25th Anniversary

Who are we at 25 years of age? We are young, with more than a glint of idealism and a hunger for what’s next, one of the world's top 150 young universities. We're also old enough to know ourselves well, where our strengths lie, what our achievements mean. We're not only facing the future, we are embracing the future.

Southern Cross University was always a place of learning, founded firstly as the Lismore Teachers College, then a College of Advanced Education and a member of the University of New England network, before being finally constituted as a university in its own right in 1994. The name of the University symbolises many things – a constellation, a point of reference in the night sky, a motif for independence, rebellion and adventure.

It was a fitting name for a University that was not seeking to emulate institutions of long-standing tradition and sandstone columns, but that sought to carve out its own path of excellence, grounded in academic rigour and unafraid to challenge the status quo.

The successes have been many. The first university in Australia to introduce degrees in subjects like tourism or pedorthics. The first Naturopathy Clinic on a university campus. A small university that could attract record amounts of research funding. More than 64,000 graduates and three campuses. Nine specialist research centres and researchers who are leading their fields, producing knowledge that has impact not just in the regions they serve, but all over the world.

In 2019 we celebrated where we have come from, where we are, and where the next 25 years will take us.

Planning for the Lismore campus begins
Director of Planning and Development Fred Goodman and colleagues on the site of what will become Southern Cross University.

Founding Vice-Chancellor inspires at 25th Ceremonial Graduation

Southern Cross University's first Vice-Chancellor Professor Barry Conyngham AM returned to the Lismore campus in April 2019 to celebrate the University’s 25th Ceremonial Graduation.

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Murray dAlmeida, Barry Conyngham, Adam Shoemaker

25 artists celebrate 25 years of Southern Cross

A multi-campus exhibition showcasing the work of 25 outstanding Southern Cross alumni was held in 2019.

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Buiding B Gold Coast campus

First alumni look back on 25 years of success

Amanda Franey remembers studying the rigours of law on a Friday night in downtown Lismore when all her friends were out enjoying themselves.

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Kevin and Amanda Franey

Golden anniversary for the Gold Rats

Southern Cross University's iconic rugby team the Gold Rats celebrates fifty years.

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SCU Gold Rats 1971 premiership winning side

Sports champ leaves lasting University legacy

The annual Darrel Chapman Fun Run honours a Southern Cross pioneer in sport and exercise science.

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Darrel playing football

Cricket hits racism for six

Southern Cross staff and students took a stance against racism with a cricket match in 1996.

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Ashok Lavaasa with staff and students