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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

University of Queensland encourages sign-up to campus safety

Studying abroad can cause some anxiety, especially for parents of international students!

Have no fear if you’re at UQ, or planning to attend UQ. The University of Queensland works hard to ensure the safety of all students, staff and visitors who attend its campuses.

UQ is encouraging new and returning students and staff to sign up to the SafeZone smart phone app designed to improve safety and security across all campuses. The app connects students and staff directly to the UQ Security team or emergency services for on-campus first-aid or emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

University of Queensland encourages sign-up to campus safety encourages sign-up to campus safety

UQ SafeZone App (Image: UQ)

“The GPS-based app has been incredibly popular since its launch, with almost 8000 registered users,” he said.

“It now has new features, including an after-hours timer for those wanting to work late with confidence they will be monitored to reach their transport safely; and real-time campus safety bus tracking to allow people to time their exit to coincide with the arrival of the safety bus.

“The app is available at UQ’s St Lucia, Gatton and Herston (excluding RBWH) campuses and the Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, Indooroopilly Mine and Moreton Bay Research Station sites, providing the user has mobile phone or WiFi coverage,” Mr Dickson said.

“It’s designed to enhance emergency response and communication during critical incidents such as lockdowns and natural disasters by sending notifications to users’ mobile devices.”

SafeZone uses location-based tracking, but does not track a user’s location until an emergency alarm is activated or a call is made for help or first-aid.

“If the app is activated on one of our campuses then the campus security team will respond to the alarm or call,” Mr Dickson said.

If it’s activated at sites without 24-hour security—Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, the Indooroopilly Mine and the Moreton Bay Research Station—it will dial 000 (same as 911 in North America) to connect the user directly with emergency services.

SafeZone complements a range of security measures, including 788 security cameras, 72 emergency call points, a night safety bus service at St Lucia, night escorts, 24-hour security patrols and published preferred paths for after-dark travel.

Download the SafeZone app:

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Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Technical know-how a first for Melbourne Law School

Melbourne Law School students are leading the way in providing innovative solutions to complex law issues through the use of new technologies. They have designed and built a range of legal help websites to provide the public with fast, accurate and cost-effective information about common legal problems including inaccurate credit reports, handling and managing fines, and assessing employment rights. The students compete for the right to have their ideas developed in the annual presentation called “The Bake-off.”

Technical know-how a first for Melbourne Law School

MLS students providing innovative solutions to complex legal issues (Photo credit: University of Melbourne)

While the competition can be valuable in generating new ideas, the real learning comes from students better understanding the interface between law and technology. MLS is the only university offering practical work in technology and the law. The legal expertise websites are designed to replicate the thought processes and actions of a lawyer and provide tailored legal information to non-lawyers and the not-for-profit sector as part of the Melbourne Law School’s Juris Doctor degree.

Students will compete for the title of ‘The Slater and Gordon Award for Law Apps” before a panel of judges, where their projects will be assessed on their usefulness, completeness, ambition and creativity, design and presentation. One of the sites from last year, designed to assist not-for-profits, is now live and will be demonstrated at the annual event.

Dean of Melbourne Law School Professor Carolyn Evans said that new technologies were providing innovative solutions in the law.

“The MLS is the leader in Australia in regards to technology in legal education. Melbourne is claiming the space of technology in legal education,” she said.

“MLS is producing law graduates of the future. The legal landscape is changing with much of it is moving to digital and online. Law graduates with these technology skills are more employable and more in a position to help clients.”

Subject teacher, Mr Gary Cazalet, said the subject offered at Melbourne Law School received support from Georgetown University, law firm Slater and Gordon and technology platform Neota Logic—a platform providing non-programmers with the tools to efficiently build, test, maintain, and deploy expert applications.

“During the development of their websites, students receive substantial and ongoing advice from Neota Logic’s experts both in Australia and the US, enabling students to create applications of the highest quality,” Mr Cazalet said.

“This results in the creation of fast, accurate and cost-effective answers to common legal problems.”

Julian Uebergang, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Neota Logic, added “Neota Logic is proud to collaborate with MLS and Justice Connect to develop applications that perform important functions for not-for-profit organisations, particularly organisations that promote access-to-justice.”

Slater and Gordon Victorian General Manager of Personal Injury Dina Tutungi, who is one of the judges for the event, said it was important to encourage and support the next generation of lawyers to become innovators.

“Slater and Gordon is proud to be involved in an event that allows us to help future lawyers develop new and better ways to improve access to legal information, services and justice.”

Neota Logic is a global provider of intelligent software for the legal and compliance industries. Combining rules, reasoning, decision management and document automation, the company’s easy-to-develop smart applications enable business solutions that deliver process improvements, reduce risk and ensure compliance. Neota Logic applications are mobile-ready, can be embedded within portals and websites and integrate easily with other systems.

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor program

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February
Duration: 3 years (2 or 2.5 years for accelerated program)
Application deadline: Melbourne Law School has a general application deadline of November 30 each year; however, late applications may be accepted.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have

  • completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline; and
  • completed the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

The Melbourne JD has three selection criteria:

  1. Academic results achieved in previous tertiary studies
  2. The LSAT score
  3. The applicant’s personal statement

A Melbourne Law School application must include a personal statement of up to 850 words. It should emphasize any aspect of your personal history that may enhance your application, including extracurricular activity, community involvement, work experience, caregiver responsibilities, relevant personal characteristics and any outstanding achievements. Statements should be typewritten; the pages should be numbered; and the applicant’s name and date of birth should appear on each page.

Students who have not yet completed an undergraduate degree may apply, as long as they will have graduated prior to commencing the Melbourne JD program.

Apply now to the University of Melbourne Law School!

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Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

UQ launches free campus safety app

The University of Queensland is harnessing mobile technology to improve student and staff safety.

The SafeZone smartphone app (by CriticalArc) connects students and staff directly to the UQ Security team or emergency services for on-campus first-aid or emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

UQ launches free campus safety app

UQ launches free campus safety app (Photo credit: UQ)

Property and Facilities Director Alan Egan said the app would not only make it easier for UQ Security to respond to emergency situations quickly, but also for the university to alert SafeZone app users about any safety issues on campus.

“Through GPS, the app allows security staff to become aware of someone’s location, talk to them directly and arrange immediate assistance,” he said.

“The app is available any time at UQ’s St Lucia, Gatton and Herston (excluding RBWH) campuses and the Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, Indooroopilly Mine and Moreton Bay Research Station sites, providing the user has mobile phone or wifi coverage.”

SafeZone will improve emergency response and communication during critical incidents such as lockdowns and natural disasters by sending push notifications to users’ mobile devices.

Independent contractors working on campus will also be encouraged to register for SafeZone.

Although SafeZone uses location-based tracking, it does not track a user’s location until an emergency alarm is activated or a call is made for help or first-aid.

“When the user is within one of the defined areas, the campus security team will respond to the alarm or call,” Mr Egan said.

If the SafeZone app is activated at sites without 24/7 security – Long Pocket, PACE, Pinjarra Hills, Indooroopilly Mine and Moreton Bay Research Station – it will connect the user directly with emergency services instead of UQ Security.

If SafeZone is activated outside the defined zones the app will dial “000,” which is the Australian version of 911.

SafeZone will complement existing security infrastructure, including 788 security cameras, 72 emergency call points, a UniSafe night bus service at St Lucia, UniSafe night escorts, 24-hour security patrols and published preferred paths for after-dark travel.

SafeZone is available for iPhones, Android and Windows phones. Download the SafeZone app using one of the links below:

iPhone/iPad: goo.gl/6ED0XV
Android phone/tablet: goo.gl/e3u9mO
Windows phone: goo.gl/5vFxhW

For more information visit www.pf.uq.edu.au/unisafe/uqsafezone/

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