Highlights from the Media Centre

From the International Space University’s return to the Southern Hemisphere to new friends at the December graduation ceremonies, here are some of the top stories from our Media Centre:

McGee educates a new generation of cycling talent in Team UniSA-Australia

Team UniSA-Australia riders with coach Brad McGee.Team UniSA-Australia riders with coach Brad McGee.

Building a successful professional cycling career doesn’t happen overnight, and according to, the new coach of Team UniSA-Australia, Brad McGee OAM, it often takes several years to learn all that is required to carve out an enduring international career in the sport.

And McGee should know – an ambitious 10 year-old when he first began competing, he became an Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist, and raced in all the international road classics, the Veulta a Espana, the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France.

After 15 years of competition, earning his reputation as one of Australia’s most successful cyclists, McGee moved into coaching and is sharing his knowledge with some of the youngest riders in the field at this year’s Santos Tour Down Under.

UniSA’s new friends celebrate academic success

UniSA's new mascots Parchie the graduation parchment, and Koala.UniSA's new mascots Parchie the graduation parchment, and Koala.

When the more than 500 UniSA students marked their success at the latest graduations ceremony, there were a couple of new friends in attendance to help them celebrate.

The two new characters are set to be a fixture at UniSA graduations but make their first appearance this year as part of the University’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Parchie, the graduation parchment, and the yet to be named Koala had one thing on their minds and that is to ensure graduation day is special, not only for the graduates themselves but for the families who have supported the graduates’ success.

See a selection of photos from the graduation ceremonies here.

Space students to focus on the potential of the satellite revolution

View of the the Earth and the Moon from space.View of the the Earth and the Moon from space.

With more than 3000 satellites operating in Earth’s orbit today and an increasing capacity to build smaller and cheaper satellites to carry sophisticated payloads, one of the great prospects for the space industry globally, is the development of more accessible and affordable satellite-mediated technologies.

For the 43 participants from 12 nations in the International Space University’s (ISU) 2017 Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SSP) at UniSA, the implications of the satellite revolution – for technology, business, industry, law, and indeed for space itself – will be the central focus of their capstone team project this year. 

Read more media releases from UniSA at unisa.edu.au/Media-Centre.