ACU (Australian Catholic University)

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Issue 3, Summer 2012

ACU Research

Top rating for ACU MBA

ACU’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) has been awarded a four-star rating from the Graduate Management Association of Australia (GMAA). 

The Faculty of Business also achieved the highest possible rating of five stars in the Academic Qualifications category. This result places the University among the top institutions in the country for the program.

Executive Dean of Business, Professor Elizabeth More, said she was delighted with the increase in ranking and industry recognition – which she attributed to the hard work and passion of her staff, and university investment in the faculty. 

“We are committed to developing a quality MBA program which provides an enriched learning experience and quality academic staff with a focus on responsible, ethical and sustainable business decision making,” she said. 

“Our MBA is proving very popular with professionals across all industries, and is one of Australia’s fastest growing programs.” 

The GMAA is the national association for graduates having postgraduate management qualifications, largely MBAs.

US award for stroke researcher

Professor Sandy Middleton has been awarded the 2012 American Heart Association CVN Stroke Article of the Year Award for her study, which found three simple protocols to be more effective than the current treatment for acute stroke patients. 

Director of the Nursing Research Institute at ACU and St Vincents & Mater Health, Professor Middleton received the award at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Los Angeles in November. She is the first non-US recipient. 

The Stroke Article of the Year Award recognises the scientific and clinical contributions of cerebrovascular nurses in promoting the American Heart Association’s goals. It also recognises scientific excellence in cerebrovascular nursing science and encourages investigation that will further knowledge and skills in this area.

$7.9 milion for cardiovascular research

ACU, in partnership with the University of Melbourne, St Vincent’s Health and the O’Brien Institute, has been awarded $7.9 million in funding to develop and implement a suite of cardiovascular research projects. The Building Collaborative Research with Specific Focus on Cardiovascular Health project received the funding as part of the Collaborative Research Networks program, an initiative introduced by the Australian Government to foster excellence in research among higher education institutions.

Professor Greg Craven, Vice-Chancellor at ACU, said the award was a wonderful outcome for the University and its partners, and is a reflection of the high quality research in which ACU is already engaged.

ACU has joined with partner institutions to establish the Centre for Research Enhancement and Sustainability (CRES), a specialised centre that focuses on managing research development and collaboration at ACU.

“In addition to the CRES, the partnership will grow its Cardiovascular Research Centre (CvRC) into a world standard centre for collaborative research into the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease,” Professor Craven said. 

Students awarded Governer-General’s Scholarship

Two Indigenous students from ACU have been awarded the Governor- General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarship.

Awarded anually to one student from each state, the scholarships are valued at $25,000 per year, for up to four years, and aim to assist and support Indigenous university students to obtain a teaching degree. 

The ACU recipients, Tracy Edwards who is completing an Associate Degree Indigenous Education/Bachelor of Education (Indigenous) and Lavinia Rossiter who is completing a Bachelor of Primary Education (Indigenous), said they were surprised and honoured to have been selected. 

Lavinia, who is actively engaged in community work in Wiradjuri country, Bathurst, said she was looking forward to fulfilling the goals of the scholarship. 

“This scholarship aims to help us become future teachers that will act as role models for Indigenous students and contribute to increasing educational expectations for Indigenous students, support community involvement, and raise awareness of other educators,” she said. “I am looking forward to doing all of this and more.”


Profesor Pauline Nugent 

Professor Pauline Nugent, Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Academic), has been appointed to the inaugural position of Provost at ACU. She will have overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and operational delivery of the University’s academic objectives, and will continue to oversee ACU’s five faculties, Indigenous education, community engagement and academic matters related to international education

Julian Leeser

Julian Leeser, former executive director of the Menzies Research Centre, has been appointed Director of Government, Policy and Strategy, at ACU. The 36-year-old lawyer has been head of the Liberal’s think-tank since 2006. After a year as an Associate to High Court Justice Ian Callinan, he practised as a solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Julian was special advisor to former Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock and the then Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business Minister Tony Abbott.

Profesor Wayne McKenna

Professor Wayne McKenna has been appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at ACU. He joins ACU from the University of Western Sydney where he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research). Professor McKenna holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English and a PhD from the University of Leeds, UK. His recent research interests include the impact of the digital age on the humanities. He replaces Professor Thomas Martin, who retires at the end of 2012

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