Western Sydney Uni’s $350m innovation precinct underway

In today’s Higher Ed DailyBrief: $350m development, uni medallist

Innovation precinct underway

Western Sydney University has struck up its third major deal with listed property group Charter Hall with the pair on Tuesday saying they will develop a $350 million innovation-focused precinct at Sydney’s Westmead.

The new health and medical precinct will comprise three mixed-use towers with more than 38,000sq m of space for these uses as well as retail facilities.

The latest venture comes as the pair are also working together on an engineering innovation hub in Hassall Street, Parramatta, that also includes UNSW. WSU earlier teamed with Charter Hall, which delivered its flagship Parramatta City campus at 1 Parramatta Square.

The university has committed to an initial 15-year lease term for the first stage of the Westmead project and will occupy about half of the research and office space.

Western Sydney University vice-chancellor Barney Glover said the precinct would showcase the university’s research.

“Our Westmead campus, home to our MARCS BabyLab and the NICM Health Research Institute, will be at the forefront of this future global centre for excellence and will play a vital role in addressing some of the most pressing healthcare challenges that Australia faces,” he said.

The university is hoping to collaborate across industry, government and healthcare. Building is expected to begin later this year.

Uni medallist follows family footsteps

This year’s university medallist at Southern Cross University is a law student who has her followed her family’s passion for social change and made it both her job and her prize winning area of study

Hayley Foster, the CEO of Women’s Safety NSW, was awarded the university medal for being the highest academic performer in any honours degree when she graduated last week with bachelor of laws.

Ms Foster’s mother was formerly the executive officer of the NSW peak body for women’s refuges. When she was 12 years old Ms Foster joined a protest with her 75 year old grandmother to try to prevent funding being cut for a women’s domestic violence legal centre.

Ms Foster’s prize winning honours thesis at SCU focused on the application of judicial discretion in family law matters involving domestic and family violence.