Tomorrow is… your chance to study at Southern Cross

Imagine the best tomorrow.

One that comes about as a result of our collective efforts – in science, business, humanities, health, technology and education. One that entwines creativity with commerce, and makes justice and equity a priority.

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Our People

They challenge and investigate, they strive and discover. They create change. The Southern Cross University community has been transforming tomorrow for decades. Researchers, teachers, students and alumni create a rich tapestry of creative thinkers, determined professionals and inspiring leaders across our globe, all of them on the journey to create a better future.

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Aderonke Adeniran

Think transformation; think Aderonke Adeniran. In the past three years, Nigerian-born Ronke's life has scaled the heights of aspiration and plumbed the depths of despair. That she has emerged with her spirit intact says so much for her strength and self-belief.

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Transforming Tomorrow - Nursing student Aderonke Adeniran in clinical workplace

Aderonke Adeniran

Michael Metcalfe

Community need, family experience, and the willingness to take a risk have all contributed to the success and growth of Kynd, the platform for NDIS and disability support founded by Southern Cross University graduate Michael Metcalfe.

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Michael Metcalfe

Inkah Fischer

Southern Cross University graduate Inkah Fischer was on different path in life before finding her vocation in nursing. Now she is a leader in one of the most demanding areas of care – mental health.

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Southern Cross University nursing graduate Inkah in discussion

Inkah Fischer

Christian Swann

With mental health now a prominent issue in elite sport, Southern Cross University's Associate Professor Christian Swann is co-leading a program that directs the focus into the community. And it is about to reach a global audience.

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Associate Professor Christian Swann

Kate Neale

Gardening in its very essence is transformational – seed to flower and fruit; veggie patch to plate; brown earth to stunning displays of colour and beauty. But as Dr Kate Neale knows, it brings other transformations too, particularly for people given accessibility to gardening and who, in that process, also blossom.

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A woman in a garden - Dr Kate Neale

Dr Kate Neale

Alessandro Pelizzon

Ecological Jurisprudence is a long title for a challenging concept – the legal rights of nature – and Dr Alessandro Pelizzon is one of its most committed and globally influential advocates. He has prosecuted the case for Ecological Jurisprudence around the world and maintains it is the fastest growing legal movement of the 21st century.

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Dr Alessandro Pelizzon

Kathomi Gatwiri

Any conversation with Dr Kathomi Gatwiri is imbued with moments of deep reflection and steely commitment. She is an eclectic academic with a diverse array of interests, experiences and goals. These become clear when she focuses on the struggles of being a Black woman researching the complex topic of race in Australia.

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A woman standing in front of a wall - Kathomi Gatwiri

Dr Kathomi Gatwiri

Sally Smith

Sally Smith was 37 and the mother of two growing boys when she enrolled as a mature age nursing student at Southern Cross University in 2015. Today, she is a leader in her profession, a role model for young nurses and a shining light for her patients.

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Sally Smith - nursing graduate

Sally Smith, Southern Cross University Nursing graduate

Jordan Ivey

Diving deep, Jordan Ivey is in his element. To one side, across the Pacific, lies Vanuatu, land of his ancestors. On the other side is Australia, land of his Bundjalung paternal heritage. Yet it is under the water, with the ocean as a bridge between cultures, where Jordan feels most at home.

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Jordan Ivey Marine Science student

 Jordan Ivey, Southern Cross University Marine Science student

Peter Harrison

For marine scientists such as Southern Cross University’s Distinguished Professor Peter Harrison, protecting the Great Barrier Reef is a mission to prevent a precious asset from becoming a precious memory.

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Distinguished Professor Peter Harrison

Distinguished Professor Peter Harrison

Holly Millican

Holly Millican is a transformative teacher. With her career still in its early stages, she is already internationally acknowledged for the ideas and innovation she brings to her mathematics students, and which translate beyond the classroom.

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Holly Millican

Holly Millican, Southern Cross University teaching graduate

Anne Graham

A sociologist and Professor of Childhood Studies, whose background is in primary teaching and teacher education, Anne has spent years working for children's rights and was an ideal choice to lead the Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP).

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Professor Anne Graham

Professor Anne Graham

Lisa Blair

Lisa Blair is a four-time sailing world record holder on a mission to take community action on climate change around the world with her. Graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Art and Bachelor of Education from Southern Cross University, Lisa’s 50-foot yacht is wrapped in a colourful design of post-it note messages from the community about environmental action.

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Lisa Blair Bachelor of Visual Art and Bachelor of Education graduate

Lisa Blair, Southern Cross University Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Education graduate

Neale Sutton

Southern Cross University Alumnus of the Year 2019, Neale Sutton, is the man behind Humanihut, the award-winning emergency accommodation concept lauded globally for its humanitarian approach to sheltering people in need.

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Neale Sutton, Southern Cross University Alumnus of the Year 2019

Neale Sutton

Southern Cross Model

For almost a century the sandstone walls of Universities housed the same teaching model. The Southern Cross Model is different – immersive, responsive, in tune with the 21st century student. It’s a better way to learn.

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Lucia Miles is a Bachelor of Business and Enterprise student at the Gold Coast campus.

Lucia Miles is a Bachelor of Business and Enterprise student at the Gold Coast campus. Lucia is part of the first cohort of students to study in the new Southern Cross Model, the academic model made up of six-week terms.

Hanabeth Luke

The spirit of transformation runs deep in Dr Hanabeth Luke. As Australian agriculture grapples with its future, she is an inspired scientist and educator. More personally, her understanding of transformation is ingrained in personal experience.

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Hanabeth Luke

Dr Hanabeth Luke

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