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Occupational therapy at the University of Sydney

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Occupational therapy is a profession that focuses on enabling people’s full participation and meaning in life. It assists people to achieve their goals by focusing on their strengths rather than their restrictions or barriers.

The Discipline of Occupational Therapy is committed to quality research and education which will contribute to a greater understanding of human occupations—their roles, performance and adaptation—in order to enhance the knowledge base of the profession.

Occupational therapists work with their clients to overcome barriers that may be preventing them from participating more fully in life.

The University of Sydney offers a two-year, graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy program. It is intended for students coming from an undergraduate degree in any field who wish to gain the requirements to become an occupational therapist.


University of Sydney’s Master of Occupational TherapyProgram: Master of Occupational Therapy
Location: Lidcombe, (suburb of S…

Come meet Australian universities!

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Have you been thinking about studying medicine in Australia? Maybe wondering about dental programs, law programs, or physiotherapy programs in Australia? We will be visiting the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia this weekend, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31 for our annual spring Study in Australia information sessions, and you’re invited!


What? We will be hosting the fair and you’ll get the opportunity to meet and speak with Australian university representatives as well as with OzTREKK staff members!

When and Where?Toronto, Ontario
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Debates Room, Hart House, University of Toronto
Map: http://tiny.cc/harthouse

Vancouver, British Columbia
Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: UBC Robson Square, Plaza Lounge, 800 Robson St., Vancouver
Map: http://tiny.cc/robsonsq

No RSVP required—just come along with friends and family!

Who? The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study …

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars this weekend!

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We’ll be seeing you soon!

This weekend, Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, OzTREKK will be in Toronto and Vancouver for our annual Medical Licensing Seminars. OzTREKK is an expert in medical licensing and accreditation, and we are proud to provide you with all the latest information, data, and statistics so you can make an informed decision about whether studying medicine in Australia is the best option for you.

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars ScheduleCity: Toronto
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 4 – 7 p.m.
City: Vancouver
Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time: 3 – 6 p.m.

Students and their families will have the opportunity to ask questions about studying medicine in Australia and about obtaining a residency after their program completion. These seminars help parents and students walk away with all the necessary information to help them make a decision about studying at an Australian Medical School.


Monash industrial design students showcase at world-renowned fair

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Two industrial design students from Monash Art Design and Architecture (MADA) have exhibited their Exo Light Series at the iconic furniture fair, Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano.

Rowan Turnham currently in Honours year, and Matthew Harding, who has now finished his Bachelor of Industrial Design, exhibited their light series at the fair in April. The fair is known as the global benchmark for the home furnishing sector and attracted more than 300,000 visitors.


Rowan said exhibiting their Exo Light Series at the fair was remarkable experience, one that will help them to further their career in design and manufacturing.

“We didn’t know what to expect; it was our first time exhibiting overseas. Design in Europe was so much bigger than we thought. Meeting fellow designers from around the world was something you don’t get to do on a regular basis, especially when you’re from Australia.”

Rowan and Matthew created a prototype in their third-year materials and manufacturi…

Judge’s visit inspires Griffith law students

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Unless they’ve done something wrong, it’s not every day students get to talk to a judge.

But this past week Griffith Law School students had the opportunity to meet Her Honour Judge Fleur Kingham and gain insight into the complex world of the judiciary.

As part of the Judge in Residence program, Judge Kingham spent five days with the Griffith Law School at the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.

She participated in a range of activities including question and answer sessions and presented two guest lectures: “Reputation: Who Cares?”in the Ethics and Professional Responsibility class, and “How Flexible are the Rules’’, in the Civil Procedure class.

Griffith Law School Dean Professor Pene Mathew said the Judge in Residence program provided a unique opportunity for law students to learn firsthand about the law in practice.

“Being able to interact with Judge Kingham has no doubt inspired many of our students to think more deeply about the role of the legal profession in a just society.…

Bond University named partner for the 2015 Australian University Games

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Bond University has been named the partner university of the 2015 Australian University Games, Australia’s largest multisport event for university student athletes.

The partnership was announced at the 2015 Australian University Sport (AUS) national conference in front of representatives from 39 of Australia’s tertiary education institutions.


The 2015 Australian University Games will be held from Sunday, Sept. 27 to Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, attracting more than 7,500 student athletes, team managers, staff and volunteers from across Australia to take part in 32 sports over five days of competition.

The event is known as a high standard multisport tourism event and managed by Australian University Sport, with support from the Queensland Government through its tourism and events agency, Tourism and Events Queensland.

With more than 100,000 student athletes having competed since its inception in 1993, the estimated economic impact of this year’s event is $12 million in direct ex…

Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

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Monash University Public Health School With diverse leadership, across four campuses, the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine is the faculty’s principal source of skills in epidemiology (including clinical epidemiology), biostatistics and large scale clinical data-management.

http://www.med.monash.edu.au/sphpm/postgrad/video/melbourne.mp4

 The school emphasizes expertise in large epidemiological studies, multicentre clinical trials, clinical registries, evidence synthesis and health social science. Continued collaborative work with the major Monash-affiliated hospitals, research institutes and public health units within Victoria, ensures the school provides a key resource underpinning translational research within the faculty.

The Master of Public Health a 12-unit public health program provides students with the full range of quantitative, analytical and communication skills necessary to work in the broad domain of public health. It especial…

University of Sydney Deans visit Canada

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This past February, the Dean of Medicine, Professor Bruce Robinson, and the Dean of Dentistry, Professor Chris Peck, visited Canada and met with research partners as well as hosted information seminars in Toronto and Vancouver. Each University of Sydney Dean spoke about his respective faculty and about the popular programs offered, the Sydney MD and the Sydney DMD. Both Deans were available for a question-and-answer period following the sessions.

OzTREKK is an official international agent for the University of Sydney, and helped arrange presentations in both cities. These were very well attended by prospective students, parents and alumni. The Toronto event, held downtown at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, saw students travelling from as far as London, Ontario. The Vancouver event at the Westin Bayshore also attracted a number of students from Vancouver and surrounding area. Students and parents were very appreciative of the opportunity to meet the Deans of both faculties, …

Scientists recognised for their work in improving disaster resilience

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Three exceptional young scientists have been recognised for their work in improving disaster resilience in the Asia-Pacific region.

The University of Newcastle’s Dr Hannah Power was one of three finalists in the national search to find an Australian nominee for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (also known as the ASPIRE Prize).

The 2015 ASPIRE Prize theme is Disaster Risk Reduction, something that Dr Power, a lecturer in the School of Environmental and Life Sciences at UON has as a focus. Dr Power’s research focuses on the processes and morphology of coastal environments—with a recent focus on project-modelling tsunami inundation in New South Wales waterways.

APEC is a valuable forum for engaging with the Asia-Pacific region, and the Aspire Prize highlights elite scientific talent.

One of three nominees, Dr Power was chosen from a highly competitive field and was runner up to Macquarie University’s Dr Katharine Haynes—who will be Australia’s successf…

JCU to establish new centre to help close the gap

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James Cook University has announced plans to establish a new centre that will improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and build on the university’s excellence in teaching and research related to Indigenous issues.

Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Chris Cocklin said the Centre has ambitious, but achievable, goals.


“The university is making a significant, new investment to improve the educational outcomes for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

“What we are seeking to do through the proposed new centre is provide a better resourced and more integrated facility that works to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across the entire university.”

“This staff in the centre will work in conjunction with staff employed in our student services and community engagement areas to value-add and offer cultural support and mentorship to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.”

The proposed Cent…

UQ scientists lauded among 21 of the nation’s best

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The University of Queensland has confirmed its place as a leading institution for science and innovation, with the Australian Academy of Science welcoming five new UQ Fellows on May 25.

Professor Christine Beveridge, Professor Wendy Hoy, Professor Geoff McLachlan, Professor Linda Richards and Professor Mike Waters are among 21 new fellows announced nationally and join 29 other UQ academics who have been admitted to the Australian Academy of Science as Fellows since its inception in 1988.

The prestigious fellowships are given to a select group of scientists each year, recognising leading and innovative research.

University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ had more 2015 Fellows than any other institution and more new women Fellows than in any other year.

“UQ’s latest addition of Fellows to the learned academies reflects our broad range of skills and research talent in the science fields,” Professor Høj said.

“I’m particularly pleased to see a …

UQ Business students launch MBA Business Symposium

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University of Queensland MBA students and alumni launched the first MBA Business Symposium recently, the only one of its kind in Australia.

The UQ Business SchoolMBA Business Symposium: Leadership Ahead of the Curve aims to build ties among current and future business leaders from a diverse range of sectors and backgrounds.


The symposium provided a platform where current and past MBA students of UQ Business School and industry partners can come together and exchange ideas, stories and inspiration.

MBA student and symposium committee member Melissa Hardy said it was very exciting to see the symposium come to life.

“What started as a concept initially observed from peer MBA programs in the US, has become reality, with an impressive line-up of local and national business leaders,” she said.

“It’s a great example of collaboration between current students, alumni, UQ Business School and corporate sponsors; building towards creating opportunities through scholarships and the Social Econ…

Melbourne DDS learning outcomes

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With state-of-the-art technologies, the Doctor of Dental Surgery at the Melbourne Dental School uses new infrastructure, including a 100-seat pre-clinical laboratory and the new Melbourne University Dental Clinic for advanced clinical teaching.


Highly qualified academics with research experience from leading universities around the world deliver the course using lectures, pre-clinical practical classes and clinical patient treatments in all specialties of dentistry.

Learning Outcomes of the Melbourne DDSacquire essential factual knowledge to become a general dentist and leader of the oral health teamdisease processes and mechanisms together with their aetiologyclinical manifestations, prevention and treatmentprofessional skills and attitudes expected of a dental practitionerthe ability to critically appraise research evidence relevant to common oral problemsinduce oral health changes in individual patients and their familiespractice effectively in oral health promotion and educa…

UQ School of Medicine welcomes new professor

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The UQ School of Medicine is delighted to advise that Professor Nicholas Hawkins commenced on Monday, May 4 in the role of Professor of Innovative Technology in Medical Education.


Professor Hawkins will provide leadership in innovation in medical education, with specific reference to the discipline of pathology, as well as build and maintain a vibrant research program in relation to these educational activities, and support research and teaching in the discipline of pathology.

Professor Hawkins obtained his PhD at the University of New South Wales (NSW) and holds specialist qualifications in Anatomical Pathology (FRCPA).  He has just completed a term as Head of School of Medical Sciences and Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of NSW.

Professor Hawkins has excellent track records in teaching and research and brings a broad range of skills to his appointment as Professor of Innovative Technology in Medical Education at SOM.

There is no doubt that Pro…

Griffith School of Education students set for science conference

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Their share a passion for science and teaching and together, education students Shawtima McLoughlan and Natalie Lund will represent Griffith University at a national science teachers’ conference in July.

Sponsored by the Step Up program, Shawtima and Natalie will join four other winners from the Queensland University of Technology and James Cook University at CONASTA 2015 in Perth, Australia.


Shawtima is currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and is also part of the Benowa Teacher Education Centre of Excellence. She hopes to share her experiences and inspire students in her teaching areas of chemistry, biology, junior science and mathematics.

“I have always been enthusiastic about science and learning and I believe teaching is a wonderful opportunity to share that passion for lifelong learning,’’ she said.

“I’m really looking forward to meet with experienced teachers and learn about the different pedagogical approaches to science teaching.”

Step Up b…

Apply for a Bond International Student Scholarship

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The Bond University International Student Scholarship applications for students wishing to commence in September 2015 are closing soon! Please be sure to have your complete application and scholarship documents in by Thursday, May 28, 2015 to ensure we have everything submitted for the May 29 scholarship deadline. Bond aims to offer the best and brightest students from around the globe, with tuition remission scholarships based on academic merit, as well as community, leadership and sporting achievements. The International Student Scholarships are a testament to Bond University’s commitment to quality and outstanding international students. These scholarships are available to international students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, as well as community, leadership and sporting achievements.

All applicants of the International Student Scholarships will be notified on the outcome of their scholarship application by the end of July.

Bond Law School Juris Doc…

Sydney Health Sciences receives Australia Awards Fellowship funding

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Twelve research Australia Awards Fellows from South East Asia will come to the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences this October to learn how to apply physical activity, exercise and sports participation as a tool to improve health in their home countries.

Bringing the emerging career researchers to the faculty has been made possible due to the receipt of an Australia Awards Fellowships overseen by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

This is the first time the Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences has received a training grant from DFAT to train researchers in the university’s core values of physical activity promotion and sports participation for healthy ageing within the cultural context of Southeast Asia.

The award of just over $100,000 will be used to bring researchers to Sydney from four universities in Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. The research will focus on low physical activity uptake in those countries and the real barriers to adults in undertaki…

Monash students bring The Handmaid’s Tale to life

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A theatrical production of Margaret Atwood’s award winning novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, will premiere in Australia for the first time at Monash University this month.

Adapted by the Monash Uni Student Theatre (MUST) (MSA), tickets are on sale now. Performances will take place on weekday and Saturday evenings, as well as Saturday matinee performances at the university’s Clayton campus, from May 28 – June 6.


All of the cast and crew are students, and with 30 cast members and 20 crew. All Monash faculties are represented.

Published in 1985, the dystopian novel has previously been adapted for film, radio, opera and stage. Set in the near future, in what was once the United States of America, a dictatorship quickly takes control after the assassination of the president.

Under the pretext of restoring order, the new regime reorganises society into social classes, and quickly strips away women’s rights. Presented through the eyes of a female character called Offred, who describes her…

Melbourne DPT application deadline is approaching

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This is just a reminder for all students interested in studying physiotherapy at the Melbourne Physiotherapy School: the deadline for first round applicants is next Friday, June 5. All applicants who wish to be considered as a first-round applicant are encouraged to submit their complete application documents by Thursday, June 4 at noon in order for their application to be submitted to the university on time.


Why is the Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy 3 years in length?

The Melbourne DPT commenced in 2011 and is the first three-year physiotherapy graduate-entry master’s-level program, providing a benchmark for physiotherapy education in Australia. In addition to core hands-on practical physiotherapy skills, key program features include advanced theoretical knowledge in areas such as pharmacology, radiology, leadership and management, sports physiotherapy and inter-professional education, including a faculty student conference.

Students will be well prepared for the changing …

Blind UQ Psychology graduate leading the way

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UQ Psychology graduate Jefferson Mac likes to joke that his orientation work with incoming students at the university is a case of “the blind leading the blind.”

But as much as the self-deprecating Mr Mac is quick to thank all who have helped him during his five years at UQ, he has undoubtedly been the one inspiring others.


Legally blind for the past 10 years, the Master of Clinical Psychology student has not only excelled in juggling a demanding academic schedule, he has also filled numerous support and volunteer roles on the side.

“When I was declared blind I had a stereotypical image of a bleak, limited outlook where not much was possible,” 2014 valedictorian Mr Mac said.

“Then I met a guy through Guide Dogs Queensland who had completed a Masters in Audio Engineering and was a qualified mechanic: there was no piece of technology he couldn’t fix.

“I resolved then that I would not be held back by circumstance.

“I wanted to do something with psychology, so I went for it, and was so th…

Sydney Vet School uses livestock disease to understand human liver disease

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A veterinary scientist from the University of Sydney has been instrumental in an international research effort that has discovered an animal model of a disease of the developing liver. This disease is the most common reason for liver transplantation in children.

The findings confirm the importance of documenting unusual disease episodes in animals as they may offer potentially valuable scientific discoveries, including models of poorly understood human diseases.

“This is an excellent example of how field investigations of spontaneous livestock disease can uncover new mechanisms of human and animal disease,” said Emeritus Professor Peter Windsor, from the Sydney Faculty of Veterinary Science.

In 1990 the then Dr Windsor was a veterinarian working for the NSW Department of Agriculture and reported an outbreak of a disease that was killing lambs and calves.

Affected animals were from mothers that had been restricted to grazing the pigweed plant (Dysphania species) on the banks …

Join JCU in Toronto on June 2

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James Cook University’s Division of Tropical Health and Medicine will be hosting a Welcome Evening in Toronto on Monday, June 8, 2015.
Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Wronski  is hosting a social event in Toronto welcoming all students and parents interested in learning more about the faculty and JCU.

Venue: Pinnacle Room, Sheraton Centre Downtown Toronto, 123 Queen St. W.
Date: Monday, June 8, 2015
Time: 6–8 p.m.
Map: http://tinyurl.com/sheratonTO

Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 2 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JCUwelcomeRSVP The Welcome Evening is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring doctors, dentists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists, veterinarians and public health professionals to learn more about the unique program offerings at James Cook University.

You will also have an opportunity to personally meet and speak with Professor Wronski and Mrs. Sandra Hurlock from the College of Medicine and Dentistry during the event.

Popular JCU schools and progra…

Bond Business scores high in student satisfaction

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Bond Business School has earned top marks in the latest University Experience Survey (UES), scoring up to 35 per cent better than the Australian average for student satisfaction.

The survey, which measures the level of engagement and satisfaction of undergraduate students, revealed Bond Business had a 97 per cent satisfaction rate for learning resources, compared to the national average of 85 per cent, and 96 per cent for skills development and teaching quality, compared to 78 per cent for both nationally.

Bond also scored highly in the areas of learner engagement (93 per cent, compared to 58 per cent) and student support (82 per cent, compared to 71 per cent).

The UES is a national survey of first and later year undergraduate students in Australian universities. The research findings are used by universities and governments to continuously improve the student experience.

Bond Faculty of Business Dean Professor Mark Hirst said the results were a reflection of the faculty’s…

Applying to UQ Physiotherapy School?

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This is a reminder to all those interested in applying to UQ Physiotherapy School that the application deadline is Sunday, May 31, 2015. In order for applications to be submitted to the university on time, you are strongly encouraged  to have your applications and supporting documents at the OzTREKK office before Friday, May 29, 2015 at 12 noon.


Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland
The UQ Physiotherapy School offers a learning environment and has assessment requirements designed to facilitate the advanced and intensive learning appropriate for a master’s-level program. The Master of Physiotherapy Studies introduces graduates to the profession of physiotherapy and its key concepts in intensive mode during an initial summer semester.

Program title: Master of Physiotherapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November
Program duration: 2 years
Application deadline: May 31 (Brisbane time). NOTE: All UQ Physio application documents must be at the OzTREKK off…

Get ready to study in Australia! OzTREKK pre-departure webinar

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At OzTREKK, we are proud to assist our students in any way we can—including holding pre-departure seminars or webinars to help prepare you for your most-excellent journey! Held online, our OzTREKK Pre-departure webinars aim to guide students through the final steps as they prepare to live and study in Australia.


This pre-departure seminar will hosted online. It is a structured seminar that will move through 8 topics. You will need to have a computer, laptop or tablet that is connected to the internet. It is recommended that you hardwire your internet connection, so use an Ethernet connection as opposed to a wireless connection.

Once you register for the pre-departure seminar, you will receive an email with a copy of the seminar presentation. It’s a great idea to print a copy of the seminar so you can take notes and refer to it throughout the seminar.

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Start time: 7 p.m. (Ontario time)
Venue: Online

OzTREKK created the OzTREKK Boarding Passsite to …

Melbourne MD application timeline

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Have you applied to Melbourne Medical School for the 2016 intake? Don’t forget to check out the application timeline!
Application Timeline for 2016 IntakeApplication deadline: June 22, 2015 (Melbourne time). NOTE: All Melbourne MD application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Friday, June 19, 2015 in order for your complete Melbourne Medical School application to be submitted on time.Last date to sit MCAT for 2015 intake: May 22, 2015Last date to submit MCAT results: July 6, 2015Interview offers released: August 3, 2015Deadline to accept interview (online acceptance): August 9, 2015Interviews (via Skype): August 17 – 21, 2015Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: September 15 – 16, 2015Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 20, 2015Deadline to accept offer of admission and pay deposit: November 4, 2015Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 11, 2015Unsuccessful applicants advised of outcome: November 13 – 16, 2015Enrollment deadline: January 1…

Teaching English as a second language

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The Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University is the largest of its kind in Australia, which includes substantial postgraduate programs, a full undergraduate program, more than 900 postgraduate coursework students, nearly 100 research students and four research centres of international standing.


Interested in teaching English as a second language? Check out these programs from Macquarie:

Graduate Certificate of TESOL The Graduate Certificate of TESOL is a course designed for prospective teachers wishing to teach English to speakers of other languages. The course prepares students for a variety of language teaching contexts in Australia and overseas. It integrates current theory and practice of TESOL, including teaching methodologies, programming and planning, and linguistics for language teaching. A range of language learners is considered, varying by age, social and cultural backgrounds.

Key benefits
Qualified teachers obtain a recognised EAL specialisation.New teacher…

“Shake It Off” – University of Newcastle style

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What do you get when you combine Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” 49 University of Newcastle animation students, and rotoscoping*?

Combine all the above ingredients and you get a loving homage to Taylor Swift’s video, with 2,767 hand-drawn frames. These four minutes of animation took four weeks to make—and is now going viral on YouTube.

Students from Visual Communications and Natural History Illustration were each given 52 frames of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and using the rotoscoping animation technique—the students took the footage and subverted it.

“The students really got into the process,” said Jane Shadbolt, Lecturer in the School of Design, Communication and IT. “Some of them loved the song, and others hated it, but all of them were able to bring their own unique interpretation to it. It’s a great way to get a feel for how animation is put together from thousands of frames and get a feel for how movement happens on screen.”

Students from Animation 1: Design from Anima…

UQ Law wins international mooting title for Australia

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The UQ Law School mooting team has taken out another international title, winning the 6th International Air Law Moot Court Competition, held in China.

The University of Queensland represented Australia in the international air law moot competition held in Beijing between  April 9 – 12. Law students Georgina Morgan, Amina Karcic and Ella Rooney represented Australia in the competition. There were two days of semi-final rounds, in which the team competed against teams from China, Poland and Sri Lanka. The moot problem concerned unruly passengers and raised questions of international law to be decided before the International Court of Justice.


The UQ Law team competed against the National University of Judicial Sciences, India, in the Grand Final and was announced as overall competition winners.

“Mooting before aviation experts was a privilege and a great experience for the students,” said Director of Mooting Associate Professor Peter Billings.

The team was coached by Joe W…