School Connect October 2011
Welcome from Nicole
Nicole Klein, Schools Relationship Manager
Welcome to our Term 4 issue of School
Connect. I hope you enjoyed the break and are ready for the
busy few months before school ends in November.
We visited many schools to talk to Year 12
students in Term 3, and are very happy to come out and visit your
Year 8 to 11 students in Term 4. I would also like to remind
you about a new initiative that we have introduced this year,
Scholarship Workshops. The Workshops are designed to assist your
students to apply for USQ scholarships. If you would like to book a
Workshop please email us.
Head Start 'Summer' is running again this
year with applications closing on 12 October. If you have questions
about Head Start send us an email.
2012 USQ Scholarships close 28 October
In the last issue of School Connect, we referred to the
different types of scholarships available to your students. For an
updated list of the scholarships available in
2012 visit the scholarship section of the USQ
website. For additional information and enquiries,
please send us an email or phone 1800 269 500.
To encourage your students to apply for
scholarships, please include the following text in the school's
upcoming newsletter or school notices:
Scholarships are a great way to offset the cost of university.
At USQ, we have scholarships, bursaries and prizes for everything
from academic excellence to rural and remote students, as well
as those experiencing financial hardship. Applications close
Friday 28 October 2011. For further information,
please visit www.usq.edu.au/scholarships.
For those Year 12 students who are considering university and
haven't submitted their QTAC application - there is still time
This year QTAC will not increase the application fee after the
'on-time' date (30 September 2011). Please be aware
that some tertiary institutions did require QTAC applications
to be submitted by the on-time date for certain
programs. USQ, however, is not one of these and students
can apply to QTAC right up until 25 January 2012 for Semester
For more information on how to apply, ordering preferences as well as
the key dates and offer rounds visit the QTAC
website. If you would like to talk about USQ's programs give
our friendly Student Relationship Officers a call on 1800 269 500
or send them an email.
Good luck to all of your Year 12s, and for those submitting QTAC
applications, we wish them all the best!
Head Start 'Summer' 2011
Applications for Head Start 'Summer' remain open and will
close on 12 October 2012. Head Start 'Summer'
is free for all first-time Head Start students and gives them the
opportunity to study a university course in the summer holidays
without the burden of studying high-school subjects at the
For Head Start 'Summer' a full course list and application form can be found on the Head Start website. We also
have the Semester 1 and Semester 2 course lists for 2012 which includes a number
of new courses. Applications for Semester 1,
2012 close 1 February 2012. We encourage
you to forward these applications to us before the end of Term 4 so
that they can be processed as soon as possible.
If you would like more information about the Head Start program
send us an email, or
phone (07) 4631 1736.
USQ tops for jobs
Graduates from the University of Southern Queensland have been
rated among the most employable in Australia.
Read more >>>
University Guide, an independent publication that rates
universities and private education providers across Australia,
awarded USQ a five-star rating for its students getting a
Vice-Chancellor Professor Bill Lovegrove said the University's
high-ranking in this particular sector is impressive given that
employment rates across of the country are slipping.
He said he was particularly encouraged that Faculty of Education
graduates were ranked among the top 25 percent nationally for
employability; proof that the high practical component given to
courses is being well received by industry groups.
Strong Interest in Construction Management
Ashley Muller explores studying at Springfield
USQ Springfield staff recorded strong interest in the Bachelor of Construction (Management) at the
University's annual Open Day in late August.
Read more >>>
Offered for the first time this year, the degree is designed for
people wanting to coordinate the construction of large and complex
projects including housing developments, hotels, factories, office
blocks and schools.
'There has been a lot of development in south-east Queensland over
the past decade and that trend is expected to continue well into
the future,' said Director of Construction Management Studies at
USQ Springfield, Dr Vasantha Abeysekera.
'Graduates could secure positions as construction project managers,
site managers, estimators or construction planners with relevant
GEMS visits to western schools
Recently the GEMS team (Girls in Engineering Mentors) in
conjunction with the USQ Careers and Employment
Office completed a series of school visits which took
them to a number of south-western
Queensland schools. The GEMS team aimed to get
students thinking about careers, specifically, encouraging more
girls to consider a career in engineering.
Presentation topics included:
- the huge variety of different fields of study and career
paths in Engineering to cater for a wide variety of
- women now having increasingly flexible and fulfilling
careers in this exciting field
- Australia has an annual shortfall of many thousands of
engineering graduates. Therefore Engineering is a field with
a growing number of well paid jobs
For more information on this project contact the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying or the
GEMS Project Officer John Whybird.
USQ's Shakespeare in the Park Festival
Our annual Shakespeare in the Park Festival returns in
October with its biggest and most ambitious season yet, with events
sure to appeal to students and teachers alike:
Symposium 6-8 October -
Cobb & Co Museum, Toowoomba
A Midsummer Night's
Dream 7-9 & 13-15
October - 6.30pm, Queens Park, Toowoomba.
21 & 22 October - 6.30pm, Seafront Oval, Hervey
To Glee or Not to
Glee Wed 12 October -
6.30pm, Queens Park, Toowoomba
Workshops Fri 21 October -
4pm, Seafront Oval, Hervey Bay
A dream job for actors
USQ Alumni actors (L-R) Christopher Hunter, Emily Curtin, Mathew A Walsh and Kate Murphy return as the lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream
USQ's Shakespeare in the Park Festival is not only a
much-anticipated event on the south east Queensland cultural
calendar, but also a valuable learning experience for emerging
theatre professionals. For the past eight years, the Festival has
provided USQ students with an important platform from which to
launch their careers.
Who could forget Lauren O'Rourke as Lady Macbeth (2007),
Christopher Hunter and Kate Murphy as Romeo and Juliet (2008),
Matthew Walsh and Hannah Ellis in The Tempest (2009) or Emily
Curtin as one of the Twelfth Night twins (2010)?
With performances such as these, it is no surprise that these
young actors have gone-on to establish solid, and in many cases,
award-winning careers. This year, in a new initiative, the
Shakespeare Festival has invited seven Alumni actors to join the
cast of the 2011 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The
quintessential 'park' play, A Midsummer Night's Dream will be
retold on the Festival's spectacular open-air stage in Toowoomba's
Read more >>>
USQ School of Creative Arts now accepting audition and interview applications
The School of Creative Arts is now accepting
audition and interview applications for the Bachelor of Creative Arts in all disciplines.
After students have submitted their QTAC application,
they are required to apply for an audition/interview for entry into
USQ's Creative Arts. Applicants now have the
convenience of submitting an online application.
Auditions and interviews will be
- Saturday 12 November 2011
- Wednesday 16 November 2011
- Friday 25 November 2011
- Wednesday 30 November 2011 at the Springfield
campus (note: audition only, the program is not offered at
- 23 January 2012 (late
For more information contact Cindy Giles or view the Creative Arts website
Environment and Sustainabilty major on offer at Fraser Coast in 2012
Environment and climate studies courses will be offered
on-campus at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser
Coast from next year. It means students will be able to complete
the first year of a Bachelor of Science (Environment and
Sustainability) in Hervey Bay and then complete their program
either externally or at the Toowoomba campus.
The focus of the first year of the program is the courses: Environmental Studies and Weather and Climate.
Read more >>>
These courses are also available to other students as elective
studies, and as single courses for professional development. USQ
Fraser Coast Faculty of Sciences lecturer Dr John Parkinson said it
was important to provide programs which were relevant to the needs
PICSE Teacher Professional Development
Registration for the 2011 PICSE Teacher Professional
Development workshop for Science Teachers is now
This year, the theme is "The Science of Food and Fibre
Security" and will held at the University of Southern
Queensland, Toowoomba Campus on 5
and 6 of December. The
course cost of $150 includes all meals (including
the workshop dinner on Monday), transport, program materials
as well as a free PICSE laboratory coat.
More details are available on the PICSE Teacher PD
program flyer. Numbers are limited, so please return the registration
form as soon as possible, to ensure your place in the
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