Keep your valuables safe on campus

You could potentially see your possessions stolen within seconds just from leaving them unattended or not looking after them.

We like to believe we don’t have any thieves on campus, but of course, it’s always better to be safe than sorry; after all, those graphics calculators are expensive!

So, what can you do to prevent your valuables from being stolen?

  • Never leave your valuable items unattended

If you need to take a break or grab some study snacks, always get a friend to watch your belongings, or even better, take them with you. Lugging those heavy textbooks around with you is better than having your whole bag stolen!

  • Ensure your personal computer is secure

Is your whole student-life on your computer? Take steps to ensure you are safe online; we don’t want you losing all that work! Protect your passwordsbackup your work and install an antivirus program.

  • If you’re using a Griffith computer, log out before you turn off

Logging out before turning the computer off removes the risk that the next user of that computer will have access to your account. The computer can also apply any patches to potentially block any holes that hackers may use to try and gain access.

Head over to the security web page for any extra info and tips!

 

If you notice any suspicious behaviour, don’t be afraid to give your campus security team a call:

  • Nathan & Mt Gravatt: 3735 7777
  • South Bank: 3735 6226
  • Logan: 3382 1717
  • Gold Coast: 5552 7777

 


Graduating this trimester – important things inside

First – congratulations! Sometimes you think this moment will never arrive, so go you!

Here are a few things you should know before graduation:

Library

After you graduate, you can still take advantage of our library spaces and collection. You can sign up as a alumni and it’s free!

Student email and OneDrive

Google Drive is still accessible* yet we always encourage you to back up data to your own account just in case. Your student email* and OneDrive* account will also be accessible after you graduate. You are still required to change your password every six months and if you cannot remember your password – contact us!

Learning@Griffith and myGriffith

Both Learning@Griffith and myGriffith will still be accessible for your grades and academic transcript. Remember Griffith University requires passwords to change every six months. Good thing about passwords, we are single sign-on so one password change is all you need!

PebblePad

You can still retain access to your PebblePad account and portfolio, you just need to ensure you move it over to alumni access before you graduate/a>. Mark it in your calendars to do right after exams.

H Drive

We know you are backing up your data in places other than your H Drive, right? Good news – your H Drive won’t get wiped; however, you will lose access to it after graduation. Ensure you have a copy of anything important before your graduation date! Rest assured, if you do come back for further study, your access is returned, and you’re set.

Computers and Wi-Fi

Alas, access to Common Use computers and the Wi-Fi will end once you’ve graduated.  Your ‘affiliation’ moves from student to alumni and your student account will no longer be active for login nor connection to the Wi-Fi on campus.

We invite you to stay connected through our socials, wish you nothing but an amazing future, and we thank you for the memories. 🎶

* This may change in the future depending on changes in Griffith service agreements.


Studying 9 to 5 – which of our libraries are open?

Exams are still happening, so we are open on Saturday 8 June 2019.

Gold Coast, Nathan and Mt Gravatt libraries will be open from 9-5 to help give you a quiet place to study for the last exams you may have. Here are a few reasons why you choose us:

  • We are warm, it makes it so much easier to study if you are comfortable.
  • Close to the coffee – yeah, we made sure we have the coffee places nearby for a reason.
  • All the resources! At your fingertips we have thousands and upon thousands of resources.

We also give the best study tips to help with that last minute cram sessions.<

Relax, trust us, you’ve got this.


World Environment Day – what can you do?

In light of World Environment Day today, we thought it was only acceptable to share our top five tips (there’s an endless list but we understand you’re busy!) for keeping this Earth thriving as best we can, not just today, but every day. This year’s theme is ‘air pollution’, one of the biggest threats today to the environment, global warming and human health.

It’s not unknown that Griffith is committed to flourishing as a sustainable university; from the use of Bagasse food containers and reusable cups, solar powered buildings, an ongoing recycling and waste strategy and the implementation of collaboration technologies to reduce car travel, just to name a few. However, due to the theme of air pollution, there are of course also things you can do in your daily life as well to help this specific issue, and this will help you make a start. So, what is the solution to pollution?

  1. Eco-friendly transportation

By limiting your driving, you’re limiting air pollution. If possible, make use of the public transport systems we have available, otherwise carpooling is a great option to reduce the number of cars on the road; the perfect opportunity to also stay social!

  1. Energy conservation

Remember to turn off your electrics when they’re not in use; the microwave, kettle, TV and hair straightener just to name a few. These appliances actually continue to use electricity when still plugged into an outlet. Not only will this reduce your energy use, it will also save you money.

  1. Clean energy use

Whilst energy efficient lightbulbs and appliances on the market, so too is clean energy such as solar power; a form of energy which is growing profusely and that communities are now embracing. Switching to or at least slowly incorporating renewable energy into your life that doesn’t require the burning of toxic fuels will reduce carbon emissions significantly, in turn creating healthier air and healthier people. Even a single household that has switched to solar energy can make a difference!

  1. Environmentally friendly products

Did you know that buying clean and green products that don’t contain nasty chemicals actually help reduce air pollution? A lot of everyday products, in particular cleaning products, contain toxic chemicals that pollute your indoor air and can drastically affect your health, therefore purchasing natural and ‘green’ substances which don’t contain these harmful fumes is a step you can take to keep your air purified.

  1. Plant a tree or garden

Fun fact: trees soak up the harmful carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. Basically, trees clean our air by absorbing harmful airborne particles and gaseous pollutants! You can take the next step and also begin to grow your own food. Not only is growing your own veggie garden a fun hobby, it also reduces the fossil fuels burnt to transport produce to the local shop and prevents those nasty pesticide fumes from entering the air. So, get growin’!

 

Have a read of Griffith’s air pollution-related articles available in Griffith Research Online to learn more about the environmental issue:

 

Remember, every little thing you do really does help to make a difference!


Register for Hackathon 2019

 

Our friends over at Digital Solutions are giving away some huge cash prizes at their annual Hackathon!

Register Now!

The Digital Solutions annual Hackathon involves participating in over 30 hours of outstanding creativity and collaboration to transform your awesome ideas into reality! You don’t need to be a coder or tech savvy to take part in the Hackathon. All you need to bring to the table is your creativity, experience and passion to work together with a bunch of cool people to create something new and amazing! Registrations for Hackathon are open now!

You can register online or check out more information on the Digital Solutions blog.


Holidays are officially insight 

As the last scheduled exam is Saturday 8 June, we can now be secure in the knowledge we are free to sleep in.

To spend the next three or four weeks working through all those projects we neglected such as

  • weeding the garden
  • painting walls
  • organising our resources for next trimester
  • creating notebooks for specific subjects
  • science slumber parties
  • and learning quantum physics with Stephen Hawking, Ant-Man, and John Wick.

Yes, all those little projects we now have time to do!

So, we guess we are really just binge watching a whole bunch of tv shows and we reconvene for OWeek on 1 July?

Stay in touch as we will soon be telling you about Market Days, a new way to connect to Wi-Fi, accessing your course readings, and reminders about free and discount software such as O365!


Lightning Talks: the new disruptors was a success

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The New Disruptors Lightning talk was held in the Collaboratory at Logan Campus Library on the 23 May.

Panellists were:

Margaret Gibson

Margaret is a cultural sociologist and academic at Griffith University who specialises in death, grief, public mourning and media cultures.

Second Life, an online virtual world.

“When someone has lived a rich digital life, that life may be mourned on its own terms.”

“The physical legacy of a deceased person, their remaining effects, over which we mourn and sometime bicker, has a digital corollary – their digital remains – composed of connections, rather than artefacts.”

Dr Dinesh Palipana

Dinesh Palipana is currently a resident medical officer at the Gold Coast University Hospital. He has research interests in spinal cord injury, particularly with novel rehabilitation techniques.

Dinesh explained how spinal cord injury had been considered inoperable since Ancient Egypt. Yet in Switzerland in 2013, electrostimulation therapy in rats allowed them to recover the use of their hind legs.

He detailed the battle of trying to be certified as a doctor after suffering a spinal injury that confined him to a wheelchair. Dinesh pushed for equity and access for the disabled and curbing the “they told me it was impossible to become a doctor, but I wouldn’t accept it. They say that spinal injury can’t be treated, but we don’t believe it. We think it can.”

Assoc Prof Ingrid Burkett

Ingrid Burkett is one of the co-directors of Griffith University’s Yunus Social Business Centre based in Logan. The mission of the Yunus Social Business Centre is to equip people with the knowledge, capacity, and opportunities to innovate and create social impact through business.

Ingrid Burkett spoke about the difficult employment conditions in the gig economy, a free market system involving short-term contracted services through apps such as Uber, Deliveroo, and Airtasker, with the negatives of this kind of disruption. She suggested positive social disruptions for invisible categories, such as contracting and better procurement of work rather than living with the anxieties of the precariat, an emerging social class defined by work insecurity, in pursuit of technological expediency.

Ian Townsend

Ian is completing his history PhD on the 1899 Pearling Fleet Disaster at the University of Queensland. He worked for many years with ABC Radio National and is the winner of four Eureka Prizes for science and medical journalism.

Ian Townsend posed the question: As a historian, how do we get from ‘what happened’ to ‘what we think happened.’

“We forge ahead by breaking old narratives.”

“It’s only human to adjust our own memories to fit a preferred narrative, even when it doesn’t fit the evidence. It’s also what we do as a nation.”

If you missed out – you can check out our live stream of the event!