Alumni Update Issue 12

Season’s Greetings from the Vice Chancellor

We’ve just had one of our best years yet and I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for your continued support as we head into our 25th birthday year.

Amongst our many achievements this year was being ranked at Number 25 on the Quacarelli Symonds list of the world’s best universities under 50; we’re number 35 on a similar list published by Times Higher Education. And while we are very proud to be acknowledged as one of the world’s best our focus remains on educating our students to be globally effective professionals and research that will discover the answers to the world’s most pressing problems. And we have recently received national affirmation for our research with the Excellence in Research Australia results that confirm that 97 per cent of the work we do is rated at world class or above.

We are building the expertise to make the kind of contribution that transforms society by supporting better outcomes for all Australians and the development of new industries and a more prosperous nation.

The support you give us helps achieve those results. Your advice has helped UniSA become Australia’s University of Enterprise and, just as an aside, there will be another Unijam next year so please take part and make your voice heard.

For those who have donated to the Great Hall and our 25th Birthday Scholarship Fund, thank you. Your generosity helps give the gift of education to the people who need it most and there is no telling what heights they can reach because of you.

Our alumni are very important to us; you are our success stories, the role models for students going through their paces right now. They can see what’s possible because of what you’re doing and you continued to be inspirational.

This year we held our first Alumni Awards and celebrated the achievements of people like human rights activist Professor Tom Calma AO, Olympic basketballer Rachael Sporn OAM, company director and Chair of the Adelaide Football Club Rob Chapman and artist and celebrity chef, Poh Ling Yeow.

Our alumni also figured prominently in state and federal awards. Australia Day Honours were given to Rachael Sporn and tourism and events maestro Bill Spurr; Queen’s Birthday Honours were received by Detective Senior Sergeant First Class Barry Blundell who was awarded the Australian Police Medal. In other awards, two alumni, domestic violence campaigner Arman Abrahimzadeh and Claire Foord, a visual arts graduate who founded Still Aware which educates mothers about still birth, are South Australian finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards which will be announced on Australia Day in 2016.

And three UniSA business graduates distinguished themselves in the 2015 Telstra South Australian Business Women’s Awards. Chief Executive of Guide Dogs SA/NT, Kate Thiele was named South Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year and went on to win the national title, Australian Telstra Business Women’s Award for Purpose and Social Enterprise. Ashleigh Stilling was named South Australian Young Business Woman of the Year, and the Corporate and Private Award was picked up by alumna Michaela Webster.

We often tell new graduates that leaving the university with a parchment is not the end of our relationship. They, and you will always be part of the UniSA family and we couldn’t be prouder of each and every one of you and we look forward to celebrating more of your achievements next year.

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