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Grads 2021: Wayne Applebee

Wayne Applebee | Arts & Design

Throughout adulthood, Wayne has been a man for the community. He gives back to several community initiatives, including Canberra’s Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, where he became an uncle in the Uncle’s Mentoring Program. Completing his Bachelor of Social Science in Justice Studies, Wayne’s thirst for learning stuck around. So as he continued to teach the bridging course, he also continued further learning – and eventually – began his PhD journey. “Under the guidance of Distinguished Professor Jen Webb, I began my PhD in Cultural Studies,” Wayne says.

UC students get priority access to world-leading arts institutions

Arts & Design

Canberra’s world-leading cultural and historical institutions will become even more accessible to those studying in the nation’s capital, thanks to the University of Canberra’s Cultural Pass, which offers substantial discounts for students. Students who purchase the UC Cultural Pass for $15 will have exclusive events, exhibitions, and access to Canberra’s museums and galleries at their fingertips. Membership is available to all Faculty of Arts and Design (FAD) students, and any student enrolled in a FAD unit at the University.

“We’re gonna be bloody tired”- A Woman’s Career in Film

Dr Susan Thwaites | Bachelor of Arts (Film Production)

Student Lindsey Turnbull interviews our very own Dr Susan Thwaites "at the desk in her office as {they} discussed the Australian film industry’s tendencies towards women at length" in this very candid discussion.

Partnership with ACT Government to see creative industries thrive

Arts & Design

In a push to see Canberra’s creative industries flourish, the University of Canberra will partner with the ACT Government to invest in the ACT Creative Industries Plan – an initiative that aims to position Canberra as a hub for collaboration in the creative sector.

When Writing Goes to Plan

Gabby Tozer | Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) / Bachelor of Communication & Media (Journalism)

Since graduating from UC in 2005 with a Bachelor of Journalism majoring in Creative Writing, she’s also followed a life-long dream to be a writer.This week, Gabby will release her seventh book Can’t Say It Went To Plan, a young adult novel centered around the notorious ‘schoolies’ week at the Gold Coast. “The book follows the journey of three strangers – Year 12 students who don’t know each other, and have three different experiences throughout the week,” Gabby says.

Grads 2021: Dan Polgolla

Supun Wasana Dhananjaya Polgolla | Bachelor of Communication and Media (Marketing Communication)

“Marketing is about meaningful storytelling, networking and understanding the larger context,” says Dan, and he truly enjoys navigating its challenges. As part of his degree, Dan did an internship with The Mill House – the social enterprise development consultancy located within UC. “I have always wanted to make a difference in my country – but I didn’t know how to actually do that, until my time at The Mill House showed me,” Dan says. “Education is the basis of change, because it empowers people – any change begins from there.

Grads 2021: Ella Hourigan

Ella Hourigan | Bachelor of Communication and Media (Marketing Communication)

Ella Hourigan has something that many fresh graduates in the creative consulting industry don’t – the real-world, hands-on experience that comes hand-in-hand with a University of Canberra degree.“I’m just grateful that UC was able to connect me directly to the industry, giving me a chance to showcase my skills and prove myself.”

Poets Working Together

Paul Hetherington | Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

For University of Canberra Professor of Writing Paul Hetherington, poetry isn’t just his job – it’s a way of life. That’s why this World Poetry Day, UnCover spoke to Paul to find out just how engrained the art is in our lives.

ReGeneration Project: Creative Arts for Mental Health and Wellbeing

Sam Hinton, Tony Eaton, Jordan Williams, Ian Drayton | Arts & Design

The Regeneration Project is an initiative being driven by Australian comedian Magda Szubanski and social media influencer Will Connolly in a partnership between the University of Canberra, the Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) and Phoenix Australia to help build resilience in communities affected by the 2020 bushfires.

An Unlikely Match

Jordan Williams | Research

The Faculty of Arts and Design is proud to announce that the work of Jordan Williams, Jacki Schirmer and Petra Buergelt along with a number of our Faculty’s academics will be featured on the ABC’s Australian Story. They have been working with Magda Szubanski on the Bushfire Relief project to conduct creative workshops in bushfire affected areas.

Building a Better Future for Women in Construction

Ashleigh Johnston | Bachelor of Building and Construction Management

Ashleigh wokrs for construction development Ginninderry, as a compliance officer for the same company, she’s in a position to help those who need it the most – running job-ready programs for some of Canberra’s most vulnerable jobseekers.For this inspirational work, Ashleigh received the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Award for Student of the Year in 2020. She is studying a Faculty of Arts and Design Bachelor of Building and Construction Management – a degree she hopes will allow her to continue in the sector long into the future.

Drink Up! UC Alumnus Designs Bottles for ASICS

Rene Linssen | Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)

After completing a Bachelor of Industrial Design in 2015, René started working for local multi-disciplinary design consultancy, Formswell. His most recent achievement was his part in designing a drink bottle for sporting giant Asics, now on shelves around Australia.

ACT Water Awards, Finalist, Student Water Prize 2020

Anji Perera | Communication and Media

Congratulations to Faculty of Arts and Design PhD Candidate, Anji Perera who was a finalist in the ACT Water Awards, Student Water Prize category 2020 for her project titled Water literacy and beyond; connecting communities through education, engagement, and experience.

Formswell: The Canberra design duo in fine form

Rene Linssen | Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)

Image: Daniel Armstrong and Rene Linssen from Formswell at the shelters they designed for West Basin. Picture: Karleen MinneyThe company came about after Armstrong returned to Canberra after living and working in Sydney and wanted to continue his career in industrial design. With no industrial design companies in Canberra, the designer started seeking out his own opportunities, as well as teaching at the University of Canberra. It was there that he met then-student Linssen."He started winning all these awards and I thought I better employee this guy," Armstrong says.

UC Mourns the Loss of Adjunct Professor Michael Bryce

Adjunct Professor Michael Bryce | Bachelor of the Built Environment (Architecture)

The University of Canberra has paid tribute to Adjunct Professor Michael Bryce AM AE, after his passing on 15 January 2021....As an Australian architect and graphic and industrial designer, Michael was an Adjunct Professor of the University’s School of Design and the Built Environment since 2007. Among his notable projects, Michael designed signage for the Commonwealth Games, the Government of Queensland logo and was the principal design adviser for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

International Love

Trish & Auden Alfheim | Communication and Media / Design

Excited to share this story of Bachelor of Communications and Media/Bachelor of Design Alumni... Trish and Auden! From Canberra to Norway, working with government and industry... these two really show what’s possible when you put your mind to it! Read our Valentines Day special story with UC UnCover

The fight over marine life: to preserve or to fish

Talia Jones | Bachelor of Communication and Media (Journalism)

Conservation groups on the NSW south coast fear for the future of marine species because of the state government’s decision to allow recreational fishing in what was a protected part of the Batemans Marine Park.

Being a little different

Mitch Braithwaite | Bachelor of Communication and Media (Journalism)

One of life’s challenges is being able to deal with adversity and to find solutions when things don’t turn out as we had hoped or planned. If you’re looking for the embodiment of that challenge, meet Soumil Sharma.

War Memorial at the centre of its own battle

Laurence Kelson | Bachelor of Communication and Media (Journalism)

When the Australian War Memorial was opened in 1941, then-Governor-General Lord Gowrie said people should come out of the memorial saying: “no more war, never again, no more war.” He believed the memorial should be a reflection on the devastating nature of war rather than a celebration of military firepower.

Dr Rashid wins the Walt Lipke Award 2020

Tahmina Rashid | Bachelor of Arts (Global Studies)

The annual Walt Lipke award for the best academic paper published in 2020 has been won by Mr. Munir Ahmad Saeed & UC Associate Professor in Global Studies, Dr Tahmina Rashid.

UC Students Podcast – ‘Making A Difference’

Students | Bachelor of Communication and Media (Journalism / Sports Media)

UC Bachelor of Communication and Media (Journalism) and Bachelor of Communication and Media (Sports Media) students have produced a podcast as part of a national project involving journalism schools around the Pacific as a part of their membership for The Junction.

“Humbled and Honoured” – Our Honorary Doctorate Karen Middleton

Karen Middleton | Arts & Design

It was a day that Middleton recounts in her 2011 book An Unwinnable War: Australia in Afghanistan, the political backstory to how Australia got involved in the war, starting from September 11 when, in that Washington hotel room she saw the plane hit the World Trade Center....

The Third Place

Renee Douros | Bachelor of the Built Environment (Interior Architecture)/ Bachelor of Communication and Media

Arts and Design alumni Renee Douros, talks about her most recent business venture, Adytum.“My studies in Interior Architecture equipped me with a solid understanding of design principles, theory, and history – which has also come into use when dealing with architects across my various projects,” says Renee.

Dickson Living Rooms

Arts & Design | Design and the Built Environment

Dickson Living Rooms is a physical and digital heritage project that seeks to expose the lived-experiences of Dickson residents through the decades: 1960s-2020s. The project is delivered by a multidisciplinary team consisting of academics and students from the UC Faculty of Arts and Design and is supported by a City Renewal Authority (CRA) Dickson Grant.

Myles Ahead of the Curve

Myles Chandler | Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design)

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Industrial Design from the University of Canberra in 2005, he’s moved interstate to design boats, travelled to the UK to pursue yacht design, and is the co-owner of a café in the New Acton precinct.His latest project – Goodspeed Bicycle Co. – has taken Myles to exactly where he wants to be.Myles has clocked up these achievements since graduating from UC, but to understand what motivates him, we need to back-pedal to 2001....

Her Canberra CEO Leading by Example

Amanda Whitley | Bachelor of Communication and Media

UC Faculty of Arts and Design alumna, one of Canberra’s best-known entrepreneurs, CEO and founder of HerCanberra, Amanda Whitley provides huge inspiration with her innovative outlook, resilience and hard work, as she juggles family commitments with a burgeoning business. The success of HerCanberra has brought many accolades for Amanda. She was awarded the title of ACT Woman of the Year in 2016 and was named one of the ‘100 Years, 100 Great Women’ by UN Australia, for making a difference to Canberra.

UC + ACT Health presents CCS Outdoor Space CO-Design

Lyn Norton | Bachelor of the Built Environment

Students from Caroline Chisholm School have been working with talented UC Faculty of Arts and Design students (pictured) throughout the semester to come up with five amazing outdoor spaces as part of ACT Health’s ‘It’s Your Move’ project. The designs include a:ninja warrior course, bike track, sensory garden, Indigenous gathering circle, and nature play area.

CCCR’s Ursula Frederick wins National Trust Award

Ursula Frederick | Arts & Design

Honeysuckle Creek and the ACT hold a special place in the exploration of the moon. Last year, on the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, an exhibition, backed by the ACT Government under its Heritage Grants Program celebrated Canberra region’s role in that occasion. The exhibition, titled Promised the Moon: 1969-2019, was initiated and curated by Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Ursula Frederick from the UC Faculty of Arts and Design

The Global Lab: Risk and Crisis Management

Hitomi Nakanishi | the Built Environment

Dr Hitomi Nakanishi and PhD student Rangga Wargadalam are invited to talk about agent-based flood/tsunami evacuation modeling in this episode of the 'Global Lab' podcast.

Cross-Cultural Design for Healthy Ageing

Fanke Peng, Et al. | Bachelor of Design

Design and Health colleagues Lisa Scharoun, Danny Hills, Carlos Montana-Hoyos, Fanke Peng, Vivien Sung publish their many years of research and practical pedagogical experiences around cross-cultural and multidisciplinary design for healthy ageing.

UC'S 30th Anniversary: From Iran to Canberra

Gevork Hartoonian | Master of Architecture

Retirement is a dirty word for Gevork Hartoonian. But at 74 years of age, he will officially hang up his academic gown and cap at the end of 2020, when he retires from the Faculty of Arts and Design, School of Design and the Built Environment.

Future Bright: How Pop Culture Can Shape Society

Jason Bainbridge | Arts & Design

Professor Bainbridge joined UC as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design in August 2019. He developed his keen interest in film studies, law and popular culture completing a Law/Arts degree and PhD and these studies continue to provide an important basis for much of his research. "“I’ve looked at series like Law & Order, Perry Mason and Ally McBeal, films adapted from John Grisham novels and even comic book superheroes like Daredevil and She Hulk and how they present the superhero as an alternative justice figure."

Forging Ahead Without Fear

Jamie Wilson | Bachelor of Communication and Media (Corporate and Public Communication)

Upon graduating from FAD, Jamie upped the ante, believing there was a void in Canberra’s advertising market with space for a younger, more agile, and commercially-focused marketing agency – one that inspired creative ideas and could execute these across every discipline.That company was Coordinate, which is now Canberra’s leading advertising agency.

Online safety grant awarded to UC researchers

Dr Catherine Page Jeffery | Arts & Design

Parents and children across Canberra are set to become more educated in the online safety space thanks to researchers from the School of Arts and Communication at the University of Canberra, who today received a $118,000 grant to establish the ‘Safe Online Together’ program.

Listening to First Nations Voices – Podcast 6

Sally Witchalls; Passang Dorji; Aleara Pearce; Miles Mckenzie | Professional Practice

This podcast was developed to educate people on Indigenous ways of being, doing and knowing, and to inspire awareness and a deeper understanding and appreciation of the richness Aboriginal people bring to Australia.

Celebrating nurses; the beating heart of healthcare

Teegan Sear | Bachelor of Arts (Cultural Heritage)

Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system. They are hardworking, adaptable, and resilient. From the frontline of battlefields to facing the pandemic, their role in the world makes a fitting theme for this year. As part of the globally recognised Year of the Nurse and Midwife, seven students from the Faculty of Arts and Design created an exhibition that celebrates the vital role of nurses in our society.

Helping small businesses survive and thrive in a pandemic

Eliza Maddever | Professional Practice WIL

A new era of online innovation is sparking hope for Canberra’s entrepreneurs and small businesses, facing the impacts of the pandemic.To assist small businesses in navigating these stressful times, six students from the University of Canberra designed an online Toolkit on behalf of the International Association of Business Communicators. Hannah Gollasch, Eliza Maddever, Stella Abeysinghe, Leo Sloan, Esther Abakah, Angus Moore

Setting a target on national security development

Cara Lehr | Professional Practice WIL

Students from Journalism, Film and Communications and Media have been busy behind the scenes of the Australian Crisis Simulation Summit being held in Canberra. Student Cara Lehr reflects on her experience with CURIEUX.

IBQC Inaugural Forum Announced

Charles Lemkhert | Bachelor of Building and Construction Management

The University of Canberra and the International Code Council are pleased to be hosting the inaugural annual Forum of the International Building Quality Centre (IBQC). The Forum will also formally launch the first IBQC publication entitled: IBQC Principles for Good Practice Building Regulation

Women in Innovation: Dr Cathy Hope

Cathy Hope | Arts & Design

"If you see your ideas and projects as 'experiments' in the way a scientist would, then you can set yourself free of fear of failure."

FADLife: Dr Larry Hu

Larry Hu | Building and Construction Management

“Governments at all levels acknowledge the importance of transitioning Australia’s built environment to a more environmentally sustainable future” (The Parliament of Australia).

Kamberra: Many Nations One Country

Marissa McDowell and Lisa Fuller | Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

‘Kamberra’ is a Ngunnawal word meaning ‘meeting place’. It’s a perfect representation for what the city has become, particularly in regard to the many First Nations Australians living here today. Lisa Fuller is a Murri woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra.

National Biography Prize for FAD Alumni, Dr Mullins

Patrick Mullins | Centre for Creative and Cultural Research

UC adjunct Dr Patrick Mullins recently won the National Biography Prize. Dr Mullins is a Faculty of Arts and Design Alumni and the completion of the book was supported by a UC CCCR Donald Horne Creative & Cultural Fellowship.

Dog parties and wine bars: Haig Park activations return for spring

Cathy Hope | Arts & Design

A calendar of free events presented by the City Renewal Authority that brought new life to Braddon’s Haig Park in 2019... are back for the warmer months of 2020 —along with a host of fresh, COVID-safe events, activities and installations, presented in partnership with the University of Canberra, Faculty of Arts and Design.

Grads 2020: Elly Taylor - Story Telling and Smiles

Elly Taylor | Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing)

Since finishing her Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing), Elly Taylor has joined forces with her sister Bethany and fellow UC graduate Ashley McGrath, to pursue their passion for storytelling and opened a publishing company, Swell Publications. And despite only having graduated this year, the business has taken off!

Designing for Sustainability

Sam Tomkins | Bachelor of Design

In an increasingly environmentally-conscious world, the global problem of plastic waste is one that requires new and unique solutions.

Older Canberrans need help with Zoom and Skype to stay connected

Caroline Fisher | Arts and Design

Older Canberrans are confident using email, but are falling behind when it comes to video apps like Skype and Zoom, according to new research from the News and Media Research Centre (N&MRC) at the University of Canberra.

Gevork Hartoonian: On Afternoons with Alex Sloan

Gevork Hartoonian | Master of Architecture

Professor Gevork Hartoonoian, Iranian born architect talks to Alex Sloan about his early life in Tehran, his fascination with the relationship of technology with architecture and the joys of teaching.

Post-pandemic cultural shifts: Will Covid kill the bra?

Jordan Williams | Arts & Design

The Briefing Podcast: To find out a bit more about what the pandemic and recession might do to the way we dress, eat, work and play we’ speak to Associate Professor Jordan Williams, who is a cultural critic specialising in creativity and trauma.

The Festival of Creativity

Arts & Design

A program of four short, virtual sessions across four weeks, hosted by a group of creative thinkers who will share different ways you can harness the power of creativity to disrupt the status quo.

Here is the news (good and bad) for local readers

Sora Park & Caroline Fisher | Arts & Design

If you’re looking for evidence that local newspapers play a vital role in regional Australia, you don’t need to look any further than northern New South Wales. Despite the shaky business model, the thirst for local news hasn’t gone away in regional Australia

Greening up the Australian Capital Territory

Barbara Norman | Arts & Design

As part of a global push by planners to act on climate change, leading edge research is currently underway at the University of Canberra in partnership with the ACT government. The research, titled Climate wise outcomes for urban planning in the Australian Capital Territory, is due to be completed by October this year.

Recognition at ACT Young Citizen of the Year Awards for UC students

Beniah Colbourn and Travis Salviejo | Bachelor of Communication & Media/Bachelor of Design

Mr Colbourn is a graphic designer – who is nearing the end of his studies in Communications in Marketing and Visual Communications (Graphic Design) with UC’s Faculty of Art and Design - who often helps up-and-coming musicians by providing free or low-cost artworks and designs to represent their music.“It’s so important for artists to be able to communicate their brand effectively through visuals,” he said.

One of the best design books in the world a UC creation

Professor Livio Bonollo | Bachelor of Design

Designers and design educators worldwide are turning to University of Canberra Emeritus Professor Livio Bonollo’s book Product Design: A course in first principles after it was ranked number 30 in the BookAuthority’s list of the 100 best product design books of all time.

From Canberra to Amsterdam

Tom Vullings | Bachelor of Communication and Media (Marketing Communication)/Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication Design)

“I soon realised that as much as I liked designing, it was marketing that sparked the most interest. I quickly changed my degree to a double degree to include both graphic design and communications in advertising.”

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