UC GOES COMPLETELY TOBACCO FREE
The University of Canberra has gone completely tobacco free in a move to improve the health and wellbeing of all campus users.
The University has been tobacco-free since 2010 with the provision of two designated smoking areas. The decision to ban all tobacco products at the Bruce campus takes its commitment a step further by eliminating the two designated areas.
An extensive consultation process was undertaken within the University community before the policy was introduced last October. A range of education and awareness initiatives are in place to support the policy.
UC ALUMNUS NAMED ACT NAIDOC PERSON OF THE YEAR
A University of Canberra alumnus who has spent more than 20 years helping local Indigenous communities was named the 2016 ACT NAIDOC Person of the Year.
The award recognised Dion Devow’s work in local Indigenous communities, including with Indigenous Community Volunteers, and through his business, Darkies Design – an Indigenous clothing label that collaborates with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and designers to produce contemporary Aboriginal themed apparel and print media.
“It’s the highest honour for Aboriginal communities all across the country, so to be the ACT recipient of this award is massive,” Mr Devow, who completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Education in 1997, said.
UC PUBLIC HOSPITAL CEMENTS CONSTRUCTION MILESTONE
After 175,000 hours of labour, 13,500 cubic metres of concrete and 880 tonnes of reinforcing steel, the University of Canberra Public Hospital’s concrete structure was completed in December.
The milestone, commonly referred to as “topping out”, came just nine months after construction began on the facility.
A ceremony to mark the occasion was held at the site, which is located on the north-western corner of the University’s Bruce campus. The hospital is scheduled to open in mid-2018.
FIRST PREFERENCES UP AT UC
More school-leavers are choosing to study at the University of Canberra with first preferences through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) up 7.8 percent in 2017, compared with last year.
Demand for a place to study at the University has increased despite a three per cent decline in applications across the sector, according to UAC figures.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deep Saini said he was pleased to see increased interest among school-leavers in studying at the University with first preference applications up 14 per cent against 2016.
“We are thrilled to see that the University’s demand is growing in a very competitive market, which is actually experiencing a decline across the board,” Professor Saini said.
UC NAMED EMPLOYER OF CHOICE FOR GENDER EQUALITY
The University of Canberra was named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality for the 10th consecutive year in 2016.
The citation, which is awarded by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, is designed to encourage, recognise and promote active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.
More than 100 organisations received the prestigious citation in 2016, with the University one of just two in the ACT.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deep Saini said the University was proud of its record as an equal opportunity employer.
“The University of Canberra is committed to building a diverse community which reflects the broader society in which we live,” Professor Saini said. “We are thrilled to receive this recognition as it helps us build on our status as one of Australia’s leading employers for gender equality.”
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