JULY 2020

Whether you are thinking of returning for some additional study or have children or friends who might be interested, I encourage you to have a look and explore our degrees in our Virtual Open House.

Over 2,300 prospective students and their families have already experienced Griffith from home as part of our 12 week Virtual Open House, as we accommodate increased demand for study options in an environment where social distancing remains a key consideration. Our Open House initiative is giving potential students insights into life as a student at Griffith, embracing the latest technology that has been keeping our current students engaged and learning during the pandemic. While COVID-19 has meant we are unable to host large groups of potential students at an on-campus Open Day event this year, our Open House is ensuring virtual access to every campus and everything we offer from the comfort of people’s homes and the ease of personal devices, on not just one day, but from now until 1 October.

I also invite you to join us at one of our new thought leadership conversation series ‘A Better Future for All’. Griffith University has partnered with HOTA, Home of the Arts, to present an exciting series of events.  In the inaugural event on Thursday 30 July, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce AC joins in a one on one conversation with legendary interviewer Kerry O’Brien on the subject of ‘Travelling into the future’, offering a rare insight into the mind of one of the nation’s most prominent CEOs.

Kerry O’Brien is undeniably Australia’s premier interviewer whose fierce intellect and engaging manner has become a constant presence on our screens for more than 40 years.The conversation series will continue to engage with some of Australia’s biggest names with Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) head Sally McManus and indigenous author Bruce Pascoe scheduled to take part in one-on-ones in coming months.

In this month's alumni newsletter, we congratulate four of our Griffith community who have been named as Gold Coast Women of the Year.  Griffith School of Nursing and Midwifery emergency care expert and alumnus Professor Julie Crilly OAM, Bachelor of Exercise Science alumnus Renee Cohen, Bachelor of Education alumnus Amy-Louise Anderson, and Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics alumnus Dr Cherie Hugo were all honoured in the awards for their contribution to the Gold Coast community. A tremendous achievement.

I am also thrilled to share that Professor Roianne West of the Griffith Health group has won the 2020 Lowitja Institute Cranlana Award for outstanding research leadership. Roianne’s research and academic leadership has focused on the recruitment, education and training of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples into health professions, and challenging the wider health workforce and system.

In further good news, Griffith University researcher Professor Wendy Moyle has been named as one of the World’s 50 Most Renowned Women in Robotics in Analytics Insight magazine. As director of Menzies Health Institute Queensland Healthcare Practice and Survivorship Program, Professor Moyle is renowned for her expertise in evaluating social robotics to improve quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.  And Professor Brigid Gillespie has been recognised for her contribution to nursing research as one of only 19 nurse researchers worldwide inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Research Hall of Fame in 2020.

At the University level, Griffith has moved into the top 250 in the CWTS Leiden Rankings 2020 which measures university performance based on scientific impact and collaboration across more than 1000 universities. Griffith retains its position as second in Queensland in the ranking and is placed 246th globally for proportion of publications ranked in the top 10% of their field, up nine places from 2019. In the Social Sciences and Humanities, Griffith is ranked 49th in the world, up from 55 which also placed it sixth nationally. In BioMedical and Health Sciences, Griffith ranked 252nd for the number of top 10% publications and ninth in Australia. These are results demonstrate the global impact of our research and I am delighted to see Griffith work recognised in this way.

Carolyn Evans

Vice Chancellor and President

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