UniSA has welcomed the Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security to Her Majesty's Government, United Kingdom, Professor Anthony Finkelstein (pictured right), to a special Adjunct Research Professor role at the Future Industries Institute (FII).
Instrumental in forging a landmark research partnership between FII and University College London (UCL) in his former role as Dean of Engineering Sciences and Professor of Software Systems at UCL, Prof Finkelstein will continue to promote high-level scientific engagement between the two universities.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the appointment underlines the strength of the relationship with UCL and the enormous potential to foster more globally-engaged research at UniSA.
“Becoming a university that is globally visible and connected is a key priority for any university that is serious about developing the innovation required to build industries of the future,” Prof Lloyd says.
“This is especially important for Australia and South Australia as we take on an innovation agenda to secure opportunities to develop the future industries that will provide employment and economic growth, and help to meet goals around sustainability and environmental security.
“Prof Finkelstein’s experience as a scientific leader and his continuing role as a UCL Chair in Software Systems Engineering and a research leader at its Alan Turing Institute, the UK national institute for the data sciences, will support further scientific engagement and joint research and teaching opportunities.”
UniSA student Shamsiya Mohammadi has taken out one of Australia’s most prestigious scholarships, winning a 2016 CAS Hawker Scholarship, presented in Canberra earlier this month by former Governor-General, Major General, The Hon Michael Jeffery.
Originally from Afghanistan, Shamsiya is in her second year of a Journalism and Arts (International Relations) degree having completed her secondary education at Roma Mitchell Secondary College in Adelaide, where she achieved Dux of Campus and an ATAR of 99.75.
Shamsiya says she is humbled by the acknowledgement the scholarship places on her from such a well-respected organisation.
“I’m honoured to be a recipient of this scholarship and excited for the opportunities it offers me to further my education, as well as my personal and professional life in Australia,” Shamsiya says.
“This scholarship is an inspiration for me to continue advocating for the things I believe and, like the legendary Charles Hawker, work towards the greater good in everything I do.
“My family fled Afghanistan when I was two and we found refuge in Pakistan before my father risked his life journeying by boat to Australia in 2000. As a family we were reunited with my father in 2006 in Renmark. I was nine when I arrived in the Riverland and spoke no English.
“For everything my family and I have achieved here, I’m incredibly thankful for my parents’ bravery and the life it’s afforded us in our adopted home.
“My ambition is to complete my studies and move toward a career as a Foreign Correspondent in Afghanistan. I want to be a voice for the voiceless.”
Shamsiya has also held positions as an executive member of The Association of Australian Tertiary Students from Afghanistan (AATSA) and Welcome to Australia. Both organisations seek to build a bridge between the Australian community and refugees arriving in Australia.
In 2015, Shamsiya was the Youth Ambassador at the Australian Refugee Association (ARA) helping other refugees to settle in Australia and is also a member of UniSA’s Powerhouse Radio Show to further her ambition of becoming a journalist.
Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement and Equity, Dr Laura-Anne Bull paid tribute to Shamsiya’s academic prowess, as well her social conscience and advocacy for the rights of women and refugees.
“This is a young woman who is a real role model, both academically and personally. I’m confident she’ll achieve whatever it is she sets her mind to,” Dr Bull says.
The Charles Hawker Scholarship was established by Lilias Needham in memory of her brother who was one of Australia’s most respected pastoral pioneers. Valued at up to $50,000 over three years, it is one of the most generous privately funded residential scholarships available to Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd recently travelled to London to award an Honorary Doctorate to Prof Lord Anthony Giddens in recognition of his international contribution to social theory and his guidance and support for UniSA’s Hawke Research Institute.
Announcing the award, Prof Lloyd says Lord Giddens is one of the most cited and influential social scientists in the world, credited with developing the first major sociological theory of globalisation.
“Unlike many discipline-bound experts, Lord Giddens is renowned for his interdisciplinary approach, applying his knowledge and commentary to developments in sociology, anthropology, archaeology, psychology, philosophy, history, linguistics, economics, social work and most recently, political science,” Prof Lloyd says.
“His breadth of range has been especially helpful to the leadership of the Hawke Research Institute which also has a wide remit in the social sciences.”
Author of some 40 books, published in more than 40 languages, Lord Giddens’ theory of structuration has profoundly shaped the social sciences – especially in the English-speaking world.
Lord Giddens taught at Cambridge University for more than 25 years, where he was Professor of Sociology. From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the London School of Economics.
So valued is his contribution that today he is a Life Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the London School of Economics.
He was given a life peerage in 2004, as Baron Giddens of Southgate in the London Borough of Enfield and sits in the House of Lords for the Labour Party.
He has been honoured by universities around the world and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Science and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Lord Giddens has also had a profound impact on politics with political leaders from Asia, Latin America and Australia, as well as from the US and Europe seeking his advice.
As former advisor to Tony Blair, he had a major impact upon the evolution of New Labour in the UK. He also took part in the original Blair-Clinton dialogues from 1997 onwards.
Arts honours graduate from the University of Melbourne, James de Jesus Correia, has been announced as the first recipient of the Sir Terry Pratchett Scholarship established at UniSA in 2015.
A social science student with a passion for literature and international studies, Correia is keen to build on themes from the 22nd book in Pratchett’s Discworld series The Last Continent, published in 1998.
Brim full of parodies of Australian people and cultural icons both recent and historical, the book also deals with notions of time and space.
“I am interested in the exploration of how these notions of bending time and space relate to Australian identity and our response to asylum seekers,” Correia says.
As one of the most pressing concerns of recent times with, according to UNHCR data more than 60 million people forcibly displaced worldwide, the research will bring together cultural and literary studies with social theory to examine the issues.
“What is fantastic about this scholarship opportunity is that I will be able to challenge my interpretations across two academic environments and in two different countries,” Correia says.
The $100,000 scholarship will support Correia to undertake a Masters by research at UniSA’s Hawke Research Institute and at Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub.
Announcing the recipient following a special memorial event in London to honour Sir Terry Pratchett, UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said he was delighted to see the first scholarship awarded.
“A year on from his death, it is satisfying to be able to award the scholarship to such a worthy candidate and someone who is taking on a deep examination of some of the core themes in Australian society,” Prof Lloyd said.
UniSA Venture Catalyst grant recipients Simon and Joshua Schmidt have won an international award for their revolutionary new bottle closure, in further validation their product has the potential to transform the wine industry.
The brothers startup company Vinnovate beat more than 100 entrants in the Brancott Estate Winexplorer Innovation Challenge, which searched for innovations set to impact the global wine industry, by changing the way consumers experience wine.
Vinnovate’s winning concept is an innovative screwcap closure with a small, push-activated compartment within the cap that releases a solution allowing consumers to tailor wines to their own tastes, on-demand.
The development of the innovative cap was boosted after Vinnovate founders Simon and Joshua Schmidt won a UniSA Venture Catalyst grant last year.
“Being able to customise beverages is the next big consumer trend and we believe our innovation can positively impact how people enjoy and consume wine,” Joshua Schmidt says.
“Our new closure adds a functional element to wine packaging – it means the consumer can tailor their wine to their own personal tastes, whether that’s to reduce the effects of preservatives in wine or to subtly enhance the flavour.
“We believe consumers should have a choice and that’s something that makes our product unique.”
The Winexplorer Challenge includes a $35,000 cash prize and the opportunity for the Schmidt brothers to work with Pernod Ricard to take the product to market.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says Joshua and Simon are genuine innovative thinkers.
“This is fantastic news for them and for South Australia because it showcases the State as a hub of innovation,” Prof Lloyd says.
“It also means that the UniSA program to support students with high potential new ideas, inventions or business applications, is paying dividends. There’s not much that is more exciting than backing a winner.”
See the Venture Catalyst website for more information about this UniSA and State Government initiative.
As we count down to the 2016 unijam, we celebrate the milestone of one of the outcomes from the inaugural event in 2013 with the 25,000th download of the UniSA Student App.
The Student App was developed after the 2013 unijam by UniSA students for students, providing one-stop-shop access to a range of study services and resources including study timetables, assessment and course information, campus events and study room bookings.
It has been a breakout success and in April, PhD student Nishtha Gaur was the 25,000th person to download the app. In true 25th birthday spirit, the University gave Nishtha a birthday gift to celebrate.
She says she has found that the app has been an easy way for her to access emails and stay up to date with what’s happening on campus.
“I also use the app to have a look at my research information, scholarship details, library loans and study period,” Nishtha says.
“The events calendar feature is the best, in my opinion, as it keeps me up to date with what’s happening.”
To download the UniSA Student App search ‘University of South Australia’ on the Apple Store, Google Play or Windows Store.
More information about unijam on 19 – 20 May can be found here.
UniSA’s Department of Rural Health in Whyalla is using a giant inflatable body, known as the mega body, to promote good health in regional South Australia.
The mega body is the size of a large kid’s bouncy castle – big enough for people to walk through and explore different parts of the body.
Mellissa Kruger from the Department of Rural Health says it will be a fantastic tool in teaching children and young people how their bodies work.
“Once you have an understanding of some of the amazing ways in which the body functions to keep you healthy, you develop an appreciation for it and are more likely to want to look after it,” Kruger says.
“So by teaching children at a young age about looking after their bodies we hope it may help to contribute to the reduction of the risk of long-term conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and musculoskeletal conditions.
“This can be seen as an even more important issue in rural and remote areas of South Australia where access to health services can be limited.
“We are really excited to bring the mega body to regional communities. We hope to engage young people from the country in learning more about the human body and health; while also giving those regional students who are considering a career in a health profession, an opportunity to find out more about their options.”
The mega body will be used for both community events and school visits; and the Department of Rural Health team are planning a roadshow with it later this year.
If anyone from within regional South Australia is interested in using the mega body or outside organisations in the region would like it featured at a health and wellbeing event, contact Mellissa Kruger.
UniSA researcher Dr Valerie O’Keeffe has been recognised for her thesis about occupational health and safety for nurses, in the international Emerald Awards.
Dr O’Keeffe, who works in the Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety in the School of Psychology at Magill, is thrilled with the recognition for her work.
“It was a great surprise and honour to be awarded an international award from Emerald Publishing in the Healthcare Management category,” Dr O’Keeffe says.
"It is a great privilege to be recognised for work I feel very passionate about – nurse safety, well-being and quality care.”
Her thesis was titled ‘Nurses’ sensemaking: the social context of occupational health and safety decision making’ and Dr O’Keeffe says the findings highlighted how nurses involved in patient encounters balanced their own safety with achieving quality patient care and high productivity.
“Nurses experience high rates of work-related injury and illness, and often prioritise patient needs above their own,” she says.
“This research examined how nurses integrated safety for themselves and care for their patients in their decision making.”
Dr O’Keeffe’ s research challenges current approaches to occupational health and safety risk management, and healthcare management more generally, by proposing a new concept: the flexible boundary of risk assessment.
“The flexible boundary describes the fluid processes by which workers seek to optimise safety and production,” Dr O’Keeffe says.
“This concept contributes new knowledge to our understanding of this most fundamental aspect of safe practice by recasting existing understandings of worker risk assessment and decision making.
“Health and safety risk management is applied with a focus on technical risks like manual handling and objective dimensions, such as how much weight is safe to handle.
“This research emphasises the important contribution of social and cultural factors and the dynamic nature by which risks evolve.”
The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) has announced its 2016 SA/NT Graduate of the Year Awards (GOTYA) with a clean sweep of UniSA recipients.
Graduates, students, DIA members, design professionals, educators and industry representatives attended the awards ceremony in Adelaide in late April where UniSA’s Industrial Design graduate Xing Zhou was announced as the overall state winner.
The judges said Xing’s submission “demonstrated her ability to bring inspiration from personal experiences into her design” and “it is exciting to watch such a talent begin her professional journey and to continue to produce amazing work.”
Each of the SA/NT GOTYA category winners are now in the running for the national awards to be presented later this year.
The 2016 SA/NT GOTYA category winners were:
Industrial Design – Xing Zhou, UniSA
Graphic Design (equal winners) – Henry Stentiford, UniSA and Claudia Fernandez-Villasante, UniSA
Category commendations were awarded to:
Interior Design – Laura Searson, UniSA
Industrial Design – Luca Dichiera, UniSA
Each year the Design Institute of Australia provides the highest-level final year undergraduate design students, or recent graduates, the opportunity to be recognised and celebrated through its prestigious portfolio-based awards program.
Educators in each state are invited to nominate their top design students to their state level GOTYA program, with each student submitting three different studio projects prior to attending an interview with judges.
Two UniSA students have been selected to attend the Global Voices delegations in France and China.
Marked as future leaders of Australia, international relations student Vivian Rivera, and engineering student Jerome De Vera, will engage in discussions on public policy and international affairs while receiving exclusive access and exposure to high level foreign policy negotiations and networking opportunities.
Vivian will attend the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation Develop (OECD) Forum in Paris from 29 May – 3 June, where she will join former and current heads of state and government, top CEO’s and leaders of key non-government organisations.
“This year’s theme is ‘Productive Economies, Inclusive Societies’ which I am particularly passionate about,” Vivian says.
“It’s a great opportunity to interact with like-minded people, learn from different perspectives and backgrounds, and create a meaningful dialogue about how to transform our societies in a positive, effective and sustainable way.
“It is a remarkable opportunity to learn and further develop skills to become an agent of social change.
“By attending such an important event where I can network with leaders, government representatives and members of academia, I am hoping to advance my career, broaden my horizons, and learn more about what it takes to become the type of leader our society needs.”
Jerome De Vera will attend the Y20 Summit in Shanghai from 31 July – 6 August where delegates will discuss and participate in programs related to global growth, development and structural reform.
Jerome applied for the Global Voices Y20 Delegation to gain an overseas experience while representing the voice of youth.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to research and communicate about my passion for sustainable energy, which is related to my current studies,” Jerome says.
“I want to improve awareness around the importance of solving climate change through energy transitions, especially in Australia.
“I wish to inform world decision makers to embrace this transformation and highlight the benefits it can have in respective nations, through my participation in the delegation, my media engagement and maybe even having the opportunity to talk to them personally.”
Global Voices is supported in its mission by Patron, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).