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FedUni student discovers new springtail species

Friday 24 October 2014

A new species of springtail has been discovered in Western Australia by Penelope Greenslade, a PhD graduate from Federation University Australia. Dr Greenslade, 76, was only recently awarded her PhD and was likely the oldest higher degree graduating student in Victoria at the time – but 93 year-old Elizabeth Kirkby has just been awarded this degree in New South Wales. 

Inaugural Unity Shield to kick off

Friday 24 October 2014

Federation University Australia will host the inaugural 2014 Unity Shield at the Mt Helen Campus Oval on Wednesday, 29 October.   The Unity Shield has evolved from the former University of Ballarat United versus Copperoos Soccer Friendly played between Victoria Police and our students since 2009. This competition has become an extremely popular event on the ca...

Gippsland Campus to host Sustainable Schools Expo

Monday 20 October 2014

More than 250 primary school children across the Gippsland region will converge on Federation University Australia’s Gippsland Campus on Wednesday, 3 December, for the inaugural Sustainable Schools Expo.

Student success celebrated at FedUni

Monday 20 October 2014

More than 100 Federation University Australia students will be recognised for outstanding effort in Student Sports, Leadership and Volunteering on Monday, 27 October. In 2014, FedUni students have contributed more than 3000 hours of service to the community across a range of organisations and projects, as well as taking part in more than 1000 hours of Leadership Development acti...

FedUni to present End of Year Exhibition

Monday 20 October 2014

Federation University Australia’s Arts Academy will present ‘EYE - End of Year Exhibition 2014’ in the Mining Exchange, Lydiard Street, Ballarat. The official opening is on Friday, 14 November, from 6 – 8pm with the exhibition running until Sunday, 23 November. The exhibition will be open daily from 10 am – 3pm. This exhibition sho...

Disappearing Act exhibition on display at Gippsland Campus

Friday 17 October 2014

A new exhibition, The Disappearing Act by leading Australian artist Bridie Lunney, will be on show at Switchback Gallery at Federation University Australia’s Gippsland Campus from 22 October to 13 November.

FedUni set to host AusIMM Technical Seminar

Monday 13 October 2014

Federation University Australia will host a special mining event, the AusIMM Technical Seminar, on Friday, 24 October, in the Science and Engineering Building at the Mt Helen Campus. The Annual Seminar of the Central Victorian Branch of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) will see industry professionals from across the country coming to Ballarat to hear 12 t...

University to host the 2014 Sir Albert Coates Oration

Monday 13 October 2014

The 2014 Sir Albert Coates Oration will be delivered at Federation University Australia's SMB Campus by Lieutenant General Kenneth James Gillespie AC DSC CSM (Retd) on Thursday, 23 October. His topic will be ‘Serving Australia: the ANZAC Legacy of Albert Coates’. The Chair of the NSW Centenary of ANZAC Advisory Council, Lieutenant General Gillespie enjoy...

Blue Tie Ball is back at FedUni

Friday 10 October 2014

Federation University Australia will host its third annual Blue Tie Ball on Saturday, 18 October, to raise funds for beyondblue, the national depression and anxiety initiative. This year we are delighted to welcome master of ceremonies Dr Feelgood (Dr Sally Cockburn) and beyondblue ambassador Tony McManus. The ball will be held at the Albert Coates Complex at the ...

University promotes environmental science in China

Thursday 9 October 2014

Federation University Australia has embarked on a series of environmental science programs in China. Led by Dr Giri Kattel and Professor Peter Gell, the campaign utilises FedUni expertise to help address ecological problems and environmental issues in China. Dr Kattel is preparing a report for China’s Kunming University on its Dianchi Lake Water Pollution Preventi...

Students step into a ‘real science’ experience

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Year Nine and Ten students taking part in ConocoPhillips Science Experience 2014 at Federation University Australia’s Gippsland Campus were introduced to university level science recently. The intensive program’s activities were designed by FedUni staff to connect students with future career opportunities requiring science.  The students considered the ...

Teaching staff receive Citations for Student Learning

Monday 6 October 2014

Three teaching staff members from Federation University Australia have been awarded prestigious OLT Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning this week. The recipients of the awards are Barbie Panther and Margaret Plunkett from the Gippsland Campus and Jacqueline Wilson from the Mt Helen Campus. Dr Barbie Panther was awarded her citation ‘for the...

FedUni professor to lead global lakes research group

Friday 3 October 2014

Federation University Australia’s Professor Peter Gell will lead a global research group that will investigate the impact of humans on the state of the world’s lakes. The working group proposal, recently accepted by the executive of the International Geosphere Biosphere Program project ‘Past Global Changes’, is devised by Professor Gell and will use long te...

New Outdoor Environmental Education course announced

Thursday 2 October 2014

Federation University Australia is set to launch its new Bachelor of Outdoor and Environmental Education program from next year. The three-year degree, which will be offered for the first time from the Mt Helen and Churchill campuses, will combine a mixture of seminars, tutorials, online activities and field trips.  “The course will be a niche degree that has...

University to host Student Leadership Conference

Wednesday 1 October 2014

A conference to highlight and develop the leadership abilities of Federation University Australia students will be held at the Mt Helen Campus on 9-10 October. The FedUni Student Leadership Conference will bring together existing and aspiring student leaders from across all of our campuses, including partner-providers and online students, to provoke thought, discussion and action ...

When All the Rivers Run exhibition at Switchback Gallery

Wednesday 24 September 2014

A new exhibition at Federation University Australia’s Switchback Gallery entitled When All the Rivers Run will be on display at the Gippsland Campus in October. The exhibition showcases works by Indigenous artists from the Gippsland and Albury regions, as well non-indigenous artists who have connections with them. It also honours the relationships and networks which exist be...

Artist pictures Gippsland’s violent beginnings

Monday 22 September 2014

A major art exhibition on Gippsland’s brutal history will be unveiled in Melbourne this week by Federation University Australia’s Rodney Forbes.   Rodney Forbes lived in Gippsland for eight years before he became fully aware of the region’s bloody settlement history. “I had thought aboriginal deaths were isolated frontier incidents carr...

FedUni active at International Mining and Resources Conference

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Mining and geology academics from Federation University Australia will feature prominently at the International Mining and Resources Conference in late September. Leading experts will present a series of workshops at FedUni’s stand at the conference, including on mine safety, new geotechnical models, and advances in optimisation. Associate Professor Michael Tuck o...

FedUni academics receive Citations for Student Learning

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Three teaching staff members from Federation University Australia have won prestigious Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. The recipients of the Federal Office for Learning and Teaching awards are Barbie Panther and Margaret Plunkett from the Gippsland Campus and Jacqueline Wilson from the Mt Helen Campus. Dr Barbie Panther was awarded her citat...

Academic releases book on caravan park residents

Wednesday 17 September 2014

A major new book on caravan park residents has been released by Janice Newton, an Adjunct Senior Researcher at Federation University Australia. Entitled Parkland: When Caravan Is Home, the book explores the pathways to caravan park living and  social lives constructed in the caravan park environment. Janice Newton studied permanent residents of outer subur...

Art and Culture Pathway to be opened in Gippsland

Tuesday 16 September 2014

The Churchill Art and Culture Walking Pathway will have its official public opening on Saturday 18 October with a walk finishing at Federation University Australia’s Switchback Gallery at the Gippsland Campus.

Young web developers recognised in Gippsland

Monday 15 September 2014

The GippsWebs for Business Presentation Evening was recently held at Federation University Australia’s Gippsland Campus, recognising the achievements of secondary school students in web development.

New exhibition unveiled at Switchback Gallery

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Black Paintings, an exhibition of works by leading Australian installation artist Dr Sanné Mestrom, is on show during September at Switchback Gallery at Federation University Australia’s Gippsland Campus.

First sustainability course in Victoria to be launched

Tuesday 9 September 2014

Federation University Australia has unveiled Victoria’s first Bachelor of Sustainability program. To be launched in 2015, the course will only be the third of its type in Australia. Students also can choose a Diploma of Sustainability or pursue short courses in the field. Pathways between the courses are available too.   “Through these courses, stu...

Training restaurant handed over to Horsham Council

Thursday 4 September 2014

Federation University Australia's Wimmera Campus has officially handed over Rosebrook Training Restaurant to Horsham Rural City Council. Geoff Lord, Head of the Wimmera Campus, handed over the keys and floor plans to Tony Bowden, Horsham Rural City Council's Director of Planning and Economic Development, at Horsham Golf Club this week. The restaurant was built b...

University program reaches out to regional students

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Federation University Australia’s Regional Schools Outreach Program has delivered education programs in 49 schools throughout western Victoria, according to a new report. The evaluation of the University program by consultants Effective Change reveals that the program has been beneficial in improving access to higher education among students from low SES, regional and remote...

FedUni highlighted in Minister’s reform speech

Friday 29 August 2014

Christopher Pyne, Federal Minister for Education, has highlighted the evolution of Federation University Australia as an important beacon for regional higher education in his Second Reading speech yesterday for the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014.

Students to present Sovereign Hill production

Friday 29 August 2014

Performing arts students from Federation University Australia have been chosen to present a special live production at Sovereign Hill.  The students are members of the Rebellion Theatre Company and will present a production entitled Spring Into Sovereign Hill. “The twelve winning students who will provide live music for the event have eight weeks to rehearse ...

Rise in youth unemployment 'a result of traineeship cuts'

Thursday 28 August 2014

Recent rises in youth unemployment in Victoria and elsewhere in Australia are a result of cuts to traineeships, according to Federation University Australia researcher Professor Erica Smith. “Thirty years ago, traineeships were introduced by the government as a response to youth unemployment, following a report produced by Peter Kirby,” Professor Smith said. ...

Academic releases new book on events and festivals

Monday 25 August 2014

A book entitled The Future of Events and Festivals, co-edited by one of FedUni’s leading researchers, Dr Elisa Backer, has just been published by leading international publisher, Routledge. “The growth of events management has been significant over the last decade. This book takes a futures perspective, to comprehend what is likely to happen, what may change, and ...