News and events archive

  •  UniSA’s Centre for Islamic Thought and Education condemns Finsbury Park terror

    Director of UniSA’s Centre for Islamic Thought and Education, Professor Mohamad Abdalla says the killing of one British Muslim and the injuring of man...

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  • Top award for graduate research supervision

    The Australian Council of Graduate Research has presented UniSA’s Associate Professor Jill Dorrian with an award for excellence in graduate research s...

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  • Staff feature in Queen’s Birthday honours list

    Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community, pa...

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  • Turning points: from referendum to recognition

    To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, and following National Reconciliation Week activities across the University, Dr Peter Ga...

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  • From helpdesk to classroom: Karsan fulfils his dream

    For Karsan Hutchinson working in IT at UniSA was a great job but the opportunity to undertake a Master of Teaching allowed him to achieve his dream – and he took an unusual route to get there....

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  • UniSA’s Aboriginal Futures symposium puts knowledge, education, health and work in the spotlight

    The University of South Australia will hold a special symposium on May 30 during National Reconciliation Week to look at what has changed for Aborigin...

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  • UniSA’s Centre for Islamic Thought and Education condemns the cold-hearted murders in Manchester

    Director of UniSA’s Centre for Islamic Thought and Education, Professor Mohamad Abdalla says the murder of 22 people and the injuring of many more in ...

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  • Lisa shines as an example of excellence

    A Mount Gambier mature-aged student has not only completed a degree and obtained a job in her local community; she has also won an award from a profes...

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  • A dinky-di Chinese language experience for new South Aussie teachers

    Sixteen University of South Australian third year Bachelor of Education students handpicked to undertake international pre-service teaching placements...

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  • Pioneering Aboriginal educator remembered for her courage and wisdom

    The University of South Australia will fly flags at half-mast to honour the life of graduate and Honorary Doctor of the University, Alice Rigney, who ...

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  • Secondary students showcase their swing at jazz festival

    More than 4,500 secondary students from across Australia showcased their musical talents at the Generations in Jazz festival earlier this month. ...

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  • Urban planning commendation for honours project

    A UniSA Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) graduate has been recognised at the prestigious Planning Excellence 2017 National Awards for...

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    Architecture graduate wins fellowship to travel the world

    UniSA architecture graduate, South Australian design icon and owner of Sans-Arc studio, Matiya Marovic, has picked up the coveted annual Jack Hobbs Mc...

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    The Australian dream: new research centre to contribute to affordable housing policy

    Secure and affordable housing is fundamental to the wellbeing of all Australians, yet there has been a concentrated decrease in home ownership for peo...

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  • Lecturer wins key award in national architecture and design competition

    A vision for medium density housing has earned UniSA lecturer Dr Damian Madigan a significant win in a national design competition....

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  • Shining light in SACE Art Show

    A leaf-inspired pendant light created by incoming UniSA student Mikayla Stewart has won the prestigious Poster Award at this year’s SACE Art Show....

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  • Visual Arts graduate selected for Helpmann Academy Fellowship

    UniSA Visual Arts graduate Zoe Woods has been selected for the inaugural Helpmann Academy Fellowship....

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  • Communicating Risk

    Risk assessment has become a central concern for governments, organisations and the professions – with the communication of risk being a crucial part ...

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  • Languages and Literacies as Mobile and Placed Resources

    Languages and Literacies as Mobile and Placed Resources explores how languages and literacies are implicated in the complex relationship between place...

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  • Book selected as finalist in publishing prize

    UniSA senior lecturer Dr Rachel Hurst has had her book selected as one of five finalists for the Melbourne Art Book Fair’s inaugural Cornish Family Pr...

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  •  2016 EASS Academic Excellence Awards


    The 2016 EASS Academic Excellence Awards was held on the 8 March 2017 in the Bradley Forum to recognise and acknowledge the teaching & learning and re...

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  • New Book: Somebody Else’s Problem: Consumerism, Sustainability and Design (Greenleaf UK) by Robert Crocker

    Robert is Deputy Director of the Australia China Centre for Sustainable Urban Development, in the School of Art, Architecture and Design. ...

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  • Winning community projects sum up the UniSA spirit

    Three UniSA project groups have been acknowledged for undertaking valuable community engagement – a core value of UniSA – at the 2016 Chancellor’s Awa...

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  • Global focus on migration at the Hawke EU Centre

    Sixty five million and counting…. That’s the number of people comprising economic migrants, asylum seekers and refugees who had been displaced around the world by the end of last year....

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  • The colours of an international internship

    Sophie Comber graduated from UniSA in July this year with a Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts (Writing and Creative Communication). Sophie’s...

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  • I’m right, you’re wrong, and here’s a link to prove it: how social media shapes public debate

    Once upon a time, different political perspectives were provided to the public by media reporting, often through their own painstaking research. Once ...

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  • Healthy, connected and caring: World Town Planning Day

    When it comes to town planning, spare a thought for the suburbs and design living spaces that encourage healthier lifestyles, reduce isolation and cat...

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  • $1.2m ARC funding for research projects at UniSA

    The Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at UniSA has again shown its capacity for innovative and practice-based research, receiving over $...

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  • UniSA students contribute to global voices

    Two UniSA students have been chosen to travel across the world to attend high-level diplomatic meetings as part of Global Voices – a program run by a ...

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  • While you were sleepwalking: the science of somnambulism

    When David Kohler was 10-years-old he dreamt of climbing to the top of a sand dune and holding onto a bar at its peak, only to wake up having fallen m...

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  • Valuable learning during Vietnam study tour

    A group of students from the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages travelled to Vietnam in August as part of study tour that in...

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  • UniSA expertise delivers SA-first Chinese language education

    Internationally recognised UniSA experts in bilingual, multilingual and intercultural education will play a key role in South Australia’s first Chines...

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  •  A boost to overseas student opportunities

    UniSA has secured $449,400 worth of funding in the 2017 round of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants Program....

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  • Planning Support Systems for Resilient and Smart Urban Futures

    For more than twenty five years, CUPUM has been one of the premier international conferences for the exchange of ideas and applications of computing technologies to address a diverse range of social, managerial, and environmental problems impact...

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  • Child-focused reform could see SA lead world child protection

    UniSA Chair of Child Protection and Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection, Professor Fiona Arney recently delivered the first of the ...

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  • UniSA team delivers on nuclear design challenge

    Students, staff and graduates from UniSA’s Industrial Design program were set a mammoth challenge recently – given a short timeframe to design, create...

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  • Translating Aussie rules for Chinese viewers

    A speccie, clanger, banana kick, torp or even a mark and a behind are footy terms that Australians who watch Australian Rules Football don’t really th...

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  • Electronic music pioneer John Foxx performs at UniSA

    Synth pop pioneer John Foxx, the former lead singer and founder of hugely influential British band Ultravox! became the latest musician and artist to ...

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  • Forgiving… the only way forward: 19th Annual Hawke Lecture

    Mpho Tutu, daughter of South African cleric and social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a man iconically linked with the struggle against apar...

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  •  Young people choosing drinking over eating


    Ground-breaking UniSA research has revealed that taking part in regular drunkorexia behaviour is common among young women....

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  • Running into Australian gaming history

    Prep the energy drinks, cue the mic and grab hold of your joystick – it's speedrunning time!...

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  • Gaza to Adelaide: how education has changed a family’s life

    As PhD candidate Wael Jebril reflects on his journey from Gaza to Mawson Lakes, it’s obvious he possesses an unassailable determination to overcome ch...

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  • Radio program gives voice to women fighting against odds

    Radio program gives voice to women fighting against odds

    A unique and personal radio series designed to educate the community and raise awareness about the challenges faced by women when they are first relea...

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  • Bullying in schools: how well is it being addressed?Bullying in schools: how well is it being addressed?

    A new report from UniSA reveals that while school bullying has reduced somewhat in recent years and schools are respondin

    g positively to the problem, it remains a serious issue with more work needed at a school level....

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  • UniSA to become an Australasian hub for Islamic studies

    UniSA to become an Australasian hub for Islamic studies

    South Australia is set to become one of the largest research concentrations in Islamic studies with the announcement today of a new Centre for Islamic...

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  • New report shows teens want sex education that’s about more than the sex

    New report shows teens want sex education that’s about more than the sex

    Young people have spoken. In an era where information about sex and sexuality is pervasive on the internet, they say sexuality education classes at sc...

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  • A touch of glass

    A touch of glass

    Contemporary artist, specialist glass blower and UniSA PhD student Tom Moore is a man whose fascination with glass has led him to work in a ‘very expe...

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  • Morrison magic to jazz up SA’s appeal abroad

    Morrison magic to jazz up SA’s appeal abroad

    An innocuous looking building, blending into the residential surrounds of Hawthorndene, in the Adelaide Hills appears the unlikely venue for a piece o...

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  • Beware what you share: Cyberbullying, sexting and the law

    Beware what you share: Cyberbullying, sexting and the law

    Before the advent of mobile internet technology and the ubiquity of social media, “sexting” as a word did not exist....

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  • New Colombo plan brings cultural gain for education students in Indonesia

    New Colombo plan brings cultural gain for education students in Indonesia

    A study tour to Indonesia – funded through the New Colombo Plan, saw 15 UniSA students teach English across a range of schools in West Java – at the s...

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  • UniSA students boost cyclone-damaged Vanuatu

    UniSA students boost cyclone-damaged Vanuatu

    A major milestone is expected this year when visitor accommodation being built by UniSA students in conjunction with a local community in Vanuatu will...

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  •  UniSA radio research project boosting littlies’ literacyUniSA radio research project boosting littlies’ literacy

    With around one in five Australian children starting school considered to be developmentally vulnerable, an innovative UniSA research project promotin...

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text textNew report examines Islamophobia in Australia

A new report from UniSA reveals that one in 10 Australians display strong feelings of Islamophobia – that is, negative and hostile attitudes towards M...

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Centenarians share the essence of life

Centenarians share the essence of life

 Following your heart, exercising, and being happy in your work are among the secrets to living a long life, according to centenarians profiled in a special film project conducted by Resthaven and UniSA. The Celebrating Centenarians project wa...

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Solar charging music lovers with creative designsSolar charging music lovers with creative designs

Festival-goers at the upcoming WOMADelaide event will be able to charge their phones with solar power thanks to a team of UniSA design and engineering students....

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Division of Education, Arts & Social Sciences Research Day, 26 June 2015

The 2015 Division of EASS Research Day is an opportunity for us to focus on what makes research partnerships work, and to share thoughts and survey our achievements to date.  The overarching theme for this year’s Research Day is Engagements – international, national and local, with industry, organisations, institutions, and other universities.

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Magill @ Twilight, 26 August 2015 4:00 - 8:00PM

Magill At Twilight

Explore and experience UniSA’s Magill Campus and facilities and find out more about degree and career options in Education, Psychology, Social Work, Communication, Media & Arts. To help you to discover more about your study options at Magill, this event will feature information sessions, interactive workshops, campus and facility tours, student short film showcase, live music student performances, food and entertainment.

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Combined Arts Association Conference 21st June

Combined Arts Association ConferenceThe University of South Australia’s School of Education will host the Council of Education Associations of South Australia’s (CEASA) ‘We Are All Arts Teacher’s conference on Saturday 21 June.

The conference will be held at the Magill campus and will be of particular relevance to Department for Education and Child Development (DECD), Catholic and Independent schools’ teachers in the early primary and middle years (R-10).

‘We Are All Arts Teachers’ will provide attending teachers with the opportunity to participate in practical workshops run by arts educators from Australian Society for Music Education (ASME), AusDance, South Australian Association for Drama in Education (SAADIE), South Australian Association for Media Education (SAAME) and Visual Arts Educators South Australia (VAESA).

Teachers will also hear about the new Arts curriculum framework, the expectations around assessing and reporting in the Arts and how this impacts the design of learning in the Arts. Furthermore, the conference will provide the opportunity for teachers to meet in similar year level groups to explore relevant challenges and questions within the education sector in South Australia.

For further information and to register visit ceasa.asn.au

UniSA Masters of Design (Industrial Design) graduate wins 2014 Hills Young Australian Design Award.

Max HughesUniSA Industrial Design graduate, Max Hughes, has won Australia’s most prestigious design award, the Good Design Australia ‘2014 Hills Young Australian Design Award’ for his computer gaming controller called ‘Orby’.

In conjunction with David Hobbs from Flinders University, UniSA lecturer and DIA member Sandy Walker, and Industrial Designer and DIA member Andrew Whittaker from Fingo Design, Hughes has developed ‘Orby’ ­– a computer gaming controller that enables children with conditions such as cerebral palsy, to play computer games which help stimulate hand, arm and brain function.

The controller pivots around a central axis by using a simple and intuitive movable ‘dome’, which the majority of children pick-up straight away. The gaming controller also uses proximity sensors to detect whether both hands of the child are located on the haptic regions of the controller and sends vibrations through to the user’s hands to give them tactile feedback.

Max’s prize includes $10,000 and support from Hill’s Lance Hill Design Centre and Hills D-Shop to take his design into manufacture and commercialisation.

Andrew Whittaker who also teaches in UniSA's Product Design Program, won the 'Housewares and Objects Category' at the Good Design Australia 2014 Awards with 'Heg Peg'

Emptying the battle zone: Symposium explores Australia’s longest war

Hosted by the University of South Australia’s International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding (MnM) and theDefence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), the symposium will explore a number of key issues including Australia’s security and strategic goals in Afghanistan, the impact of Australia’s withdrawal and the ongoing instability in the South Asia region.

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Shaping child protection in the 21st Century

A broader definition and understanding of what constitutes child abuse and a greater focus on tackling the risk factors that can lead to abuse, are key themes driving changes in the field of child protection, believes Australian Centre for Child Protection Director,Professor Fiona Arney.  

The 13th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, on November 13 will see a total of 19 presentations being made by experts from University of South Australia’sAustralian Centre for Child Protection, on subjects ranging from parental impact on child emotional regulation, to interventions for children prenatally exposed to alcohol.

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Domestic violence: the whole story

In a major push to find out how and to what extent domestic violence impacts women’s lives and their ability to engage as citizens, the University of South Australia and the University of Western Australia are joining forces to reach out to women who have been, or still are, victims of domestic violence.

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Early childhood education goes regional

The University of South Australia will offer its Bachelor of Education with a specialisation in Early Childhood in Whyalla and Mt Gambier for the first time in 2014.

The four-year degree prepares graduates to take up professional careers as preschool and kindergarten teachers and junior primary school teachers.

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UniSA strengthens ties with Japan

UniSA’s Hawke Research Institute, Prof Anthony Elliott and DVC Relph signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Keio University, considered the “Harvard” of Japan, for further collaboration in the social sciences.

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UniSA and ME magazine ‘Careers in Publishing Work Experience Day’ UniSA and ME magazine ‘Careers in Publishing Work Experience Day’

On Wednesday 24 April on the UniSA City West Campus many students were going about their normal day, but for some South Australian high school students it was not a typical day. After receiving over 200 applications for a Work Experience opportunity that Adelaide teen magazine, ME Magazine put on, 23 talented students were chosen to undertake various roles in publishing for a photo shoot. Aspiring models, photographers, fashion stylists, journalists, graphic designers, videographers and public relations students were included in the group.

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Success in national architecture awards

Three architecture students are celebrating success after winning and being acknowledged in two student categories within the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. Three architecture students are celebrating success after winning and being acknowledged in two student categories within the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards. Three architecture students are celebrating success after winning and being acknowledged in two student categories within the Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards.

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Student meets PM at global conference

UniSA student Christopher Testa met Prime Minister Julia Gillard after being selected to participate in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil. 

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APY teachers celebrate success

Seven UniSA students from remote Indigenous communities celebrated reaching their goals when they graduated with teaching qualifications they intend to use in their own communities.

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Emerging artists stand out

Twelve UniSA graduates were chosen to take part in the annual Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition, displaying a wide range of work in photography, animation installation and glass.

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APY Lands UniSA graduates learn to inspire

On 28 March 2012, 7 students drawn from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands) and surrounding regions graduated from the Anangu Tertiary Education Program (AnTEP) which provides teacher education to Anangu students whilst they reside in their home communities. This unique program is another example of the UniSA's commitment to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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Samstag scholarship success for UniSA student

Making your name in the art world is no easy feat, but one UniSA Master's student is off to a great start as the recipient of a prestigious Samstag scholarship, renowned as a 'golden passport' to professional success.

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Exploring the brain at new neuroscience lab

Why do some people develop dementia but not others, and why do our cognitive powers change as we age? A team of UniSA researchers will be exploring these issues and many more at the recently launched Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at UniSA's Magill Campus.

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Endeavour Scholarship to research teacher retention

Soon-to-graduate UniSA PhD candidate, Lisa Papatraianou, has been awarded an Endeavour Scholarship, allowing her to collaborate with British universities to research issues affecting teacher retention.

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UniSA student rubs shoulders with royalty at international youth summit

UniSA Social Work and International Studies fourth year student Tessa Henwood-Mitchell recently returned from attending the second annual One Young World Summit in Zurich, Switzerland, where youth leaders met to discuss solutions to the world's problems.

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Magarey medallist eyes a different prize

James Allan has had some notable and very public achievements, including not one but three wins in the prestigious Magarey Medal - the latest victory coming just a few weeks ago. But the North Adelaide footballer is on the verge of another, less high-profile achievement, as he nears completion of a double degree in human movement and education.

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Student's coffee creation captures attention

Your coffee shop experience could change soon thanks to a UniSA industrial design student who has re-designed the coffee-making process. Master of Design (Specialisation) student Tom Pyrzakowski (pictured filming for The New Inventors), has created the 'vacuum bin', a radical re-design of the current knock-out bin that is used to knock out used coffee beans from coffee machines.

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