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85 VU Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Education students competed in the 24-hour Victorian Rogaining Championships event in the Kara Kara National Park August 29-30.
Rogaining (rugged outdoor group activity involving navigation and endurance) is an adventure sport that originated in Australia. Although little-known, the sport has been played since 1976. It tests navigational skills, fitness, endurance, decision-making and teamwork.
Matthew Cox, lecturer in the College of Sport and Exercise Science, said rogaining is embedded into coursework units for the students and offers a way of consolidating their theoretical understanding of topographical relationships and field preparedness through practical experience.
Conducted across 180 square kilometres of bushland north of Avoca, the rogainer teams travelled on foot, navigating by map and compass to locate checkpoints and accrue points in an allocated time.
Student, Emily Bellin, said “this type of experience allows me to put into place all that I have learnt over the last few years about leadership and navigation and proves to me that I have learnt a lot!”
This year VU students achieved the following results:
Applications are now open for the 2016 Centre of Policy Studies Top-Up Scholarship.
The Centre of Policy Studies will award one scholarship of AU$15,000 to a qualified student studying towards a PhD in Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling at the Centre of Policy Studies in Melbourne, Australia. The $15,000 is in addition to the graduate research scholarship awarded in the 2016 round.
Learn more about studying a PhD in CGE modelling.
This competitive scholarship is available to students who:
The award may be held for a maximum of three years for a Doctoral program.
Students interested in applying for the Centre of Policy Studies Top-Up Scholarship must first follow the steps to apply for a Graduate Research Scholarship.
To indicate you're also applying for the Top-Up Scholarship, the supervisor you nominate on your graduate scholarship application form must be approved by Professor Glyn Wittwer.
Applications for Graduate Research Scholarships must be submitted by the following deadlines:
Deadline for international students: 30 September 2015 Deadline for domestic students: 30 October 2015
Please direct all enquiries to Professor Glyn Wittwer: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Professor Gillian Triggs, will give the fifth Austin Asche Oration
The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, will give the fifth Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance this week.
The lecture is entitled: “The Expansion of Executive Discretion: Implications for the NT”.
The Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance honours the service of The Hon Austin Asche AC QC to the people of the Northern Territory and his contribution to the law, tertiary education and to the community.
Professor Triggs has combined an academic career with international commercial legal practice and has advised the Australian and other governments and international organisations on international legal and trade disputes.
Her focus at the Commission is on the implementation in Australian law of the human rights treaties to which Australia is a party, and to work with nations in the Asia Pacific region on practical approaches to human rights.
Professor Triggs is the author of many books and papers on international law, including “International Law, Contemporary Principles and Practices” (2nd Ed, 2011).
She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007-12 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005-7. She is a former Barrister and a Governor of the College of Law.
The Austin Asche Oration in Law and Governance will be held on Thursday, 3 September from 5:00 to 7:00pm at the Dining Room and Nitmiluk Lounge Level 4, Parliament House. The event is free and open to members of the public.
Victoria University’s Student Contact and Services Centre has this week won a national award for best practice in tertiary education management.
The Co-op Award for Excellence in Student Administration and Customer Service recognises the outstanding effort of staff across the University who have collaborated to improve our performance in creating a more responsive and student-centred culture at VU.
The Best Practice Awards are offered each year by The Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM). ATEM is the pre-eminent professional body in Australasia for tertiary education administrators and managers. Running for the fourth time in 2015, the awards have now become a central measure of excellence among the wider tertiary education sector.
The Co-op Award for Excellence in Student Administration and Customer Service won by VU is sponsored by ATEM and Campus Review and rewards VU for its Customer Service Framework around the shared services model.
Former governor general Quentin Bryce, Western Australia’s Chief Justice Wayne Martin and WA Governor Kerry Sanderson are among several prominent Australian and international speakers addressing a major forum on gender equality later this week.