AUGUST 2009 News on Campus @ Bond University


Bond University is Australia’s highest rating university after earning the most five-star ratings of any university across an impressive nine key performance indicators in the Australian 2010 Good Universities Guide.

The independent consumer guide is Australia’s only definitive guide to university performance, providing ratings, rankings, comment and information about all Australian higher education institutions. Bond University was awarded five-star ratings in nine categories, including the important markers of Educational Experience and Graduate Outcomes. University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable said this was the third year running Bond has been the only university nationwide to achieve a five-star assessment in all of these critical areas and is a testament to Bond’s focus on the staff-student relationship.

“Bond maintains a strong focus on the individual and fostering opportunities so graduates are work-ready for the world stage,’’ said Professor Stable. “We are distinct from other universities in that we are private and not-for-profit, comparatively small in size and unique in our approach to teaching.

“Our five-star assessment in the Good Universities Guide acknowledges the outstanding success of our graduates, our consistent focus on quality, and the commitment of our world-class teaching staff. “Bond University continues to bring a new dimension to tertiary education in this country, providing greater choice for Australian students,” Professor Stable said.

In summary, in the 2010 Good Universities Guide, Bond rates FIVE STARS for :

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Graduate Starting Salaries
  • Positive Graduate Outcomes
  • Staff Qualifications
  • Non-government earnings
  • Getting a Job
  • Teaching Quality
  • Generic Skills
  • Student to Staff Ratio

The Australian Good Universities Guide 2010 found Bond's Business and Management graduates were stand-out beneficiaries of the University's focus on quality and opportunities, enjoying the equal highest rates of employment and as high or higher salaries than like graduates across Australia.

The Guide found Bond’s Business and Management graduates were stand-out beneficiaries of the University’s focus on quality and opportunities, enjoying the equal highest rates of employment and as high or higher salaries than like graduates across Australia.

Bond University students have designed a CSIRO award-winning ‘green business toolkit’ which shows companies how reducing carbon emissions can increase their returns.

Bond’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team has been named National Champion of the CSIRO’s Environmental Sustainability Grant Program for their toolkit, named GrassRoots.
Developed after close consultation with the industry, the toolkit allows businesses to understand the impact of their energy usage on the environment and their expenses.

The Bond SIFE team beat 20 other university groups to claim the national award.
GrassRoots includes information about climate change, a business energy audit and a green marketing guide, showing businesses how to reap the maximum benefits from ‘going green’.

“The toolkit allows businesses to see exactly what cost savings would be achieved by, for example, changing all their light bulbs to more energy efficient options or using their air-conditioners for one less hour each day,” said Bond SIFE President Chris Taylor.

If businesses already consider themselves green advocates, the SIFE team’s green marketing guide provides best practice advice on how to market and maximize the impact of these decisions.

“Businesses need to communicate their actions to the public effectively, without falling into the trap of producing unfounded ‘green-wash’, which consumers may punish rather than support”, said Mr Taylor. Bond SIFE is a student-led organisation that aims to make a difference to the local community by running projects that educate, impart skills and knowledge, and create sustainable business practices.

The Sport Management Association of Australia and New Zealand (SMAANZ) and Bond University wish to invite submissions from scholars, HDR students and practitioners to attend or present at the 15th Annual SMAANZ Conference, on the Gold Coast, 26-29 November 2009.

Through this conference, SMAANZ and Bond University’s Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, in partnership with Business GC (the Economic Development Branch of Gold Coast City Council) and sponsored by Bond University Research and Consultancy Services (BURCS), will host forums, workshops and oral presentations to facilitate sustainable sport management practices.

The AUG is on the Gold Coast Sunday 27th September 2nd October at sporting venues all over coast including our own Bond Uni Sports hall which will host the volleyball competition. The week includes 5 full days of sport and an action packed 6 night social program including an exciting Opening ceremony at Seaworld on the Sunday! For more details please visit and come and sign up next week!



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Bond University Associate Professor, Dr Ned Wales has been appointed to a new government body which will help bring sustainability and prosperity to the growing Tweed Shire Council area.

Dr Wales, from the Urban Planning area of the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development, will be part of the newly formed Northern Region committee of the Joint Regional Planning Panels (JRPP). He is one of two Tweed residents appointed to the five person panel.

Dr Wales will be called on to review applications for the Tweed that bear regional significance, including commercial, residential and retail proposals with capital investments between $10 million and $100 million; development where Tweed Shire Council is the proponent; and development of private infrastructure including hospitals and educational facilities. Dr Wales said the Tweed was a growth area and he was excited to contribute to its future.

I am very pleased to advise that three nominees from Bond University have been selected to receive 2009 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Learning & Teaching Council.

The successful nominees are:
Associate Professor Vicki Bitsika
Associate Professor Michael Rees
Associate Professor Stephen Sugden

I am sure you will join me in congratulating the successful recipients. This is an outstanding achievement and great recognition of the continuing success in teaching and learning at Bond University.

Professor Garry Marchant - Acting Vice-Chancellor & President

As a leading Australian academic and researcher, Professor Del Mar is frequently called upon to help develop health protocols and formulate guidelines by national and international bodies.

Professor Del Mar has been invited to World Health Organisation (WHO) summits, on a number of occasions, to contribute to discussions and assist with the development of guidelines - recently on the issue of avian flu and just last month, to tackle the H1N1 virus (swine flu).

He was the only Australian-based medical expert invited to participate in the global health authority’s Geneva talks on the H1N1 strain, which has reached a pandemic level.

Having just returned home, Professor Del Mar has been awarded $83,014 by the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council to review evidence and update national knowledge on the best methods to stop the person-to-person transmission of swine flu.

Bond University sporting teams travelled to the Sunshine Coast last month to compete in the Northern University Games and once again have out-performed rival Qld universities to win the Population Cup, an award identifying the Best Performing University based on actual student enrolment numbers . We sent a total of 9 teams in the sports of Beach Volleyball, Beach Touch football, Tennis, and Netball and collected a total of 6 medals (3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze) with our Beach Volleyball Teams dominating the competition winning all 3 divisions. The impressive performance of the teams placed Bond 3rd overall behind Gold Coast Griffith University and QUT. Runner up in the Population Cup was the host University of Sunshine Coast.

Bond Medal Winning Teams
GOLD - Men’s Beach Volleyball, Women’s Beach Volleyball, Mixed Beach Volleyball
SILVER – Men’s Beach Volleyball, Men’s Tennis
BRONZE – Mixed Beach Volleyball



Professor Gass agrees, "Sports Science is harnessing the new technologies to improve the performance of our elite athletes and especially after the Beijing Olympics." The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine recognises the importance of professional experience and incorporates integrated professional experience into its degree programs, both at an undergraduate and masters level.

It was after completing this professional experience that Kate realised her passion was within the Sports Science and more specifically within aquatics.

“Early 2008 I completed professional experience with the NSW Institute of Sport at the State and National Swimming trials, which then led to four weeks professional experience with the Aquatic Testing, Training and Research Unit at the Australian Institute of Sport” said Kate.

Shortly after graduating with her Master of Sports Science from Bond University, Kate was offered a graduate position as a Postgraduate Scholar in Aquatic Testing in the Training and Research Unit at the Australian Institute of Sport, which she considers to be one of her biggest achievements to date.

“My role consists of providing biomechanical support to the AIS swim team along with biomechanical assessment and evaluation of athletes, including force plate analysis of swimming starts and turns and race analysis” said Kate.

Kate now plans to focus on completing a research project at the Australian Institute of Sport which she hopes to continue on towards completing further studies and helping to enhance sporting performance of elite athletes representing Australia.

In January 2010, Bond University will be launching the new Master of High Performance Science. The Master of High Performance Science offered at Bond University is the first of its kind in Australia. The Master of High Performance Science is intended to produce high quality graduates such as Kate who have an excellent understanding of high performance athletes, their coaches and the organisation and administration of elite sport, with the intent of recapturing the gold medals that were characteristic of the Sydney and Athens Olympics.

Enrico Mercuri – Master of Jurisprudence – Law – Supervisors Jim Corkery & Michelle Markham – “Uncooperative Tax Havens and the Challenge to Sovereignty”. Enrico is now undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy degree with Bond to continue his research.

Shane Bracher (pictured below with PVC Research and Paddy) – PhD – School of Information Technology – Supervisor Paddy Krishnan- “Secure Information flow for Inter-organisational Collaborative Environments”

Zatul Effawaty Badarudin - PhD - BTSD - Supervisors Ahmed Khalid & Mohamad Ariff - 'Money Supply Endogeneity and Bank Stock Returns: Empirical Evidence from G-7 countries'

Pradeep Dharmadasa - PhD - BTSD - Supervisor Ken Moores - 'Innovation and performance in family controlled manufacturing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Australia'

James Larkin - Masters by Research - School of Information Technology - Supervisor Phil Stocks - "A flexible framework for leveraging verification tools to enhance the verification technologies available for policy enforcement'

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Professor Terry Carney, (University of Sydney) presented to the Bond community a seminar on 'Research Past and Research Futures: Plotting Academic Careers'

Terry Carney (LL.B.(Hons), Dip. Crim. (Melb), Ph.D.(Mon)) is Professor of Law and immediate past Director of Research at the University of Sydney. The Immediate past President of the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, he chaired Commonwealth bodies such as the National Advisory Council on Social Welfare and of the Board of the Institute of Family Studies, along with various State enquiries on child welfare, adult guardianship and health law. The author of nearly a dozen books/monographs and over a hundred and thirty academic papers, his recent books include Managing Anorexia Nervosa: Clinical, Legal & Social Perspectives on Involuntary Treatment (New York: Nova Science, 2006); and Social Security Law and Policy (Sydney: Federation press, 2006) and most recently: Bennett, B., Carney, T., & Karpin, I. (eds), The Brave New World of Health. Federation Press, 2008.. Currently he is working on four Australian Research Council funded studies, including an ARC Linkage study of Mental Health Tribunals (‘Mental Health Tribunals: Balancing fairness, freedom, protection and right to treatment?) to assess the way they balance fairness, freedom, protection and rights to treatment, and the recently funded project led by Professor Bennett (‘Legal and Ethical Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza’).