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Hardworking students bring it home at Residential Colleges Awards

Residential Colleges Students with Awards.
(From left to right) Sarah Findlay, Alexandra O’Brien, Georgia Betts, Chancellor Mr John Dornbusch, Alexander Humphreys, Nadula Tennakoon and Danindu Dharmasena.

The University of Southern Queensland (UniSQ) recently celebrated the achievements of hundreds of students living on campus at the Residential Colleges Awards, with a record-breaking six students taking out the top prize.

Director (Student Accommodation) Mr Peter Munster said the event provided a wonderful opportunity to celebrate student leaders and academic accomplishments, including the six students who received the Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Award.

“Last year we saw a record of three students tying for this award, so to have six students this year is an absolute testament to the continual hard work and dedication of our residents living on campus,” Mr Munster said.

One of these award recipients was Concannon College resident Sarah Findlay, who is also the Resident Students Club (RSC) Charity and Community Officer for 2024.

“I’m extremely grateful and excited to be part of the RSC, as living on campus has had such a lasting and positive impact on me, so I am happy that I am able to pay this back,” Ms Findlay said.

“I have been able to help students living on campus by helping new residents get involved and form networks within the colleges, as well as organising various events including an Op Shop Crawl and the upcoming World’s Greatest Shave.”

Ms Findlay is also part of the first intake of the UniSQ Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (Medicine Pathway) program and said studying in a rural area had created many opportunities.

“I knew I wanted to work rurally as a doctor, so being able to do my full degree here in Toowoomba has been an incredible experience; from having the opportunity to be part of a medical simulation with LifeFlight to simply having smaller, more personalised classes.”

Learn more about living on campus at UniSQ.