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Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

What do Canadians think of Griffith Dental School?

As you may know, Australian dental school applications are officially open!

Griffith University Dental School

Learn more about Griffith Dental School

If you’re considering studying at an Australian dental school, you may wonder what other Canadians think about the program and the “university. Here, we’ve outlined some student reviews about Griffith University’s dental school!

Canadian students review Griffith Dental School

“A nice, modern campus. Program has lots of Canadians which is nice.” OzTREKK student Monica G

“The resources that are available to study, such as the new anatomy learning centre.”  OzTREKK student Ahmed H

“I love my university and program; I love having the balance of studying and fun in the Gold Coast. My dental program provides state-of-the-art facilities and the professors have been very helpful through the transition. I also got credited for many courses which saved me a lot of time and money.” OzTREKK student Fatima E

“I love studying near the beach.” Lukshihani M

“I like that most students who have completed a previous science degree were able to receive some credit for first year courses.” OzTREKK student Karen L

“The campus is beautiful there’s a lot of student services and support.” OzTREKK student Oparinha M

“I like that the professors are accessible.” OzTREKK student Jessica B

Studying dentistry at Griffith Dental School

At Griffith Dental School, you’ll be studying at some pretty amazing facilities: state-of-the-art, special-purpose dental facilities and modern laboratories, including a commercial dental lab in a new $150-million purpose-built Griffith Health Centre.

You will have the opportunity to undertake community placements in state schools, rural and remote communities and in Indigenous and aged care. Completing Griffith’s Bachelor of Dental Health Science and the two-year Master of Dentistry program provides the education and skills you need to apply for registration as a dentist!

Program: Bachelor of Dental Health Science/Master of Dentistry
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Trimester intake: February
Duration: 3 years & 2 years
Application deadline: July 20, 2019

Entry Requirements for the Griffith University Dentistry Program

To be eligible to apply to Griffith Dental School’s Bachelor of Dental Health Science, applicants must have

  • biological science, chemistry, physics, and maths B are strongly recommended as they are considered assumed knowledge
  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) English is required

Apply now to Griffith Dental School!

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Find out more about Griffith Dental School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Alexa Graham at alexa@oztrekk.com to assist you with your application, or to answer any questions you may have regarding dentistry school in Australia.

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Griffith University Canadian Law Student Scholarships up for grabs!

Griffith University Canadian Law Student Scholarships

Each intake, Griffith International will award scholarships to Canadian students with the highest academic entry scores commencing in a Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor program.

Griffith law school

Apply for a Griffith Law scholarship!

The Canadian Law Student Scholarship is valued at $5,000 in total and is for tuition fees only. Two deductions of $2,500 will be applied in the first trimester and second trimester of the program. It will be applied by the Griffith University census date of each relevant trimester of the program.

Award value and benefits: $5,000 in total (two payments of $2,500 in first year of the program).

Applications deadline (for July 2019 intake): Applications close May 16, 2019. Outcomes by May 31.

Can I apply?

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • Have applied and be eligible for admission, or be in receipt of a conditional or unconditional offer from the University, for entry into the Bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor by the scholarship closing date.
  • Have satisfied all appropriate entry requirements for the proposed degree program, including results of previous study and English language proficiency as per Griffith University’s entry requirements.
  • Be commencing and enrolling as a new a full-time student in the Bachelor of Laws (1483 and 1484) or Juris Doctor (5734) program in July 2019 at Griffith University.

What do I include in my application?

Juris Doctor Program at Griffith University

Beginning July 2019, Griffith Law School will be offering the Juris Doctor program. If you choose to enroll in the Canadian Law elective areas, you will be able to complete these courses over Griffith’s Summer Semester (Trimester 3), allowing you to graduate in 2 years rather than 3!

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Next semester intake: July 2019
Duration: 2 – 3 years (dependent on elective selection*)
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the predeparture process.

Apply to Griffith Law School!

Do you have any questions regarding Griffith University’s new Juris Doctor program or this law scholarship? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

OzTREKK Ambassadors: My first impressions of Griffith Medical School

OzTREKK Ambassador Cameron Bowers has just begun her journey at Griffith Medical School, and she’s here to share her very first impressions!

Griffith medical school

First day at Griffith Medical School!

My first day

I’d been dreaming of the first day of medical school for years. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but I was so excited. I felt like a little kid on their very first day of school!

Truth be told the whole day felt surreal. It was a lot of different presentations by faculty welcoming and congratulating us on getting into medical school. They told us that our careers would be full of ups and downs, and stressed the reality that we would be in charge of people’s lives in a matter of years. I soaked it all up and with each “congratulations,” it started to feel more and more real.

The day ended with all of us standing and reciting our “Medical Students’ Affirmation.” It’s the equivalent of vows for medical school—promising to uphold respect for the profession we are entering, pledging to pursue our study of medicine with integrity and honesty, etc. I must admit that hearing ~160 students reciting these affirmations about our future was very powerful. It was the moment that made all of this feel real for the first time. I could feel the emotions mixing up inside, a combination of sheer joy, giddy excitement, fear of the unknown, and being overcome by the power of all of these voices together. We were all about to start something that would fundamentally change every single person in the room and yet no one could possibly know in which ways we would all evolve.

Some things I wish I had known

The first few weeks have been incredible, challenging, exhausting, exciting, and inspiring. It’s really fun to learn about a topic that I am so passionate about. It feels very different compared to undergrad (or grad school) because everything we are learning is applicable to a future patient. I think that might be why sometimes it feels more exhausting, because everyone is so keen to take in all of the information for fear we won’t know everything. But I am trusting in the curriculum to eventually get us to become competent physicians in four years (which at the moment still sounds surreal).

With all of that said, there are a few things that I wish I had known in the first few weeks:

Griffith University medical school

Enjoying the view — view of Griffith University campus from PBL rooms

1. Griffith undergraduate bridging program
Griffith has a two-year “bridge” program for Australian high school students to go directly from high school into a two-year medical science undergrad program. After those two years, the entire medical science cohort (~60 people) enters the medical school. This has a few implications:

  1. The age of the “med sci” students is young; I believe about 25% of my class is <20 years old.
  2. They have been in a program together for the last two years so they all already have friends and friend groups. This was a bit confusing to a lot of us Canadians on the first day as everyone appeared to already be in friend groups.

2. Anatomy labs
The anatomy labs (cadaver labs) are “self directed,” which means it’s a bit of a free-for-all. There are a number of second-year students you can ask for explanations or to clarify where something is, and they are fantastic! Seriously hard to imagine I will get to that level in just a year.

But other than that there is no structure. They give you a few pages as a lab worksheet to fill out the night before that outlines the main topics for the lab, but the actually learning is up to you. It’s definitely not like undergrad anatomy labs. You have to make sure you bring questions to ask, and be outgoing enough to ask those questions in a loud environment with lots of other people trying to learn using the same cadavers. It is an adjustment, but I’ve had three labs so far and it’s completely doable, just a bit of a surprise in week 1.

3. Griffith is amazing
I wish I had really understood how incredible Griffith University is and how they focus on creating well-rounded people, who are also fantastic doctors. I didn’t realized how unique Griffith Medical School is compared to other schools with regard to their focus on communication and the other “softer” part of being a great doctor (more on that to come in future blog posts!).

Overall I couldn’t be happier with my decision, and I am slowly settling into a schedule trying to work on finding balance between school, exercise, social life, and my relationship with my incredible husband.

If you ever have any questions about Griffith medicine, please feel free to reach out.

Until next time!

Cameron
@noborders.md

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Congratulations to our Griffith University scholarship winners!

OzTREKK Students with Griffith University Scholarships

One of the biggest supporters of international students is Griffith University, with several scholarships available! All of us at OzTREKK are proud to announce that a ton of OzTREKK students have won Griffith University scholarships!

Griffith University students

OzTREKK students headed to Griffith University – 2018 predep Meet & Greet

Physiotherapy

  • Nicholas K – Master of Physiotherapy – 25% tuition waived for duration of program

Speech Pathology

  • Sydney C – Master of Speech Pathology – 25% tuition waived for duration of program

Environmental Science

  • Ashley J – Bachelor of Environmental Science – 25% of tuition waived for duration of program
  • Jenna M – Bachelor of Environmental Science – 25% of tuition waived for duration of program

Law

  • Nathaniel T- Bachelor of Laws – 25% of tuition waived for duration of program
  • Tyler J – Bachelor of Laws – $5,000 (two payments of $2,500 over two trimesters in first year of program)

Medicine

  • Rogges A – Doctor of Medicine – $10,000 (two payments of $5,000 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Imran B – Doctor of Medicine – $10,000 (two payments of $5,000 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Melanie F – Doctor of Medicine – $10,000 (two payments of $5,000 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Charanpreet S – Doctor of Medicine – $10,000 (two payments of $5,000 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Priscilla M – Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine – $10,000 (two payments of $5,000 over two trimesters in first year of program)

Dentistry

  • Joshua C – Bachelor of Dental Health Science & Master of Dentistry – $5,000 (two payments of $2,500 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Ava B- Bachelor of Dental Health Science & Master of Dentistry – $5,000 (two payments of $2,500 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Jessica K- Bachelor of Dental Health Science & Master of Dentistry – $5,000 (two payments of $2,500 over two trimesters in first year of program)
  • Jeffrey S- Bachelor of Dental Health Science & Master of Dentistry – $5,000 (two payments of $2,500 over two trimesters in first year of program)

Congratulations to everyone and happy studying!

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What are you interested in studying at Griffith University in Australia? Griffith offers many different scholarships for international students. Discover more about how you can study in Australia. Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call us toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Griffith Law School to offer Juris Doctor in 2019

New Juris Doctor Program at Griffith University

Beginning July 2019, Griffith Law School will be offering the Juris Doctor program. All students who began in the graduate-entry Bachelor of Laws program will be able to transfer to the Juris Doctor in Trimester 2 (July 2019) with full credit.

Griffith Law School Juris Doctor
New Juris Doctor program at Griffith Law School

Griffith Juris Doctor

Canadian Accreditation Accelerated Pathway 
Graduate in 2 years (6 trimesters): students who choose to enroll in the Canadian Law elective areas will complete these courses over Griffith’s Summer Semester (Trimester 3), allowing them to graduate in 2 years rather than 3.

Griffith Law School offers a dedicated graduate program for Canadian students pursuing a legal career in Australia or Canada. Griffith offers elective Canadian Law courses at the Gold Coast campus that count toward your degree and prepare you for the NCA exams. You will learn from experienced lecturers who can guide you through what’s involved and give you personalised advice on how to prepare.

Students will also receive support and advice from the Canadian Law Student Association including regular mentoring meetings with the Deputy Head of School for Learning and Teaching.

Griffith Law School is ranked in the world’s top 100 law schools (QS World University Rankings) and offers a dedicated graduate program for Canadian students pursuing a career in Australia or Canada.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July each year
Duration: 2 – 3 years (dependent on elective selection*)
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the predeparture process.

Apply to Griffith Law School!

Do you have any questions regarding Griffith University’s new Juris Doctor program? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

International student satisfaction high at Griffith University

Griffith University has again achieved excellent overall student satisfaction scores of above 90% in both the International Student Barometer (ISB) and the English Language Barometer (ELB) 2018 surveys.

Both of the surveys look at the student experience across all areas of the international student experience, from pre-arrival (including satisfaction with agents), through to the student experience on campus and in the classroom, as well as overall satisfaction.

International student satisfaction high at Griffith University

Learn more about studying at Griffith University

Griffith University’s Internationalisation Strategy sets an objective of being in the top 10 for key dimensions underpinning the international student experience, as measured by the ISB, and Professor Sarah Todd is delighted that this objective is being met.

“We will continue to work with everyone involved in the support of international students to ensure these results are reinforced and are always looking for ways to further improve and enhance the support and services we provide all international students,” Vice President (Global), Professor Sarah Todd, said.

Professor Todd also noted the contribution made by their agent network (Helloooo, OzTREKK!) in ensuring that positive experience starts right from students’ first inquiries into studying at Griffith.

The ISB showed Griffith ranked particularly highly on both the arrival experience and the student experience dimensions, with 94% of students either very satisfied or satisfied with their arrival and 90% of students happy with their life at Griffith to date, compared with global averages of 89% and 87% respectively.

Griffith Mates

Students’ satisfaction with their welcome, opportunities to make friends from other countries, and the social activities available when they first arrived, was particularly high. The Griffith Mates, a group of volunteer senior students committed to supporting international students with their transition to life in Australia and studying at Griffith, provide a friendly welcome to thousands of students each year right from when they land at Brisbane airport, and this is an area we are committed to continuing to enhance given its critical importance in ensuring a positive experience overall.

The ELB showed Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) students’ overall satisfaction with living at 94.7%, which compares favourably with a global overall rating of 90.3%. Student satisfaction relating to studying and living at both our Brisbane-based and Gold Coast campus English Language Institutes was positive, with students rating highly the campus environment and GELI facilities.​

Griffith University Study Areas

Griffith is a comprehensive university, offering more than 200 undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees across all disciplines.

Griffith University has a long history of providing innovative degrees that meet the ever-changing needs of students, industry and the community. Popular schools among Canadian students include

What would you like to study at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 to find out how you can study in Australia!

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Griffith Law School webinar October 9

If you’re considering studying law, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Griffith Law School webinar this coming Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Hosted by Griffith University Regional Manager Justine Somogyi and Canadian law students Stephanie Ostrowski and Supreet Dhillon, this webinar will cover everything about studying law at Griffith—as well as answer any questions you have!

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Contact OzTREKK to sign up for the Griffith Law webinar!

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Time: 7 – 8 p.m. EDT

Interactive Q & A throughout the webinar—get your questions answered!

  • Griffith Law School
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees
  • Canadian Law electives offered
  • Griffith’s 2- to 3-year grad-entry LLB option
  • Admissions requirements
  • NCA exams and practicing in Canada
  • Life on campus, and much more!

Supreet Dhillon
Griffith law student Supreet Dhillon is from Toronto and in her penultimate year at Griffith Law School. Supreet has chosen to do the 3-year stream of the Bachelor of Laws grad-entry program at Griffith and is the secretary of the Griffith Canadian Law Students Association.

Stephanie Ostrowski
Griffith law student Stephanie Ostrowski is from Calgary and graduated with a degree in Law and Society from the University of Calgary. She is currently completing her second year at Griffith and is in the 3-year stream of the Bachelor of Laws grad-entry program.

Justine Somogyi
Justine Somogyi will also be joining us! Justine is Griffith’s Regional Manager for Canada. Originally from Brisbane, she has lived in three countries outside of Australia, In 2014, Justine moved to Halifax with her husband and dog, but is now based in Guelph.

Molly Mahon
OzTREKK Law Admissions Officer Molly Mahon will also be available to answer your questions in the chat!

Griffith Law School

Griffith Law School‘s three-year graduate Bachelor of Laws program includes Canadian Law courses to prepare for the National Committee on Accreditation exams to certify your Griffith law degree for practice in Canada. You will learn from experienced lecturers who can guide you through what’s involved and give you personalised advice on how to prepare. You can even attempt the exams on the Gold Coast before returning to Canada!

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast or Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 2 – 3 years (dependent on elective selection*)
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the predeparture process.

Apply to Griffith Law School!

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Would you like to attend this Griffith Law School webinar? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com for your registration info!

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Griffith University helps launch Commonwealth Sports Universities Network

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has partnered with Griffith University to debut the Commonwealth Sports Universities Network, which aims to create a formal sporting partnership between the CGF and five foundation universities from across the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Sports Universities Network (CSUN) celebrated its official launch on the Gold Coast on Tuesday, on the eve of the Opening Ceremony for the XXI Commonwealth Games. The CGF partnered with Griffith University to debut the Network, which aims to create a formal sporting partnership between the CGF and, initially, five universities from across the Commonwealth.

Griffith University helps launch Commonwealth Sports Universities Network

Professor Sarah Todd, Vice President (Global), Griffith University; CGF Vice President, Bruce Robertson; Professor Ian O’Connor AC, Vice Chancellor, Griffith University and Professor Michael Powell, Academic Director, Griffith University, at the launch of CSUN on the Gold Coast. (Image credit: Griffith University)

The success of the CGF and Griffith University’s existing Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games partnership was the inspiration behind the establishment of the Network. The CGF and Griffith University have been joined by four additional founding member universities—the University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and Strathclyde University (Scotland)—for the Network’s recent inaugural meeting on the Gold Coast.

Exciting new initiative
“The Commonwealth Sports Universities Network is an exciting new initiative that builds on our existing research and internship relationships with higher education institutions across the Commonwealth. The Network will ensure the CGF continues to deliver on one of its strategic priorities, of attracting and building on public, private and social partnerships that widely benefit the Commonwealth Sport Movement and in particular Commonwealth athletes and host cities and communities,” said CGF Vice President, Bruce Robertson.

Significant role
The new Commonwealth partnership forms a core part of the CGF Development Programme and will build on and further integrate the internship, research, and evaluation work undertaken by the Higher Education Sector at Commonwealth Games, maximising opportunities for coordination, knowledge exchange, internship opportunities and research priorities across recent, future and prospective Commonwealth Games hosts.

“This is the first time that a university has taken such a significant role with the organisers of the Commonwealth Games,” Professor Michael Powell, Academic Director, Griffith University said.

“Previously, universities involved with the Commonwealth Games have provided expertise, volunteers and interns, but never before on the scale and depth of the partnership Griffith University has developed.

Network members will benefit in a range of ways including global exposure, internship opportunities for students, educational and research opportunities, and international network relationships with other Commonwealth institutions and organisations. The CGF will have the opportunity to learn and gain from new academic research on the Commonwealth Games, innovative internship initiatives and sport development programs through universities across the Commonwealth.

World-class facilities
Professor Powell highlighted the successful GAPS (Gather Adjust Prepare Sustain) Program hosted by Griffith University in the build-up to Gold Coast 2018 as a prime example of how university partnerships with the Games can enhance lives and develop athletes in less developed regions.

“We were able to make our world-class on-campus facilities and academic expertise in areas like sport technology and exercise science available to athletes who would not normally have access to these,” he said.

“In this way, Griffith engaged with the CGF’s sports agenda. Now, through the CSUN, Griffith and other universities across the globe can do so in a formalised, planned and focused way.”

The Network was launched by CGF Vice President, Bruce Robertson and Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University, Professor Ian O’Connor AC, at a formal event on Griffith’s Gold Coast campus.

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Would you like to learn more about your sports and exercise sciences study options at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Charlynn Lecompte at charlynn@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Griffith Aviation partners with Qantas for Future Pilot Program

Cool career alert!

Bachelor of Aviation students at Griffith University could become future pilots with Qantas thanks to a new partnership.

The Qantas Future Pilot Program provides students with access to experienced pilots during their degree, with selected students invited to complete an intensive 12-week Airline Transition Course.

Griffith University Aviation partners with Qantas for Future Pilot Program

Griffith Aviation student Kate Richards (far left) attended the launch of the program in Sydney (Photo: Griffith University)

Graduates can then transition to employment with QantasLink and complete their training under the supervision of QantasLink’s experienced training team and become qualified as First Officers flying the airline’s Dash 8 200/300 or Q400 fleet.

The program is open to a potential pool of 300 students in the next few years.

QantasLink Chief Executive Officer John Gissing said the program would build the next generation of exceptional pilots from within Australia’s top aviation schools and provided students with unparalleled benefits and job certainty not available with any other training program.

“Aviation students will have an enormous head start to their career as a pilot. They will not only benefit from a direct pathway to Australia’s largest regional airline, but will also have access to experienced Qantas Group pilots throughout their studies,” Mr Gissing said.

New pilots are usually only considered for employment with a commercial airline after spending time flying in the general aviation market, which is often gained by flying single-pilot charter aircraft usually in regional areas or by seeking employment outside of Australia.

“This fantastic initiative will equip high-performing and motivated students with the skills needed to transition into an airline and provide them with a platform from which to launch their career as a pilot within the Qantas Group.

“We are ensuring our students get the best possible start to their career and job opportunities secured early.”

Head of Griffith Aviation Associate Professor Gui Lohmann believes that Griffith Aviation offers a suite of initiatives that put Griffith students ahead in the industry.

“In 2018, Griffith Aviation is launching new initiatives to make sure our cutting-edge degrees are at the forefront of aviation education,” he said. “They include a new flight procedure lab, specific courses on Rotary Wings and UAVs, as well as the first ever Helicopter Pilot Training Graduate Diploma in Flight Management.”

To be eligible for the Qantas program, students need to be enrolled in the Bachelor of Aviation program, hold a GPA of 4.0 or above for the duration of their studies, and have Australian work rights.

Why choose the Bachelor of Aviation at Griffith University?

Griffith University has one of Australia’s largest and most highly recognised aviation teaching programs. Over the past 20 years teaching in this field, Griffith has built an international reputation for graduates who are industry ready. Griffith aviation staff have strong industry ties and are world leaders in aviation research.

The Bachelor of Aviation is a two-year, accelerated degree allowing students to progress more quickly into a flying career.

Students will be introduced to the sciences underpinning the theory and practice of aviation, and will also study courses in areas such as, navigation, planning, and the human factors in aviation. Through the Bachelor of Aviation, you will develop with the skills needed for lifelong learning in the evolving aviation environment.

The Bachelor of Aviation together with self-funded flight training will allow graduates to be ready to work in the aviation industry as a commercial pilot.

Program: Bachelor of Aviation
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: February each year
Duration: 2 years

Apply to the Griffith University aviation program!

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Would you like more information about Griffith Aviation degrees? Contact OzTREKK Admission Officer Charlynn Lecompte at charylnn@oztrekk.com.

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Griffith School of Environment celebrates 40 years of graduating students

Martin Taylor is doing his first mammal survey.

Griffith School of Environment celebrates 40 years of graduating students

Dr Martin Taylor (Photo: Griffith University)

He’s an excited student in Griffith University’s brand new School of Australian Environmental Studies. As part of the environmental studies foundation program—the first in the country for a university—nothing was off limits.

What he discovered was cats and rats. Dr Taylor set his traps in the forest. He had no idea what he would find.

“That was the first message to me, that while the forest might be there, it’s highly degraded, this was not a natural forest,” he said.

“It was overrun with feral animals.”

It sparked a passion that has inspired the conversation biologist to go on to have an illustrious career stemming from his degree.

Dr Taylor graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in 1977. This year, the Griffith School of Environment celebrates graduating its 40th cohort of students.

Back then a career out of environmental science was unheard of. But Dr Taylor has never looked back. His first job out of Griffith was with the CSIRO team for biocontrol of the exotic floating water-weed salvinia in the early 1980s.

“We released a biological control agent, a weevil, that turned out to be hugely successful, knocking the weed out all over Australia and for our neighbours in PNG as well,” he said.

Now the Protected Areas and Conservation Science Manager with WWF in Queensland, Dr Taylor is campaigning for nature all the time.

“I’m campaigning for funding for protected areas and tightening of tree-clearing rules, particularly in Queensland,” he said.

Griffith School of Environment celebrates 40 years of graduating students

Griffith School of Australian Environmental Studies class photo (Photo: Griffith University)

Dr Taylor had originally started in engineering because his family had taken that career path but realising that was not for him, he switched to Griffith’s environment program as soon as he found out about it.

“It was a turning point in my life,” he said. “I was really keen on doing something in environment and conservation and there was nothing at the time until it was founded at Griffith.

“To be accepted and study in a brand new class was a great privilege. As the first class we were able to influence how the course played out.”

Dr Taylor is encouraged by the fact the Bachelor of Environmental Science degree has now been accredited by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ). Griffith University is the first in the World to be accredited by the organisation.

“It gives me hope there’s now so many graduates coming through with expertise in conservation and environmental science,” he said.

“The battle for nature is never going to be over. Every generation has to make it their own.

“It’s a constant uphill battle but you have to keep engaging people to pay attention to the damage being done.”

Griffith School of Environment

Since its inception, Griffith has had an ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability. As a forerunner in the field, in 1975 Griffith launched Australia’s first environmental science degree and since then, has continued to lead in areas of environmental science, education, research and practices.

Environmental and Marine Science at Griffith has been rated 5 stars for Educational Experience and Student Support by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

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Would you like to study at the the Griffith School of Environment? Contact OzTREKK Admission Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com!