CQUNI SPOTLIGHT – Featuring Joel Godfrey

On Monday, we officially launched the 2018 CQUniCares Annual Appeal, aiming to raise support for 50 students in 25 days, and changing the lives of 100s.Today we spotlight Joel Godfrey, one of the many students who benefited from the funds raised during last year’s appeal. Joel has jumped head-first into a new life, swapping his day-job as an Electrician to budding Musician. As a single dad, he finds study and parenting a challenge, but thanks to his scholarship – he has a reason to sing.

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Study in the Snow

Want to escape the Australian summer heat and study overseas where it’s cool – icy cool?!

Look no further than our CQUGlobal Outbound overseas study winter programs in Japan or New York!

Experience the snow life in one of these incredible locations, while immersing yourself in local culture, gaining global understanding and in some cases, even earning credit towards your degree. Don’t forget, overseas study programs will really diversify your resume and help you to stand out in a pool of applicants.

If you’re leaning towards a winter program in Japan, you can undertake a winter program at Toyo University, Tokyo between 18 – 30 January 2019.  Your Japanese adventure will be filled with field trips (to the snow of course) and cultural classes, workshops and activities. To read more about the program, download the Winter Program Brochure.

Toyo will individually tailor programs to meet your requirements. If you have any questions and/or requests, please contact Toyo University at

The application deadline for this winter program is Monday, 15 October 2018 so be sure to apply today

Or, perhaps the magic of winter in New York is more your style. In the New York Winter Program with Buffalo State University from 1 – 22 January 2019, students will study the history and culture of the Buffalo- Niagara Region through participation in a two-week course at SUNY Buffalo State.

The course includes classroom lessons as well as exciting off-campus educational, social, and cultural excursions. After completing the two-week course, students will be accompanied by staff from SUNY Buffalo State for a three-night ski trip to Holiday Valley followed by three nights of exploring New York City’s most iconic sites.

Bachelor of Arts students may be eligible to receive elective credit.

For more information, visit the Buffalo State website. 

To apply for the New York winter study program, contact for a CQU Application form. Applications close Wednesday, 17 October so be sure to apply today!

Graduate outcomes, learning experience and equity great at CQUni

The Good Universities Guide ranks CQUniversity in the top four Australian universities for graduate outcomes and equity and in the top 20% for teaching quality and overall experience.

  • Social equity (ranked 1st – 37% of students enrolling at CQUni come from low socioeconomic or disadvantaged backgrounds)
  • First generation (ranked 2nd – 40% of students are first in generation to attend university i.e. their parents’ education did not exceed Year 12)
  • Graduate employment (ranked 4th – 80.4% employed full-time within four months of course completion)
  • Starting salary (ranked 3rd – $62 000)
  • Teaching quality (82.6% of students satisfied with the support they received from CQUni)
  • Overall experience (80.5% of students satisfied with the overall quality of educational experience).

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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!


CQUNI SPOTLIGHT – Featuring Professor Fiona Coulson

“Go bold or go home” is the motto CQUniversity’s Professor Fiona Coulson lives by under her new role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Strategic Development and Growth (or, DVC for ‘Dare to be Different’ in plain speak). Fiona’s transition from academic, to Dean of the largest School in the University, to the DVC charged with building the cultural infrastructure around our unique philosophy of ‘Dare to be Different’ is firmly grounded by her upbringing in outback Queensland, her family, and in her own words, her renowned clumsy, nerdish tendencies.

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National Safe Work Month

Witches, ghouls and ghosts may haunt the minds of many when the word ‘October’ first pops into mind. However, the statistics of workplace health and safety can be much more harrowing than a Halloween horror house.

While most Australian employees return home after the working day, unfortunately, approximately 198 die each year as a consequence of workplace incidents. Over 111,200 serious claims are made each year. These deaths and injuries have a detrimental and personal impact on staff and their families, with substantial financial cost to the Queensland public.

This October, CQUniversity supports Safe Work Month and the event’s effort to make workplaces safer. This year the theme is “a moment is all it takes.” While it only takes a moment for a workplace incident to occur, there are measures you can take to learn about the risks and hazards to avoid these incidents.

In regards to this, CQUniversity offers many pathways if you are looking to learn more about the health and safety industry or upgrade your skills:

‘Love Your Spine’ this World Spine Day

Love your spine - World Spine Day

 As part of World Spine Day 2018, chiropractors at CQUniversity Health Clinics are encouraging people to take control of their spinal health

Every year on 16 October, people from around the world come together on World Spine Day (an initiative of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health) to raise awareness about spinal disorders and empower others to take charge of their spinal health.

The theme for World Spine Day this year is ‘Love your Spine’, emphasising the importance of looking after your spine and taking steps to prevent spinal disorders. Regular physical activity, good posture, lifting safely, healthy working conditions and lifestyle adjustments can improve spinal health and overall well-being.

Most people underestimate the positive effects that simple lifestyle changes can have on spinal health. World Spine Day is a great opportunity to assess your activity levels, posture and other lifestyle choices, and make adjustments accordingly.

Chiropractors at CQUniversity Health Clinics encourages everyone to love their spine and take steps to reduce the risk of developing spinal disorders.

To book an appointment, consider a chiro and click the following links for more information at our locations in Mackay, Brisbane, Sydney

Need more time in the Library?

It’s crunch time! We’re nearing the end of Term 2, and the library understands that you need time to focus on your assessments, and exam preparation.

That’s why, up until Thursday 18 October, most CQUni Libraries will be open 9am-9pm Monday to Thursday, 9am-7pm on Fridays, 10am-3pm on Saturdays, and 12pm-3pm on Sundays*.

The library offers something for everyone with collaborative spaces, quiet study areas and group study rooms.

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