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Editorial Meet the Academic


Making Change


UNSW Indigenous Spring Forum


Nura Gili Students


Inaugural Nura Gili Awards


SRC Indigenous Officer Candidates


Indigenous Pathways

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UNSW Faculties Nura Gili on the Road


Nura Gili About Us


Nura Gili News If you would like to contribute ideas, news, letters and / or articles please contact the editor: Email: Telephone: 0478492075 If you would like to contribute to Indigenous scholarships for students at UNSW and/or Nura Gili Indigenous Programs please feel free to make initial contact with the Director of Nura Gili Professor Martin Nakata (B.EdHons PhD) Telephone :+61 (2) 93853120 Email: - Prof Nakata's Webpage If you would like further information on Nura Gili’s programs, courses and facilities you are welcome to come and visit and / or contact us:

Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit Electrical Engineering Building G17 UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES SYDNEY NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA

Telephone: 02 93853805 Email: Website:

UNSW CRICOS Provider Code: 00098G | ABN: 57 195 873 179 Balnaves Place – Home of Nura Gili was made possible thanks to a generous donation from The Balnaves Foundation, a private philanthropic organisation established in 2006 by Neil Balnaves AO to provide support to charitable enterprises across Australia.

Global financial services firm UBS has committed to a major investment in support of Indigenous programs at UNSW

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“Nura Gili is truly an active repository of knowledge and a collective group of inspiring thinkers and doers; Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous staff with a passion for education, research and a better future.” -

Christine Mitchell, participant at September’s UNSW Indigenous Spring Forum.

As I write Nura Gili students are on a well-deserved mid-semester break, Walama Muru* is in full swing, enquires and applications are coming in for this year’s UNSW Indigenous Pre programs, Indigenous studies students have returned from their field trip to Wreck Bay, Nura Gili teams are recovering from competing at the National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games, research grants are being submitted and we are celebrating the success of the inaugural UNSW Indigenous Awards evening. Congratulations to all Nura Gili student award winners and to all our students and alumni who continue to pursue their dreams, amongst them trailblazers in their field. UNSW graduate and Australia's first Indigenous magistrate the Hon Pat O'Shane recently gave the fourth prestigious Justice Talks lecture at UNSW Faculty of Law and was recognised with the Marcia Langton award for lifetime achievement in leadership at this year’s Deadly Awards at the Sydney Opera House. Our congratulations also go to COFA alumni Teho Ropeyarn who won the Telstra work on paper award with his piece Apudthama and COFA’s Brenda Croft, Senior Research Fellow, National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA) who won the visual artist of the year at this year’s Deadly Awards. The upcoming 2013 UNSW Student Representative Council (SRC) election sees two strong candidates Jason O’Neil and Rebekah Hatfield running for Indigenous Officer – read more about their passions in this edition. So if you or someone you know is considering studying at UNSW next year, get in touch with us here at Nura Gili so you can find out more about our UNSW Indigenous Admissions Scheme and our UNSW Indigenous Pre Programs in Business, Law, Medicine and Social Work. We are also piloting a new Pre-Program in Education this year for those wishing to become secondary school teachers. A special shout out to Luke Carroll who emceed at our Inaugural Awards night- having warmed up the week before as emcee at the Deadly’s! Rebecca Harcourt, Editor *Walama Muru: 'a return of road or path' forging new connections and reinforcing old ones between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Walama Muru offers an opportunity for UNSW students to travel to a regional Aboriginal community in order to learn and share in the local Aboriginal culture.

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Leah joined the Nura Gili academic team earlier this year and was our guest speaker at the UNSW Indigenous Spring Forum dinner. Below she shares some insights about herself, her research and one of the new courses she is developing for 2014: “I’m a Torres Strait mainlander – I was born and grew up on the Queensland mainland after my parents moved in the 1960s, when my dad got a job as a labourer with Queensland Railways. I’m one of eight kids – and my parents were adamant that we all get a good education – so made us all go through to year 12. All my schooling was in Queensland. I did a Bachelor of Arts in Rock-Vegas, and a one year museum anthropology course at James Cook University in Townsville. I moved to Sydney in 1998 and finished an MSc (Geography) at Sydney Uni in 2007. Now, I’m a doctoral student in history at the University of Sydney where my research focuses on the history of the use of turtle and turtle shell in the Torres Strait. I’ve also researched material culture and eastern Torres Strait tombstone ceremonies, Islander identity in Sydney and the history of Islanders in the northern Australia railways. From 2001-2012 I taught Indigenous Australian Studies at the University of Sydney and I joined Nura Gili in January this year in a part-time teaching position.

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My PhD : The title of my thesis is: Op Le: Visual traditions, marine environments and Torres Strait Islander knowledge The primary focus of my study is to document the historical use of turtle and turtle-shell by people of the Torres Strait and examine the motivations and means for the collection or trade in the objects throughout the 19th century. Paying attention to varieties of history (e.g. cultural, philosophical, economic), my research will use Islander perceptions to unpack Eurocentric narratives and notions about this material and to critically evaluate how foreigners related to Islanders and to the materials they collected.

Ethnographic and historical accounts register the significance of turtle-shell material, which had religious/ceremonial, secret and sacred, gendered and everyday value to Islanders. In contrast, the period of their removal from the region (c.1800 - 1920) coincided with the establishment of a colonial government and the development of the region as a site of international commercial interest. In this context the making and circulation of turtle-shell objects and turtle-shell and Islanders’ use of turtle in general, became ‘entangled’ with and in some instances ruptured by the curiosity, commercial and scientific value of turtles and turtle-shell objects. Today, Islanders are engaging with the 19th century material in various ways and new practices are evolving in the use of turtle-shell. The project has three primary aims: (1) To view and document 19th century Torres Strait turtle-shell materials held by domestic and international museums and galleries; (2) To document museum practices and contemporary Islander views and understandings of the 19th century turtle-shell objects and their status as museum pieces and/or cultural or art objects today; and 3) To document Islander stories and information about the historical and contemporary use of turtle and turtle-shell. My work in this field will form the basis of a new third year course I am developing for the Indigenous Studies program at Nura Gili, the course title – Human-Animal Interactions in Indigenous Domains and will be offered from semester 2, 2014. I’ll be taking off to New York over the semester break to talk about some of my PhD research. I’ve been invited to present at a workshop that is being hosted by the American Museum of Natural History – I’m very excited about this and a little nervous too!

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Iconic images of Gough Whitlam’s groundbreaking links with Indigenous Australia and his China visits form the basis of a new COFA exhibition, writes Fran Strachan.

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the hands of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, Photographer Mervyn Bishop NT, 1975 Courtesy the artist and Josef Lebovic Gallery, Sydney On a hot day in 1975, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam stood against a backdrop of brilliant blue sky and red earth at Wattie Creek and poured sand into the palm of traditional landowner Vincent Lingiari. The symbolic moment, immortalised by Indigenous press photographer, Mervyn Bishop, has become an iconic image in Australian history and inspired the popular Paul Kelly song, ‘From Little Things, Big Things Grow’. More than 30 years later Bishop performed the Welcome to Country ceremony at the opening of the Making Change exhibition at Galleries UNSW. His Wattie Creek image forms the centrepiece of the exhibition, which celebrates Whitlam’s groundbreaking links with Indigenous Australia through a mix of historic photos and contemporary Indigenous artworks.

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Making Change includes the works of photojournalist and documentary photographer Ricky Maynard, contemporary art photographers Nici Cumpston, Tracey Moffatt and Jason Wing and media-based and installation artists Richard Bell, Warwick Thornton, Bindi Cole, Fiona Foley and Judy Watson. “The exhibition represents a move away from the historical Anglo-Celtic representation within Australian art, and redefines the cultural identity of the nation to reflect a multiculturally diverse and outward-looking society,” says co-curator, Felicity Fenner. The exhibition also marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and China. Whitlam was the first Australian Prime Minister to make an official visit to China, heralding a new era of economic and cultural ties that now spans four decades. The collection was presented at the National Art Museum of China in 2012 where it attracted 90,000 people. Former Minister for the Arts, Simon Crean paid an official visit to the exhibition to further expand cross-cultural relations within the arts. The exhibition was also a finalist in the federal government’s 2013 Australian Arts in Asia Awards. Making Change is produced and presented by UNSW’s College of Fine Arts (COFA), the Australian Centre for Photography and the National Art Museum of China. The exhibition runs until 5 October. Fran Strachan- this article was first published in Spring


Warwick Thornton Still from Stranded, 20113D video, 11.06 mins duration, edition of 5© the artist Courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery, Sydney

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L-R Christine Mitchell with Nura Gili students Lowanna Moran and Rebekah Hatfield

That was the theme for the recent UNSW Open Day. Well, this university has a lot of possibilities to explore! Attending the UNSW Indigenous Spring Forum at Nura Gili was a great experience. As a group of non-school leavers, our ages range from early twenties to forty-something, from different parts of Australia and different careers. Some of us were looking at undergraduate and others post-graduate studies. A few were already part way through undergraduate programs at other Australian Universities. We were interested in a range of degrees – Social Work, Law, Education and Business. Our schedule over the two and a half days was jam packed, full of relevant topics and current information – not only in our courses of interest, but pathways to University, scholarships, accommodation and even some lectures. The accommodation on campus was first class and having all the meals supplied kept us together as a group and we were able to reflect on topics and share ideas and of course mingle with the staff and students at Nura Gili. We met a lot of undergraduate students from a broad range of faculties that shared their experiences with us. Some were school leavers and some mature age students. The experiences they shared were personal, insightful and given with heart and a good dose of humour as well. These current undergraduate students gave freely of their time and knowledge to inspire, encourage and light our pathways. All the Spring Forum participants were grateful and appreciative of their time and involvement.

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We had a session on Research projects within the University presented to us by Indigenous researchers (Huh?), Yes, Indigenous researchers. I think our mob must be one of the most overanalysed, researched groups of people on the planet, and therefore when ‘research’ is mentioned it instantly makes you question and become defensive. Now, knowing that some of our people are involved actively in research, and how passionate they are, gives a certain authenticity to Indigenous research at UNSW. There was certainly a lot of information presented in information sessions and lectures to take back to our communities. A certain theme pervaded all my interactions with the students, academics and staff, I met – if you commence a certain course of study and then realise you don’t really like it, just swap..... UNSW has a massive campus with so many different streams of study and the combinations of double degrees is both mind boggling and exciting. The Nura Gili staff are really professional, well informed and supportive. It’s evident that they are really well connected throughout the university and the Sydney community and draw on many resources outside Nura Gili to support the students in their study. The centre itself is amazing with the central campus location and really modern facilities, great study areas, meeting rooms and access to a kitchen for students to prepare lunch, make a tea or coffee and refill water bottles. We concluded the final session with One on One Consultations with Nura Gili staff members to work out our Next steps – mapping out a personalised pathway for entrance to UNSW. The excitement and satisfaction from the Spring Forum participants was quite palpable in the room – we came, we saw, we explored the possibilities and now we were going home with a MAP to guide us through the next part of the process. Nura Gili is truly an active repository of knowledge and a collective group of inspiring thinkers and doers; Aboriginal, TSI and non-Indigenous staff with a passion for education, research and a better future. Christine Mitchell

UNSW Indigenous Spring Forum participants with Acting Director of Nura Gili Dr Reuben Bolt Back row L-R Rebecca Harcourt, David Rowlinson, Christine Mitchell, Terri Reid Demmery, Justin Church, Wayne Woods, “George aka Darryl Rae, Shaun Walsh; Front Row: L-R Dr Reuben Bolt, Glen Saul, Derek Walker, Glen Bird , Jason Bell

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L-R Brett Chamberlain with his Aunty Daisy Fernando, Mother, Sandra Chamberlain and brother, Aaron Chamberlain.

Where are you from and where did you grow up? I was born out west of Sydney at Blacktown and spent most of my teenage years around Windsor and Penrith area until we moved to the Central Coast and I moved to the Maroubra/Kensington area lots of different moves around that time when I went to uni at UNSW for my undergraduate Bachelor of Commerce degree. Who are your role models? Noel Pearson, Adam Giles, Greg Inglis, my parents What first motivated you to study Commerce? I was always good at maths and the world of Business and Finance /Investment fascinated me and Commerce at UNSW was and is the premier business degree in Australia I graduated from UNSW with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1993 -feeling pretty old now and I will graduate this semester, all going to plan, with my Masters of Business Technology.

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Can you share some insights into your professional career? I began my working life as a Financial Sales Consultant with AMP and worked my way through business lending, portfolio administration, treasury analysis and accounting roles with firms such as NAB, Travellers Group and the NSW Treasury. I developed an intense interest in IT at around the same time as the internet converged with social mediums and was excited by the impact this may have on future social, commercial and overall business models. I then left my job and completed a Website Design and Development course and was accepted by CSC as a Business Analyst at the end of the course and quickly applied my business background to Delivery, Project and Program management roles. What first attracted you to do the Masters in Business Technology MBT? I aspire to be the best at what I do and have ambitions to be the CIO or CEO of a large organisation. I was drawn to the MBT because of the stellar reputation of UNSW, my own excellent experiences there in my undergraduate years and because it capitalises on my financial and ICT education and expertise. The MBT adds value to all of this in a way that gives me the breadth of knowledge, exposure and subsequent confidence to achieve the positions that I seek. How have you found the MBT program? Exhausting! Seriously though, I have found it very rewarding from an intellectual and personal point of view. You really feel that this is preparing you for any office in the land, whether it be the CIO, CEO, Board Membership, Management Consultancies, political entities as well as any specialist Technology Analyst Investment Management positions one may turn their attention to. You are blowing away any glass ceilings that may or may not have been in your way and you also sense you are being given the keys to the yacht should you choose to steer one. What are the highlights and challenges of the MBT program? The breadth of material that we cover is exhaustive, relevant and enlightening. The material is a great mix of relevant frameworks, how technology is affecting the playing fields and great stories of how this is manifesting right now. From a personal perspective, studying whilst working is difficult. However, the sheer volume of work that we are asked to do to improve ourselves is quite demanding, by its very nature. One has to find a way to balance the demands of work, study, personal relationships, healthy pursuits and enjoyment. We are forced to confront our personal choices, weigh our decisions and adopt effective time management practices. Would you recommend it to others? Yes, most definitely

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What impact/s do you consider business knowledge and practice, support community? e.g. in relation to self determination I think now, more than ever, we need to educate ourselves - to use the outcomes of a successful business education and career in a positive way for our community. I look around and see that many of my Indigenous brothers and sisters are struggling in many ways, this is manifesting into poverty and poor health and this needs to be addressed now. One could look at this contextually and say that it is an emergency so our plight needs to remain at the forefront of our consciousness no matter our personal and business successes individually. A very good way to do this would be to promote business education and success within our community which will provide a sense that we can maintain a strong cultural connection, achieve cultural survival and also win in a modern world through educational and business success. There is so much unrealised talent within our community. I believe that the Indigenous people who do achieve a good education owe it to their community to give back and promote any initiative that helps make our community thrive. There are many really good initiatives to come out of the IBA from a business perspective but other initiatives such as constitutional reform, recognition of sovereignty and of course the Treaty conversation that rightfully should follow on from such reviews are massive issues and ones that I feel very strongly about. This, in my opinion, needs to be done in a calm, respectful and methodical manner if we are to win, even though it is a very emotional topic For others considering come to study at UNSW what advice would you give? If you have the opportunity, just do it. If you are willing to put in the work, there is a support network that will be there to help you The Uni Bar is also a good place to let your hair down on occasion. Anything else you would like to add. As a young boy roaming the streets of Blacktown, I had no idea that I would get one degree, let alone two. We come from a very working class background and my family has had to fight for everything that we have achieved. University seemed so far away and a degree certainly seemed somewhat unobtainable However education, like sport, is a really effective leveller and if you want something enough, just put the work in. However it is important, along the way, to remember why you want to be successful and make sure they are good reasons. Any opportunity for me to help my family or community will be grasped by both hands as I am very humble and appreciate the love and help that I have received on the way.

Interview with Rebecca Harcourt

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L-R Jonathon Caption Webb with John Carr, Nura Gili 1st year student studying Social Work

Where are you from? My mob is the Dunghutti Tribe from the mid north coast of New South Wales, I was born in Redfern and was raised in Sydney. Congratulations on receiving the most outstanding soldier award. I understand you are only the second Indigenous soldier to win this award and you beat others who’ve been in the service for longer and are ranked much higher. This is a fantastic achievement! For those who don’t know much about the army can you explain what is a Marching- out parade? A march out parade is a ceremonial parade for graduates of 1RTB, where the graduating platoon march in formation before their friends, family and high ranking military personnel. In a way it is similar to a university graduation. What does it mean to you, your family& friends receiving such a great award? The award of most outstanding soldier is awarded to the soldier with the most outstanding soldierly qualities. These qualities are ones in which the Australian Army wish to instil in their soldiers for example, leadership, teamwork, discipline, initiative, loyalty and Respect. It is a real honour to receive this award, I never really never had the intention of receiving or in any way worked towards it. Although for my family and friends when I was presented my award at march out they had no clue I was receiving the award as I never told them. So they were really surprised and proud of me.

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When did you first come interested in being a soldier? From a younger age, I always wanted to be two things the fist one was a soldier and the second was a lawyer/politician. After finishing high school I was going to join the Australian Army full-time, I passed all my interviews and selection courses was due to enlist of January 2012. Late 2011 I enrolled into the Nura Gili pre-programs in the faculty of Law. From there I was offered a place at UNSW to study Law. So i made the decision to study full time and postpone my enlistment into the army. When did you enlist? After completing my first year of university I contacted the Army again to enlist in the Australian Army Reserves, which is a part-time role within the Army. On January 31st I enlisted to serve my country. What type of qualities do the army look for? They look for individuals who have leadership skills, works well in a team and can follow orders, be resilient and take initiative. These are the qualities of an Australian Soldier What kind of opportunities have you experienced/ are available through being in the army? The Army is unlike any other organisation, it has provided me with many skills I use in almost every aspect of life. The endless opportunities are there if one wishes, for example able to complete courses and post graduate education, opportunities to go on exercises and even deployment overseas to war zones and on peacekeeping missions. What motivated you to come and study at UNSW? I always wanted to study law, for me the opportunity seemed like once in a lifetime opportunity to be the first one in my family to go on to university to achieve a higher education. Can you share some insights into your degree? I am studying a Bachelor of Arts/Law which is a double degree, for my Arts degree I am studying a double major in Politics and Indigenous studies. Current I am studying Introduction to private law, torts law, International relations and Popular culture Indigenous Australia. Interview with Rebecca Harcourt

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Celebrating Indigenous Success at UNSW

“It’s always great to be involved in an event where the word ‘inaugural’ is in the title, signals change and means something deadly is about to take off ” Emcee Luke Carroll

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Director of Nura Gili Professor Martin Nakata gives the opening address. UNSW Indigenous Alumni with Nura Gili’s Jeremy Heathcote

L-R Professor Paul Chandler, Samantha Joseph, Scott Parlitt, Jeremy Heathcote, Mandy Young, April Long Jennifer Mar Young, Cameron Ramirez-Fitzpatrick, Brett Chamberlain

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“It was deadly to see so many people come together to celebrate Indigenous success at UNSW. The awards night to me was a huge success and I can’t wait to celebrate again next year!” Summa Naylor The Inaugural Nura Gili Awards night was held on Friday 20th September. The night was developed by Summa Naylor of Nura Gili’s student support team to encourage and inspire students during their studies. Dressed to the nines, students, alumni, staff, family members, community and industry guests all shared in the evening festivities at the UNSW Roundhouse with photographer Maja Baska and her photo booth adding to the celebrations. Well known Aboriginal actor Luke Carroll emceed the evening with live music by Aboriginal musician Howard Sumner who is also currently on the Director’s course at NIDA.

In his welcome address Director of Nura Gili Professor Martin Nakata encouraged everyone, especially our students, to pursue their studies and their professions wholeheartedly to the highest level. He encouraged us that in looking after yourself and completing your studies you are enabling others to thrive, and live out their dreams. This would help build capacity in the communities you come from and others too. He reminded us that there are many avenues in which you can give back even when you live and work away from where you come from and thanked the contributions and generosity of everyone both here across UNSW and the many industry supporters and sponsors who all contribute to the success of our Indigenous students.

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Professor Nakata particularly noted the strengths of the Nura Gili student support team which provides such a positive and supportive environment throughout the year enabling so many students to thrive with such a strong sense of belonging. That legacy, network and environment would continue to flourish with our alumni network. A number of UNSW Indigenous alumni joined us for the evening; each Alumnus was presented with a special graduation bear with both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag colours. The atmosphere and focus of the celebrations continued to soar with the presentations for current students. Compelling speeches were delivered by Karl Moziak from John Holland Group and Adrian Williams from AMP Property each of whom are leading great change with fortitude for advancing Indigenous success in their industry fields. Indigenous Student Awards included:

Excellence Awards for Academic Achievement

WINNERS Matthew Martineer


Kate Wallace

Faculty of Built Environment

Shevaun Wright


Edward Hyland

Faculty of Engineering

Rianna Tatana


Jenavive Westbury

Faculty of Law

Laura Fitzgerald

Faculty of Medicine

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Recognises students who have overcome many challenges and demonstrate strong commitment to their studies

WINNERS Ben Eisikovich, ASB Ethel-Anne Gundy, COFA John Carr, FASS Linda Kennedy, Faculty of Built Environment Rachel McVittie, Faculty of Engineering Jonathon Captain Webb, Faculty of Law Guy Dennis, Faculty of Medicine Kataya Barratt, Faculty of Science

David Pross Babana Aboriginal Men’s Group with John Carr and Jeremy Heathcote

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Burbuga Birrung Awards Rising Star in Gadigal language

Lucinda Stewart with Luke Carroll

WINNERS Lucinda Stewart, Faculty of Law Quinton Vea Vea, Faculty of Medicine Riley Court–Bennet, Faculty of Medicine

Jason O’Neil, Tamara Kenny, Quinton Vea Vea, Tori De Bosch

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WINNERS Steve Fogarty, Sarah Hyland and Codie Martin

L-R Adrian Williams, Steve Fogarty, Codie Martin, Sarah Hyland

The Indigenous Accountants Awards were created and sponsored by Adrian Williams who has been lobbying and raising awareness at the lack of Indigenous Australians qualified as Accountants within Australia since 2009. His Awards reflect his close association with Nura Gili and ASB and in particular our students which he describes as

“True Warriors Forging new paths for themselves and Creating new possibilities for others�

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L-R Samantha Joseph UNSW Alumni & Indigenous Affairs Advisor NSW/ACT, John Holland Group Rachel McVittie, Ed Hyland and Karl Moziak Executive General Manager Transport Services John Holland Group

Special thanks to John Holland Group, Babana Aboriginal Men’s group, Adrian Williams, Australian School of Business, Faculty of Law, and the Rural Clinical School who sponsored these awards for our Indigenous students. The spirit and shared pride was perceptible throughout the evening. As award winner Codie Martin shared: "It was good to see both past and current students being acknowledged for their hard work and dedication towards their education. The Awards night was great; from the food to the people to the awards handed out everything was awesome. I was surprised to even be nominated let alone win an award. I am deeply appreciated to have been given this award and would like to thank Adrian Williams for sponsoring it. Adrian you rock!" Rebecca Harcourt.

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Shevaun Wright and Ethal-Anne Gundy

Kataya Barrett and Riana Tatana

Matthew Martineer and Ben Eisikovich

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Justine Brindle and Guy Dennis

Jeni Engel, Jonathon Captain-Webb and Christine Forster

Linda Kennedy

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Unknown potential Shapes drawn between the rising stars near and far Connect and direct us to new places Sharpening our focus Connecting us

Traversing many spheres Transformational energy Embraces our unity Harmonises our grace Builds on our shared potential

Inspired by testimonies of others Who are paving their way Encourages us to seek further Gently trace our own potential

Shedding our fears Revealing our vulnerabilities Embarking in conversations Draw new possibilities near Time spent

Crystallising our direction Shaping our journeys Brings courage to the future

To take another step R. Harcourt September 2013

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Providing ‘you’ with a Pathway into the career ‘you’ deserve The university you choose needs to speak your language – and take you where you want to go with the best possible education, delivered by some of the smartest people on the planet. You’re an individual. And your university should be too. Here at UNSW, we’ve never stood still when it comes to giving students the best possible start to their higher education, that’s why we offer great entry pathway programs into UNSW for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. We know you have the skills, commitment and life experiences needed for tertiary studies!! Our pathway programs have been developed to provide you with the same opportunities as all students and to offer you the best chance to gain access to the career you deserve. We offer two pathway programs into UNSW:

Pathway 1: UNSW Indigenous Preparatory Programs (for entry into Business, Law, Medicine, Secondary Education or Social Work) For students who want to gain entry into Business, Law, Medicine, Secondary Education or Social Work. Pre-Programs are a four week residential program designed to provide you with a pathway into UNSW. In conjunction with UNSW faculties and schools the program has been developed to provide you with a steppingstone to your dream career, introduce you to university life within an environment that provides culturally appropriate support for you and to increase the participation of Indigenous Australians in higher education. Throughout the program you will be assessed on your commitment, attitude and aptitude towards your studies and your ability to participate academically in your selected discipline area. Pathway 2: UNSW Indigenous Admissions Scheme (for entry into all areas other than those offered in the UNSW Indigenous Preparatory Programs) For students who want to gain entry in Arts and Social Sciences, Architecture, Fine Arts and Design, Engineering, Science and Indigenous Studies. You will be invited to our Kensington campus for an interview which will be conducted by Faculty and Nura Gili staff members. You will be assessed on your life, work, educational and training experience, in addition to any formal qualifications. You will also be assessed on your capacity to study at a tertiary level in the area of study in which you have applied. This scheme has been developed to provide you with great support and to succeed in your university studies.

For further information on both programs and to download an application please visit To read about last year’s Pre Programs check out Edition 1 of Nura Gili News.

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The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities, with 9 outstanding faculties that offer courses in a range of different study areas, UNSW is a great choice to undertake your degree. At UNSW, we take pride in the broad range and high quality of our teaching programs. Our teaching gains strength and currency from our research activities, strong industry links and our international nature; UNSW has a strong regional and global engagement. In developing new ideas and promoting lasting knowledge we are creating an academic environment where outstanding students and scholars from around the world can be inspired to excel in their programs of study and research. Partnerships with both local and global communities allow UNSW to share knowledge, debate and research outcomes. UNSW’s public events include concert performances, open days and public forums on issues such as the environment, healthcare and global politics. With 9 outstanding faculties, over 300 study areas, located in one of the best cities in the world, over 50,000 students from every country in the world and commitment to Indigenous education and research ‘make UNSW your first choice’ Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Arts and Social Sciences is a recognised leader in arts, social sciences and, humanities teaching and research. With leading academics and industry experts, we offer you professionally relevant degrees and internationally recognised research opportunities. Study Areas: Arts, Australian Studies, Criminology, Dance, English, Film, History, International Studies, Indigenous Studies, Journalism, Languages and Linguistics, Media, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Secondary Education, Social Science, Social Work, Sociology and Anthropology, Theatre and Performance Studies. Australian School of Business Recognised as one of the top business schools in Australia, our business degrees have been designed for the very best students, and suit a variety of career aspirations and interests. We offer you a flexible and creative teaching environment that ensures learning is cutting edge, and will connect you with some of Australia’s leading business experts to support your professional ambitions. Study Areas: Accounting, Actuarial Studies, Business Law, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, International Business, Marketing and Taxation, Faculty of Built Environment Built Environment is where the brightest students from around the world converge to study design, planning, construction, management and impacts of man-made buildings and infrastructure. We focus on the design, management and delivery of the 21st-century city and all its landscape, interiors, urban fabric and industrial design. Study Areas: Architectural Computing, Architectural Studies, Construction Management and Property, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning

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College of Fine Arts (Paddington Campus) As Australia’s premier Art, Design and Media school, COFA will help you unleash your creative potential, develop your skills and carve a niche that will set you up for a successful life as a professional artist. Study Areas: Art, Art Education, Art History, Design, Media Arts, Fine Arts Faculty of Engineering The Faculty of Engineering at UNSW is the largest in Australia, with the widest range of undergraduate degree choices, numerous scholarships and strong links to industry. We offer you 26 undergraduate degrees as well as several dual degrees. You will have the opportunity to take part in various student-led projects such as building solar cars; designing formula-style racing cars; and competing in the international Robocup soccer league. Our graduates are professionally accredited to work in Australia and around the world, and are offered jobs in the private sector, consulting, finance, government, academia and more. Study Areas: Biomedical Engineering, Bioinformatics, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Mining Engineering, Software Engineering, Surveying and Spatial Information Systems, Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering Petroleum Engineering Faculty of Law UNSW Law School offers the highest-rated law degree in Australia. Founded over 40 years ago, we constantly strive to lead and inspire change through public engagement and outstanding research. We will enable you to apply a rigorous, socially-responsible legal education to a diversity of careers. Study Areas: Law UNSW Medicine UNSW Medicine is one of Australia’s largest and most prestigious medical schools and offer innovative and unique teaching with links to some of Australia’s leading teaching hospitals, in both urban and rural NSW. We have an enviable track record in cutting-edge medical research and provide facilities that are world class. The Bachelor of Exercise Physiology is a recent addition to the Faculty’s well-established six-year undergraduate Medicine curriculum leading to the awards of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB BS). Study Areas: Medicine, Exercise Physiology Faculty of Science The Faculty of Science offers specialist degrees such as Psychology, Optometry, and Medicinal Chemistry, as well as degrees that allow students to explore the breadth of science before selecting a major. If you have a curious mind, want to learn from world renowned researchers and need a degree that is relevant to current issues, look no further than Science at UNSW Study Areas: Anatomy, Aviation, Biology and Biotechnology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Food Science, Genetics, Geography, Marine Science, Materials Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Medical Science, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience, Optometry and Vision Science Pathology, Pharmacology, Physics, Psychology, Physiology Australian Defence Force Academy (UNSW Canberra) At the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra, UNSW offers undergraduate degrees in arts, business, engineering, science, and technology as part of training for midshipmen and officer cadets of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Study Areas: Arts, Business, Engineering, Science

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“I want students to walk away from us believing that they have the ability to be anything they want to be as long as they have a dream and they never give up” Leearna Williams.’

Each year Nura Gili attends Indigenous and non-Indigenous careers expos and conducts our ‘Light and Fire’ presentations at schools and TAFEs as part of our Recruitment and Outreach activities. We travel throughout Sydney and across Regional NSW. The careers expos provide us with the opportunity to share information about Nura Gili and UNSW with prospective students and members of the community. Nura Gili invites schools, TAFEs, individuals and organisations to visit our Kensington campus where we conduct our presentation with you, including a tour of the UNSW campus. Visit us at Balnaves place- Home of Nura Gili and we will provide you with a great opportunity to learn firsthand more about Nura Gili’s programs, entry pathways and all about the different programs you can study with us Let us know if would like us to have a stall at or your school, TAFE, organisation or expo and if you would like to visit us here on campus Leearna Williams Nura Gili Student Recruitment Officer For more information please contact: Nura Gili on (02) 9385 3805 or email

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Nura Gili provides pathways to learning opportunities that embrace Indigenous knowledge, culture and histories. Nura Gili strives for excellence in educational services and works towards assuring participation and access to all the programs it offers. The staff and students at Nura Gili support community outreach programs to actively spread the message of the availability of tertiary studies. Staff and students also work to promote the centrality of arts, culture and heritage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples - throughout UNSW and the wider community. The words Nura Gili are from the language of the Eora Nation, Nura meaning ‘place' and Gili meaning ‘fire/light'. Nura Gili at UNSW brings together these concepts to create the meaning ‘place of fire and light'. The theme of place remains important to the many cultures of Indigenous Australia. The University of New South Wales acknowledges and recognises the very place that we have all come together to work, share, study and learn as the traditional lands of three separate Aboriginal communities: the Bedegal ( Kensington campus), Gadigal (City and College of Fine Arts Campuses) and the Ngunnawal people (Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra). The site of UNSW is located near an 8000 year old campsite around which the people of the area taught culture, history and subsistence. From an age old past through to the present the site holds significance as a place for gathering, meeting, teaching and sharing. The concept of a fireplace and fire in general reflects the warm, relaxed and nurturing environment created by age-old fires many years ago, and recreated today by the staff and students of Nura Gili. The shared inspiration , drive and purpose for the staff and students of Nura Gili is that they belong to a community on campus where there is a fire burning, where people come together to share, as has been done for thousands of years. Nura Gili values the potential that education can offer, and with the theme of the fireplace in mind, we invite Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to gather, learn and share together, to light a torch of their own, to guide them, and light their way as they create their own journey.

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Nura Gili News Edition 7 October 2013  

Celebrating Indigenous success at UNSW.

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