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A note from the editor

Charlotte KnottenbeltDear readers,
This is my last issue as editor of UniSANews, and I guess it's as good a time as any to start an editorial!

UniSANews has continued to evolve over the three and a half years that I have been here the introduction of the Students@UniSA insert, the creation of an e-zine edition, and the move to full colour are just some of the changes that have taken place.

I am delighted that the UniSANews team was awarded a Vice Chancellor's Award for General Staff Excellence last November, because it acknowledges the hard work put in over the years by a lot of people, whether they have written articles, laid out the paper, proofread, helped with distribution, worked on the website, or updated the mailing list.

While my aim has been to extend its reach, UniSANews is at its heart a community paper, and I've been lucky enough to work within a community full of talented, knowledgeable and generous people who have helped make my time here so rewarding.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to everyone who has helped in some way. The list is too long to mention names but whether you assisted by contributing a column, suggesting a story idea, agreeing to be interviewed, or simply by reading the publication, thank you.

In recent years the higher education system has changed dramatically not always for the better, it could be argued but a lot of that change has been an inevitable part of wider societal and political shifts. Whatever the reasons, it's true that universities exist in an increasingly competitive and globalised environment. I think the University of South Australia is set to thrive in this environment, without losing its commitment to equity.

UniSA's biggest strength is that it draws so many people from different social backgrounds, countries and disciplines together. It's one of the largest employers in the state and has the largest student body of any South Australian university.

I studied here and the knowledge and contacts I gained have helped me make the leap into the professional realm, just like tens of thousands of other graduates.

It has been a privilege to be the editor of UniSANews, but now it's time for me to move on and give someone else a go. I'm sure it will keep getting better.

Cheers,
Charlotte Knottenbelt
banula@bigpond.com

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