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.
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.
Read our stories below.
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.
Sally Smith, Southern Cross University Nursing graduate
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.
Jordan Ivey, Southern Cross University Marine Science student
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.
Distinguished Professor Peter Harrison
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.
Holly Millican, Southern Cross University teaching graduate
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).
Professor Anne Graham
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.
Lisa Blair, Southern Cross University Bachelor of Visual Arts and Bachelor of Education graduate
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Hanabeth Luke