Brisbane midyear report and go the mighty Maroons

Published: Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Message from Associate Vice Chancellor Professor Jim Nyland: At this mid-year point, I am pleased to report that McAuley at Banyo campus continues to perform strongly across the triple helix of learning, research and engagement, re-emerging as ACU’s second largest campus with 13 per cent growth this calendar year (now 4607 eftsl).

The campus is set to grow by 50 per cent over the next five years and our commitment to creating distinctive precincts on campus that house state of the art learning facilities to support this future growth has been highlighted by the collaborative planning process put in place in recent weeks to advance our new major capital works project - Building U.

My thanks to Dr Stephen Weller and his outstanding project team who are powering ahead to complete in 18 months what will be one of our most striking student centered buildings.

This significant project will realize a major goal of the campus Master Plan – namely, to enhance the library precinct and learning commons areas, accommodate new office space for 70 staff returning to campus and form a new central locus for the McAuley at Banyo campus connecting the Lyceum Precinct (where thousands of students arrive each day for their studies) with the fabulous heart of the campus, Community Court.

Caption: Chris Sonsearay, a Lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy at Brisbane, and a Research Assistant for the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research based at the University’s Southbank facility conducts cutting edge research into injury surveillance and concussion with rugby players are one of our lead partner schools, Nudgee College.

Cutting-edge concussion research

As well as leading the way with regard to innovative learning ACU Brisbane is also at the forefront of producing innovative research.  One of the major research challenges currently affecting sporting professional teams throughout Australia and the world is concussion amongst players. Unfortunately this is also proving to be the case with school and college teams across the sporting codes. I am pleased to report that the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research based at our Southbank facility in Brisbane is conducting leading edge research into injury surveillance and concussion across the Associated Independent Colleges rugby competition.  They are also working with the Great Public Schools' Association of Queensland (including our partner school at Nudgee College, pictured above) establishing baseline and post-concussion data sets. My thanks to Professor Julie Hides and her research team for their critically important work in this area, the results of which will be applicable globally.

National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games

Likewise, in the area of engagement, the McAuley at Banyo campus continues to impress the HE sector.  Next week we celebrate our prized position as host to the National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games, commencing this coming Sunday and running for five days.

This is a high profile event for the campus and the University. Particular thanks must go to Jane Ceolin and her team for their superb leadership in planning this event which will welcome 500+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to a celebration of activities including inter-university sports competition (Basketball, Touch, Netball and Volleyball), cultural ceremonies, traditional games and community events.

Work on the McAuley at Banyo campus Sporting Oval is now complete to support the Games with a new playing surface, new drainage, a covered tiered seating facility and new flood lights. We just need the rain to stay away.

My thanks and congratulations to all staff for their continued hard work in these and many other research, learning, engagement and development projects that ensure ACU Brisbane is every bit as unstoppable as the mighty Maroons.