- University of Canberra
University of Canberra
Australia’s Capital University
Prof. Ingrid Moses
ASAIHL, New Generation Universities
The University of Canberra, also known as UC, is a university located in Canberra, ACT, the national capital ofAustralia. UC is the second largest tertiary institution in Canberra. There are approximately 9,000 students and more than 800 staff.
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 byMonash University. In 2008, UC celebrated its 40th anniversary.
Along the UC concourse, towards the Library.
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)
- eWater Cooperative Research Centre
- Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism
- Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
- Centre for Labour Market Research
- Healthpact Research Centre for Health Promotion & Wellbeing
- Australian Institute for Sustainable Communities
- Centre for Customs & Excise Studies
- Centre for Developing Cities
- 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 Ce
ntre 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
UC was one of nine universities recognised by the Australian government in 2006 for high achievement in learning and teaching . 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. In 2007, UC received 41. UC was ranked 8th in Australia for teaching and learning and survey showed that its graduates are among the highest paid in Australia.
- 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. 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. 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 , however the UC-branch of the National Tertiary Education Union is currently opposing the reforms and considering industrial action. 
- Notable staff and students
- 10 Staff
Notable staff members have included:
- Donald Horne, Australian journalist, writer, social critic, historian and public intellectual
- Arthur Hoyle, historian
- Ingrid Moses, Chancellor
- Susan Ryan, one-time Labor government Minister
- 11 Alumni
Notable alumni include:
- Wil Anderson, comedian
- Karma Tshiteem, Secretary of the Commission of Gross National Happiness of The Kingdom of Bhutan
- Lee Lai Shan, Olympics Gold Medalist in Windsurfing
- Steve Whan, Member for Monaro and NSW Minister for Emergency Services and Small Business
- Simon Corbell, ACT Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Environment, Water and Climate Change and Minister for Energy. Former President, University of Canberra Students’ Association
- Scott Fava, Western Force rugby union player
- George Gregan, former Captain, Australian national rugby union team
- Justin Heazlewood, aka The Bedroom Philosopher, comedian/folk singer
- Kelly Hoare, member of the Australian House of Representatives
- Garth Nix, author
- Wayne Sievers, former police officer, trade union official, social justice campaigner and political figure
- Petria Thomas, Olympic swimmer and multiple gold medal winner 
- Alan Tongue, Canberra Raiders Rugby League player
- David Vernon, writer
- Adam Boland, producer Sunrise, Weekend Sunrise and The Morning Show – Channel Seven.
- Jonathan Uptin, weekday presenter of National Nine News in Darwin.
- Kate Taylor, journalist and co-host breakfast program, FM 104.7 Canberra
- Ursula Stephens, Parliamentary Secretary for Social Inclusion and the Voluntary Sector
- Nathan Deakes, Olympic athlete and World Champion in 50 km Walk
- Virginia Judge, Member for Strathfield and NSW Minister for Fair Trading, Citizenship and Minister Assisting The Premier on the Arts
- Foundation stone and Stone Day
Building 11, Walkway connecting the refectory with the gym.
Main article: Stonefest
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
- External links
- University of Canberra (goingtouni.gov.au)
- University of Canberra Reviews (Hotcourses.com.au)
- University of Canberra Journal (LiveJournal)
- University of Canberra on Google Maps
- University of Canberra Maps
- Canberra unis score top marks, ABC News, Tue Aug 11, 2009
- University of Canberra – NTEU branch
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