Joe Moyal was 62 when he decided to throw his hat back into the academic ring in Australia — not an ideal age for a new appointment. Ironically, one or two of his former Ph. Yet, in a surprising stroke of coincidence and good fortune, he found himself in contact with the renowned British theoretical and particle physicist, John Clive Ward, who, four years earlier, had taken up his post as the Foundation Professor of Theoretical Physics in the School of Mathematics and Physics at the relatively new Macquarie University in the north of Sydney. John Ward had a formidable history.
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Rhonda Davis has had a long association with Macquarie University, which has taken her from student, to volunteer, to Education Officer and finally to the position of Senior Curator of its Art Gallery. She has a passion for Indigenous art and for making art accessible and interesting for children. Her tenure at the gallery has seen a full calendar of fascinating exhibitions every year, as she works to build its growing public profile. How long have you worked at Macquarie? I started volunteering at the gallery in , putting together the education package for the Indigenous art collection. What was your first job?
Founded in by the New South Wales Government , it was the third university to be established in the metropolitan area of Sydney. Established as a verdant university , Macquarie has five faculties, as well as the Macquarie University Hospital and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management , which are located on the university's main campus in suburban Sydney. The university is the first in Australia to fully align its degree system with the Bologna Accord. The idea of founding a third university in Sydney was flagged in the early s when the New South Wales Government formed a committee of enquiry into higher education to deal with a perceived emergency in university enrollments in New South Wales. During this enquiry, the Senate of the University of Sydney put in a submission which highlighted 'the immediate need to establish a third university in the metropolitan area'.
The interactions between lecturers and students, academic pursuits are more focused than the big cities," he said. You can easily learn what you can do in the community. He also founded the Port International Student Club, organised cultural festivals on campus and was a cricket umpire. I understood that I can do heaps better than other students in other big city universities and I could graduate in just two years," he said. That made up my mind.