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September 2019



Griffith University Outstanding Alumni Award winners

A maternal health champion, Griffith's first Rhodes Scholar, a trailblazing accountant, and an international conservationist are the winners of the 2019 Griffith University Outstanding Alumni Awards. The winners, announced on Friday night, were selected from a high calibre field of exceptional alumni from Griffith’s four academic groups.

OAA winners 2019 overallDr Barry Kirby AO was a middle-aged chippie working in Papua New Guinea (PNG) when he witnessed a traumatic incident that resulted in the death of a woman in labour. It changed the course of his career. In that moment he decided PNG needed doctors more than carpenters and enrolled in a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) at Griffith. His outstanding achievements since then make Dr Kirby a worthy recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award.

Dr Elizabeth Hamilton won the Outstanding Young Alumni Award for her inspiring journey on the road to global health advancements. Conservationist, Dr Hum Gurung, a man on an environmental mission was named the winner of this year’s Outstanding International Alumnus Award.

Griffith Business School's very own Dr Kerry Bodle was named the Outstanding First People’s Alumni Award recipient for her achievements as a prominent and highly respected First People’s advocate who is regularly called upon to speak on Indigenous issues within the accounting and financial services industries.

Read more about all the 2019 Outstanding Alumni Award winners here

Griffith MBA ranks like a BOSS

BOSS 2019Griffith Business School’s MBA program has been ranked fifth in the country in the 2019 AFR BOSS MBA Ranking, retaining its position in the Top 5.  

Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) Professor David Grant said the school was proud to have performed so well in what is a fiercely competitive field.

“We take the responsibility of developing the next generation of leaders seriously and this result is proof our efforts have not gone unnoticed. 

“This is arguably the most robust MBA ranking assessment in the country so to remain in the Top 5 for the past six years is an excellent result.  

The Griffith MBA is offered online, on-campus at South Bank and Gold Coast, or as a combination of both modes. More than 1700 students have graduated with a Griffith MBA.

Read more about the AFR BOSS MBA Ranking

Free tax clinic proves popular with locals

Griffith-Tax-Clinic-studentsGriffith University’s free Tax Clinic is proving popular with more than 50 locals accessing the program in its first month of operation.

Griffith Tax Clinic is held at the university’s Logan campus weekly by 14 student tax advisers under the supervision of experienced tax practitioners. Anyone without a registered tax agent is eligible to take advantage of the free clinic – including small businesses.

Customers from refugees and new immigrants, women returning to work and even rideshare drivers have taken advantage of the service, asking general questions about tax all the way through to having their tax return completed.

Griffith University tax law professor Dr Brett Freudenberg said they recently helped one client who had not completed a tax return for half a decade.

Dr Freudenberg said the clinic had also run several workshops for community members. The next workshop "Tax and your home: Things to be aware of" will be held on Tuesday 1 October, 6.00 - 8.00 pm, at Griffith Logan campus. Register here

Read more about the free tax clinics

 Upcoming events

Change 2019 Conference | 23 - 25 October 

Social Marketing at Griffith are giving you the chance to win a FREE ticket to their CHANGE 2019 Conference!

For your chance to win, simply tell them in 100 words or less, which CHANGE 2019 speaker are you most looking forward to hearing from, and why. Entries close Sunday 15 September & winners will be announced on Friday 27 September. Enter here 

More information about the conference and ticket sales can be found online. If you miss out on the free ticket, you can use the alumni promotional codes below to purchase your ticket at a discounted rate.

Conference only code: CH19STU_CO
Conference and workshops code: CH19STU_FC

Gold Coast Postgraduate Alumni Event |
Thursday 26 September 

Postgraduate alumni and students are invite you to join MBA Director, Professor Chris Fleming and postgraduate academic staff for a networking event at the Aviary Rooftop Bar, Mantra at Sharks, Gold Coast.

We are always proud to celebrate the achievements of our remarkable graduates and this will be a wonderful opportunity for our alumni community to gather, share and benefit from an ongoing connection to the School.

Join us for this special event and build your Griffith network on the Gold Coast, over rooftop drinks and gourmet pizzas. It’s a great chance to use your Griffith connections to soar to new heights!

Thursday 26 September 2019
6.00 pm - 8.30 pm
Aviary Rooftop Bar (Mantra at Sharks), 5 Melia Ct, Southport, Queensland 4215

Register here

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