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

November 2017

FedUni bricklayer excels at WorldSkills

A proud Australian and FedUni achiever, Trystan Sammut (left) on the winners’ podium

FedUni TAFE is producing some of the best tradespeople in the world with bricklayer Trystan Sammut placed third at the 44th WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi. The University has congratulated Trystan on this outstanding achievement, recognising his skills and dedication, as well as the support of his employer Lawler Bricklaying, and the Australian Brick and Bricklaying Foundation.

Read more about Trystan's achievements at the WorldSkills Competition >

Initiative to promote apprenticeships

Meanwhile, FedUni’s Professor Erica Smith has been selected to undertake a project analysing apprenticeship initiatives for the G20 countries. The ‘Initiative to Promote Quality Apprenticeships’ research has been commissioned by the International Labor Organisation (ILO), a United Nations Agency, in Geneva. Professor Smith is an acknowledged international expert on apprenticeships and is co-chair of the International Network for Innovative Apprenticeship research group.

Read more about international apprenticeship research >

RoadNats on course at Mt Helen

Elite cyclists joined FedUni staff for the announcement of the RoadNats cycling route

For the first time in its history, the route for the Cycling Australia Road National Championships will travel through FedUni’s Mt Helen Campus in 2018, providing new spectator opportunities and an additional technical element to the race. The University is the naming rights partner for this premier cycling event in January. We are working with Cycling Australia and the City of Ballarat to make the championships a major drawcard for Ballarat and FedUni’s exercise sciences and physiology programs.

Read more about the FedUni Road Nats announcement >

Nepal partnership benefits FedUni students

Nepal representatives in discussions with FedUni wildlife conservation researchers

FedUni undergraduate students may have the opportunity to visit the Nepal National Trust for Nature Conservation’s field stations in Nepal as plans to develop internships and fieldwork components are finalised. This exciting development is part of a Memorandum of Understanding which supports our researchers contributing to projects in Nepal and for NNTNC staff to complete relevant Masters and PhD qualifications at FedUni.

Read more about NNTNC visit to FedUni >

Steve Bracks returns to FedUni

Vice-Chancellor Helen Bartlett and Steve Bracks in front of the FedUni Alumni Wall

Steve Bracks, former Victorian Premier and distinguished alumnus of Federation University Australia, made a return visit to the Mt Helen Campus in November. Mr Bracks, who is Chairman of Cycling Australia, graduated from the University in the 1970s. He served on the University Council, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2007 and is a senior member of the University’s Distinguished Alumni group.

Read more about Steve Bracks visit to FedUni >

Staff excellence and loyalty recognised

FedUni staff have been recognised for their continued service to the University

FedUni recently presented its annual Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence to staff and awarded the prestigious Hendy Award (jointly) for staff to pursue projects with important objectives for the University in research and student retention and attraction. The university also recognised staff members who have given continuous service of 10, 20, 30 and 40 years both at FedUni and its predecessor institutions. A total of 113 milestone awards were presented at the Ballarat, Horsham and Gippsland campuses – totalling an incredible 1,580 years of combined service!