August 2012

This issue:

Welcome from Nicole

Nicole Klein, Schools Relationship Manager

Welcome to the August edition of School Connect. As many of you know, I was on long service leave for three months from March and returned to work in June. It has been great to catch up with many of you at careers markets and expos. We have been very busy over the past few weeks with expos, school visits and parent information evenings. We look forward to seeing many of your students at our Open Days, Scholarship and Head Start workshops.

Many of you will know Erin White who was acting in my role while I was on leave. I would like to inform you that Erin White, School Partners Project Manager based on the Toowoomba campus, has left our team to take up a position within the Faculty of Sciences in the role of Coordinator (Outreach and Engagement). Erin has been in the Toowoomba School Liaison team for over two years, and led the team as acting Schools Relationship Manager earlier this year in my absence. On the plus-side, Erin will still be working with us, coordinating the Faculty of Sciences engagements with schools and promoting the wonderful opportunities that Sciences at USQ have to offer. We wish Erin all the best in her new position.

I hope you all have an enjoyable Term 3, and please pass on our thoughts to your Year 12 students, as most will be sitting the QCS test next month.



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Eclectic Electives: Why my degree resembles an ice cream...

When applying to enter the undergraduate science program at USQ almost three years ago, my former self had little clue that she would be experiencing much more than psychological theory and statistical jargon. She would be putting her fingers in all the pies, stealing the knowledge of many other faculties, and forming a degree that featured an assortment of different flavours and academic sprinklings - it would be like the making of one very creative, epic, delicious ice cream.

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2012 USQ Open Days

Are your students interested in studying at the University of Southern Queensland? Perhaps they are wanting to know more about us and what degrees we offer? We invite you and your students to come along to our Open Days and explore what the University of Southern Queensland has to offer. We recently held Open Days at ourĀ Fraser Coast and Toowoomba campuses, with the Springfield Open Day this Sunday, so come along!

USQ Open Day - Springfield Campus: Sunday 26 August, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Head Start Update

Semester 2, 2012 is well underway, with a total of 80 Head Start applications received across USQ's three campuses.

We have recently celebrated the success of our Semester 1 Head Start students by way of Head Start Graduation Evenings. A total of 73 students completed a Head Start Course in Semester 1, 2012. The pass rate was just over 90%, with 38% of these students achieving either a High Distinction or Distinction. This is an amazing result, and we look forward to witnessing the achievements of students studying in Semester 2.

The 2013 Head Start brochure has just been printed, if you would like copies of this, please let us know. Applications for the Semester 3, 2012 intake of USQ's Head Start program will close on 10 October 2012.

If you are interested in a Head Start workshop at your school which explains the program and the numerous benefits of it, email

For more information on Head Start, visit, or contact Belinda Cameron.

Parent Information Evening - Springfield Campus

USQ's Parent Information Evening is a chance for parents to learn more about University and specifically, studying at USQ. The evening will include a general USQ session covering what University study is like, what to expect, how to apply and the costs associated with University study. We will also offer a Head Start information session and a Scholarship workshop that provides students and parents with information on how to complete their Scholarship applications.

  • Date: Wednesday 12 September 2012
  • Time: 6.00pm-7.40pm (AEST)
  • Venue: Main Building, USQ Springfield campus
  • Light refreshments will be provided.

For further information and to register your attendance please visit:

New Engineering Scholarships at USQ Springfield

New laboratories for the new four year Engineering program at USQ Springfield

The Faculty of Engineering and Surveying Scholarship Springfield Campus has been introduced at the University of Southern Queensland Springfield Campus to coincide with the introduction of the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) at the campus. There are five scholarships available with a value of $10 000.

The scholarship is open to those choosing to start study in any of the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying programs offered at the Springfield Campus including the Associate Degree of Engineering, Associate Degree of Construction, Bachelor of Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Construction and the new degree offering at Springfield in 2013, the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil).

Further details of the scholarship can be viewed on the scholarship website.

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USQ Teaching Graduates in High Demand

Fumi Shimizu completed her studies in Semester 1 and has a teaching position at Toowoomba Grammar School

A record number of new teachers from the University of Southern Queensland have walked into classrooms this week after an incredible 40% of Semester 1 students secured jobs before they had even finished their study program.

A total of 61 students who had completed a Bachelor of Education or a Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning at the end of Semester 1 required an early release of their course results because they had secured jobs in Queensland or New South Wales for the start of the second school semester.

Fumi Shimizu completed a Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching in Semester 1 and has already secured a teaching position at Toowoomba Grammar School.

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Urban and Regional Planning offered in 2013

The Faculty of Engineering and Surveying is proud to announce the introduction of Urban and Regional Planning in the Associate Degree of Spatial Science (ADSS) and the Bachelor of Spatial Science (BSPS) programs.

These two innovative programs will address an ongoing shortage of Urban and Regional Planners in Australia. The program will be offered at the Toowoomba campus and via distance education.

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TAFE to Uni Pathways

Do you have students who are considering a qualification delivered through a Vocational Education and Training (VET) provider such as TAFE? If so, once they have completed this qualification they may be eligible for direct entry to USQ which means they won't have to wait for a QTAC offer. USQ currently has more than 200 pathways into degrees and offers credit of up to one year on completion of a VET diploma. For further information please visit the pathways section of the USQ website.

The recently completed Integrated Articulation and Credit Transfer (IACT) Project has developed a number of graphic flowcharts which show possible pathways from Certificate 1 through to Bachelor and Masters degrees in areas such as Health, Business, Education, Engineering or Arts. To view these flowcharts please visit the 3D Articulation website for more details or contact Jillian Blacker.

Music Auditions for 2013 enrolment

Music at the University of Southern Queensland is a robust technical, theoretical and practical suite of courses that are aimed at creating functional musicians. With flexible study options available, students can focus on their Music studies by taking up to 20 out of 24 courses in Music or combine their studies with other areas of interest.

USQ will be holding the first round of music auditions for voice and instruments on Friday 28 September 2012, (during the school holidays).

For more information visit the audition and interview section on the USQ website or contact Cindy Giles at

Nursing Clinical Placement Bursaries Program

Nursing students from the University of Southern Queensland received a much-needed helping hand during their clinical placements last semester, thanks to a generous donation by energy company QGC.

QGC donated $100,000 towards the nursing clinical placement bursary scheme, giving students like Judith and Karalyn Ruhl, a mother-daughter team, a well-earned reward for their study efforts.

The purpose of the USQ Nursing Clinical Placement Bursaries is to ease the financial burden of a rural placement for eligible students and therefore improve their experience in the rural environment. It's hoped that students who have a positive experience during their rural and remote placements might consider accepting work offers in those areas.

Department of Nursing and Midwifery Associate Professor Cheryl Perrin said the bursaries had made a huge difference to the students lucky enough to receive them.

'Thanks to the generosity of organisations such as QGC the Clinical Placement Bursaries are a positive, practical way of helping our nursing students meet their financial obligations while undertaking their clinical placements in a rural or remote setting,' Associate Professor Perrin said.

For more information on USQ's Nursing bursaries, please contact Tiffany Hardy.

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Bachelor of Applied Media - OP Cut-off for 2013

The Bachelor of Applied Media is an extremely hands-on program that provides students with those specialist skills in digital television production, digital audio production and broadcast radio. Graduates of this program are industry ready by the end of their degree, with them fully prepared to hit the ground running. It is anticipated that for Semester 1, 2013 that the OP cut-off is likely to change from an OP 17 to an OP 15.

Shakespeare Workshops for Fraser Coast Schools

The University of Southern Queensland's Shakespeare in the Park Festival will return to Fraser Coast with two in-school workshops designed specifically to engage students in an extensive Shakespearean experience. These feature workshops will be sponsored and funded by USQ and will allow schools to choose between two workshops (places are limited). The first, a workshop specifically about Richard III, its historical context and characters; the second, a workshop exploring Shakespeare with a focus on the language and themes used.

  • Date: Tuesday 16 October - Thursday 18 October 2012
  • Time: Morning and afternoon sessions available
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Venue: In schools across Wide Bay Burnett Secondary School
  • Cost: Free

If you are interested in this event for you school, contact Carly Ryder.

2012 Disability Action Week

We invite you to attend the University of Southern Queensland Disability Resources & School of Law - Public Lecture next month. Dr. Elizabeth Dickson, Senior Lecturer at QUT, will present a lecture titled 'Supporting students with disabilities: Responsibilities and Obligations in the tertiary academic environment' in which she will discuss the concept of reasonable adjustments by referring to decided cases in the area of disability discrimination in education.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday 12th September 2012 12:00pm - 2:00pm at the Toowoomba Campus, R113, Lecture Theatre. To RSVP or simply find out more information about this event, please see your invitiation [65.8KB].

USQ Artsworx Update

It's a busy time in Artsworx, with plenty of exciting music, theatre, visual and creative experiences on offer over the coming months. Rehearsals are underway for some of the season's most exciting projects - including the annual Shakespeare in the Park Festival - this year featuring a stunning mainstage season of Richard III, the return of the popular To Glee or Not to Glee project, and a film night celebrating Shakespeare on the big screen; and our all singing, all-dancing, Broadway spectacular - Postcards from 42nd Street.

Why not drop into the USQ Arts Gallery and check-out the current exhibition or book-in to see a concert or show sometime soon at USQ?

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