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Welcome to Headliners@FedUni, a monthly bulletin of news and top stories.

December 2018

FedUni welcomes increased Federal funding

Member for La Trobe Mr Jason Wood MP, Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Helen Bartlett, City of Casey Mayor Cr Amanda Stapledon and Campus Director of Berwick Mr Greg Jakob

The University will embark on a major re-development at our Berwick Campus following a $40.7 million injection from the Federal Government.

We have been investing in the Campus since early 2017 and a new phase, approved by the University Council this week, sets out an ambitious works program for 2019 to 2022 to accommodate increased student numbers.

Read more about the Federal funding for Berwick >

Professor Syed Islam named Fellow of IEEE

Professor Syed Islam

Professor Syed Islam, Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology, has been named an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellow, effective from next January.

Professor Islam has been recognised for his contributions to wind energy conversion systems. His elevation to IEEE Fellow recognises his sustained, outstanding and international academic leadership in the broad field of Electrical Power Engineering. The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity.

Read more about Professor Islam's Fellowship >

FedUni part of international kidney disease breakthrough

An international study team which includes Professor Fadi Charchar has discovered the identity of genes that predispose people to chronic kidney disease. Led by the University of Manchester, the discovery is a major advance in understanding this under-diagnosed disorder which, if left undetected, can lead to failing kidneys that need dialysis or kidney transplantation.

The discovery of 35 kidney genes is an important step forward to the future development of new diagnostic tests and treatments for the disease, which affects around one in ten adults.

Read more about kidney research breakthrough >

Sir Angus Houston delivers Oration at FedUni

Professor Helen Bartlett, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh and Dr Don Moss

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston, AK, AFC (Ret’d) former Chief of the Australian Defence Force and one of the nation’s eminent leaders, was well received when he delivered the 2018 Sir Albert Coates Oration at the University’s Mount Helen Campus.

Like Sir Albert Coates, Sir Angus has proven himself a leader in difficult times and shown great resilience and respect for the welfare of others during his impressive career.

Read more about FedUni's Albert Coates Oration >

Australian Apprentice of the Year Awards

FedUni graduate Alyssa Heard

Alyssa Heard, a hospitality graduate from FedUni TAFE, has been announced as Australia’s runner up for Commercial Cookery in the Australian Apprentice of the Year Awards. Alyssa, from Western Victoria, began her hospitality career in waitressing aged 15. She then enrolled in a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery at FedUni.

Alyssa also has been named as a recipient of the Lopez-Lochert Scholarship for Victorian TAFE students. As part of this important scholarship program, she will represent the University and Victoria in Chile in January 2019.

Read more about Alyssa's award >