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Leading jurist to speak at CSU in Bathurst

Wednesday 24 Jan 2018

One of Australia’s leading legal figures will deliver a free public lecture and workshops for law students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Wednesday 31 January.

Acting Director for the CSU Centre for Law and Justice Dr Kath McFarlane said, “We are delighted that The Honourable Michael Kirby, AC, CMG, (pictured) will present a free public lecture at the University.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for the Bathurst community to hear from one of the most influential legal figures of our age.

“It is also a tremendous privilege for CSU’s Bachelor of Laws students, who will participate in specialised workshops facilitated by Justice Kirby.

“Through exposure to great legal thinkers and advocates, the Centre for Law and Justice aims to create change-makers, skilled legal professionals who can work at the heart of regional communities, driving advocacy and improving access to legal representation across the country.”

Upon his retirement from the High Court of Australia in February 2009, the Honourable Michael Kirby was Australia’s longest-serving judicial officer. Throughout his stellar legal career he served on various national and international bodies, including as President of the International Commission of Jurists, UN Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia, and the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights.

More recently, he was appointed to the Advisory Council of Transparency International, the Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights Violations in North Korea for 2013-2014, and the UNAIDS/OHCHR’s panel on the overreach of criminal law.

Dr McFarlane said, “The Charles Sturt University Centre for Law and Justice works closely with and learns from the professions, creates change-makers, and is committed to social justice and our regions. It connects its students with leading national and international thinkers.

“The University’s Bachelor of Laws is an internationally unique undergraduate law degree. As well as teaching the traditional law curriculum, our course incorporates Indigenous Australian content, embeds cultural competence, and offers a range of specialised regional law topics.”

The free public lecture by The Honourable Michael Kirby, AC, CMG, is from 10.30am to 1pm on Wednesday 31st January in building 1411, room 347. A light lunch at CSU Engineering (building 1305) will follow the event. To RSVP please contact Ms Kristy Larsen on (02) 6338 4087 or or register here.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Kath McFarlane.

CSU Bathurst Co-op book store moves online

Wednesday 13 Dec 2017

Student requirements for textbooks and supplies has changed very little over the years, however the impact of online retail and changes in technology have affected students purchasing preferences.

After many years of operation Charles Sturt University (CSU) has been advised that the Co-op bookshop, which leases shop space on the Bathurst campus, will close its doors on Friday 15 December as it moves its services online.

The Co-op is Australia’s largest member-owned retailer and supplier of textbooks, educational, development and learning resources.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students), Ms Jenny Roberts, said, “Charles Sturt University is working very closely with the Co-op bookshop management to ensure minimal disruption to students purchasing their textbooks for next session, and ensuring the online and delivery services are still accessible and convenient to our students”.

“We thank the management and staff of the Co-op bookshop for their many years of service to the University community in Bathurst”, Ms Roberts said.

Key points about the closure:

-There will be a sale at the Co-op bookshop at CSU in Bathurst this week up until close of business this Friday;
-The Co-op will consolidate text listings and online supplies for all campuses and distribute orders in the New Year from the Co-op bookshop located at CSU in Wagga Wagga ;
-Queries regarding member accounts or textbook information and orders can made by contacting the Co-op via:
oOnline portal:
oCustomer Care Team: 1300 61 71 81 /

The management of the Co-op have been engaged in discussions with the University prior to today’s announcement, and staff and students of the University were advised of the Co-op closure via internal news in an online statement on Monday 11 December.

Media Contact: Aaron McDonnell, 0427845830

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For further information please contact CSU Media.

Thousands to attend four CSU graduation ceremonies in Bathurst

Monday 11 Dec 2017

More than 4 000 people will attend four Charles Sturt University (CSU) graduation ceremonies in Bathurst on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 December.

Approximately 3 179 family and friends will join nearly 864 graduates at the four ceremonies which will this year be hosted at St Stanislaus College, Bathurst.

Head of Campus Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu said, “We congratulate our graduating professionals with their friends and families on the successful completion of their studies.

“Charles Sturt University takes pride in producing job-ready professionals who enter the workforce very insightful, making a positive impact, creating an inclusive society, and inspiring others.

“More than 800 graduates including six PhDs, will receive their testamurs from the University in Bathurst this year. We invite you to come and share this important milestone with us.”

Graduation highlights include the conferral of Emeritus Professorship to CSU psychology academic Professor Ben Bradley.

PhD graduate Dr Suzanne Hopf (pictured) in the CSU School of Teacher Education has been praised by her examiners for her ‘seminal’ thesis ‘Supporting Fijian children’s communication’ about addressing speech disorders in Fijian children. One examiner said, “Ms Hopf has demonstrated how research and program development should be conducted in the majority of world cultures”. Another examiner said, “This research is not only important to Fiji, but is predicted to have far reaching implications for other countries, languages and for clinical applications. This thesis has the hallmark of innovative, critical thinking and exceeds the requirements of a doctoral thesis. … a gold standard on a doctoral level … In over 30 years of external examining (of PhD theses) this thesis stands out as one of the best that I have had the privilege of reading. It is suggested that this dissertation be recognised for its excellence at the university level.”

9.30am Thursday 14 December – 193 graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education, and 737 guests:

School of Education, School of Teacher Education, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ms Maggie Walter will deliver the Occasional Address. CSU Medallist Ms Caroline Bateson will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

3pm Thursday 14 December – approximately 241 graduates from the Faculty of Arts and Education, and the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences, and 850 guests:

School of Communication and Creative Industries, School of Indigenous Australian Studies, School of Information Studies, the Division of Student Learning/Academic Success Unit, School of Accounting and Finance, School of Management and Marketing.

Ms Bridget Ogilvie will deliver the Occasional Address. Ms Susie Hall will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

9.30am Friday 15 December – approximately 203 graduates from the Faculty of Business, Justice, and Behavioural Sciences, and the Faculty of Science, and 702 guests:

School of Computing and Mathematics, School of Policing Studies, School of Psychology, the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security, the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies, the Centre for Law and Justice, School of Exercise Science, Sport and Heath, School of Human Movement Studies.

CSU psychology academic Professor Ben Bradley will receive the award of Emeritus Professor at this graduation ceremony.

Dr Nicole Sugden will deliver the Occasional Address. Medal winner Ms Anissa Mouti will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

3pm Friday 15 December – approximately 227 graduates from the Faculty of Science, and 890 guests:

School of Community Health, School of Biomedical Science, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, School of Environmental Science, School of Dentistry and Health Science, School of Agriculture and Wine Science, School of Animal and Veterinary Science.

Ms Tiffany Grange will deliver the student Vote of Thanks.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

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Strong Moves Camp in Bathurst for Indigenous students

Tuesday 21 Nov 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst is hosting a Strong Moves Camp for Indigenous high school students from the Riverina, Mid North Coast, and the NSW Central West from Monday 20 to Friday 24 November.

Future Moves program coordinator in the CSU Office of Students Mr Ben Morris (pictured) said, "Strong Moves is a mentoring program that engages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through a series of activities designed to build and strengthen expectations that further study is a realistic goal.

Ben Morris"It will be a fun and exciting week for the students, with staff from multiple faculties running workshops with the students.

"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from the NSW Riverina, Central West and Mid-North Coast regions will be staying on campus in Bathurst to experience university life first-hand. They will participate in a series of workshops aimed at building confidence, celebrating achievements, and discovering the wide variety of future educational options they have before them."

Disciplines areas and courses the students will experience include psychology, policing, TV production, engineering, nursing, and physiotherapy.

Schools attending include Mt Austin High School (Wagga Wagga), and from the Mid-North Coast; Hastings College West Port Campus (Port Macquarie), Melville High School (Kempsey), and Port Macquarie High School.

From the central west, schools include Dennison College Bathurst and Kelso campuses, Orange High School, and Wellington High School.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU's Mr Ben Morris.

CSU theatre students boost local Shakespeare production

Friday 17 Nov 2017

As You Like It posterCharles Sturt University (CSU) theatre/media students underpin a local production of William Shakespeare's As You Like It at Abercrombie House in Bathurst in November.

The Bathurst Shakespeare Players have teamed up with Christopher and Xanthe Morgan from historic Abercrombie House to present six evening performances of one of the bard's funniest and most entertaining comedies.

Director Ms Libby Daniewska said there are five theatre/media students and one academic staff member from the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in this year's production, and two students working backstage on set design, and sound and lighting.

"We've worked a lot over the years with Charles Sturt University students, staff and the theatre/ media department," Ms Daniewska said.

"We maintain a strong and good relationship with the University in various ways from a casting and production perspective, and it always strengthens each production."

This year's CSU theatre/media student cast for As You Like It includes Ms Heather Edmonds, Ms Hannah Armstrong, Mr Artie Hotchkies, Mr Liam Jones, Ms Ally Moon, and lecturer Mr Brett van Heekeren.

CSU helpers and crew include Ms Harriet Fahey (sound and lighting), Mr Josh Meyers (set design) who was a cast member in previous years, and former student Mr Dom Ingersole.

Producer Mr Christopher Morgan said that tickets are selling fast for this year's production of Shakespeare in the garden which commenced its season last night at Abercrombie House.

"This is a wonderful production of As You Like It and I urge anyone seeking a great evening's entertainment in a delightful setting to come along," Mr Morgan said.

"Excellent pre-ordered picnic hampers are available for $35 for two or $25 for one, or bring your own, and BYO something nice to drink.

"We ask patrons to arrive from 6pm for the play to start at 7pm on the six dates."

The six performances are Thursday 16, Friday 17, Saturday 18, Thursday 23, Friday 24, and Saturday 26 November.

Tickets are available from StickyTickets, or by email to, or phone the Morgans on 6331 4929.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Students collaborate for better rural health

Thursday 9 Nov 2017

Paramedic exercise Oct 2017Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst recently joined with students from Western Sydney University (WSU) for a one-day rural health education collaboration.

Associate lecturer in paramedicine in the School of Biomedical Sciences at CSU in Bathurst Ms Amanda Hlushak (front row, third from left) said the inaugural education day consisted of a series of inter-professional clinical simulations. These involved health students from the nursing and paramedicine programs at CSU and medical students from WSU's Bathurst Rural Clinical School.

"The event saw students participating in rural-focused clinical simulations which allow them to work alongside fellow students from other disciplines to prepare them for future workplace practice," Ms Hlushak said.

"Allowing students to work together in this way, before they enter the workforce, is likely to improve future workplace relationships and, most importantly, improve patient care outcomes."

Ms Hlushak explained that these types of collaborative education days are important initiatives in helping increase health professionals' knowledge of rural health issues, as well as helping to break down barriers that currently exist between health disciplines.

"Our aim is to continue to run these events, to provide our local students with a broader education experience, and to showcase Bathurst as an excellent regional educational provider in health," she said.

The inaugural one-day inter-professional rural health education event was staged at CSU in Bathurst on Saturday 14 October.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Ms Amanda Hlushak.

Photo shows students and lecturers who participated in the joint exercise at CSU in Bathurst on Saturday 14 October.

CSU cyber security workshops for businesses in central west

Friday 3 Nov 2017

Entrepreneur & laptopIn mid-November CenWest Innovate at Charles Sturt University (CSU) is offering cybersecurity workshops for small to medium sized enterprises in Dubbo, Orange, and Bathurst.

Professor Mark Morrison from CSU's CenWest Innovate said, "Cyber security for small to medium enterprises (SMEs)' workshops will help businesses identify threats and prevent attacks."

"CenWest Innovate is bringing together expert panellists Mr William Ulyate from cyber security advisors Content Security, and Dr Peter White an adjunct lecturer at the University and manager of research and development at the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) Spatial Services."

"The experts will coach businesses on cyber security threats and mitigation, and businesses can discover what common cyber threats and attacks small and medium enterprises face, and what they can do to prevent them," Professor Morrison said.

Photo of a computer keyboardThe experts will guide participants through:
* business-focused cyber threats and issues
* show participants how to start mitigating any cyber security issues in their own business
* conduct their own risk assessment
* apply the Australian Security Directorate's Essential 8 guidelines.

The workshop schedule is:

Dubbo - Tuesday 14 November at 7.00am for 7.30am to 10.00am at Charles Sturt University, Building 901 Room 121, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo. Cost FREE - Book your ticket now

Orange - Tuesday 14 November at 5.30pm for 6.00pm to 8.30pm at the Hotel Canobolas, Summer St, Orange. Cost FREE - Book your ticket now

Bathurst - Wednesday 15 November at 5.30pm for 6.00pm to 8.30pm at City Hall, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, William St, Bathurst. Cost FREE - Book your ticket now

These events are proudly supported by Dubbo Regional Council, Dubbo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Orange City Council, and Bathurst Regional Council.

CSU's delivery of these events is supported through the NSW Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program which is providing $18 million to the state's 11 universities and CSIRO – including $1.5 million to CSU – to help businesses innovate.

Through the Boosting Business Innovation Program CSU has established CenWest Innovate in Bathurst, an AgriTech Incubator Hubin Wagga Wagga, and the Walan Mayinygu Indigenous Entrepreneurship 'Pop-up' Innovation Hub to help businesses.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Professor Mark Morrison, Program Leader of CenWest Innovate in Bathurst, and a member of the CSU Institute for Land, Water and Society (ILWS).

CSU students share Create NSW scholarships

Tuesday 31 Oct 2017

student Ben RodwellThree Charles Sturt University (CSU) theatre/media students are among nine NSW young artists selected to undertake professional development programs under Create NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarships.

Each year the Create NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship initiative rewards 25 artists aged 18 to 25 years across the state. The initiative coves all art forms – from dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen and curatorial to the visual arts.

Arts OutWest assisted the three successful theatre/media students in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst to write their applications.

The selected nine artists from the first round this year span a diverse range of art forms including circus, music, film, theatre and the visual arts. Each will receive a $10 000 grant to support a self-directed program.

Third-year student Mr Jesse Alston will develop a unique artistic theatre practice and a new body of work through the study of practical animation and professional mentorship from modern theatre practitioner Nel Kentish.

Recent graduate Mr Ben Rodwell (pictured above) will develop a directing practice through a week-long directing course and combine with knowledge from working with international and nationally-based children's theatre companies to create a short development with the support and mentorship of regionally-based artists.

Ms Johanna Williams will develop her skills as a playwright/dramaturge through internships and attendance at arts festivals and conferences, to develop new work that will involve creative development and mentorships in Bathurst.

The scholarships will officially commence on Wednesday 1 November when the group convenes for a two-day professional development training workshop at Carriageworks in Eveleigh curated by Create NSW, before they each embark on their own chosen programs.

During the workshop the students will receive expert advice, business management lessons and networking opportunities with a range of leading industry figures, visit arts organisations, and meet the NSW Minster for the Arts, the Hon. Mr Don Harwin, MLC.

For information on how to apply for the next round of scholarships, visit or email

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

Photo shows recent CSU graduate and Create NSW scholarship recipient Mr Ben Rodwell (right) with the Executive Officer of Arts OutWest Ms Tracey Callinan.

CSU and Denison College enhance teacher education

Tuesday 17 Oct 2017

CSU Bathurst gateway 5 flagsAcademics at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and high school teachers at Denison College will launch The Hub project at the Kelso High School campus in Bathurst at 1pm on Wednesday 18 October.

Sub Dean for Workplace Learning and Associate Head of the CSU School of Teacher Education in Bathurst Dr Matt Winslade said The Hub initiative aimed to provide CSU initial teacher education students with the most practical experience and perspectives on current and future classroom practice.

"This is all about bridging the theory-practice gap for our students" Dr Winslade said.

"We appreciate the opportunity to work so closely with teaching colleagues at the two campuses of Denison College in Bathurst, and aim to ensure an enhanced learning experience for our students."

HT Teacher Mentor at Denison College Ms Jacqui Hood said, "By building a collaborative partnership between Charles Sturt University and Denison College, we are in a stronger position to be preparing our teachers of the future for success."

The Hub launch will be held in the library at the Kelso High Campus, Boyd Street, Bathurst, at 1pm on Wednesday 18 October. CSU practicum students will be teaching a Year 8 class.

CSU academics will speak about partnerships, stronger connections, process improvement, communications, change in course structures, best practice, reflection, improving graduate success. Senior Denison College educators will be available for interview, including the principal of Kelso High Mr Mick Sloan who will discuss the CSU Mentor Program. The principal of Bathurst High School Mr Ken Barwick who will discuss 'Great Teaching Inspired Learning' (GTIL), professional teaching standards, modules, professional learning, staffing schools, improving future teachers state-wide.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Matt Winslade, the Sub Dean for Workplace Learning and Associate Head of the CSU School of Teacher Education.

The CSU Faculty of Arts and Education workplace learning coordinator Ms Kelly Tribolet and senior lecturer Dr Deb Clarke will also be available for interview. Ms Tribolet provides the link between CSU and schools in the Bathurst area. Dr Clarke has facilitated the first of the joint subject delivery projects working with teachers from Denison College to deliver an integrated program to fourth year initial teacher education students, culminating in a series of professional preparation interviews with Principals from Denison College. Other CSU staff involved in The HUB initiative include Associate Professor Lucie Zundans, Associate Professor Will Letts, and professional experience lecturer Ms Alison Ayrton.

Indigenous community leaders recognised as leading educators

Thursday 5 Oct 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) has recognised the contributions of the Indigenous and wider community in Bathurst to its law, justice and policing degrees during a ceremony in September.

During a presentation to staff, community members, and Indigenous Elders, the Head of the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security and the Centre for Law and Justice, Associate Professor Nick O'Brien, presented awards for excellence in teaching, research, leadership, community engagement, and impact at CSU in Bathurst.

Brian GrantRepresenting local Elders, Uncle Brian Grant (pictured left) and also known as 'Maliyan' (Eagle) in Wiradjuri, accepted the awards from Professor O'Brien.

"I've been with this program for two years," Uncle Brian said.

"It's an opportunity to work with Charles Sturt University students who are going to work for NSW Police and NSW Department of Community Services (DOCS).

"We give them an Aboriginal community perspective, while we can also let them know about how we function as a community.

"I have worked for the police force and for DOCS, so I have a good background. I think students like to get that insider information, that bit of foresight of what they are going to encounter later in their careers.

"Both the students and we Elders benefit through our community involvement, so from our point of view, we want to continue the program."

The Bathurst Wiradjuri Elders received their Teaching Excellence Award for their leadership and delivery of content to courses in the University's Centre for Law and Justice in Bathurst.

Centre Director, Associate Professor Alison Gerard, regards the awards as a practical demonstration of the University's commitment to forging links with the local community and in recognising the teaching expertise of Indigenous Elders.

"We wanted our students to learn from the Aboriginal Elders in our community, to provide them with the experience needed to work effectively within communities in their chosen professions," Professor Gerard said.

"Hearing directly from the Elders helps students understand the richness and resilience of Indigenous knowledge. This can only strengthen the Charles Sturt University law and criminal justice degrees."

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:
For interviews with Associate Professor Alison Gerard, contact CSU Media.

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