Engage with Adelaide

CQUniversity Adelaide is home to The Appleton Institute, the Institute boasts around 30 professional researchers, research students and support staff across a broad range of talents, skills and specialist areas including sleep research, safety science, applied psychology, human factors and safety management systems, human-animal interaction and cultural anthropology.

The campus is led by Professor Sally Ferguson who is also the Director of CQUniversity’s Appleton Institute. Sally has worked in the tertiary education sector for more than twenty years in teaching, research and leadership roles. With a research focus on sleep and biological rhythms, Sally has led to projects with government, community and industry partners addressing issue relating to shift work and non-standard hours, fatigue risk management and workplace countermeasures that support health and wellbeing. Sally holds a PhD, a Masters degree and a Bachelor of Science Honours.

Opened in 2012, CQUniversity Adelaide hosts teaching and research staff in the fields of applied, clinical and positive psychology; human factors; workplace health and safety; paramedic science; and behavioural health with a focus on sleep and physical activity.

The research facilities at CQUniversity Adelaide include a state-of-the-art sleep research facility, a high-fidelity locomotive simulator, and cognitive and physiological testing laboratories, key infrastructure supporting a significant part of the research program of the Appleton Institute.

CQUniversity Adelaide provides a unique experience for local students. With access to library and computer facilities, lecture rooms, and shared spaces, at CQUniversity Adelaide, students are part of our team.

Community engagement

Our research, teaching and administration staff are passionate about engaging the community and industry partners to promote diverse connections that empower and strengthen the South Australian region.

The nature of our disciplines means that we remain engaged with our communities, employers, external research partners and other stakeholders. All of our staff are committed to ensuring that CQUniversity Adelaide and The Appleton Institute is at the forefront of CQUniversity's engaged agenda.

Sally Ferguson