A host of new buildings will open at UniSA in the coming months, with final touches currently being made to new health, sporting, cultural and teaching facilities.
Opening in May, the new $247m Health Innovation Building on North Terrace will receive a new name – the University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute, acknowledging that cancer research represents the majority of work undertaken in the new building and supports a university-wide commitment to reducing the burden of cancer and its progression.
Nearby on Hindley Street, Pridham Hall – featuring a UniSA sports complex, swimming pool and facilities for graduations and corporate and cultural events – will also officially open its doors in May, although the facility will have its debut before this for graduations in April.
Pridham Hall is named in honour of successful alumnus Andrew Pridham in recognition of his $5 million benefaction from the Pridham Foundation to the University. Andrew Pridham is a UniSA graduate in property resource management who has forged a highly successful international career as an investment banker in Sydney, Singapore, London and New York.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says giving the Health Innovation Building a new name, reflects the vital work that will be undertaken by medical, health and pharmaceutical researchers in the 14-storey building.
“The University of South Australia Cancer Research Institute (CRI) will be home to one of the largest concentrations of cancer researchers in South Australia with access to the best tools and environment in their search for patient diagnostics and treatments,” Prof Lloyd says.
The UniSA Cancer Research Institute will be an integral part of Adelaide’s biomedical precinct – called Adelaide BioMed City – on North Terrace, opening up a number of new health research, teaching and community engagement opportunities.
Together the UniSA CRI and Pridham Hall represent one of the University’s most significant infrastructure investments with many benefits for students, staff and visitors.
The UniSA Cancer Research Institute building will be home to:
In April, for the first time, graduating students will walk the stage of the UniSA’s new great hall – Pridham Hall.
Located on the City West campus next to the Jeffrey Smart Building, Pridham Hall will be a publicly-accessible sports, cultural and recreation complex.
The sporting facilities will be open from mid-May.
Also opening this year will be Australia’s most technologically advanced teacher training facility – the Samsung SMARTSchool at UniSA’s Magill campus, which is home to the largest cohort of teaching students in the State.
The purpose-built SMARTSchool is designed to accommodate visiting groups from primary, middle and secondary schools, with their teachers, and can be configured in a number of ways for specific teaching and learning experiences.
The new facility features an array of Samsung technology including large form screens, video walls, outdoor PCs, smartphones, watches and tablets, virtual reality headsets and a digitally connected environment like no other in South Australia.
Connecting with UniSA’s teacher education programs and research, the SMARTSchool will provide a collaborative workspace for teachers at all career stages to engage in critical thinking, creative problem solving around authentic and real-life problems and technological proficiency, for students from reception through to secondary school.
In related news, 10 new food vendors have opened across UniSA’s four metropolitan campuses, as well as refurbished campus shops and social spaces (read this separate UniSA News story for all the details).
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the new facilities reinvigorate UniSA as an inspiring place to work and study.
“This is all about providing new spaces that stimulate and foster creativity and innovation – spaces that underpin happiness and health, and support new models of learning,” Prof Lloyd says.
The new buildings are a key outcome of UniSA’s 2013-2018 strategic action plan, Crossing the Horizon, which also include other “enterprising spaces” such as the Jeffrey Smart Building, City West student lounge and Mount Gambier New Learning Centre.
Later this year, that plan will be superseded by Enterprise 25, which will set out a shared vision for UniSA in 2025.
“Not a list of things to do – more a roadmap with signposts to the future of Australia’s University of Enterprise – built around programs, people and precincts,” Prof Lloyd says.
New students on UniSA’s city and regional campuses will be welcomed with a range of activities this week (week commencing 19 February) as part of their orientation.
O-Week activities on UniSA’s four metropolitan campuses will include scavenger hunts, mini golf, arcade and lawn games, photo walls, message walls, henna painting and chill-out spaces. There will also be entertainment by South Australian artists and by UniSA students
At regional campuses, there will be free food, scavenger hunts and other activities for all students.
Campus tours will also be conducted on most days to help students familiarise themselves with their home campus.
The focus of O-Week is to help students connect with each other and provide them with important information for the degree they’ll be studying.
For more information visit the UniSA O-Week website.