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Lumen Summer 2016 Issue
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New appointment – Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy)
In June, Professor Julie Owens took up the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy). Julie was previously the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Head of the School of Paediatrics and Reproductive Health, and Theme Leader, Early Origins of Health and Disease, in the Robinson Research Institute, at the University of Adelaide. She is internationally renowned in the research areas of pregnancy, regulation of placental and foetal growth and the developmental origins of health and disease.

Dental partnership with Health SA
The University of Adelaide and SA Health have entered into a 30-year agreement on dental training paving the way for improved community dental services for the South Australian community.The new SA Health managed 89 Chair Adelaide Dental Hospital set to open in July 2017 within the University’s $230 million medical and health sciences building.
The agreement includes:
- A 10 chair Riverland Oral Health Clinic in Berri funded by a $6 million Commonwealth Government grant
- Student clinical placements delivering services to the community over 48 weeks of the year
- Two new scholarships to assist rural students to undertake dentistry and encourage future service in rural areas
- An option to increase capacity by making the dental chairs available either after hours or on weekends in the future

Does philanthropy matter in South Australia?
An exciting panel of experts including Philip Coffey, Deputy CEO at Westpac, Patricia Bishop, doctor and philanthropist and Bob Cowan, Cowan Grant Trust, was assembled to discuss this important question at a lecture in September.  Watch a recording of the lecture here

Talking with Aussies 20 year celebration
In September ‘Talking with Aussies’ celebrated 20 years of their volunteer program. The program is designed to help international students improve their conversational English. Students are linked with volunteers from the local community who come from a range of ages, backgrounds, retirees, and working professionals. For further information visit

Union 120 years
The Adelaide University Union’s 120 year celebrations continue to provide a platform for alumni to reconnect with the union and participate in a range of activities. Highlights included the exhibition 120 Years of Adelaide University Union Art Collecting and the At the Cloisters event. Celebrations culminated on Monday 23 November with the Union 120 event in the Cloisters courtyard. The event featured displays of historical images and documents and tours of the Union House precinct. For further details email:

Annual meeting of the University community
The University Council convenes the annual meeting of the University community which comprises the staff, students and graduates of the University (pursuant to section 18 of the University of Adelaide Act 1971). This is your opportunity to ask questions about your University and to hear from the Vice-Chancellor and the Chancellor. Following the meeting, a light lunch will be provided in the foyer.  All welcome.

Time: Monday 15 February 2016, 12.00-1.00pm
Location: The Braggs Lecture Theatre, ground floor, Braggs Building


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