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30 years young: UnCover UC's bright future vision

2 November 2020: In 2020, the University of Canberra is celebrating 30 years as a university for the nation’s capital.

The University has achieved many great things over the past 30 years. We have risen to the top in young university global rankings, uncovered breakthrough research, opened world-class learning, teaching and sporting facilities, and expanded our academic offerings, but most of all we have educated thousands of Canberrans and set them on their career path.

“UC is ingrained in the very fabric of what makes Canberra great,” said Paddy Nixon, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra. “There’s not a Canberran who has not either studied at UC; had a family member do their masters or PhD at UC; been taught by a primary or high school teacher who did their practical training through UC; been treated by a nurse or physio who graduated UC; been touched by research from UC; or watched the nightly news presented by a UC alumni.”

While the COVID-19 pandemic may have put grand plans for a large celebration on hold, UC is celebrating this important milestone through activations, content pieces and virtual events for the Canberra community.

From Future Bright Facebook Live to UnCover Magazine; from syndicated light rail podcasts to dedicated 30th Anniversary content on UnCover, UC is shining a light on our staff, students, alumni and researchers to illustrate the incredible impact they have on our region—in the past, present and into the future.

“I am proud to see Canberra’s university has delivered on its promise to our unique city for the past 30 years,” said Professor Nixon. “This celebration is really about thanking our people who make it all possible.”

“Now we look to the future of this incredible city and region and how we can continue to be intertwined in the fabric of Canberra to provide an incubation for innovation, question the status quo and provide progressive solutions for the future—I can’t wait to see what our future holds.”

Future Bright

The Future Bright virtual UnCover event this Friday 6 November asks ‘is our future bright?’. Hosted by comedian, TV personality and UC Alumnus, Wil Anderson, with a socially distanced panel of UC and community experts, the event will be live-streamed on the UC Facebook page with questions from the online audience plus a limited sold-out live audience at The Street Theatre.

Due to COVID travel restrictions from Victoria, Aussie electro-pop duo Neko Pink will be replacing Alice Ivy to perform live at Future Bright. The local duo has come off the back of a massive 2019, playing Spilt Milk festival, supporting artists like Kira Puru, Boo Seeka, Genesis Owusu and I Know Leopard, as well as releasing their chart pumping track ‘With You’.

More information is here.

UnCover Canberra – a Canberra light rail podcast

UnCover Canberra is a range of entertaining and informative podcast episodes designed to fit passengers’ journeys through Canberra and was launched on the Canberra Metro network today.

Get to know some of the people behind the light rail including a light rail driver, a passenger with an interesting hobby and a very friendly Customer Service Officer, and hear from experts from the University of Canberra as they reflect on the challenging year 2020 has been across various sectors.

Listen to UnCover Canberra here.

UnCover Magazine

The UnCover Magazine is an annual publication for all members of the University of Canberra and the wider Canberra community. The latest edition of the UnCover magazine is about honouring what the University has achieved over the last 30 years and looking forward.

Read about how the Australian Geospatial Health Lab is combining medical geography with a public health perspective to shape healthier communities, meet the team behind the first Global Citizen’s Assembly on Genome Editing and gain a fascinating insight into Australians’ news consumption habits during crisis as discovered in the Digital News Report: Australia 2020.

Read the latest edition across cafes and schools in Canberra and online.

30th Anniversary UnCover Content

Our UnCover site tells the stories the University of Canberra’s past, present and future. The University’s achievements over the last 30 years has been possible because of the amazing people who make up the UC community including students, staff and alumni.

Read about UC Capitals star Marianna Tolo who is using her platform as an advocate for a range of social justice issues, find out how All Homes General Manager Danielle Harmer used her degree at the University to become a global trailblazer, and get to know Jason Howes an alumni who dedicates his life to helping others.

Read these stories and more here.