CQUni Change Champs Year in Review 2018

Well, 2018 was an incredibly busy year for us in the Change Champion team! Across five regions we delivered events, activities and workshops for students and staff with the aim of engaging and inspiring people to get involved in Social Innovation.

The Office of Social Innovation has empowered us as Change Champs to be leaders on our local campus, and we are super excited to enable more people to kick-start their changemaker journey in 2019! We are looking for like-minded students to join us, so if you’re interested in creating a better world, contact us at

Take a look back at what 2018 looked like for the Change Champion team and our fellow students!

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Our top tips for exam preparation

Exams are never passed by accident. Effective preparation takes time, effort and to a large extent, understanding what works best for you.

Do you need help preparing for an upcoming exam? Here are our top tips, thanks to the team at the Academic Learning Centre…

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Get ready for uni with our 7 tips

You might be waiting to receive an offer for your dream university degree or perhaps you’ve already enrolled in the next term but what do you do while you wait to get started?

We all know it can be overwhelming starting university, it’s a big change in our lives – how do you even prepare? Well, we’ve put together a quick 7 tip guide on things to do before you start so you are feeling confident and ready on day one but most importantly excited.

Check out our list below and make time to chat to our student recruitment team at one of our online chat sessions with any questions you have.

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How to win the war against procrastination

Procrastination is a natural part of life, especially student life. Some people are able to nip this time-waster in the bud before it gets out of control, while others are Olympic- level dawdlers.

If you’d like to know how to get your procrastination in check, or if you have an assignment to write and you’re looking for a cheeky distraction, the Academic Learning Centre is here to help.

Read on for our seven ways to win the war against procrastination…

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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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Three reasons to study at a CQUni study space

We all know the importance of a quiet, organised place to study.

At CQUni we have a variety of facilities and study spaces (some open 24/7!), available to you whether you study online or on-campus. We offer you the flexibility to study where you want, when you want.

We know our students are busy, so we have put all the details about our study spaces in one place. Making finding the right space at your closest CQUni campus easy!

Keep reading for our top benefits to studying at a CQUni study space…

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CQUNI SPOTLIGHT – Featuring Vice-Chancellor Prof Scott Bowman

In this very last CQUni Spotlight, we pay tribute to outgoing Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Scott Bowman. Over almost a decade, Prof Bowman has transformed CQUniversity’s reputation, making it not only Australia’s largest regional university, but also one of the top two per cent of universities in the world. What has always been at his core, however, is that he is a believer in tertiary education, his community, his staff and students – and most of all, his family. We wish he and his wife Anita, the very best with their retirement.

What is your favourite film of all time?
My favourite film in the world is Love Actually. It’s a film we play every Christmas in my family. I particularly enjoy watching it because they really hate it and groan all the way through, but I really like putting them through the torture.

What was a recent highlight of your life?
A recent highlight in my life and in fact one of the greatest highlights ever, was my farewell party at the Rockhampton campus. Carol and Mel from my office arranged for my son and daughter, along with my grandchildren, to come to the event. This was a total surprise to me, in fact I think it is the first time I have been completely surprised as an adult. Having my family there could not have been a better gift to me.

What is the best thing about being at CQUni?
The best thing about working at CQUni is the people. Every member of staff and every student has an interesting story to tell. Sit down with any of them even for five minutes and you will find out incredible things about their lives. I just wish I could have had more time to listen to their stories.

What is your favourite karaoke song and why?
My favourite karaoke song is Anarchy in the UK by The Sex Pistols. It always reminds me of the times I sing this with Andy Bridges during gatherings of the University executive. Working with the incredible executive at CQUniversity is always fun, but the happiest times are when we are kicking back doing karaoke.

If you weren’t living in Rockhampton, where would you be?
When we retire we are moving back to Cairns. If I was not living there I would love to live in Alaska. There is something about the cold and remoteness of the place that really interests me. Unfortunately, Anita would never live anywhere except the tropics.

If your office was burning down, what would be the one thing you grabbed on your way out the door?
That is a really difficult question, but it would either have to be Carol or Mel. I guess which one I chose would depend on how nice they had been to me that day.

What is a motto or phrase that you live by?
The phrase or motto that I live by is ‘Onwards and Upwards’. I think when we have either successes or failures you just have to get on with things and try and move forward.

What is the luckiest thing that has happened to you?
The luckiest thing that ever happened to me in my life was marrying Anita and having two great kids. The greatest thing that ever happened to me in my professional life was being appointed Vice-Chancellor at CQUniversity.

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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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.

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