Beyond 1000 marks countless achievements for CQU RHD graduates

10 November 2022

Every research higher degree has plenty of milestones – and CQUniversity is marking a big one for its School of Graduate Research.

CQUniversity has now conferred 1000 research higher degrees since first offering graduate research programs in the 1990s' and the Beyond 1000 campaign is celebrating the achievement.

Professor Susan Kinnear is the Dean of CQUniversity's School of Graduate Research' and said the milestone reflects hard work of countless people.

"It's an exciting to acknowledge not only the work of each of the 1000 graduates' but also of research
supervisors' technical staff' administrative officers and industry partners'" Professor Kinnear said.

"And of course the cheerleading family and friends who are so important to the success of every research thesis!"

As CQU's current cohort of 650 research students meet this week for our RHD Intensive' the School of Graduate Research is inviting the whole of CQUniversity's community to recognise RHD achievements through the Beyond 1000 campaign.

The week-long initiative includes a new series of IMPACT Research Podcast' with a new daily episode focused on some of CQU's inspiring RHD alumni:

  • Author and Coordinator of Scholarship at State Library of NSW Dr Rachel Franks'
  • CQU's first Indigenous PhD graduate and Professor of Marketing in the School of Business at University of the Sunshine Coast Professor Maria Raciti'
  • Appleton Institute sleep researcher Dr Michele Lastella'
  • Brisbane 2032 Olympics and Paralymics Legacy Committee member Dr Danya Hodgetts' and
  • Recipients of CQUniversity's Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Outstanding Research' including RHD alumni Dr Melanie Hayman and Dr Qing Wu.

Then on Friday at 1PM (AEST)' the School of Graduate Research will host a Beyond 1000 Celebration Event via Zoom' to mark the milestone' and acknowledge countless achievements of the RHD graduate cohort.

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Professor Kinnear said the celebrations reflected that research "really is a 'team sport'".

"As a CQU research alumnus myself' and as the Dean for the School of Graduate Research' it is amazing to see the legacy created by our graduate research training since it began in the 1990s'" she said.

"This legacy continues to grow' candidate by candidate and thesis by thesis - transforming our communities and driving positive change for our world."