Students create opportunities for career direction and inspiration

Published 19 October 2011

dinnerStudent groups at the University of New England are taking the initiative in organising opportunities for people from industry and the professions to meet students aiming at careers in those fields.


A Farming Futures Industry Dinner in Armidale at the end of October will bring agricultural science and agribusiness students together with representatives of agricultural industries.

Organised by the UNE branch of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) in conjunction with UNE’s Rural Science Undergraduate Society (RSUS), the event will help to develop students’ awareness of career paths in agricultural industries.

Troy Settler, a UNE graduate who is now Chief Operating Officer of the Australian Agricultural Company, will be one of the guest speakers at the dinner, which will be at Armidale City Bowling Club from 6 pm on Saturday 29 October.

Another distinguished UNE graduate, Dr Geoffrey Fox, will be the other guest speaker. Dr Fox, who holds Bachelor of Rural Science and PhD degrees from UNE, held several important positions during a 27-year career with the World Bank – including that of Director of Rural Development and Natural Resource Management for the East Asia and Pacific Region.

Other guests at the dinner will include the Vice-Chancellor of UNE, Professor Jim Barber, his wife Mrs Mary Barber, and the Head of UNE’s School of Environmental and Rural Science, Professor Iain Young.

The Master of Ceremonies will be the agriculture graduate and agricultural innovator Chris Russell, who was a judge on the popular ABC television show The New Inventors.

Jo Newton, Treasurer of RSUS and leader of the SIFE UNE Farming Futures Project, said that she and Jo Robertson (the RSUS Industry Liaison Officer) “came up with the idea of the industry dinner as a way of increasing student engagement with the agricultural sector”. “We hope it will also inspire students to pursue a career in agriculture,” she said.

The Farming Futures Project is one of several community engagement projects that SIFE UNE – as an active branch of the international SIFE organisation – is currently undertaking.

Tickets for the dinner cost $50 each, and include drinks and snacks on arrival, a two-course dinner and an event “showbag”. For more information, or to buy tickets, e-mail


The EBL Ball, on Friday 21 October, will enable current students of economics, business and law at UNE – and their lecturers – to meet prospective employers from the relevant professions during an enjoyable evening.

The organising committee of UNE students is planning the ball as an opportunity for people in the professions to get to know students who are aiming to enter those professions.

“We’re inviting business representatives who would like the chance to network with current students and staff of the University,” said Will Rouse-Upjohn, a member of the organising committee.

The formal-dress ball will be at Armidale Bowling Club from 6.30 pm, with the main course at 7 pm. Music will be provided by DJ ‘RIP’.

Tickets, costing $60 each, are available from the Bowling Club and from UNE’s Campus Essentials shop. For more information, e-mail