Fancy a funded field study in India for course credit?

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Yep, you read that right.

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management have an upcoming opportunity for students to go on a fully funded field studies course to India in Trimester 3.

This is offered as a free-choice elective, understanding and implementing the balance between sustainability, ethics and community-based ecotourism. While it is offered through the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, students from any discipline are eligible to apply.

In fact, last year’s cohort included students from business, psychology, public relations, environment, education and human services, who described the trip as ‘life changing’. You can read Josie’s student blog for an account of her experience last year.


  • Duration: 3 weeks in country.
  • Date: Trimester 3, 2018 (dates to be confirmed, but most likely 18 Nov to 10 December).
  • Eligibility criteria: Open to undergraduate domestic students, 18 – 26 years old.
  • Credit: 10CP. The subject is ungraded, which means it’s a pass/fail and doesn’t affect overall GPA.

Students will spend three weeks in northern India at the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun, Jim Corbett National Park in Ramnagar, Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh and Jabarkhet Nature Reserve in Mussoorie. The field trip will be centered around short placements at different community-based ecotourism sites.

The field trip is designed to provide the students with a hands-on and very authentic learning experience. Students can expect to be astonished and inspired, but also challenged and, at times, to be uncomfortable.

The field trip is funded by the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. The New Colombo Plan initiative aims to increase knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.

For further details, check the course’s PebblePad site. The course convener is Associate Professor Coghlan (


Borrow a person in our Human Library

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Immerse yourself in a bestseller of a different kind at our Human Library!

On Wednesday 21 March 2018, we are flipping the Gold Coast campus library on its head offering you the chance to borrow a person, instead of a book.

We’ve gathered together a group of 20 storytellers keen to share their experience with social stigma, prejudice and discrimination in the hope to break down barriers, challenge beliefs and create a more tolerant society.

In our human library, you can borrow a human book on a certain topic and sit down with them for an honest and open 20 minute chat about their life experiences and the issues they have faced.

What kind of books can you borrow at our Human Library?

Book: Yaseen

Title: Muslim Male, Prisoner of War and Sufferer of PTSD

Story: As a 22-year-old international student, I didn’t know what September 11 really meant for Muslims until I was taken away from my hostel and locked behind bars. Nine months in a window-less cell, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the worst was yet to come. I was treated as a soldier of the unknown enemy, who had the capability to strike but didn’t have the motive (yet). But like every story, there was a happy ending.

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Book: Kim

Title: Widow

Story: I’m a single mother of two children, but not for the reasons you might think. I’m a widow – usually this word conjures up images of a white-haired old lady, not a 26-year-old woman.

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Book: Ben

Title: Tattoos

Story: I was always interested in tattoos and how inking your skin would change the way people reacted to you. Tough guys had tattoos, bad guys had tattoos. I was and still am neither of those things, but I liked the idea I could be. I got my first tattoo at 19, a little one on my calf, and never really stopped. At first I only got tattooed where I could hide them. Attitudes towards tattoos were very different in the mid-nineties. You couldn’t get work in a lot of places if you had visible tattoos. As time went on, I ran out of hidden space and started getting tattoos on my forearms. For the first five or so years of my professional life I had to wear long sleeve shirts! It’s funny as these days I am no longer considered to be heavily tattooed.

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Book: Richo and Maggie

Title: Veteran and Assistance Dog

Story: A former Army Apprentice and member of the Royal Australian Engineers, I returned to university in my late 40s after a serious spinal cord injury. The study challenges ahead became overwhelming, until I was introduced to the Australian Student Veterans Association (ASVA). Today with the support of Maggie (Chief Happiness Officer / assistance dog), I am achieving great results in both undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

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Book: Uncle John

Title: Indigenous

Story: I am a Senior Learning Assistance Officer in the GUMURRII unit on Griffith’s Nathan Campus. I am a traditional custodian of the Gold Coast region, a Kombumerri man, a saltwater man of the Gold Coast part of the wider Yugumbeh Language Group. The Yugumbeh lands are located between the Logan River in the north and the Tweed River in the south. They are bordered by the mountains to the west and the ocean to the east. I am also a Griffith Business School graduate, Alumni and long-term employee (18 years) of Griffith University. I am a member of the Griffith Council of Elders and have the privilege of being acknowledged as an Elder on the Yugumbeh Elders Group.

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Book: Julie

Title: Adopted

Story: ‘You are adopted.’ These words broke my heart at the age of 10. All I wanted to do was find my biological mother and ask her ‘why?’. The answer I got shook me to the core. Being adopted has influenced my decisions, especially as a 17-year-old pregnant ‘unwed mother’.  Life takes you on many journeys and you get branded with many labels. I started out as an orphan and will end that way. It is what happens in between that defines you.

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Book: Owen

Title: Activist

Story: I am a socialist activist and live my beliefs in my daily life and practices. ‘A Spectre is haunting all of Europe – the Spectre of Communism.’ So opens The Communist Manifesto, the most widely read book of the 19th and 20th centuries. If you agree that we live in an upside down world, if you think it’s a crime that 68 individuals possess the same wealth as 3.5 billion (1/2 of humanity), if you’re disgusted by the war on terror and its racist violence AND you want to do something about it, then The Communist Manifesto has something to offer you.

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Book: Narelle

Title: Lesbian Catholic Priest

Story: I was ordained in 2010 as the first female Catholic Priest in Australia. I am a lesbian, foster mother, activist and passionate permaculturist and committed to providing a safe, welcoming and accepting church community for people to find comfort, inclusion and reflection. After suffering a major stroke in 2003 I dramatically changed my career paths. From the Chief Executive Officer of the statewide non-government organisation to a disability pension, I refocused my life direction, moving from a career in social work to theology.  I learnt the value of good friends, fell in love and opened my heart and garden to build community. I could not be happier with my life. I love sharing my story of recovery, gardening and finding the spiritually of life on the way.

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Book: Michael

Title: Survivor

Story: I was a supermarket developer, an aviator, a wannabe Indiana Jones in the Philippines. I was shot at by Gaddafi’s Muslim Insurgents, crashed my aircraft and walked away, got crushed into bankruptcy and became a lawyer at age 53. Events in my childhood formed my mindset instilling a determination to succeed. They shaped my attitude to life and soldiering on was the only way forward that I knew. My father became paraplegic in a near fatal building accident in his twenties. Our family home was foreclosed due to no income. My mother had to choose between a late abortion or death. Months after the abortion, she passed away due to a brain tumour. On the way to my mother’s funeral, my father attempted suicide by throwing himself from his wheelchair into the path of a Melbourne tram.

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Book: Heather

Title: Female Elder

Story: I am a proud Kamilaroi-Kooma (Aboriginal) woman. I believe in bridging the gap and understanding with reconciliation in my heart and growing as equals together as one. I believe that we need to develop an understanding of all cultures that make up the island we call our country of Australia, that we love and want to share with the world. As a younger person, I worked for 27 years in the outback on cattle and sheep stations, shearing sheds and earth moving camps. Today, I am Acting Aboriginal Co-Chair of Reconciliation Queensland Inc. and sit on the Board of Murrigunyah (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Corporation for Women). I am Director of DV Connect (Domestic Violence service QLD) and work as an Aboriginal Elder running Cultural Workshops. For the past 14 years, I have worked as an Indigenous Cultural Consultant for Queensland Health in Child & Youth Mental Health Service.

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Book: Nicole

Title: Bullied as an adult

Story: I was at the pinnacle of my 13 year long career. Well-known and respected in my small country town, manager of the local pharmacy, volunteer in the community and friend to many. All that changed after I separated from my first husband and one woman in particular began a relentless campaign to make my life miserable. Her extreme bullying saw me lose my job, my friends, my standing in the community and almost my life.

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Book: Adam

Title: Depression

Story: I am a father to three, step father to two, husband and business owner and have been battling depression for most of my adult life. This journey has taken me to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows through marriage, children, divorce, losing my business and back again. 40 years goes by pretty fast! From being the brightest candle in the room, to hiding away in my bed as a recluse, tempting suicide. I have done and seen it all.

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Book: Chrissie

Title: Girl in a Van

Story: I packed up my cosy apartment life, sold all my belongings and moved into a van, all the while staying in my home city and continuing my full-time job. It’s been two years now, and I’ve moved on to a roomier box truck, which I’m slowly converting into a functional tiny home whilst living inside. It’s still raw and has only a few amenities, but I’ve added some girly touches and it feels like home. I sleep in a different location most nights and spend the weekends road-tripping or staying at beaches and forests. I realise I can’t do this forever in the one town, so I’m saving and building and one day I’ll be able to quit the job and travel the country.

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Book: Dean

Title: Urban Farmer

Story: I deeply believe that becoming more sustainable is simple, easy and achievable for everyone. We need to seriously start being more green in our homes and communities now, because everything we do has an effect on the Earth. I am an urban farmer, permaculturist and gut health guru. Originally from a rural farming background, I now strongly focus on urban farming – bringing food growing back into the towns and cities, where it has traditionally always been in sustainable cultures. I run several related local, national and international groups and projects to support homes and communities in sustainable living. Join the green revolution!

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Book: Blair

Title: Transgender

Story: As a kid I always split girls into ‘tomboys’ and ‘girly girls’. Tomboys would wear shorts and play with action figures, and girly girls would dress up as fairies and like pink. I was definitely a tomboy. I always preferred boys toys, was happiest dressing as a boy, and felt more like ‘one of the boys’. I never thought anything of it but as I got older it became increasingly harder to be myself and still be accepted. At puberty when my body changed, I was never excited like the other girls were, and by 17 I realised that I wasn’t meant to be born a girl. Transitioning from female to male was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it was definitely the most rewarding. It made me a better person.

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Book: Jazmina

Title: Hijabi Muslim

Story: I am a Hijab-wearing Muslim woman and I am judged based on my appearance. Growing up in rural Australia, my family and I were almost always the only Muslims and ethnics in the community. People would roll down their car windows and yell insults as I walked to the bus stop in front of my high school. A lot of the time there are missed interactions because people are too scared to approach me. But, if I have the chance to speak to people, they will know that I am just as normal as everyone else and that my qualities are what make me extraordinary.

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Book: Reena

Title: Multicultural Advocate

Story: I grew up in a small city in India and came to Australia as a student. My dream has always been to unite people from all walks of life, to remove racial barriers and replace them with a sense of belonging. I made my dream come true by organising multicultural fashion shows that challenge the stereotypes of beauty and fashion through celebrating all men and women, no matter what cultural background, shape or size. I believe beauty is in the spirit which shines through in your eyes, in your laughter and through your happiness. Diversity and acceptance is the culture we should follow and I am proud to be a platform that says no to pre-existing stereotypes of the fashion industry as we lead the way to a more inclusive future all the while promoting multiculturalism.

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Book: Helen

Title: Female Plumber

StoryAs the CEO of Australia’s first female plumbing company, my mission is to help every woman and girl in the world to know they have choices to do whatever the hell they want to do with their life. To influence every woman in the world to take action to create the life they choose.

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Book: Sauda

Title: Discriminated

Story: I am from India and come from a family with strong values. I believe that marriage is a commitment to be treasured. When I said yes at the age of 38, I was very much in love. I soon found out that marrying into a western family had its challenges. It came with all the trimmings of who is what and who is who. Least did I know that racial discrimination and hatred would be part of it.

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Book: Nicholas

Title: Gay Male

Story: I was the youngest born with a traditional family, Mum, Dad and an older sister. I was always a happy energetic kid, but I always felt a little different from about the age of 7. As I grew older I ignored the feelings that I had towards other males, it seemed wrong, but I didn’t understand what it meant or that there was a label. When I found out I had two half-brothers at the age of 20, my life turned upside down and allowed me to question many things in my life, including my sexuality. I still remember the day I came out to my parents! Living as a gay male has presented some challenges.

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Want to borrow a human book?

Want to be involved in this unforgettable experience? Register as a reader in our Human Library. There are limited sessions available in this two-hour event, so get in quick!

Become a book in our Human Library!

Do you have a story to tell? Griffith University Library is looking for people to volunteer as human books in our second annual Human Library event to be held on 21 March 2018 at the Gold Coast campus.

Wait, what? A human library? A human book?

Human libraries are part of a global movement to break down social barriers and challenge prejudice and stereotypes through conversation. At Griffith, we value and recognise diversity. We believe we can help spark social change through encouraging positive conversations with people, who may not ordinarily have the opportunity to speak with each other.

How does the Human Library work?

In a Human Library, readers borrow people instead of books. If you sign up as a human book in our Griffith University Human Library, you can expect to be loaned out up to three times during the two-hour event. The loan period is for approximately 20 minutes, giving you enough time to share your story, answer questions from your borrower and engage in positive and real conversation.

Who can be a human book?

Human books are often people who have faced discrimination and prejudice in their life as a result of occupation, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, cultural background, health, social status, lifestyle or disability.

Our selection of books in last year’s Human Library included a homeless person, refugee, an adopted person, a Muslim woman, a Muslim man / prisoner of war, a lesbian, a gay male, a Maori, an Indigenous person, a woman in IT, a veteran and assistance dog, an author, a person with tattoos, a person with dreadlocks.

How do I register as a human book?

If you are willing to give people insight into your life with stigma, discrimination or prejudice in the hope to create a more tolerant and understanding community, we’d love to hear from you!

Register your interest via our online form now. Feel free to contact Renee Wilson or Brigitte Braddock at for more information.

Want to see a Human Library in action?

The 2017 Griffith University Human Library was a huge success with 20 human books loaned out to borrowers. Check out our wrap-up of last year’s Human Library event.

Got a great student life hack? Share your idea and WIN!

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Have you ever thought ‘an app for that’ would greatly improve your life as a student? Do you have a brilliant idea for an app that you and your fellow students would find super useful?

Submit your app ideas to the Griffith Hackathon Apps Ideas Challenge by Friday 23 March 2018 for your chance to win a share of over $5,000 in prizes.

The catch is – the idea has to be exceptional and impress our hard-to-impress judges. Your idea will have to be the best of the best.

Concerned about your lack of coding skills? Don’t be. You don’t actually have to build the app, or do anything remotely techy. You just need to brainstorm an amazing app, go to the Hackathon web page and submit it. Easy peasy and potentially very profitable.

Get your entries in today! You can enter as many times as you like. Entries close at 5 pm on Friday 23 March. Winners will be contacted and announced via Library social media.

We have some more exciting news! What good is an idea without some action? Once the ideas have been collected and winners have been chosen, we will be holding a Student Hackathon event.

That’s when we give your app ideas to a bunch of clever students (with coding skills), feed them some pizza, and get them to develop an app in two days.

Check out the winning app 2017 from Griffith University students Damien Robinson, Joaquin Ramirez Reyes and Joshua Munchie.

We can’t wait to see your best app ideas! Terms and Conditions apply. Head to the Hackathon webpage for details.

Welcome to O Week!

Welcome to O Week!

Griffith University library has a lot of resources available to help you settle into Uni life and succeed in your academic journey. We suggest you check out our website, take a look at our Study Smart tutorials, come along to a library tour and scope out a comfy study spot.

We’ll also be hosting tables at each Market Day, so make sure you seek us out and ask all your burning questions (or just, you know, shoot the breeze. Or a hoop. Rumour has it there will be mini basketball). Though unlike Steve Buscemi we won’t be pretending that we’re hip and cool–because once you meet us you’ll see there’s absolutely no need to pretend 😉

And if you haven’t already, follow the library social media to stay updated throughout the year–we’ve got Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Finally: don’t forget to download our official Griffith App to help you get orientated on campus. FYI–the maps function will be a lifesaver during your first few weeks.

For more information, visit the library orientation webpage.

Take a library tour this O Week!

To all our new students starting at Griffith this Trimester, G’day! Trimester 1 kicks off next week and we are here to show you around–and let you in on a little secret: the library is awesome. We acknowledge, we may be a tad biased. Nevertheless, check it out and decide for yourself!

Drop by your closest campus library from 19-23 February 2018 and take a 15-minute library tour. Bring your binoculars (no, not really) and get ready to experience the sights and sounds of your campus library.

Keep your eyes peeled for the quiet study spaces and the ever inviting beanbags. Here are the tour deets:

Library Campus Time Frequency
Gold Coast 10.30 am – 1.30 pm Every half-hour, on the hour and half hour
Logan 12 noon – 2 pm As required
Mt Gravatt 12 noon – 2 pm As required
Nathan 10 am – 2 pm Every half-hour, on the hour and half hour
South Bank 12 noon – 2 pm  As required

Are you keen? You don’t need to book, just rock up to the library and meet us in the foyer. Easy peasy!


Get a head start with our Earlybird workshops

Quick quiz:

  • Are you starting uni this trimester?
  • Did you find last trimester’s study a challenge?
  • Do you want to further develop your learning skills?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our Earlybird workshops are perfect for you!

Prior to Trimester 1, 2018, we are offering the following Earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Strategies for study at university

Get an overview of university culture and expectations, and learn some helpful strategies for managing your time and studying effectively. Beginning the trimester with a head start on study and time management will make a world of difference, we promise!

Getting started on an ePortfolio with PebblePad

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad.

Researching and Referencing for your assignments

Being able to research and reference is a kinda crucial part of uni. If this seems daunting, come along to this workshop. You’ll gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Check out the times, dates, and locations, come along to a workshop, and start trimester one prepared for success!