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SCU will hold open days at its Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses

Updated August 2 2022 - 11:30am, first published 9:38am

It's a welcome return to live events at Southern Cross University, with the first in-person Open Day in three years running this weekend August 5 to 7.

Prospective students can get a taste of life at SCU this weekend.
Prospective students can get a taste of life at SCU this weekend.

Campus tours and chat show-style panels with industry experts will be held in person at the Coffs Harbour campus on Friday 5 August, at Lismore campus on Saturday 6 August and at the Gold Coast campus on Sunday 7 August.

Featuring current students, alumni, academics and industry experts, the informal panels will give prospective students a deeper insight into the study experience at Southern Cross and their potential career opportunities.

More than 30 panels are running across the weekend at the three campus locations.

Vice President (Engagement) Mr Ben Roche said staff were relishing the prospect of speaking face-to-face again with future students.

"Zoom was fantastic during the pandemic and it allowed us to hold events and gather virtually but I think we all can't wait to get back to on-campus events and being able to interact in-person again," he said.

"The panel line-up is a much more informal and engaging way of talking about the Southern Cross experience and your study options with the people who know all about it and of course the opportunity to ask those burning questions about study."

  • Naturopath Isabel Halse joins Dr Andrea Bugarcic to talk about the courses and research on offer at the National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine
  • Director of Planit Engineering Ben Gohl joins academic Dr Mustafa Ucgul to talk about careers in engineering
  • Southern Cross graduate and teacher Eli Cook will join Chair of Discipline (Initial Teacher Education) Associate Professor Louise Phillips to talk about teaching and all things education
  • Osteopath Angela Slattery and course coordinator Bimbi Gray explore a career in osteopathy
  • Executive Director of the North Coast Academy of Sport D'Arcy Van den Bossche joins Dr Zac Crowley-McHattan to talk about careers in sport and exercise science
  • Panels also cover science, arts and humanities, Indigenous knowledge, regenerative agriculture, social work, music and creative arts
  • View full Lismore program at

For those who can't make the on-campus events, or who seek a truly hybrid Open Day experience, on-demand videos and course information are available on the Southern Cross University Open Day platform. Future students can watch videos of current students talking about their experiences, take virtual tours of the campuses and facilities and find out more about the courses they are interested in.

"We've tried to do an Open Day that caters for all this year and the hybrid format is proving really popular. It's the best of both worlds," said Mr Roche.

Media contact: Sharlene King, media office at Southern Cross University, 0429 661 349