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From the Vice Chancellor

Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd.

It has been more than a year since unijam when 8,000 of us sat around in conversation and thought up ways to make this university a great place to work and study. The suggestions you all made at that time helped inform our Crossing the Horizon strategic plan and many of those ideas are being implemented right now.

Back in May last year we started a dialogue; let’s keep talking. We put up an online Suggestion Box so that when you come up with a great idea, we get to hear about it – your input actually pops out in my office, and yes, it actually gets read. We may not be 8,000 people online anymore but in reality there are thousands more of us working and studying at UniSA and we all have a part to play in its continuing success.

You hear what I think all the time (whether you listen or not is another matter!). In return, I’d like to know what you’re thinking.

Leafing through the suggestions so far there have been ideas from all quarters and relating to all facets of the University. Anthony Pillion at ISTS wants to use the Gallery area in front of the media wall in the Jeffrey Smart Building for PechaKucha, which gives a presenter 20 slides by 20 seconds each to present their topic. In six minutes and 40 seconds you have their grand idea in a nutshell. PechaKucha was devised in Tokyo in February 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. What a great way to showcase the talent we have in this university.

Renee Perchard, who’s a Campus Central Team Leader in Whyalla, suggested opening up their student accommodation for intensive study sessions in summer and winter. It’s a great way to catch up on your studies and would be particularly good for international students who get a chance to discover more of the region than they otherwise might.

Stuart Ainsworth from Business Intelligence and Planning put forward the idea of our best and brightest third year students working to support small businesses to run better and use technology more effectively. He is also an advocate of packaging tailored education, consultancy and research for students in sub-Saharan Africa, making a contribution to those communities through education.

These are just some examples of the great ideas we’re receiving and we’re looking weekly at how best to progress them. One thing we’re progressing right now – and there were many suggestions that revolved around this one thing – is a request for quiet space in the Jeffrey Smart Building.

You suggested. We acted.

The southern wing of Level 6 is now a dedicated quiet space, with silent study seats and quiet project rooms.

Small steps, incremental improvements. Let’s keep it up.

Professor David Lloyd
Vice Chancellor and President