Alumni GradLife e-Newsletter, March 2011
Keep in Touch with your University
We encourage all of our UWS Alumni to 'Keep in Touch' with the University of Western Sydney by updating your contact information online. Read More...
UWS Alumni profile: Stephen Francis
As Director of Commercial Development for the Crown Lands Division of the Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA), UWS graduate Stephen Francis has delivered a 97 per cent increase in the division's annual income from tenured Crown lands. Read More...
GradLife Benefit Spotlight: Going Global
UWS GradLife members now have access to the ultimate international job seeker's resource - UWS Careers & Cooperative Education's Global Country Career Guides. Read More...
University News: Record number of offers made in 2011
UWS has given a record 10,062 students the opportunity to study at university in 2011 - the largest amount of main round offers of any university in NSW and ACT. Read More...
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Alumni profile: Stephen Francis
As Director of Commercial Development for the Crown Lands Division of the Land and Property Management Authority (LPMA), UWS graduate Stephen Francis has delivered a 97 per cent increase in the division's annual income from tenured Crown lands.
Currently based in Newcastle, Stephen is responsible for contemporary commercial valuation and business, and has overseen a 200 per cent increase in efficiency for telecommunication tenures - an impressive achievement for someone who came into this field later in life.
Beginning his career as a survey technician, Stephen then had the opportunity to coach rugby and work in the United States, and at the same time gained valuable experience in commercial property development. When he returned to Australia, Stephen began studying a Bachelor Business (Land Economy) at the University of Western Sydney, to support his new role in property management and development with Lake Macquarie City Council.
"I chose to seek greater academic qualifications at what I thought was a later than average age, whilst working and raising a family," says Stephen. "However, I found others similarly looking to better their experience and knowledge through UWS, like me."
While he found completing his degree by distance education to be a challenge, he describes the experience as "a positive one".
"I followed a dream and UWS helped me with the 'hard yards'. There were hard times and long nights, but along with fellow students in the same situation of working and studying through distance education, we worked individually and at times assisted each other to address the tasks set for us by UWS. These 'other students' are friends, colleagues and industry contacts that I still have today after graduating in 1993."
Stints at State Rail and the Newcastle Port Corporation followed, leading Stephen to join what is now known as the LPMA in 2003. He is also actively involved in the property management industry, as a full member of the Australian Project Managers' Institute, a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and as a corporate representative for LPMA's membership of the Property Council of Australia."I appreciate the experience and the chance my studies and qualifications have given my career over the years. I have represented industry and government and presented within NSW, interstate and internationally, and acknowledge my UWS studies as the base of these achievements."
UWS GradLife members now have access to the ultimate international job seeker's resource - UWS Careers & Cooperative Education's Global Country Career Guides. Packed with country-specific information, this research tool provides expert advice and insider tips for finding employment and internship opportunities abroad. Each guide contains websites and detailed resource descriptions on essential employment topics, such as:
- Job search resources such as job sites, internship programs, recruiters and temporary staffing agencies
- Information on employment opportunities and trends
- Industry-specific trade and professional organisation information and links
- Business resources, such as trade councils, chambers of commerce and other professional networking organisations
- Work permit and visa regulations
- Finance and compensation information, including the cost of living and taxes
- Resume/CV writing guidelines and examples, and
- Cultural and interviewing advice
UWS has given a record 10,062 students the opportunity to study at university in 2011 - the largest amount of main round offers of any university in NSW and ACT. Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Wayne McKenna says demand to study at UWS is continuing to rise, particularly amongst school leavers with the university receiving over 11,000 first preferences this year, which is the second highest number of first preferences received by any NSW university.
"UWS is planning for its biggest intake of students ever in 2011. This is a major milestone in the university's history and part of the deliberate growth strategy for UWS," Professor McKenna says.
The university is also pleased to be making over 75 per cent of its offers to people from Greater Western Sydney - a key part of its commitment to boost higher education participation.
"This strategy is part of the University's commitment to boost higher education participation. UWS fully supports the Federal Government's goal to have 40 per cent of young Australians with a university degree by 2025, particularly those from lower socio-economic or disadvantaged backgrounds," he says.
With plans to increase current student numbers from just under 40,000 enrolments to 50,000 in 2020, UWS is embarking on a major academic recruitment program, which will see 100 new academics appointed each year for the next five years.