Sporting gold, superheroes & change champions – Our highlights of 2018

It’s December, the Friday of the months, so naturally the Student Communications team has been reflecting on all of the achievements, awards and events we’ve enjoyed sharing this year. From sporting gold, to superheroes and change champions, 2018 has seen so many CQUni students doing great things that there are simply too many to mention.

Facing the difficult task of choosing our highlights, we pulled up our socks and came up with a list we think you’ll enjoy. So join us in celebrating the year that was, before you look ahead to the one that soon will be…

#1 – Gold, gold, gold!!!

We’re starting with our Touch Football team who brought home Gold at the 2018 Uni Sport Nationals. Congratulations team CQUni! 🏅 😀 🏈

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#2 – A world of possibilities

This year, Global Voices scholarships sent CQUni students overseas to international summits, like April Cunningham who visited Paris to attend the OECD forum! ✈️ 🙏 🌎

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#3 – SRC to the rescue

In terms 1 & 2, the Student Representative Council’s OMG weeks provided students with an opportunity to reconnect, and refresh their knowledge of CQUni support services. We loved the fun costumes! 🙏 👏 🤗

OMG Week

#4 – Go CQUni!!!

More great sporting news in 2018 as students came together to proudly represent CQUni at their first Uni Sport Australia Indigenous Nationals. 💪 😀 🏀

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#5 – A cultural exchange

CQUni students immersed themselves in the Nepalese culture to broaden their international healthcare knowledge, as part of the University’s New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. ✈️ ❤️ 🌏

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#6 – Emerging leaders aspire to greatness

Emerging student leaders attended the 2018 Aspire Student Leadership Conference in Gladstone and donated 20 custom-built wheelchairs to The Rotary Club of Gladstone Sunrise. 🙏 💕 💡

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#7 – Festival of Change

Social Innovation was big on the agenda this year. Hundreds of students attended CQUni’s inaugural Festival of Change, and heard inspiring stories about making social change. 💡 ❤️ 🌏

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#8 – Regions compete in the Chancellor’s Cup

Students from across our national footprint descended on Rockhampton North campus for the annual CQUniversity Chancellor’s Cup, held every year since 2008. 🏆 😀 🏏


#9 – R U OK?

In September, puppies, massages, cakes and treats helped CQUni staff and students connect during #RUOKDay 🙏 💕 🤗

R U OK Days

#10 – Safety messages take the stage

Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) students were awarded for their contributions to Choices and Safety Circus. More than 50, 000 school students have received valuable safety messages over the past 19 years, thanks to these productions delivered by CQUniversity and the Queensland Police Service (QPS). 🎪 🎭 👮

Safety Circus

#11 – Students inspired to think big

Passion for social change swept across CQUniversity in 2018, with the biggest-ever cohort of students signing up for The Big Idea social enterprise design challenge. 💡 ❤️ 🌏

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#12 – Awards for creativity

Art lovers welcomed the 2018 CQU Creates Art Awards exhibition celebrating the talent of past and present students and staff. Find out more about the prize winners here – 🎨 🖼️ 🏆

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#13 – Because of her, we can!

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme was “Because of her, we can!” The theme recognised the important role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played – and continue to play in our community. Read about some inspiring Indigenous women in the latest Be magazine –  🙏 💕 🎉


#14 – Thank you CQUni Cares

Across the CQUni network, 250 of our best and brightest students had their moment in the sun at the 2018 CQUni Cares Scholarship and Prize Presentation Ceremony. 🏆👏 🎉


#15 – Social innovators connect in Boston

Our dedicated social innovators attended the 2018 Ashoka U Exchange in Boston, Massachusetts, where university leaders, academics and students connected to share leading practices for embedding social innovation in higher education. ✈️ 🙏 🌎

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#16 – So. Many. Graduates.

Our graduates celebrated across Australia at a whopping 15 graduation ceremonies! 🎉 👏🎓

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#17 – You!

Our final highlight of 2018 is you! Thank you for reading our blogs, our Facebook and Instagram posts and our Student Broadcast newsletter. You’re still here working through your studies. You made it through 2018 and we’re so proud of you.

Soon it will be the start of a new year. Time to make resolutions and try not to break them. Time to hope and dream and look forward to another year full of possibilities. Let’s continue to celebrate. Congratulations everyone!

Mae Swarbrick (

Mae Swarbrick is a current student, studying part-time in the Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Arts, and working full-time as Student Communications Officer. Mae's ongoing experience as a current student is invaluable in her role as leader of the Student Communications team. Combine this with practical experience in the call centre, Admissions and Student Communications teams, and she’s ready to share some first-rate uni hacks for new students. Follow Mae on #How2Uni.

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