Achievements and Announcements


Prominent pain researcher awarded a Doctor of Science

Senior lecturer awarded Humboldt Research Fellowship

Lecturer wins key award in national architecture and design competition

UniSA student named among the country’s best in accounting

Strong representation from UniSA among Young Achiever finalists

Shining light in SACE Art Show

Visual Arts graduate selected for Helpmann Academy Fellowship

UniSA wins 2017 SA Challenge

Book selected as finalist in publishing prize

EASS Academic Excellence Awards presented


Chancellor Jim McDowell appointed to Crows board


Can you capture UniSA research in a photograph?


Prominent pain researcher awarded a Doctor of Science

Professor Lorimer MoseleyUniSA has presented Professor Lorimer Moseley with a Doctor of Science, acknowledging his distinguished international contribution to physiotherapy and clinical neuroscience.

The degree is awarded to an academic who has a proven record of internationally recognised scholarship and is assessed by an international panel of experts.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd, who presented the award at the recent graduation ceremonies, says Prof Moseley’s passion for his research work into chronic pain and pain management is palpable.

“Not only has he pursued his research with deep commitment, he has also invested an enormous amount of energy in sharing his knowledge and being a part of an international community of researchers, determined to improve pain treatment in revolutionary ways,” Prof Lloyd says.

“Foundation Chair in Physiotherapy at UniSA and head of the Body in Mind Research Group, he is at the leading edge in pain theory globally, with 260 scientific articles, five books and many book chapters on pain and rehabilitation under his belt.

“His work has changed the way pain is treated and changed the way we teach health professionals to support and treat sufferers of chronic pain.”

Read more about Prof Moseley’s achievements on the UniSA Media Centre.

Senior lecturer awarded Humboldt Research Fellowship

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Biology Dr Gunnar Keppel.UniSA senior lecturer Dr Gunnar Keppel has been awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship.

He will undertake research to help answer the long-standing question of why some places have higher species diversity than others.

A Humboldt Research Fellowship allows postdoctoral researchers to carry out long-term research in Germany.

Dr Keppel, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Biology, will work for one year with Dr Holger Kreft at the George August University in Göttingen.

“My study will focus on islands and island-like environments, such as native remnant vegetation in an agricultural landscape,” Dr Keppel says.

His research will examine how diverse (heterogenous) the environment is in a given area, referred to as environmental heterogeneity, and the role this plays in determining species diversity.

“For example, a more rugged area like the Flinders Ranges would be expected to have greater species diversity than the more subdued Gawler Ranges,” he says.

“If environmental heterogeneity is indeed the key determinant of species diversity, it would mean that we need to try and protect areas with the highest environmental heterogeneity to optimise the number of species protected in a reserve.”

Dr Keppel is the second such fellowship awardee from UniSA’s Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment, joining Professor Krasi Vasilev who was successful in this scheme last year.

More details about the Fellowship are available on the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung/Foundation website.

Lecturer wins key award in national architecture and design competition

Established Manors by Dr Damian Madigan.Established Manors by Dr Damian Madigan.

A vision for medium density housing has earned UniSA lecturer Dr Damian Madigan a significant win in a national design competition.

Dr Madigan, Lecturer in Architecture in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, won the category to design a Manor House in the Missing Middle Design Competition, which called on architects and building designers to showcase their visions for the future of medium density housing in NSW.

The awards showcase how better quality design will ensure new low rise medium density housing is socially sustainable while contributing to the housing supply needs of established suburbs.

A jury of six industry experts reviewed and judged the anonymous entries for the competition, which was run by the NSW Office of the Government Architect and NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

Dr Madigan’s work was cited as “an innovative, practical and ethical idea to make clever additions and alterations to two existing houses that makes four houses from two. The arrangement and variety of housing types within the four houses allows for flexible intergenerational living”.

Entrants were required to test the NSW Government’s new Medium Density Design Guide for Sydney’s middle suburbs by designing a complying medium density development and then demonstrating how the design could be made even better by breaking or challenging the rules of the guide.

Dr Madigan says: “I decided to enter the competition because the design research work I do looks at villas and cottages in Adelaide, and how we can keep them and work with them without knocking them over and without losing mature landscape. The competition provided the opportunity to demonstrate that this local knowledge around alternative suburban infill is transferable to other cities.”

Dr Madigan’s win recognises his standing nationally across the architectural industry and academia. His success will have direct ;and tangible impact on government policy in NSW, and on housing in that state.

See his winning design on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.

UniSA student named among the country’s best in accounting

Arlen DabinettUniversity of South Australia student Arlen Dabinett has been named among the top accounting students of 2017 through the annual Australian Accounting Awards.

Arlen is one of 10 finalists from across Australia in the running to be named the Accounting Student of the Year.

The Australian Accounting Awards are industry awards designed to showcase excellence across the breadth of the accounting profession through a broad range of categories that recognise the industry's leaders.

Arlen, who is also president of the Commerce Student Association within UniSA’s Business School, says being a finalist is a great honour.

“I am extremely humbled by this acknowledgement and feel very privileged that in this process I am proudly representing the UniSA Business School at the top accounting industry event for the year along with my employer Pitcher Partners,” Arlen says.

The awards will be presented on 26 May 2017.

Strong representation from UniSA among Young Achiever finalists

A number of UniSA students, staff and alumni have been shortlisted as finalists in the 2017 Young Achiever Awards.

The Young Achiever Awards recognise and acknowledge the achievements of outstanding young South Australians.

The University’s finalists are:

  • Bryce Eldredge - University Senior College Create Change Award

  • Joel Fuller - The Science and Technology Award

  • Dr John Arnold - The Science and Technology Award

  • Kira Bain - Department for Communities and Social Inclusion Aboriginal Achievement Award

  • Manal Younus - The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

  • Tessa Henwood-Mitchell - University Senior College Create Change Award

The winners will be announced at a gala presentation dinner on Friday 28 April.

One of the 10 category winners will be chosen as the Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year and will win additional prize money.

For details on finalists, visit the South Australian section of the Awards Australia website.

Shining light in SACE Art Show

Incoming UniSA Mikayla Stewart with her award-winning artwork. A leaf-inspired pendant light created by incoming UniSA student Mikayla Stewart has won the prestigious Poster Award at this year’s SACE Art Show.

Mikayla, who completed the artwork during her Year 12 studies at Brighton Secondary School, will start a Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) at UniSA next year.

The pendant light will feature on the 2018 poster used to promote the annual SACE Art Show, which showcases the creative talent of emerging artists who have recently completed Year 12 in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Announcing the SACE Art Show award winners, Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close says that based on the 148 art and design works on display, the exhibitors have bright futures ahead of them.

“It is inspiring to see young people conceive and make works of art and design, exploring skills with media, materials and technologies, and develop their own personal flair,” she says.

UniSA sponsored the Enterprising Artist Award, which was won by St John’s Grammar graduate Soraya Duke for her painting titled Kde Domov Můj?. UniSA Program Director of the Bachelor of Visual Arts, Dr Andrew Welch, says the University is proud to support the SACE Art Show.

Visual Arts graduate selected for Helpmann Academy Fellowship

Zoe Woods. Photo by Olivia Power.Zoe Woods. Photo by Olivia Power.

UniSA Visual Arts graduate Zoe Woods has been selected for the inaugural Helpmann Academy Fellowship.

Valued at up to $20,000, the Fellowships fund opportunities to early career artists to further their artistic development internationally and throughout Australia.

Woods, who received her award at a ceremony at Government House earlier this month, plans to use her Fellowship to travel overseas to study the collection at the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rakow Library in New York City, and will undertake three weeks of glass engraving workshops with Pavlina Cambalova.

After returning to Australia, Woods will complete a six-week residency at Canberra Glassworks. She was one of three fellowship recipients.

The Helpmann Fellowships are possible through a grant from The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation.

UniSA wins 2017 SA Challenge

Team UniSA won lacrosse and squash in the 2017 SA Challenge, taking out the overall title.Team UniSA won lacrosse and squash in the 2017 SA Challenge, taking out the overall title.

The University of South Australia has won an intervarsity sporting competition against Flinders University and the University of Adelaide.

Team UniSA won the 2017 SA Challenge, which concluded earlier this month.

Team UniSA had highest student representation in the competition, with almost 90 UniSA students competing across the eight sports.

UniSA won the lacrosse and squash competitions, had strong results in the tennis, and also performed well in lawn bowls and beach volleyball.

The high participation rate and strong resulted helped Team UniSA be crowned number one in the state in 2017.

For more detailed results, visit the UniSA Sport website.

The University hopes to do as well as at the Southern University Games and Australian University Games later this year.

Book selected as finalist in publishing prize

The Gentle Hand + The Greedy Eye: an everyday baroque practice in architectureUniSA senior lecturer Dr Rachel Hurst has had her book selected as one of five finalists for the Melbourne Art Book Fair’s inaugural Cornish Family Prize for Art and Design Publishing.

Dr Hurst from the School of Art, Architecture and Design wrote The Gentle Hand + The Greedy Eye: an everyday baroque practice in architecture, as one component of her PhD by practice, and collaborated with New Zealand designer Catherine Griffiths to design and produce the book.

Dr Hurst’s book has previously won the Australian Graphic Design Award for Publications, The Judge's Choice and Pinnacle award at the AGDA national event in late 2016, and a bronze award in the New Zealand Graphic Design Awards.

The list of finalists for the Melbourne Art Book Fair is available on the National Gallery of Victoria website.

EASS Academic Excellence Awards presented

EASS Academic Excellence Award recipients.UniSA’s Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences (EASS) celebrated the achievements of staff and higher degree by research (HDR) students at an event in March.

Hosted by Professor Kerry London, Associate Professor Graham Hardy and Associate Professor Christine Garnaut, the 2016 Division of EASS Academic Excellence Awards were held on 8 March 2017 in the Bradley Forum.

The EASS Academic Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate the contribution and efforts of divisional academic staff, professional staff and HDR students.

Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Denise Meredyth says: “We value the high calibre of teaching and research staff and it is important that they are acknowledged for their contribution and celebrated for their achievements.”

A range of awards were presented including nominated awards for teaching and research.
The list of winners is published on the EASS web pages.


Chancellor Jim McDowell appointed to Crows board

UniSA Chancellor Jim McDowell has been appointed to the Adelaide Football Club’s Board of Directors.

He was appointed along with federal politician Kate Ellis.

McDowell said he was honoured by the appointment and the opportunity to support and enhance an organisation that is held in high regard by many South Australians and sporting fans in general.

“I have watched the club make significant progress in recent times and look forward to using my wide range of industry and government experiences to assist in driving further growth,” he said.

Crows chairman Rob Chapman welcomed both Ellis and McDowell.

“Jim will bring a global view to our future direction using experiences gleaned from nearly 40 years in a highly competitive industry sector,” Chapman said.

“Importantly their skillsets will complement what other directors already provide and with continued hard work the club is well-placed to achieve its strategic goals.”

McDowell has been appointed for a three-year term.

Adelaide Football Club’s Board of Directors are Rob Chapman (chairman), Jim Hazel (deputy chairman), Bob Foord, Mark Ricciuto, Rod Jameson, Linda Fellows, Richard Fennell, Kate Ellis and Jim McDowell.


Can you capture UniSA research in a photograph?

The 2016 winning entry ‘House in the urban heat island’ by PhD candidate Gertrud Hatvani-Kovacs.The 2016 winning entry ‘House in the urban heat island’ by PhD candidate Gertrud Hatvani-Kovacs.

The University is challenging its staff and students to use photographs to create a window into the world of research with the launch of this year’s annual research photography competition.

Now in its third year, the 2017 Images of Research: Engaged Research, Enterprising Researchers Photography Competition opened this month. The competition, which aims visually showcase the breadth and diversity of research at the University, is open to all staff and students.

Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Professor Tanya Monro says the image doesn’t need to explain the research being conducted, but rather entice and captivate one’s attention to raise awareness about our research.

First prize is $5000 with a runner-up prize of $2000 and an additional $2000 prize for the People’s Choice winner. The competition closes on June 7. For more information, go to the Images of Research competition website.