Conservatorium of Music alumni update

Welcome to your CQUni Conservatorium of Music update, where we share news and opportunities. 

We always love to hear where your career has taken you – and how, as Performers, Teachers, Administrators or Arts workers, you are sharing your passion and following your career goals.

Our programs encompass a broad range of disciplines and graduates, and we have tried to reflect these in these stories. If you would like to contribute a profile or ideas, please contact us. You can also message us and follow all the action on our Facebook page.

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My CQUni Scholarship Journey

Every year students receive donor-funded scholarships to help them get to university and continue their studies. Below is Zac’s story. Zac received two scholarships in his time at CQUni – The Walter and Eliza Hall Scholarship in his first year, which helped him get set up for success, and a CQUniCares Appeal Scholarship in his second year, which helped him move on campus and continue his studies.

My name is Zac Newland and I am a third-year Engineering student in Mackay.

Of my time at CQUniversity, I would have to say I found my second year the most difficult. I completed my first year via distance and moved on-campus for second year to continue my Mechatronics major.

This was a huge move for me as it was my first time living away from home. I walk with callipers and a walking frame and when not in those I use a wheelchair. Leaving my support and moving to a totally different environment where I had to take care of myself and continue with my studies was rather daunting. 

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Stacy Evans – Indigenous Scholarships Officer

Stacy Evans

I am a proud Darumbal and Australian South Sea Islander woman and CQUniversity Alumnus. I graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) majoring in psychology.  Receiving my cultural sash on stage at my Graduation ceremony in Rockhampton will always be a highlight in my life.

I encourage all students to follow their dreams and obtain a qualification in their chosen field. At times, it will not be easy, but persevere and reach out for assistance when you need a helping hand. You and your family will be so proud of your accomplishments.

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20 money hacks for the uni student on a budget

Hi, I’m Dimitri – CQUniversity alumnus and now, a Financial Adviser.

Surviving on a student budget is tough (trust me, I’ve been there!). If you haven’t already, check out my blog on how to plan and prepare financially for life as a student.

Once you’ve done that, keep reading for my top 20 tips to save money (in ways you may not have thought of before!)…

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Surviving on a student budget

This article was written by CQUniversity alumnus Dimitri Kondilis (BFinPlan), Financial Adviser at Soundbridge Financial Services.

University study can be stressful, but managing money is on a whole other level – especially when you’re on a student budget.

Ask any student what the hardest part of being a student is and they will often tell you it is having no money.

Struggling to afford your education and desired lifestyle can be a major stress in your life as a student and can lead to financial difficulties if you do not pay attention to the realities of income and expenses.

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How CQUni Study Hubs helped me take the distance out of online study

Hi, I’m Carolyn Armstrong and I’ve just completed a Bachelor of Nursing with Distinction at CQUni… from my hometown of Broome!

Despite being an odd 2000 kilometre journey from the nearest CQUniversity campus in Perth, I was able to complete my studies online – a feat which was made all the more easier by my time spent at the Broome Study Hub.

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Campaigns of a Change Champion

Hey, it’s Mignon here – your Mackay Change Champ from the Office of Social Innovation. Did you know I am 1 of 5 students employed by CQUniversity in this role?! Located across campuses in Australia – Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Rockhampton and Mackay – my team are dedicated to engaging with you, CQUni students, and our communities to address entrenched social issues.

As ambassadors, we try to build vibrancy and create opportunities for you to have an impact through community engagement experiences. We are always looking to connect with like-minded students who want to become leaders and changemakers in their local community, and the world. Join us by participating in interesting events and activities including festivals, volunteering, documentary screenings, workshops, meetups and community projects!

We’re also responsible for campaigns like #thinkaboutit and over the next four months, we’ll be exploring issues that affect people and the planet. For the month of October, we are highlighting poverty within Australia and the world. We invite you to join us at our Anti-Poverty Week events listed on our CQUni Social Innovation Facebook page.

We are curious, passionate and excited to collaborate with local stakeholders to ensure you have access to relevant social innovation information and opportunities. So if you are a leader or care about social change, send us an email at, join our Facebook page or catch your Change Champ on campus at a recurring pop-up stall!

We want to start clubs, run workshops and empower CQUni students to become local leaders.

Connect with like-minded people and become the change you wish to see in the world – join the movement today!


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