2015: an event filled year

Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015

As January seems to be rapidly disappearing; most people are now back from their Christmas break and well into preparation to welcome new and returning students to campus. The numbers are very positive and show continuing growth across ACU and St. Patrick’s.

The St Patrick’s  Properties team are frantically attempting to finish as much of the capital works as possible before Orientation Week, including our new and expanded cafeteria. Some projects are running further into semester, for example the new stairway connecting all floors of the Mary Glowrey Building and the works to finish the Square. These will be complete by Easter.

This is the year of the University’s 25th Anniversary, a significant milestone. A schedule of events across all campuses will be distributed shortly and we encourage all students and staff to join in the spirit of celebration.

The highlight of the year, in terms of events, will be the International Federation of Catholic Universities 25th Congress, hosted by ACU on the St. Patrick’s Campus in mid-July. We anticipate representatives from over 220 Catholic universities from around the world.

We are also commencing the detailed planning of another significant building development on the St Patrick’s Campus, situated on the car park adjacent to the Mary Glowrey Building. This building is proposed to have underground parking and be dedicated to flexible teaching spaces to accommodate our growth. Wider consultation will commence in the second semester and I will keep you briefed of developments.

Welcome back for another busy year.

Dr John Ballard

Associate Vice Chancellor (Vic)