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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!

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Griffith International Student Law Scholarship for Canadians

Griffith scholarships recognise remarkable students with outstanding academic achievements and the potential to make a positive contribution to the university and to the community. If you’re interested in studying the Bachelor of Laws at Griffith Law School, you will be automatically assessed for the International Student Law Scholarship when you apply.

Griffith International Student Law Scholarship for Canadians

Griffith law scholarship

International Student Law Scholarship

For: Students from Canada applying for undergraduate law studies at Griffith University
Available to: Commencing undergraduate students in Trimester 1, 2018
Level of study: Undergraduate
Citizenship: Citizens or permanent residents of Canada
Award value and benefits: Scholarship covers 10% of tuition fees in the first two trimesters of study. Students must be enrolled full-time to receive the tuition fee reduction.
Duration: Two trimesters
Programs of study: Undergraduate law programs (excludes online, non-award, offshore delivered programs, and students that defer commencement to 2019).

No application required; all applicants will be assessed to determine eligibility.

Griffith University Bachelor of Laws

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. The Bachelor of Laws (undergraduate entry) at Griffith University offers a professional legal curriculum that focuses on core areas of legal practice and the legal skills that lawyers must have. You will have the opportunity to choose law electives based on your interests, including clinical courses that emphasise practical legal skills, insights and experience.

Program: Bachelor of Laws
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the pre-departure process.

Apply to Griffith University Law School!

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Would you like more information about the Griffith Law School International Student Law Scholarship? Please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Griffith University to offer health sciences degrees in Brisbane in 2018

Growing demand for allied health services has translated to growing opportunities for students seeking healthcare careers outside the traditional medicine and dentistry degrees.

The sector is surging, with an ageing population and onset of chronic disease driving patient volumes, and a focus on prevention and new technologies improving outcomes.

Griffith to offer health sciences degrees in Brisbane in 2018

Find out how you can study health sciences at Griffith University

Griffith University has responded by bringing three of its most-respected allied health programs—physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology—to Brisbane for the first time.

Professor Andrea Bialocerkowski, Griffith’s School of Allied Health Services Head, says the new degrees are great news for Brisbane students.

“Griffith has offered these programs on the Gold Coast for many years—we’re certainly not new to the game. From 2018 Brisbane students will benefit directly from our faculty’s experience and industry connectivity,” says Andrea.

Just as allied health professionals collaborate to deliver care, Griffith allied health sciences students undertake interprofessional learning alongside one another.

“Students in these degrees learn with those studying other health degrees such as nutrition and dietetics, exercise physiology, medicine, nursing or pharmacy,” she says.

“Their collaboration provides a practical understanding of how their profession interacts and functions within the sort of multidisciplinary team that deliver healthcare today.”

While all three degrees have the power to change lives, Andrea says each has defining features that may help students choose which is best for them.

Demand for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree is expected to grow with the National Disability Insurance Scheme coming online and the discipline’s emergence in schools and aged care facilities.

“This is a very future-focused degree and includes a focus on entrepreneurship and work-integrated learning that commences in the first trimester of study,” says Andrea.

Andrea says the new Bachelor of Physiotherapy is a streamlined replacement for Griffith University’s highly regarded Master of Physiotherapy, which was offered for almost 20 years.

“The new degree caters for high school leavers and offers an extremely wide clinical placement network, extending from far north Queensland to Tasmania, as well as Griffith’s nationally renowned expertise in simulated learning.”

Master of Speech Pathology students, says Andrea, receive industry placement from their first trimester of study and tackle a curriculum focused on clinical immersion.

“Clinical immersion is a key aspect of the intensive two-year curriculum and students gain exposure to a variety of settings to work with adults and children,” Andrea says.

Are you interested in studying health sciences at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Health Sciences Admissions Officer Heather Brown at heather@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Griffith Law School ranked in the global top 50

Law at Griffith has gained significant recognition in the latest ShanghaiRankings’ Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017.

Law (which includes criminology in this ranking) came in at number 38 after the ARWU evaluated 4000 universities in 52 subjects across natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences.

Griffith Law School ranked in the global top 50

Griffith Law School Dean, Professor Pene Mathew (photo: Griffith University)

Griffith Law School Dean Professor Pene Mathew said it was a fantastic result.

“This ranking places Law at Griffith first in Queensland, recognising the high quality of both our researchers and students,’’ she said.

“The ARWU takes into account a range of indicators of quality research, including publications in quality journals and number of citations, thus demonstrating the high quality of legal research at Griffith University.”

Associate Professor Michael Townsley, Head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, said Criminology at Griffith has long been recognised as one of the best nationally, but the ARWU ranking indicates their strength is recognised internationally.
“The Griffith criminology community has an established international reputation for conducting research on important social problems. Our work has impacted the academic discipline and society in numerous ways, which is reflected in our ranking.”

Research scholarship

Professor Don Anton, Director of the Law Futures Centre at Griffith, said the result reflected the outstanding research produced by legal scholars at the Griffith Law School.

“We are aiming to demonstrate our research is ERA 5 quality—above world-class—and this ranking helps to confirm we are succeeding.”

The university also ranked 101–150 for Social Science, seventh in Australia.

“We are especially pleased with the strong endorsement of our strengths in social science as we have invested strongly in this area across the past decade,” said Professor Paul Mazerolle, Pro Vice Chancellor (Arts, Education & Law).

“This area’s strength positions Griffith to confront many of the social problems and challenges we face as a society.”

Griffith had four disciplines in the top 50 list: Hospitality & Tourism Management ranked 2nd, Nursing ranked 14th, Marine/Ocean Engineering ranked 28th.

The university ranked ninth in Australia for the number of subjects mentioned (30) and had eight subjects featured in the Top 100.

About the Griffith Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)

The Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) at Griffith Law School offers a professional legal curriculum that focuses on core areas of legal practice and the legal skills that lawyers must have. You will have the opportunity to choose law electives based on your interests, including clinical courses that emphasise practical legal skills, insights and experience. You can also double your career options, without doubling your study time, by completing a double degree. You’ll study two Griffith degrees simultaneously, giving you the career advantage of a special combination of skills.

  • Laws/Arts
  • Laws/Business
  • Laws/Commerce
  • Laws/Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Laws/Government and International Relations
  • Laws/International Business
  • Laws/Psychological Science
  • Laws/Science (Environment)

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the pre-departure process.

Apply to Griffith University Law School!

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Find out more about these information sessions and about studying at Griffith Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Griffith Health Excellence Bachelor of Dental Health Science scholarships

If you’re heading to the Griffith School of Dentistry for the 2018 intake, you are invited to apply for a Griffith Health Excellence Bachelor of Dental Health Science scholarship!

Griffith Health Excellence Bachelor of Dental Health Science Scholarship

Griffith Health Excellence Bachelor of Dental Health Science scholarships

Apply for a Griffith Health Excellence Bachelor of Dental Health Science scholarship!

For: High-achieving students applying for Bachelor of Dental Health Science program at Griffith University.
Available to: Commencing students in Trimester 1, 2018
Level of study: Undergraduate
Citizenship: Citizens of a country other than Australia or New Zealand
Award value and benefits: $30,000 in total (six tuition payments of $5,000 each trimester for three years)
Duration: Up to six trimesters of study
Applications open: Now!
Applications close: Thursday, November 2, 2017 (outcome by November 24)

Selection Criteria

Scholarship applications will be assessed by a panel on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit – applicants must submit a certified copy of their transcripts demonstrating their strong academic merit
  • An offer – applicant must be in receipt of an offer (conditional or unconditional) prior to the scholarship deadline
  • A personal statement – addressing three questions that outline why the applicant believes he/she deserves the scholarship
  1. Demonstrate (and provide examples of) your knowledge of the profession of dental health science and the broader role of oral health in the health care system.
  2. Demonstrate (and provide examples of) your leadership and teamwork skills and indicate your future career plans.
  3. Outline any challenges you have faced in your education and how you have sought to overcome these challenges.

Studying dentistry at Griffith Dental School

At Griffith University, 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: 5 years

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Would you like more info about the Griffith Health Excellence Bachelor of Dental Health Science scholarships? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Dental Schools Admissions Officer Adam Smith at at adam@oztrekk.com.

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Griffith University promises 2.5% tuition fee cap guarantee

Everyone knows being an international student can get expensive. Griffith University in Queensland, Australia is poised to help: They’ve recently announced a tuition fee cap guarantee for students from 2018.

Griffith University promises 2.5% tuition fee cap guarantee for students from 2018

Griffith announces 2.5% tuition fee cap

For all degree students commencing in 2018, Griffith University is guaranteeing that students’ fees will not increase by more than 2.5% per year for the duration of their program. This is a significant reduction from the previous 7.5%. The 2.5% cap means that Griffith students and sponsors are provided with certainty and confidence regarding the total cost of degree programs.

Significant savings indeed!

Students at Griffith University learn from degrees informed by world-class research and industry connections. Students learn in and out of the classroom, with teaching methods tailored to suit the needs of each degree. Depending on your degree, you might learn through work placements, overseas field trips, industry projects for real clients, or laboratory studies in Griffith’s state-of-the-art facilities.

What are the most popular degrees for Canadian students at Griffith? Here a just a few:

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Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Griffith Law Futures Centre research finding solutions to 21st century problems

Griffith University launched the Law Futures Centre at South Bank campus on Wednesday, March 22.

Acting Director and international lawyer Professor Don Anton says the centre’s researchers are already responding to 21st century challenges to law and legal institutions.

Griffith Law Futures Centre research – finding solutions to 21st century problems

Professor Don Anton (Photo: Griffith University)

Griffith Law School is placed in the top 50 law schools in the world and research in law is a key strength of the university,’’ he said.

“The centre will continue to leverage off these strengths and expand our research presence nationally and internationally. It will undertake interdisciplinary research responsive to domestic and global change.”​​

Two of the current nine Australian Research Council Future Fellows in law, Professor Elena Marchetti and Associate Professor Susan Harris-Rimmer, feature in the line-up of the Centre’s staff from Griffith Law School—with other academics from law, environmental sciences, international relations, business, health, criminology and humanities.

The centre’s four research programs focus on solving legal problems posed in the areas of

  • Law, Governance and Global Change
  • Law & Nature
  • Law, Risk and Innovation
  • Lawyering, Legal Education & the Future of Law

“I look forward to the LFC meeting the most pressing emerging challenges for law and legal institutions in Australia and internationally; harnessing the law as a key tool for shaping the future,’’ Professor Anton said.

Griffith Bachelor of Laws

Griffith’s Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry) degree includes courses that will equip you to sit the NCA accreditation exams when you finish your degree. You can even sit these exams at the Gold Coast. With a Griffith law degree you could seek admission to practice in both Australia and Canada.

Canadian Law Electives

The following courses are taught in Year 3 as optional electives to assist students who wish to return to Canada to practice:

  • Foundations of Canadian Law
  • Canadian Criminal Law
  • Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Canadian Administrative Law
  • Canadian Legal Professional Responsibility

Program: Bachelor of Laws (graduate entry)
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the pre-departure process.

Apply to Griffith University Law School!

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Discover more about studying at Griffith Law School! Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Griffith University rises up QS World University Rankings

Griffith University features among the world’s elite institutions in 28 subject areas covered in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, which were unveiled last month.

Griffith was ranked in the top 100 institutions worldwide in 11 subject areas, including a world top 10 position in Hospitality and Leisure Management (which was also ranked number one in Australia).

Griffith University rises up QS World University Rankings

Learn more about studying at Griffith

Three other subject areas—Nursing and Midwifery, Development Studies and Performing Arts—gained top 50 positions on the global stage, making this Griffith’s best ever result in the seventh edition of the prestigious annual ranking system.

“This result is significant acknowledgement of Griffith’s status as one of Australia’s most comprehensive research and teaching universities,” Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian O’Connor said.

“The latest QS rankings reflect the rapid expansion and external recognition of our comprehensive research and teaching profile.

“The QS rankings measure reputation through a global academic and employer survey and also use quantitative indicators such as citation rates to rate the quality of our research.”

Leading institutions worldwide

Griffith now ranks in the leading institutions worldwide in 28 subject areas, rising from 18 in 2016 and 15 in 2015, placing it ninth in Australia for total number of subjects ranked.

In addition, Griffith University is now equal ninth with one other university for top 100 subjects, and equal ninth for top 50 subjects, also with one other university.

“With the Commonwealth Games set to bring a wave of new visitors to the Gold Coast in little more than a year, it is also quite fitting that Griffith be showcased at this time as the number one university in Australia in the subject area of hospitality and leisure management, and in the top 100 for sports-related subjects,” Professor O’Connor said.

QS evaluated more than 4,400 universities worldwide and ranked 1117 institutions in compiling the 2017 rankings.

More than 127 million citation attributions were analysed and the provision of more than 18,900 programs was verified.

Griffith Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management is a multi-award winning provider of degrees in the fields of

  • event and sport management
  • property and real estate
  • tourism and hotel management

Crowned Australia’s best tourism educator at the 2010 National Tourism Awards, the department has also been inducted into the Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame, after winning the Tourism Education award for three consecutive years.

The department attracts the nation’s largest student cohort in hotel- and tourism-related degrees. Accreditation from the International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (THE-ICE) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) are further testimony to the quality of degrees on offer.

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Discover more about studying at Griffith University. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Business Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information at shannon@oztkrekk.com.

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Griffith University students step into trimesters

New students starting at Griffith University this week will have their own unique place in the university’s history books.

Trimesters replaced semesters in 2017, and the first of three 12-week teaching periods commenced Feb. 27.

Griffith is the first Brisbane-based university to offer the trimester structure. So, what does this mean for you?

Griffith University students step into trimesters

Students starting at Griffith in 2017 will arrive in tandem with the trimester structure.

“Universities need to deliver flexible learning options more than ever before,” Professor Debra Henly, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), said.

“Our new structure will allow students in many degrees greater flexibility to balance work and study by spreading their workload across three trimesters, or to accelerate and complete a standard three-year degree in two years.”

In many programs, students will also be able to commence their studies in Trimester 2 starting on July 3 or Trimester 3 commencing on Oct. 30.

The introduction of trimesters is a part of a suite of teaching innovations that Griffith University is implementing in 2017, focusing on preparing students for future career paths. Other initiatives include the introduction of a career portfolio, more opportunities for industry work placements and a unique program of internships with the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Explore interests and aptitude

A foundation first year is also being introduced in 2017 for a number of disciplines, including business, commerce, engineering, education, information technology, photography science and fine art.

“This initiative will give students the best start at university. The added flexibility means they can explore their interests and aptitude early in their academic journey before committing to a specialised pathway,” Professor Henly sa​id​.

Bachelor of Education students, for example, won’t have to decide if they want to specialise in primary, secondary or special education teaching until their second year, after completing a first year with common core studies.

Students commencing fine art or photography at the QCA will be immersed in a new joint foundation year program that will foster skills and knowledge key to their artistic development throughout their degree and beyond.

Trimesters 1 and 2 will be compulsory for domestic and international students, with Trimester 3 optional. Not all programs will be offered in Trimester 3, and availability will depend on degree popularity.

About Griffith University

Students at Griffith University learn from degrees informed by world-class research and industry connections. Students learn in and out of the classroom, with teaching methods tailored to suit the needs of each degree. Depending on your degree, you might learn through work placements, overseas field trips, industry projects for real clients, or laboratory studies in Griffith’s state-of-the-art facilities.

Griffith is a comprehensive university, offering more than 200 undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees across all disciplines. Some of the most popular schools and study areas at Griffith for Canadian students:

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Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Griffith University scientist named Australian of the Year

Griffith University Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim has been honoured as this year’s Australian of the Year recipient.

The retired biomedical scientist, whose ground-breaking stem-cell research was instrumental in helping a paralysed man walk again, accepted the prestigious award during a live announcement at Parliament House in Canberra on Australia Day eve.

Griffith University scientist named Australian of the Year

Griffith University Professor Emeritus Alan Mackay-Sim is the 2017 Queensland Australian of the Year (Photo via Griffith University)

Professor Mackay-Sim has spent his career researching how nerve cells in the nose regenerate and pioneered a way to safely apply that same regenerative process to damaged spinal cords.

Recognised as the 2003 Queenslander of the Year and the 2017 Queensland Australian of the Year, Professor Mackay-Sim will now spend the next year fulfilling his duties for the Australian title while still overseeing several research projects at the Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery.

Those projects include stem cell research into treatments for conditions such as schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to talk about the importance of research on spinal cord injury and brain diseases,” Professor Mackay-Sim said in his speech.

“About new treatments using stem cells and cell transplantation, undreamed of 20 years ago. About how we must, as Australians, prioritise our spending so that we can afford not only to look after the diseased and disabled in our communities but also to afford the research for new and radical treatments to reduce future health costs.

“As a nation we must be part of this. And we must invest in young scientists.”

Professor Mackay-Sim highlighted the vital need for continued support and funding for research to ensure this life changing work isn’t compromised.

Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor congratulated Professor Mackay-Sim on his national award.

Griffith University is extremely proud to have such a remarkable man and scientist among us,” he said.

“Alan’s research has laid the foundation for global efforts to use stem cell surgery to repair spinal cord injury. It is an extraordinary field.

“He is a deserved recipient of Australian of the Year and we join the rest of the country in applauding him.”

Pro Vice Chancellor (Sciences) Professor Andrew Smith said, “We are delighted Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Sim and his research has been recognised at the highest level. Griffith Sciences Group remains committed to supporting this pioneering stem cell research towards new innovative treatments for spinal injury.”

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