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Campus News : October 2011
UOW campus news campus news Campus News is produced for community, industry, government and other educational institutions as well as staff, students and graduates of the University of Wollongong. It provides an overview of University news and achievements on a quarterly basis. Submissions for publication can be made to the Media Unit. Phone (02) 4221 5942 or email firstname.lastname@example.org PRINT POST APPROVED : PP255003/00173 www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News October 2011 1 Innovation Campus key to region's future: Premier UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton (centre) has the attention of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Senator Kim Carr during their visit to the Innovation Campus in late August. Professor Sutton accepted the Prime Minister's invitation to play a key advocacy role for the region. Full report -- Page 3. REGIONAL ROLE FOR VC Issue 3 Volume 14 October 2011 For he's a Laureate Fellow Page 2 Kirby helps Law celebrate Page 4 Focus on Research Page 6,7 Chancellor's Awards Page 10 Shackleton Medal winner Page 11 Inside this edition NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said the University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus was a key to the diversification of the Illawarra regional economy during a visit in September to open the campus' $40 million commercial building, iC Enterprise 1. It is an innovative 10,000 square-metre building designed to house some of UOW's most valued collaborative partners. Reflecting on the news that BlueScope Steel plans to shed 800 staff and 300 contractor positions at its Port Kembla Steelworks, the Premier said it was vital that the Illawarra continued to explore ways to diversify its economy. While acknowledging that the region had been "pole-axed by an announcement that no-one wanted or expected", Mr O'Farrell said the Innovation Campus represented the way forward for the region. "These kinds of setbacks don't have to be permanent," the Premier Continued on page 3. NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell speaking at the opening of iC Enterprise 1.