News

Uni's new Vice-Chancellor

Professor Jan Thomas is the new Vice-Chancellor of The University of Southern Queensland.
Professor Jan Thomas is the new Vice-Chancellor of The University of Southern Queensland. Rob Williams

THE freshly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southern Queensland is preparing to take charge of one of the country's fastest-expanding campuses.

Professor Jan Thomas took charge of the USQ campuses, including the one at Springfield, on January 16, having left her former role at the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, Western Australia.

The 50-year-old professor has enjoyed a long career as an academic, having abandoned her veterinary practice to specialise in teaching many years ago.

She has filled the role of deputy vice-chancellor at two universities over the past nine years.

Established only six years ago, the Springfield campus expects to be able to boast 1800 students by the end of 2012.

Those numbers are expected to climb to 3800 by 2020 and 5100 by 2025.

"This campus is one of the fastest-growing in Australia, and through its mere positioning opens up horizons for people that have never thought about going past high school before," Prof Thomas said.

"We will continue to create new courses according to student demand - a lot of research goes into that area."

A recent boost for the uni came in the form of the approval of federal funding for a new building at Springfield - to be completed by the end of 2014.

Although teaching courses have proven the most popular, the campus is branching out by offering new majors in journalism and English literature.

Prof Thomas said the uni's flagship Bachelor of Accounting and Sustainable Business course was also in high demand.

"I was compelled to come to this uni because of the way it builds bridges for people who have not had the chance to participate in tertiary education before," she said.

The uni's own data shows an increasing number of students are coming from Beaudesert, Browns Plains, and the Gold Coast to enrol at USQ Springfield.

Topics:  university of southern queensland vice-chancellor



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Crash causes headaches on the Warrego

Travellers heading to the Somerset and Wivenhoe dams from Ipswich for the weekend were stuck in a huge tailback as they turned on to the Brisbane Valley Highway from the Warrego Highway.

Oil spill may have caused driver to spin out

Why Raj will feed hundreds for free on Christmas Day

GIVING SPIRIT: Indian Mehfil owner Raj Sharma, pictured with wife Prianka and their children Sara and Sohaan, will feed hundreds of the Ipswich needy on Christmas Day at his Ipswich CBD restaurant for free..

Indian Mehfil owner opens his heart so Ipswich needy don't eat alone

I have a big fish for Redbank: Pisasale

BIG FISH ON LINE: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has congratulated Asahi on securing a site in Heathwood but says he has big plans for the Redbank Motorway site.

Ipswich misses Asahi but global player in the pipeline

Local Partners

How predictable are your Netflix habits?

Stranger Things is taking the world by storm as a new-age nostalgic Sci-Fi Thriller

The new entertainment binging pattern

Kanye West is on the mend now he's back from hospital

Kanye West is more relaxed since returning home from hospital

WATCH: The young Aussie actor playing Barack Obama

A screenshot of the trailer for Barry, a new film from Netflix.

Aussie teen nails Obama's early university years

Boy George named as a coach on The Voice Australia

Iconic pop star Boy George is to appear as a coach on 'The Voice'

The first Baywatch trailer is here, and it's hilarious

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

DWAYNE Johnson and Zac Efron star in TV series reboot.

A little taste of Russia

FUN NIGHT OUT: Innessa will play Studio 188 on Saturday.

A blend of folk and world music at Studio 188 this weekend

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

REVEALED: Timeline for CBD redevelopment

The new redevelopment of the CBD will take place in stages.

Lindsay gives the good oil on when the work will begin

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

PHOTOS: World class CBD to lift Ipswich

An artist's impressions of the future Ipswich city mall.

Grand plans to transform city heart unveiled today

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!