Are you the winner of our awesome App Ideas Challenge?

Congratulations to Bachelor of Creative Interactive Media student Ruzena Spacek, who won a sweet $1,500 for her entry into our Hackathon App Ideas Challenge.

Ruzena won the judges over with her Study Planner app idea aimed at helping students better plan their study and assessment to reduce anxiety and improve grades. If you’re one of those people who freak out because you’ve left your assignment to the last minute, this app would be perfect for you!

Second and third prize

Bachelor of Business student Jamie Henke walked away with an impressive $750 for her Griffith OpportUNIty app idea. Her interactive swipe app would provide students with a one-stop-shop for all opportunities they are presented with – think uni events, market days, internships and work experience.

Bachelor of Counselling student Harley Best went home with $500 thanks to his Uni Saver app idea. Uni Saver will not only save key assignment-related information for you, it will also save your butt with assessment notifications to keep you on track.

Thank you to all who entered our Hackathon App Ideas Challenge. The calibre of entries was beyond impressive.

Disappointed you missed out on the money? Don’t be! Enter our Hackathon event to win your share in a massive $3,500 prize pool.

Win big at Hackathon weekend!

Get ready to transform your awesome ideas into something real at our 30-hour Hackathon event from 4-5 August 2018.

You don’t need to be tech-savvy to take part in the Hackathon. All you need to bring to the table is your creativity, skills and passion to design, develop and showcase a mobile application that would greatly improve your student life.

Register now as an individual or team for 30-hours of fun and your chance to win big!


Rainbow celebration to mark IDAHOBIT

Rainbow flag

Get ready to rock your rainbow colours next Thursday 17 May in support of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

At Griffith University, we are committed to supporting an inclusive, safe and respectful culture both on campus and in our wider community. We’re thrilled to be celebrating IDAHOBIT this year across all five campuses with a bright and brilliant display of pride and diversity (and rainbow cupcakes!).

Join us as we raise our rainbow flag and stand with our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ) mates to support equality and the inclusion of our Griffith staff, students and community, who are sexually diverse and have diverse gender identities. While you’re there, you can enjoy a delicious rainbow cupcake and pick up some cool Griffith Ally merchandise.

When?

Gold Coast campus – 10 am
South Bank campus – 10 am
Mt Gravatt campus – 11.30 am
Logan campus – 11.30 am
Nathan campus – 2 pm

Be sure to register your interest on our Griffith Ally Facebook page

Did you know?

75 % of LGBTIQ youth experience some form of discrimination*
61 % of LGBTIQ youth experience verbal abuse*
19 % of LGBTIQ youth experience physical bullying*
24.4 % of lesbian, gay and bisexual people experience depression*
36.2 % of Trans Australians experience depression*

On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases. The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia launched in 2004 to celebrate LGBTI people globally.

Want to help spread the message of inclusion? Join the Ally Network at one of our IDAHOBIT events. At Griffith everyone belongs.

*Statistics sourced from idahobit.org.au


Take a sneak peek at our Human Library

Griffith University Human Library

What happens when you get a group of people together in one room sharing their life stories, confronting social stigma and challenging prejudice? Magic!

Gold Coast campus library hosted its second Human Library on Wednesday 21 March 2018, where students and staff had the opportunity to borrow and ‘read’ a person instead of a book. Our human books shared their personal stories about their lives faced with discrimination and prejudice.

Griffith student Blair participated in the Human Library as a Transgender book.

‘They were genuinely curious to find out more information,’ Blair said.

‘I expected to be discriminated against, but it wasn’t like that at all. People were genuinely curious to learn.’

Student Jazmina said her participation in the Human Library as a Hijabi Muslim book was freeing.

‘I was able to say things to people that I’ve never said before,’ Jazmina said.

‘It gave me a chance to articulate what I’ve been thinking my whole life.’

It was great to see everyone connecting with each other, sharing their different life stories and social and cultural backgrounds. It just shows that by being open and respectful, asking questions and sharing experiences we can create a better and more understanding world!

Take a sneak peek at some of the amazing moments that our books and readers shared!

At Griffith, everyone belongs.


Hone your post-grad research skills

Are you a postgraduate student or Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidate? Wondering how to get the skills to achieve at University? The Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules are the resources you need!  

The online training modules will help you navigate your way through the research cycle. There are three sections: discover, manage and publish.  Each section will help you build your knowledge base and direct you to additional resources.

The Discover section is a ‘pre-flight check’ to help you focus on conducting independent research using Griffith University library resources. It will also teach you how to keep up-to-date in your field. You can get an overview on:

  • Research questions
  • How to find the literature you need
  • Authors and alerts
  • How to use the literature

Manage looks at best practices and tools for managing your information and research data. It includes tips on how to organise and manage your literature. Find sections on:

  • Organising your research
  • Research integrity
  • Managing research data
  • Being an author

Publish looks at networks and technologies to support collaboration with other researchers, find the best publishing outlets, measure research impact and discover opportunities for research funding. There’s info on:

  • How to get published
  • Collaborating
  • Scholarly impact
  • Obtaining funding

If you need further support, you can book a one-hour one-on-one session with a library specialist.  


Keep your writing on track with a storyboard

Have you ever spent ages researching, only to run out of time or lose sight of the overall picture by the time you are ready to write your assignment?

Could it be that your literature review has taken too long to finalise or your research has moved away from the core of the assignment question?

If you are collaborating with other students, maybe your group members have unknowingly moved their focus. You realise the deadline is looming and you need to present your supervisor or lecturer with a coherent ‘story’.

This is where storyboarding can be of assistance when used from the beginning of your work.

Storyboarding basically comprises laying out the structure of your assignment, before starting to write it. Doing this helps you to capture, organise and compile your thoughts and research, as well as structure your work, right from the beginning.

There are a variety of tools you can use to storyboard your writing.

Scrivener has a free trial and can be purchased for a cheaper subscription if you are a student or academic with an institutional affiliation.

For people who like sticky notes/corkboards,  the free Index Cards tool is available on Windows. A similar app called Index Card 4 is downloadable for a small fee on your iPhone and iPad. If you use both Mac OS and iOS devices, Index Card 4 can also sync projects with the Scrivener app for Mac, making it easy to capture ideas on your iPhone/iPad while on the run and sync them with your Mac computer later.

There are many more apps available. Have a look at this recent  teachthought blog post for a list of 11 storyboarding apps for writers.


Your guide to easily writing your assignment

You’ve unpacked the topic, gathered information, and now you’re ready to write your assignment.

Have you been staring at an empty Word document for 30 minutes, trying to come up with a good opening sentence while The Pixies’ Where is my mind? runs through your pained brain? Then it’s definitely time to check out our guide on writing your assignment. We’ll get you started!

Step 1

Work out what type of assignment you are writing. Is it a report, essay, reflective piece or literature review? If you’re not sure, take another look at your assignment information or check with your lecturer/tutor. This information will help inform your layout and influence your content.

Literature reviews, reports and reflective pieces all vary in terms of content and layout, so take a look at our guides to ensure you know what to include and focus on.

Most academic writing follows a similar structure. You’ll need an introduction, body, and conclusion. The writing your assignment guide provides a detailed overview of what to include in and how to structure each individual section.

Step 2

Start by creating a rough outline of your structure, noting down what you intend to include in each section. Try using dot-points under headings to highlight key information. Revisit your notes from researching your topic as this can also help you determine which sections you may need to research more. Look, your empty word document now reflects some hard work.

Step 3

Time to start writing. Just get your initial ideas down and begin filling in the sections you’ve mapped out, using our guides to help with content. Once you have written a paragraph or more, go back and begin polishing your work by adding some academic words you have learnt during your studies.

When you’re done, don’t forget to proofread! It always helps to get somebody else to look over your assignment too, as they may catch things you have missed. Don’t neglect your reference list – it needs to be proofread too!


Human Library brings our community together

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What an epic day we had at our Human Library event on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at the Gold Coast Library!

Human Libraries are a worldwide movement for social change. They are designed to connect people from different walks of life to break down social barriers and challenge prejudice and stereotypes through conversation.

At our Human Library, students and staff had the opportunity to borrow and ‘read’ a living and breathing person instead of a book. Twenty amazing human books (e.g. Bullied, Depressed, Transgender, Hijabi Muslim, Veteran, POW) were available to be loaned out for a 20 minute open and honest chat.

Each of our human books had an extraordinary story to tell about their life experiences often faced with social stigma and discrimination. It was great to see our human books and readers connect over meaningful conversations. Questions were asked, stories shared and topics, that we don’t often get the chance to talk about, were discussed.

What did some of our readers say?

‘This was a fantastic opportunity to promote social cohesion. I really enjoyed being able to hear the personal stories of people whom I would meet in everyday life but be otherwise unaware of their challenges and triumphs.’

‘The honesty and openness of participants, and hearing about how they faced and overcame prejudice and adversity. Even as someone who feels they are open to everyone from any walk of life, there is still a lot to learn from the plight of those who are judged by their background, beliefs or situation.’

‘This is such a special event which encapsulates what Griffith is about – showing that we can all be remarkable in our everyday lives. I was so proud to be a part of it.’

So where to from here?

We want you to continue sharing your stories and engage in positive conversation with each other in order to create a more accepting community! And most importantly? Don’t judge a book by its cover! Because at Griffith, everyone belongs.

Stay tuned for our Human Library video, soon to be released!