teaching career in a remote part of Queensland.

USC Spartan Taylor McKeown
USC Spartans confident of Games selection
21 Dec 2017

USC Spartans are off to an impressive start in their preparation for Commonwealth Games selection after returning with a huge haul of medals and two national records from the Queensland Swimming Championships.

Professor of Youth Mental Health and Neurobiology Daniel Hermens
USC’s first Professor of Youth Mental Health sets goal
20 Dec 2017

USC’s first Professor of Youth Mental Health and Neurobiology aims to develop a world-leading research program examining the brain changes of adolescents, with the goal of preventing or better treating the early stages of mental illness.

Education student Gillian Larcombe with robots
Education students help schools teach coding
19 Dec 2017

Five USC preservice teachers have created resources to help schools teach coding and robotics to children from Prep to Year 6.

of USC Master of Professional Practice student Bianca Millroy carrying out research for her novel at a Solitary Islands exhibition at Coffs Harbour earlier this year
Life under the lighthouse inspires USC Master student
19 Dec 2017

A USC postgraduate student is turning a lifelong fascination for lighthouses and her dream of becoming a published novelist into a career.

USC Senior Lecturer in Education Dr Michael Carey
Global recognition for USC pronunciation research
18 Dec 2017

Research by a USC academic has been included in an international collection of the most influential research papers on the field of English language pronunciation in the past 100 years.

Business students have finger on eSports pulse
14 Dec 2017

Four USC Entrepreneurship students received High Distinctions and real-world experience working with a local social media business to support The Player eSports Tournament to be held this Saturday 16 December at Maroochydore.

artist's impression USC Moreton Bay campus supplied by Hassell
Architect appointed to design USC campus at Petrie
14 Dec 2017

USC has appointed architecture firm Hassell Studio to design the master plan and the first building of the University’s Moreton Bay campus at Petrie.

USC Creative Writing Master graduate Leanne Esposito
Study brings creative career switch for Leanne
14 Dec 2017

Hervey Bay restaurateur and former paralegal Leanne Esposito gained an unexpected bonus from graduating with a USC Master of Creative Writing – a job as a feature writer with News Corp Australia.

USC Associate Lecturer in Human Resource Management Melissa Innes with student ambassadors Jessica Green and Emma White, and AHRI representative Sharon Seymour.
Ambassador roles to give USC students the edge
13 Dec 2017

Four USC students are establishing their credentials as future human resources professionals after being appointed ambassadors for the industry’s national association.

USC student Rebecca Goulding at the annual USC Sports Awards
USC athlete aims for Olympic rugby selection
13 Dec 2017

USC elite athlete Rebecca Goulding has her eyes on two major goals – a degree in Social Work and a place in the Australian Women’s Rugby Union team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Education student and ironwoman Jordan Mercer
National title surprises endurance athlete
12 Dec 2017

Professional ironwoman and USC Education student Jordan Mercer has claimed a national title that she didn’t even know she was in the running to win.

USC Lecturer Robbie King (l) and students join local agency staff to run a health clinic for villagers in Sikhar Ambote, Nepal.
Aspiring paramedics gain hands-on skills in Nepal
11 Dec 2017

Seven students have returned from USC’s first Paramedic Science clinical placements in Nepal with experience in cases such as a fatal bus rollover, trekkers with altitude sickness, spinal cord injury rehabilitation and leprosy care.

Launch of Australian Cycling Academy at USC. Photo: Beardy McBeard
Australian Cycling Academy launches at USC
11 Dec 2017

The Australian Cycling Academy (ACA) has been officially launched at USC Sunshine Coast.

USC student Renee Coman
Celebration for 15 years of innovative success
7 Dec 2017

The founder of the USC Innovation Centre’s newest member company – a 33-year-old USC student whose business supports Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) workers and their families – will be among the crowd celebrating the centre’s 15th anniversary tomorrow, Friday 8 December.

USC international student Nilamben Patel at a recent USC Ceremony of Completion for international graduands
Nurse to become USC Fraser Coast’s first international graduate
7 Dec 2017

An Indian nurse who travelled halfway around the world to upgrade her qualifications at USC Fraser Coast will become the first international student to graduate from the campus.

Dr Javier Leon flying a drone on the bow of the MV Flying Fish off the coast of far north Queensland
USC researcher amazed at ‘Super Coral’ reef trip
7 Dec 2017

A USC academic who specialises in using drones to map physical geography over land and sea is excited by his research observations after returning from a flagship 21-day expedition, ‘GBR Legacy Search for the Super Corals’.

USC staff Amenah Stanford and Sara Kumpf presenting donations to The Salvation Army’s Maroochydore Community Engagement Coordinator Dianne Spencer.
USC pitches in for The Salvos Christmas appeal
6 Dec 2017

University of the Sunshine Coast staff have shown plenty of festive spirit by enthusiastically donating to The Salvation Army’s 2017 Christmas Appeal.

USC engineering students use the Cave2 visualisation technology
USC engineering students compete in national event
6 Dec 2017

A national engineering design competition on Friday will feature three USC student projects, including a water filtration proposal that was judged the best entry from any Queensland university.

Master of Arts to improve Vanuatu livelihoods
5 Dec 2017

A Vanuatu Government trade official has taken his USC Master of Arts food security research straight to the decision-makers of the South Pacific island nation.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with USC students Myles Kreis and Michael Jefferies at Parliament House, Canberra.
International success for high-flying USC students
5 Dec 2017

Two outstanding USC students have been recognised among the best in Australia after gaining prestigious and competitive international study scholarships from the Federal Government.

USC medallist Siobhán Attwood at her recent USC graduation ceremony
USC medallist to help shape energy future
4 Dec 2017

A USC medallist plans to play a role in securing Australia’s energy future, after gaining a highly prized graduate position with the organisation responsible for the nation’s largest gas and electricity markets.