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August 15 2007

UniSA graduations honour academic success

Professor Don BursillMore than 1200 graduands from all four divisions of the University of South Australia will celebrate their academic success at graduation ceremonies to be held on Thursday and Friday this week (August 16 and 17) at the Adelaide Festival Theatre.

Graduands will take centre stage to receive awards that recognise years of study for qualifications ranging from Associate and Bachelor degrees, Graduate Certificates and Diplomas, to more than 400 Masters degrees and 43 PhDs.

As part of the celebrations the University will recognise two high profile Australians, who will be made Honorary Doctors of the University for their contributions to biochemistry and water quality research - Professor Leanna Read, CEO and Managing Director of TGR Biosciences Pty Ltd; and Professor Don Bursill, one of Australia’s most respected water scientists.

In addition, recently retired Director of UniSA’s Flexible Learning Centre, Professor Bruce King will be awarded Emeritus Professor for his contribution to flexible learning; and Stephen Hains, City Manager for the City of Salisbury, will be awarded Fellow of the University for supporting the University’s education goals for the Northern Adelaide region.

Details on the graduation ceremonies are as follows:

Thursday August 16 2007 – 10.30am
Division of Health Sciences
Guest Speaker – Professor Leanna Read, CEO and Managing Director, TGR Biosciences Pty Ltd

Prof Read is a founder of Adelaide biotechnology company, TGR BioSciences, of which UniSA is a foundation shareholder, and has been Managing Director and CEO since June 2001. A biochemist with more than 20 years’ experience in characterising bioactives in milk and other food derived products, Prof Read serves on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council and the SA Government Economic Development Board. She has been a Member of the Advisory Board of UniSA’s Ian Wark Research Institute since 1999, and holds an adjunct professorial appointment at UniSA.

Thursday August 2007 – 3 pm
Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment
Guest Speaker Professor Don Bursill, Australian Water Quality Centre

Prof Bursill came to UniSA in 1993 as Adjunct Research Professor in the University’s SA Water Centre for Water Science and Systems. Internationally acknowledged as one of Australia’s most respected water scientists, Prof Bursill was previously CEO of the CRC for Water Quality and Treatment and Chief Scientist of the SA Water Corporation. He has spent almost 40 years in the water industry with a principal interest in water quality policy, planning, management and treatment. Prof Bursill established the Australian Water Quality Centre in SA, he is chairman of the National Health and Medical Research Council Water Quality Advisory Committee and has been a member of the International Water Association Program Committee since 1998. He holds the highest honour of the Australian Water Association, the Peter Hughes Award.

Friday August 17 2007 - 10.30am
Division of Business
Guest Speaker Mr Stephen Hains, City Manager, City of Salisbury

Stephen Hains has been City Manager of the City of Salisbury since 1991, one of the largest local government bodies in SA with an annual budget of around $80 million and a population of 120,000 residents. He has held various positions in the SA Government including Chief Executive of the Department of Business, Manufacturing and Trade, Chairman of the SA Planning Commission, and Director of Planning in the Department of Environment and Planning. Hains is a Fellow (and past National President) of the Australian Planning Institute and of Local Government Managers Australia. He has had a long and active role in supporting UniSA, particularly in the development of the Mawson Lakes education environment.

Friday August 17 2007 - 3 pm
Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
Guest Speaker Professor Bruce King

Prof King recently retired as Director of UniSA’s Flexible Learning Centre after nine years in the role. He previously held the position of Director, Distance Education at one of the University’s founding institutions and has served the University for more than 25 years at a senior level. Prof King developed an international reputation by pioneering distance education as a field of study through international conferences and consultancies, membership of editorial boards of three international journals and the international advisory board of the Centre for Research in Adult and Distance Learning at the Open University of Hong Kong. Prof King’s drive to pioneer a curriculum framework built around graduate qualities and flexible delivery has been very important to UniSA’s positioning.


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