Friday, March 8, 2013

Establishing a national presence

In the past week CQUniversity further cemented itself as a national university, with the opening of the Appleton Institute Sleep Research Centre in Adelaide.

The Centre is headed up by Professor Drew Dawson and is home to a team of 30 multidisciplinary researchers, who deliver leading sleep and fatigue research in relation to industry, sports and wider society. Along with the sleep lab there is also a rail and road simulation lab which is used for cognitive-behavioural and human factors research.

The Centre also offers supervision for research higher degree students and psychology honours students.

Most recently the Centre has also become home to a distance education study centre, providing a place for our distance education students in South Australia to access support and resources.

In visiting the Centre last Tuesday it is clear to see how it provides a great atmosphere for postgraduate students seeking work, allowing them to be a part of a world-class team across areas including sleep and fatigue, applied psychology, human factors and OHS, exercise physiology, cultural anthropology, human-animal interaction and statistical analysis.

I think Professor Drew Dawson hit the nail on the head when he said “We are building Adelaide’s best little university”.

In the future I see this centre growing to become a boutique campus which offers both on-campus and distance education students an intimate, personal and supportive education experience.