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University of Canberra
University of Canberra logo
Motto Australia's Capital University
Established 1990
Type Public
Chancellor Prof. Ingrid Moses
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Stephen Parker[1]
Staff 853
Students ~9,000
Location Bruce, Canberra, ACT, Australia
Campus Urban 290 acres (1.2 km2) (Bruce campus)
Affiliations ASAIHL, New Generation Universities
Website www.canberra.edu.au

The University of Canberra, also known as UC and Australia Capital University, is a university located in Canberra, ACT, the national capital of Australia. UC is the second largest tertiary institution in Canberra. There are approximately 9,000 students and more than 800 staff.[citation needed]

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History

The University of Canberra was founded in 1967 as the Canberra College of Advanced Education, and was accredited as a university on 1 January 1990, following the Dawkins reforms. Until 1993, it was sponsored by Monash University.[2] In 2008, UC celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Along the UC concourse, towards the Library.

Campus

The University of Canberra (UC) is set on 120 hectares (297 acres). Located in the suburb of Bruce, 10 minutes drive from the city centre, UC is a single campus with student residential services, teaching and library facilities all within walking distance.

Academic structure

The University teaches in many disciplines including business, law, journalism, information technology, advertising, health, biological sciences, forensics and design.

As of January 2008, the university's teaching functions are delivered by eight academic faculties:

Research centres

The university has a number of research centres relating to its areas of research strength. These are:

  • Institute for Applied Ecology
  • National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM)[1]
  • eWater Cooperative Research Centre
  • Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism
  • Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
  • Centre for Labour Market Research
  • Australian Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • Centre for Customs & Excise Studies
  • Centre for Developing Cities
  • Centre for Research and Action in Public Health
  • Centre for Research in Public Sector Management
  • Centre for Tourism Research
  • Communication & Media Policy Institute
  • Corrosion & Spectrochemistry Laboratory
  • Human Computer Communication Laboratory
  • Learning Communities Research Area
  • Lifelong Learning Network
  • National Centre for Corporate Law & Policy Research
  • National Institute of Governance
  • National Institute of Sports Studies
  • Ngunnawal Centre
  • Professional Management Programs
  • Schools & Community Centre
  • Teaching and Learning Centre

Ranking

UC was one of nine universities recognised by the Australian government in 2006 for high achievement in learning and teaching [3][4][5]. In 2005 and 2006 rankings of the international standing of Australian universities by the Melbourne Institute, UC received 44 and ranked approximately two-thirds down the list[4]. In 2007, UC received 41[6]. UC was ranked 8th in Australia for teaching and learning and survey showed that its graduates are among the highest paid in Australia.[citation needed]

Recent history

In May 2007, the Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker announced a review of the university's administration that was expected to result in significant job cuts.[7][8] The administrative review was completed by early 2009, with reforms to be implemented during 2009. In March 2009, it was announced that UC would outsource several key administrative functions to Wipro, an Indian company[9][10]. During June-July, 2009, the Vice-Chancellor then undertook reforms of performance expectations for academic staff in an effort to raise performance on key performance indicators. In July 2009, a new academic recruiting drive was announced [11], however the UC-branch of the National Tertiary Education Union is currently opposing the reforms and considering industrial action. [12]

Notable staff and students

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Staff

Notable staff members have included:

Alumni

Notable alumni include:

Foundation stone and Stone Day

Building 11, Walkway connecting the refectory with the gym.

At the end of the year, after classes finish but before exams, Stone Day is usually held, a music festival with local bands, which lasts several days. The day before it is known as Stone Eve. It started as a celebration held annually to mark the placing of the foundation stone by Prime Minister John Gorton on 28 October 1968. This founded the Canberra College of Advanced Education, which became the University of Canberra in 1990.

The stone is under glass, outside, near Building 1 at the University, and an inscription on it reads:

This Stone was unveiled by the right honourable J.G. Gorton, M.P., Prime Minister of Australia, on 28 October 1968, to mark the establishment of the Canberra College of Advanced Education.

Over the years the Stone Day program has gradually become larger and larger, taking up a whole week and now Stonefest is one of Australia's most popular music festivals. The first foundation celebrations were held in 1971. In 1973 Stone Day celebrations were held over two days, which was expanded to take up a whole week in 1976. In the 1980s and 1990s Stoneweek became a popular Canberra entertainment event, which in 2000 became Stonefest.

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 35°14′20″S 149°05′15″E / 35.23889°S 149.0875°E / -35.23889; 149.0875


Study guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiversity

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Contents

University of Canberra (UC) is a mid-size, mid-ranked Australian university with an emphasis on applied and professional learning. Read more about University of Canberra (Wikipedia).

Moodle

  1. UC's electronic teaching platform uses Moodle: http://learnonline.canberra.edu.au
  2. Some unit materials are open to the public - look through: http://learnonline.canberra.edu.au/courses

ucspace

  1. UC also uses Confluence, an enterprise wiki to host some unit materials which are open to the public
  2. Explore http://ucspace.canberra.edu.au

Wikiversity

Some units taught at UC which are available in some form on Wikiversity:

Unit Convener
Advanced ANOVA James Neill
Introduction to psychological research James Neill
Psychology 102 James Neill
Social psychology (psychology) James Neill
Survey research and design in psychology James Neill
Survey design workshop James Neill

Blogs

Some lecturers and researchers also use blogs to support and document their work, e.g.,

Faculty of Business and Government
Faculty of Health, Sports Studies
Other

See also


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