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Perth graduation celebrates the end of a 30 million-year-old PhD journey

Perth graduation celebrates the end of a 30 million-year-old PhD journey

Published:10 July 2017

CQUniversity Perth's ceremony recognised nine graduates, including PhD graduate Anita Milroy and Master of Asset Maintenance and Management graduate Richard Bradbury who received the Associate Vice-Chancellor's Medal.

CQUniversity might be the new kid on the block in terms of Perth-based institutions but one of its current crop of graduates drew on millions of years of history.

Anita Milroy’s PhD celebrates unique visualisations of ancient rainforest fruits created through synchrotron radiation.

Working at the Australian Synchrotron, Anita has revealed internal structures of her palaeo-botanic specimens at a previously unseen evolutionary stage, creating a new language for artists and scientists to collaborate with.

"Our fruits were once organic, then stone and now we can see their key taxonomic features and beauty afresh through phase contrast thanks to the Queensland Museum and the Australian Synchrotron. We are enlivening the past!" says the CQUniversity researcher, who is based in south-east Queensland.

Anita was among nine graduates who celebrated at CQUniversity’s first ever Perth graduation ceremony, this week at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The others have completed qualifications ranging from Medical Science (Nutrition) and Engineering to Asset and Maintenance Management.

Master of Asset and Maintenance Management with Distinction graduate Richard Bradbury was also the recipient of the Associate Vice-Chancellor's Medal.

CQUniversity Chancellor John Abbott used the occasion of the graduation to announce that the CQUni Council's recent endorsement of the University's new 'Daring to Be Different' theme "fits very well with its expansion into Perth".

Graduates heard from guest speaker Jeff Gunningham, who has a wealth of leadership experience in Vocational Education and Training and Higher Education, both in Australia and internationally.

Mr Gunningham retired as the Chief Executive of TAFE South Australia in mid-2014. His expertise is broad-based and covers areas such as training partnerships, strategic management, leadership development, managing change, and international business development.

CQUniversity’s new Perth campus – in the CBD at 10 William Street – offers a range of preparatory, bachelor and postgraduate courses on campus. It also provides a support hub for locally-based distance education students.

Courses on offer include accident forensics, business, communication, echocardiography, engineering, OHS, medical sonography and project management.