• UC students offer their advice to help smokers quit smoking
  • Professor Deep Saini was appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor in September, succeeding Professor Stephen Parker AO after he achieved nine years in the role.
  • The White Earth by Andrew McGahan was announced as the 2017 UC Book of the Year.
  • UC went tobacco-free in October in an effort to improve the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and campus visitors.
  • UC was ranked in the top 4% of tertiary institutions worldwide.
  • UC moved up from its previous position in ‘The World University Rankings’ from the 501-600 band to the 401-500 band. This achievement now places us as the 24th ranked institution in Australia.
  • The 2016 Times Higher Education ‘150 Under 50’ rankings placed UC amongst some of the best universities in the world, sitting in the 81-90 band.
  • Careers UC grew significantly in its scope and scale this year, with notable milestones and achievements including:
    • The new Careers UC space was launched by the Vice-Chancellor in late October. The new space (the ex-Teaching Commons above the Refectory) will act as a hub for employers and internship hosts on campus in 2017.
    • An increase of 155% in student work-integrated learning appointments and drop-ins from 2015.
    • Over 1,530 students attended a variety of workshops run by Careers UC, on topics ranging from resume advice, to mock assessment centres and employer panels.
    • Over 1,460 jobs were advertised on CareerHub from both UC and external employers – a 41% increase from 2015.
    • The ‘Jobs on Campus’ initiative was launched in June, where UC employers are required to advertise all casual roles under six months to students. Between May and November, 109 students were employed on campus across 38 different roles.
    • The redevelopment of CareerHub resulted in a 69% increase in the number of student logins from 2015, with 17,404 logins throughout the year.
    • Careers UC secured a total of $191,200 in funding for cross-Faculty internship programs.
  • The Library continued to deliver high quality services and some of their main achievements include:
    • Over 400 LearnOnline drop-in visits and more than 26,000 items were loaned out in Semester One.
    • Over 315,000 people visited the Library in the first half of the year.
    • Assisted with a total of 29,216 enquiries; plus an additional 132 one-on-one researcher consultations.
    • The Library Rovers assisted with an overwhelming amount of enquiries, totalling to 23,722.
  • More than 1,200 students were enrolled in Foundations of Professional Planning in Semester One across all faculties and partner institutions.
  • InterFace underwent various improvements, including the introduction of the InterFace Student Experience Questionnaire (ISEQ), which replaced the Unit Satisfaction Survey (USS).
  • ISEQ response rates increased by 30% over the Semester and represented feedback from over 17% of the entire student population.
  • 73% of units achieved levels of satisfaction falling within the 75-100% range.
  • The flexible Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education (GCTE) was introduced in July.
  • The Vice-Chancellor proposed and entered the implementation phase of a structural re-organisation amongst portfolios at UC, to enable more effective outcomes and streamlined operations.
  • The Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Teaching Excellence saw over 30 staff members be nominated across the six Award and Citation categories.
    • Of these 30, eight teaching staff and two teams were recognised for their efforts in enhancing learning across UC via programs and individual work.
  • The Higher Education Academy (HEA) Recognition and Advancement Strategy (RAS) achieved three successful HEA applications, are currently supporting six draft submissions, and launched a HEA support and funding strategy.
    • Barbara Walsh was awarded the Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship for outstanding academic performance.
    • Rachel Bacon achieved recognition as a HEA Fellow and received a 2016 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for innovation, leadership and scholarship in work-integrated learning.
    • Peter Copeman became a Senior Fellow of the HEA.
  • Professor Nick Klomp raised over $5,000 for the St. Vincent de Paul Society with his participation in the Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout, sleeping rough to raise awareness of homelessness.
  • 201 of our students attended the Eastern University Games, bringing home three gold medals, one silver, three bronze, and the ‘Spirit of the Games’ award.
  • UC celebrated National Reconciliation Week from 27 May-3 June to build on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians. Events included a morning tea, a screening of the film Spear by Stephen Page, and the 2016 Don Aitkin lecture by Peter Radoll.
  • The Ngunnawal Centre piloted a Leadership and Coaching program with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, aiming to increase self-knowledge and University completion rates.
  • UC actively worked to promote a safe and respectful environment by supporting the Respect. Now. Always. Campaign. Over 90 students participated in the canvas initiative, showing their support for zero tolerance for sexual assault and harassment.
  • UC hosted the ACODE second Inter-Institutional Benchmarking Summit with representatives from 29 Universities across five different countries, who worked to self-assess their capacity in technology-enhanced learning.
  • UC hosted the 2016 Moodleposium conference.
  • UC students achieved success in their units by utilising Study Skills. Some notable milestones and achievements for Study Skills include:
    • PALS supported 26 first year units and recorded 6,750 student attendances, which is an increase of 67% from 2015.
    • The Rovers recorded 3,036 student attendances and student satisfaction with the Rovers was high, with 98.8% of the 2,661 feedback responses being positive to the statement “I found this session helpful”.
    • There was a 50% increase in student attendances at the Study Skills drop-in sessions from 2015, with 1,666 student attendances from 506 unique students recorded.
    • Study Skills Learning Advisors conducted 38 sessions of in-unit support for an estimated 2,260 students.  This is an increase of 224% in sessions and of 70% in students compared with 2015.
    • Additionally, Study Skills Learning Advisors ran the four-day Intensive English program twice in 2016 for 63 students.
    • The Study Help Moodle site contained 204 activities and resources by November 2016.  There were 95,000 uses of site resources by 7,100 students.

 

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