- University of Canberra
name = University of Canberra
motto = Australia's Capital University
established = 1990
type = Public
staff = 853
chancellor = Prof.
vice_chancellor = Prof. Stephen Parker [cite web|url = http://www.canberra.edu.au/university/about/executive-staff/stephen-parker|title = Professor Stephen Parker|accessdate = 2007-08-02|publisher = University of Canberra]
students = ~9,000
city = Bruce,
state = ACT
campus = Urban convert|290|acre|km2|1|lk=on (Bruce campus)
affiliations = ASAIHL, New Generation Universities
website = [http://www.canberra.edu.au/ www.canberra.edu.au]
The University of Canberra, also known as UC, is a
universitylocated in Canberra, ACT, the capital of Australia. UC is the second largest tertiary institution in Canberra. There are approximately 9,000 students and more than 800 staff. Fact|date=August 2007 This was ranked 8th in Australia for teaching and learning and survey showed that its graduates are among the highest paid in Australia.fact|date=July 2008
The University of Canberra was founded in 1967 as the "Canberra College of Advanced Education", and was accredited as a university on
January 1 1990following the Dawkins reforms. It was initially sponsored by Monash Universityuntil 1993. [ [http://www.dest.gov.au/archive/highered/eippubs/eip9701/appenda.htm appenda ] ] In 2008, UC is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
The University of Canberra (UC) is set on convert|120|ha|acre|0|lk=on. Located in the suburb of Bruce, 10 minutes drive from the city centre, UC is a single campus with student residential services, teaching and library facilities all within walking distance.
The University teaches in many disciplines including law, journalism, information technology, advertising, health, biological sciences, forensics and design.
As of January 2008, the university's teaching functions are delivered by eight academic faculties:
* [http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/business Faculty of Business and Government]
* [http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/ise Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering]
* [http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/law Faculty of Law]
* [http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/design-creative Faculty of Design and Creative Practice]
* [http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/comm-international Faculty of Communication and International Studies]
* [http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/education Faculty of Education]
* [http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/health Faculty of Health]
* [http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/science Faculty of Science]
Notable staff and students
Notable alumni, include:
Wil Anderson, comedian
Simon Corbell, ACT Minister and former President, Students' Association
Scott Fava, Western Forcerugby union player
George Gregan, former Captain, Australian national rugby union team
Justin Heazlewood, aka The Bedroom Philosopher, comedian/folk singer
Kelly Hoare, member of the Australian House of Representatives
Hayley Jensen, singer
Garth Nix, author
Wayne Sievers, former police officer, trade union official, social justice campaigner and political figure
Petria Thomas, Olympic swimmer and multiple gold medal winner [ [http://www.celebrityspeakers.com.au/brspeaker_bio.asp?Speaker_Index_Text=434 Petria Thomas : Olympic, Sport, Keynote Speaker, Motivation ] ]
Alan Tongue, Canberra RaidersRugby League player
David Vernon (writer), writer
Adam Boland, producer Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show - Channel Seven.
Jonathan Uptin, weekday presenter of National Nine News in Darwin.
Kate Taylor, journalist and co-host breakfast program, FM 104.7Canberra
Ursula StephensParliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector
Notable staff members have included:
Arthur Hoyle, historian
Ingrid Moses, Chancellor
Susan Ryan, one-time Labor government Minister
Donald HorneAustralian journalist, writer, social critic, historian and public intellectual
Foundation stone and Stone Day
At the end of the year, after classes finish but before exams, Stone Day is usually held, a music festival with local bands, which lasts several days. The day before it is known as Stone Eve. It started as a celebration held annually to mark the placing of the foundation stone by
Prime Minister John Gortonon 28 October, 1968. This founded the Canberra College of Advanced Education, which became the University of Canberra in 1990.
The stone is under glass, outside, near Building 1 at the University, and an inscription on it reads:
quote|This Stone was unveiled by the right honourable J.G. Gorton, M.P., Prime Minister of Australia, on
28 October 1968, to mark the establishment of the Canberra College of Advanced Education.
Over the years the Stone Day program has gradually become larger and larger, taking up a whole week and now Stonefest is one of Australia's most popular music festivals. The first foundation celebrations were held in 1971. In 1973 Stone Day celebrations were held over two days, which was expanded to take up a whole week in 1976. In the 1980s and 1990s Stoneweek became a popular Canberra entertainment event, which in 2000 became Stonefest.
The university has a number of research centres relating to its areas of research strength. These are:
* Institute for Applied Ecology
* National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) [http://www.natsem.canberra.edu.au]
* [http://www.ewatercrc.com.au eWater Cooperative Research Centre]
* Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism
* Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
* Centre for Labour Market Research
* Healthpact Research Centre for Health Promotion & Wellbeing
* Australian Institute for Sustainable Communities
* Centre for Customs & Excise Studies
* Centre for Developing Cities
* Centre for Research in Public Sector Management
* Centre for Tourism Research
* Communication & Media Policy Institute
* Corrosion & Spectrochemistry Laboratory
* Human Computer Communication Laboratory
* Learning Communities Research Area
* Lifelong Learning Network
* National Centre for Corporate Law & Policy Research
* National Institute for Governance
* Ngunnawal Centre
* Professional Management Programs
* Schools & Community Centre
UC was one of nine universities recognised by the Australian government in
2006for high achievement in learning and teaching [ [http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/higher_education/policy_issues_reviews/key_issues/learning_teaching/ltpf/qa_learning_teaching_performance_fund_stage2.htm#Which_higher_education_providers_received_funding_in_the_2006_Learning_and_Teaching_Performance_Fund DEST Learning and Teaching Performance Fund, Canberra, 2007] ] [Rankings of Australian Universities] [ [http://study.itee.uq.edu.au/degree_programs/teach_rankings_05.htm Teaching Rankings] ] . In 2005and 2006rankings of the international standing of Australian universities by the Melbourne Institute, UC received 44 and ranked approximately two-thirds down the list [Rankings of Australian Universities] . In 2007, UC received 41 [ [http://melbourneinstitute.com/publications/reports/aus_uni/ Melbourne Institute's 2007 Ranking of Australian Universities] ] .
In May 2007, the Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker announced a review of the university's administration that was expected to result in significant job cuts. [ [http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200705/s1935204.htm University of Canberra staff overhaul continues. 28/05/2007. ABC News Online ] ] [ [http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/04/30/1910412.htm Job cuts loom at the University of Canberra - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) ] ] The Administrative Review was completed in March, 2008.
The Vice-Chancellor announced on 5 August, 2007, that UC had received a Workplace Productivity Programme Grant from the Federal Government to help fund improvements to systems and processes, in particular relating to student administration, academic decision-making, budget modelling and financial management. The grant is worth AUD$4.75m over the next three years. The Review of Courses and Disciplines and the Review of Academic Structure is now proceeding.
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