Snapped on (and off) campus


Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton with Professor Maria Vicenta Mestre Escrivà, Rector of the University of Valencia 

Macquarie University welcomes University of Valencia delegates 

Last week, Macquarie was delighted to welcome a delegation from the University of Valencia led by Rector Professor Maria Vicenta Mestre Escrivà, in recognition of the Memorandum of Understanding recently signed between the two institutions. The Graduate Research Academy hosted meetings with faculties and researchers to explore and engage in common research strengths for future dual doctoral program collaborations. The delegation was also accompanied by the General-Consul of Spain in Sydney, Rebeca Chantal Guinea Stal.  


2022 graduates celebrate with Walanga Muru 

Walanga Muru held a celebration in May for the 56 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who completed their Macquarie University degree in 2022. Among them was Bachelor of Marketing and Media graduate Bronte Charles (pictured above, far left) who delivered a moving address at her official graduation ceremony. The grateful scholarship recipient is now flexing her impressive storytelling prowess as a journalist at NITV and SBS. 

“Education means different things to different people,” Bronte said in her address. “I want to tell you all what it means to me – a young Aboriginal girl who grew up in Redfern housing commission. Education means everything to me. It means having a type of freedom that is so powerful, you are able to not only change your own life but your family’s life as well.” 


Participants of the Researchers IMPACT Program (L–R), David Chapman; Yazi Ke; Lara Moroko, Program Facilitator, Fisher Folk; Nicola Dew, Incubator Manager; Ayse Bilgin; Behrouz Aghajanloo; Susan Caldis; Ian Wood; Connor Atkins. 

The Researchers IMPACT Program kicks off with on-site workshop  

Last week, the Researchers IMPACT Program had its initial workshop, aimed at bringing participants together to explore ideas for commercialisation. This workshop provided a valuable opportunity for attendees to connect and uncover innovative concepts that can be further developed for commercial purposes. For the first time, the program has welcomed external participants from the Heart Research Institute and the University of Sydney. Over the course of the next five months, participants will embark on a journey of customer discovery, focusing on developing their impact and value proposition canvas, which will help them gain clarity about, and articulate the potential impact and  unique value of, their ideas to the market. 

“This program empowers innovative researchers and higher-degree research candidates to explore commercialisation of their ideas, identify opportunities for industry collaboration and seek alternative funding sources,” says Incubator Manager Nicola Dew. 

“It is great to see such a wide range of participants from across the faculties for our fifth cohort. The creativity and innovation of participants continue to surprise us,” she says. 


Invaluable experience for students at Exercise Right Week 

Students in the new Exercise and Sports Science degree had a chance to gain hands-on experience during the University’s Exercise Right Week activations at the end of May. A collaboration between Campus Life and the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, activities included Zumba, ultimate frisbee and cheerleading demonstrations, as well as a visit from the NSW Waratahs, and screening assessments led by Exercise and Sports Science students. 



Crowds gather at the Croatian Studies Centre Open Day 


Pictured (LR): Mark Matic, Faculty of Arts; Anthony Gurlica, Croatian Studies Foundation President; Ivica Glasnovic, Consul General of Republic of Croatia; Dr Jasna Novak Milic, Croatian Studies Centre Director; Joseph Williams and Peter Pecotic, film directors; Her Excellency Betty Pavelich, Ambassador of Republic of Croatia to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji; Dr Jane Hanley, Languages and Cultures Discipline Chair; Professor Hsu-Ming Teo, Head of the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature; Marcus Zanetic, Croatian Studies Foundation Secretary; Andrew Gurlica, Croatian Studies Foundation Treasurer 

Countryman film screening and Croatian Studies Centre Open Day 

The Croatian Studies Centre at Macquarie University recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with two key events. On Friday 26 May a screening of the film Countryman by Australian filmmaker Peter Pecotić and Aboriginal artist Joseph Williams, both of whom have Croatian heritage, took place. The audience, which included the Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, Her Excellency Betty Pavelich, Ivica Glasnović, the Consul General in Sydney; Croatian community leaders and Macquarie staff, students and the broader community; had the opportunity to engage in discussions with the filmmakers following the screening.  

The celebration continued on Saturday 27 May with the Croatian Studies Centre Open Day. Members of the Croatian-Australian community, Croatian community language teachers and their students, and members of the University community had an opportunity to visit the Faculty of Arts facilities, including the Croatian Studies Library. The Open Day provided a platform to highlight the Croatian Studies program through language and culture workshops, traditional folkloric dances, musical performances, Croatian wine and spirit tastings and Croatian food. The Croatian Studies Centre at Macquarie is one of only two such centres in the world and the only tertiary Croatian program in Australia. 


Safe spaces training 

As an institution we are committed to providing a respectful, safe and inclusive campus for everyone. The Student Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging team recently ran its first safe spaces training program for the Service Connect team. Service Connect staff now have the skills and framework to help foster a safe space for our students and the Macquarie community. To learn the skills that support the safety of our community and to be eligible to register your workspace as a safe space, register now for Safe Spaces Training. 


Experts gather at the Ear Summit 

The Ear Summit was held recently at Macquarie University’s Australian Hearing Hub. The event was hosted by Dawn Casey AO, Deputy CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, Professor Kelvin Kong from Macquarie University Hearing’s HEAR Centre, and the Djurali Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and Education Centre. It was facilitated by Katrina Fanning AO PSM. The Ear Summit included policymakers, researchers, clinicians and leaders in Aboriginal health, and ear and hearing health, all exploring opportunities to transform ear and hearing health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through collective thinking, partnerships and structural reform.


Attendees watch on at the annual public lecture from the Ethics and Agency Research Centre.


Pictured (L–R): Professor Paul Formosa, Head of the Department of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Macquarie University Ethics and Agency Research Centre; Associate Professor Kate Rossmanith, Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature; Professor Susan Bandes, DePaul University, Chicago; Distinguished Professor Wendy Rogers, Co-Director of the Ethics and Agency Research Centre; Professor Richard Weisman, York University, Canada 

Law and emotion: A misunderstood relation – the annual public lecture from the Ethics and Agency Research Centre 

On 16 May, around 150 people gathered at Banco Court in the Supreme Court of New South Wales for an annual public lecture held by the Macquarie University Ethics and Agency Research Centre. 

Leading international thinkers Professor Susan Bandes (DePaul University, Chicago) and Professor Richard Weisman (York University, Canada) explored the role that emotion plays, doesn’t play and is expected to play in law and legal processes. The event was organised and chaired by Associate Professor Kate Rossmanith, ARC Future Fellow from the Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language and Literature. 

The audience comprised judges and magistrates from NSW, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory, barristers and senior counsel, lawyers, coroners, police, representatives from legal support organisations, academics from NSW and interstate, and members of the public. This unique and significant event provided an opportunity for judicial decision-makers, legal practitioners, scholars and the public to come together and explore how emotion pervades the law in expected and unexpected ways. 





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