Welcome from Erin
Erin White, (Acting) Schools Relationship Manager
Welcome to the June edition of School Connect.
It has been a very busy year so far and I'm sure you are all
looking forward to the term 2 break. We had a
great response at the Guidance Officer days in May, it
was wonderful to meet new faces and catch up with
you all. We have received some fantastic feedback on the day and we
look forward to hosting school Guidance Officers and Careers
Advisors again next year. If you would like copies of what was
presented on the day please do not hesitate to contact us.
In the last couple of months we have developed an online booking
form to assist your access to school visits, scholarships
workshops, and campus tours etc. If you would like to
book in a USQ representative to visit your school either this
term or next please let us know as we would be thrilled to
talk to your students of any year level. Some topics may
include: pathways to university, programs on offer at USQ, uni
life, scholarships and many more.
If you are interested in a presentation tailored to suit your
needs, submit a request to us by booking online. I hope you all have a safe and
enjoyable break at the end of term.
Welcome to Belinda
Belinda Cameron, School Liaison Administration Officer/ Head Start Administrator
We are pleased to welcome Belinda Cameron to the USQ
School Liaison team. Belinda is based at the Toowoomba campus and
will be responsible for administering the USQ Head Start
program, in conjunction with Rebecca Weppner, who many of you will
have worked with in the past. Belinda is currently studying
a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) part-time, as such,
she will be able to talk to your
students first-hand about studying at USQ.
Rebecca Weppner will still be involved with the Head Start
program and will work closely with Belinda in this role.
If you or any of your students are interested in the Head Start
program please contact Belinda Cameron.
Welcome to Carly
Carly Ryder, Marketing Support Officer (School Liaison) at the Fraser Coast campus
Carly Ryder has commenced at the Fraser Coast
campus in the role of Marketing Support Officer (School
Liasion). Carly brings with her a diverse work history in
marketing, events, promotion and project management, including
running her own events & marketing company, and working for the
last three years as the Live Events and Marketing Manager for The
Carly is originally from Hervey Bay and is very
excited about promoting USQ in the area where she grew
If you would like to contact the USQ Fraser Coast
campus School Liaison team please direct your enquires
to Carly Ryder.
New USQ Programs offered in Semester 1, 2013
The University of Southern Queensland is always looking at
offering new and exciting programs to meet the ongoing
demands of industry and interests of prospective
students. For Semester 1, 2013 we are pleased to offer:
- Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) available on-campus at
- Associate Degree of Spatial Science (Urban and
Regional Planning) and Bachelor of Spatial Science
(Urban and Regional Planning) available on-campus at
Toowoomba and via distance
- Bachelor of Engineering Technology/Bachelor of Vocational
Education and Training available on-campus at Toowoomba and
- Bachelor of Human Services available on-campus at
If you would like more information on these or any of our other
USQ programs, please contact our Student Relationship
Officers by phone: 1800 269 500 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MyUniversity ranks USQ as a leader in Australia
USQ students Mikayla Johnson (left) and Kelly-Ann Tester check out the MyUniversity website
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has been ranked the
second best university in Queensland for the number of students who
find full-time jobs after study.
Read more >>>
The University was also ranked seventh in Australia, with 81.4% of
graduates finding full-time employment.
The figure was one of the highlights of USQ's representation on the
Federal Government's MyUniversity website, which was launched today
to serve as a useful source of information for students making
choices about their university education.
The website allows students to compare Australia's 39 public
universities in areas such student satisfaction, staff-student
ratios and graduate employment outcomes.
Focus on partnerships at Principals' Luncheon
USQ Vice Chancellor, Professor Jan Thomas meets with school principals at Brookwater Golf Club.
School Principals from around the region gathered at the
Brookwater Golf Club yesterday (30 April) to meet with USQ's new
Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Jan Thomas.
Read more >>>
Professor Thomas said the luncheon was an opportunity for
Principals to learn about USQ's expansion plans and to discuss how
the university can better meet the needs of the education
'Having just celebrated our sixth birthday, Springfield is
still a relatively new campus for USQ,' Professor Thomas
'We recently expanded our footprint in the region by purchasing our
existing two buildings plus three hectares of land and are well
into the planning stage of a third building scheduled to open on
the campus in 2014.
Applications for the Semester 2, 2012 intake of USQ's Head Start program will close on
Friday, 1 June 2012.
There are a wide range of study areas available in Semester 2 which will
allow students to study alongside undergraduate students on-campus
at Toowoomba, Springfield, Fraser Coast or via distance
If you are interested in a Head Start workshop at your
school which explains how the program works and the
benfits of it send an email to email@example.com.
For more information on Head Start
phone (07) 4631 1736 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
USQ secures foothold in Australia's fastest growing area
After six years in its current location the USQ Springfield campus is already at its growth target of 1500 students
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has cemented its
reputation as one of Queensland's fastest growing education
institutions, after receiving almost $50 million from the Federal
Government to expand its digital and online learning
Read more >>>
The funds will allow USQ to develop further its building footprint
at Springfield with the signing (on 13/04/2012) of the purchase of
its existing two campus buildings and three hectares of prime land
from Springfield Land Corporation for $52 million to cater for the
expected ongoing growth.
Shayne Neumann Federal Member for Blair confirmed that last year
USQ secured a Federal Government grant to begin Stage Two of the
USQ Springfield campus.
School Holiday Campus Tours
Do you have students who have nothing to do on the holidays? Why
not come onto one of our campuses for a personalised tour and see
what a university looks like?
For more information or to make a booking,
USQ School Visits
The USQ School Liaison team is happy to visit your school and
present to your students on a range of topics tailored to suit your
Some presentations include:
Year 12 students
- let's talk about the huge range of USQ scholarships
- USQ graduate outcomes
- pathways to university
- specific programs and courses
- QTAC preferencing
- study abroad
Year 11 students
- pathways to university
- what are the benefits of a university degree?
- what is the Head Start program?
- career options
Year 8-10 students
- what is a university prerequisite?
- what is the USQ Head Start program?
- what is university?
- let's start thinking about careers - where can university take
If you are interested in a school visit, book online or email us at SchoolLiaison@usq.edu.au.
Barbara Wisniewski and Jennifer Smith, members of USQ's Professional Experience office
The Faculty of Education at the
University of Southern Queensland extends sincere thanks to all
host sites and staff involved with professional experience
placements for our pre-service educators. Pre-service educators are
required to attend professional experience placements in order to
pass their courses and to complete the requirements of their
program which are set and mandated by external organisations such
as the Queensland College of Teachers.
The Professional Experience office at the Springfield,
Fraser Coast and Toowoomba campuses facilitate placements in a
variety of educational sites and schools to meet these course
requirements for USQ students. The Springfield campus
is pleased to introduce two new staff members in the Professional
Experience office, Barbara Wisniewski and Jennifer Smith.
To view the list of Education programs at USQ please visit our
For offers of placements, contact us by
email: email@example.com or
phone: 07 3470 4352.
Queensland Tertiary Education Partnership Network (QTEPNet) Project
The University of Southern Queensland has recognised that
not all students have the access to, or are quite ready to go
directly to University. Through funding from the Federal
Government to further develop its successful TAFE to Uni pathways,
the Queensland Tertiary Education Participation Network (QTEPNet)
will continue to enhance the pathway articulation. This
project will be focusing on establishing seamless pathways from
secondary school to tertiary education via most Queensland
QTEPNet's innovative approach will see students able to
continue their tertiary studies in their local communities with USQ
courses being delivered at TAFE institutes. This project will
provide a strong framework for opening up pathways for students,
with localised support ensuring a smooth transition to Higher
Education. QTEPNet is currently in the initial phases
and will be rolled out over the next two years. Regular updates
will be provided to the community through this and other similar
For further information regarding this project, please
contact Di Paez.
News from USQ Artsworx
ESCAPE FROM THE ZOO EXHIBITION -
22 May-7 June, 9am-5pm, USQ Arts Gallery, Toowoomba
A PIANO SPECTACULAR - 2 June,
7.30pm and Sun 3 June, 2pm, USQ Arts Theatre, Toowoomba
TWILIGHT THEATRE SHOW - 20 June,
6pm, USQ Arts Theatre, Toowoomba
GLEE PROJECT - Wed 17 October,
6.30pm, USQ Toowoomba
For more information on the 2012 season please
contact Michelle Fox.
USQ Welfare Services
USQ has introduced a new Welfare Service within Student Services
to assist current and future students with accommodation and
financial matters that may impact upon their studies. Students are
able to meet with the Welfare Officer to discuss student loans and
financial support, budgeting and accommodation issues including
temporary housing and rental issues. In addition to this support,
the Welfare Office is well connected within the wider
community and each USQ campus is able to make appropriate
referral where necessary. To discuss any concerns or for more
information, the service can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
phone: (07) 4631 2372.
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