And the winners are...

After more than 1300 threads of conversation and hundreds of thousands of words and wonderful ideas it has been a real challenge to pick our unijam winners. We want to thank all of our unijammers for taking part.

UniSA unijam best and fairest: Alex Brown (Academic staff)

$500 gift voucher and invitations for four to the Tour Down Under Penny’s Hill luncheon

Aboriginal University of Choice: UniSA has the opportunity to define itself as the place of choice for a complete and safe place for Aboriginal students to grow and contribute to their communities and Australian society more broadly. Rethinking the pipeline, from high school through to post graduate engagement is an essential element of the Uni's commitment to the communities it serves. Creating an environment where the next leaders learn, grow and define the future, in a place that acknowledges, respects and learns from Aboriginal wisdom, and celebrates the pursuit of knowledge in all its guises is a future worth thinking about.

Most ‘cited’ jammer: Deanna Smith (Professional staff)

$500 gift voucher and morning tea for two with the Vice Chancellor

Deanna was 'liked' 479 times during the jam.

Best strategic idea: global engagement: Santhiya Vijayakumar (Alumni)

$500 travel voucher

Online chat: A column on the UniSA webpage could be dedicated for student collaboration. I know a lot of students who would like to get information from people from their own country who have studied and graduated/ studying in UniSA. Quick access to information would encourage overseas students to make a pick.

Night owl jammer award: Denice Daou (Professional staff)

$200 gift voucher

Denise posted at 3.59 am on May 30

Quotable quote award: Tanya Wolverton (Student)

$200 gift voucher

It has been a great experience. I was not sure what to expect. It has been positive. It makes UniSA seem like a smaller place.

Best student idea to make our campuses more vibrant: Ashley Richard (Student)

$200 gift voucher and two tickets to an Adelaide Festival event

The green campus conversation: I think they should cover the plaza with grass. Surely this is possible, I mean they grow grass on roofs. The white tiles on the plaza reflect too much light and it's not a pleasant place to sit on a sunny day. Also the benches are set up in an odd arrangement that does not promote social groups/gatherings. I think adding grass to the area or at least making the ground a darker colour.

Best strategic idea: linking industry and our research: Leah Bromfield (Academic staff)

$200 gift voucher and invitation for two to the Tour Down Under Penny’s Hill luncheon

Two-way industry placements: I agree on the importance of staff and HDR students needing to be connected to the industry that aligns with their field of research, increases our connections with community and our relevance as well as offering experiential learning. A related strategy our Centre has been discussing with Industry partners, the potential for their staff to undertake an internship or research placement within our Centre. Particularly where we are sharing data or intellectual property as a means of strengthening the partnership and allowing for two-way knowledge exchange.

Best student idea to improve the student experience: Karl Paterson (Student)

$200 gift voucher

College wear: I'm all behind the idea of creating a line of simple college style clothing items, available for a cheap price to UniSA students. This will increase our presence within Adelaide and the wider regions, but also create more University 'spirit', which I personally believe is lacking.

Overseas, major Colleges have partnerships with such brand as Nike, Adidas etc to offset production costs... I propose we engage Australian manufacturers to produce such items as UniSA hoods, UniSA trackies, scarves, beanies and other items alike.

For example, a collaboration with Lorna Jane to produce women's wear?

I think this idea has huge potential :)

Best staff idea to improve the student experience: Scott Jones (Professional staff)

$200 gift voucher

Various ideas, including George Street as student event area: We've had a lot of discussions about this in our team and ideas that have come out of our brainstorming have included: - Retractable awnings, tables and seating in spaces like George Street that can be used for UniBazaar and other student events - clubs, schools and divisions could also make use of these. http://www.curatedmag.com/news/2010/06/01/pop-up-public-furniture/

Roof table gardens would be great if the obvious risk associated could be managed, this has an added benefit of cooling the buildings and surrounding areas, - Small Chill out rooms in the nooks of the buildings with bean bags, vending machines, perhaps a TV playing reruns of old sitcoms etc, just a space to hang out for 1/2 hour between lectures etc - mobile phone recharging stations - video game stations. All of these ideas we think would help to keep students around campus between study and help to create a more interactive and vibrant environment that students wanted to be a part of.

Best student idea for improving clubs and societies: Samuel Rodda (Student)

$200 gift voucher and invitation for two to corporate area of the Tour Down Under Classic

Clubs and societies: Regular sport and physically orientated activities for anyone to get involved in would be cool! Even dance or music groups (in my case, Latin dance plz!) with regular casual yet professional lessons for people to get involved in. So many times I might want to try out a new activity but I'm not confident enough to join with a professional club or established group. It would be great to combine this with some of the social clubs at the uni for an added benefit... nothing better than socialising with people who share common interests and are learning along with you...

Best alumni idea to improve the student experience: Abel Crawford (Alumni)

$200 gift voucher

Student mobility and student placements

In 2009 I founded the Adelaide local committee for IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience). I was involved the coordination of trainee (16 at the time) arrival and housing, social activities, fundraising and university promotions in coordination with relevant student societies.

IAESTE is like the Technical version of AIESEC, providing students in technical degrees (primarily Science, Engineering and the applied arts) with paid, course-related, training/experience abroad and employers with highly skilled, highly motivated trainees, for long or short term projects. With over 80 countries involved and exchanging over 4000 traineeships each year worldwide, it is the largest organisation of its kind in the world.

The university just needs to facilitate the potential opportunities to be had through IAESTE.

Best suggestion for an alumni event: Rency Seah (Alumni)

$200 gift voucher for UniSA Alumni merchandise

Permanent meeting places for alumni: More effort needed to promote alumni networks especially in the Asia region. Over the years, the reconnection is not bearing fruit with just once a year reunion dinner event. Partners or permanent meeting points available for regular informal catch-ups would indirectly create a space for connection.

Best suggestion for engaging alumni: Carmela Scaffidi (Alumni)

$200 gift voucher for the Adelaide Festival Centre

Bringing students and alumni together: I agree Colleen with your statement "I try to stay in touch, but this is more a result of my own motivation and effort rather than any activity fostered through the Uni" I have only recently graduated from UniSA one year ago with a Bachelor of Pharmacy. I find that any involvement with alumni is generally centred around the business I work for rather than on a personal level. Pharmacy has a fantastic student group called SAPSA (South Australian Pharmacy Students' Association) who do a great job organising network events for students to attend. For example I have attended a network night for upcoming Pharmacy Interns for 2014 as well as hosting a stall at the biannual Pharmacy fair. This demonstrates 2 points; 1) these events are focused more on a business level rather than personal alumni and 2) these events are organised by a student committee not necessarily from the University although we do appreciate the support and facilities provided by the UniSA. I have only been out of uni for 1 year however I thoroughly enjoy engaging with current students. I enjoy sharing my experiences of my degree and providing advice for their future careers. Pharmacy can be a tight-knit community at times but I think if the University could provide alumni opportunities not only within the Pharmacy department but across the health sciences it would have great a benefit for our health care systems and would provide valuable opportunities for health professionals to network!

Best idea for international alumni engagement: Gina Jing (Alumni)

$200 gift voucher and invitation for two to VIP area of graduations in Hong Kong, Singapore or Malaysia, or graduation lunch in Adelaide

Alumni awards: The Alumni Office of UniSA may consider launching a program, such as Alumni Year Awards to recognise and identify those high-achieving graduates living in Australia and overseas. Winners of the awards can possibly become good ambassadors of the University, help with the university's global marketing and recruitment strategies.

Unijam Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. Information on unijam prizes and how to enter form part of these conditions of entry.
  2. The Promoter is The University of South Australia ABN 37 191 313 308. Chancellery, Hawke Building, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia 5000.
  3. The promotion commences at 10am (ACST) on Wednesday 29th May 2013 and all unijam contributions need to be published online in the unijam discussion by the close of the unijam on 30th or 31st May 2013. No responsibility will be accepted for lost or late contributions, or technical difficulties.
  4. Entry is open to all registered participants of the unijam event.
  5. To enter the competition eligible unijam participants must contribute an idea for UniSA’s future within one or more of the 15 prize categories listed above. Note that some prize categories have additional eligibility requirements.
    1. ‘Staff’ must be employed at the University of South Australia at the time of the event.
    2. ‘Students’ must be enrolled at the University of South Australia as a student at the time of the event.
    3. ‘Alumni’ must be graduates of the University of South Australia or one of its antecedent institutions.
    4. ‘Night owl jammer’ award contributions must be posted from 8pm to 8am (ACST) during the event.
  6. The prize winners will be the unijam participants who provide the best contribution in the 15 categories in the opinion of the judge, Professor David Lloyd, Vice Chancellor of the University of South Australia.
  7. Judging will take place on 12pm on Tuesday 4th June 2013 at UniSA, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5000.
  8. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable and are not redeemable for cash.
  9. The winners will be notified by email to the address they registered for unijam. The winners’ names and their winning contributions will be published on the UniSA unijam website www.unisa.edu.au/unijam on Wednesday 5th June 2013.
  10. All prizes involving invites to UniSA events exclude travel costs. Winners will need to make their own travel arrangements and bear any travel costs themselves.
  11. Participation in the unijam event shall be deemed acceptance of these conditions of entry.
  12. UniJam prize winners consent to the University of South Australia using their name, likeness, image and/or voice in any media for an unlimited period of time, without remuneration, for any publicity and marketing purposes, commercial or otherwise.
  13. If for any reason this competition cannot run as planned, due to causes including, but not limited to, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of The University of South Australia which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this competition, the University of South Australia reserves the rights in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Competition.
  14. The laws of South Australia, Australia apply to this Competition.