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NOTRE DAME TWENTY YEARS OF LAW

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 9, 2017

 

 

The who is who of law turned out last evening to celebrate the Fremantle Notre Dame University’s School of Law 20th anniversary.

Among the many guests at the relaxed event in the Drillhall were Federal Minister Mathias Cormann and his wife.

Present Dean of Law Professor Doug Hodgson will retire this month and will be replaced by Professor Joan Squelch.

 

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME RETHINKS WEST END BUILDING PLANS

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2017

 

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It looks as if Fremantle Notre Dame University has abandoned their plans to build the new School of Nursing and Midwifery on the vacant block on the corner of High and Cliff Street in the historic West End.

I hear UNDA is looking for alternative options, but probably within their own property portfolio, so we’ll have to wait and see what will happen.

UNDA deserves to be congratulated for their community spirit and the fact they decided not to go ahead with the initial five-storey proposal, after Fremantle Council and the community objected to it.

The nursing school is very popular and has high demand, so there is a need for a bigger building to accommodate all those students who want to enrol in it.

Roel Loopers

 

DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED IN NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, development, heritage, notre dame university by freoview on November 19, 2016

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I am deeply disappointed that Fremantle Notre Dame University has decided to go ahead with the application for approval of a five-storey building on the corner of Cliff and High streets in the historic West End of town, and that they have not made any changes and compromises after the community consultation session last month.

Up until now I genuinely believed that UNDA had the best interest of Fremantle at heart, but it appears that they are just another organisation only interested in making money and not caring one iota about the damage the building will do to the appearance of the heritage-listed West End.

I feel personally taken for granted after submitting ideas for changes to the plans, set-backs, corner, etc. but that has all been ignored, presumably by the architects who believe they know everything better and who show little respect for Freo’s unique heritage character with this boring uninspiring building that lacks creative ideas.

While I appreciate very much that Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond made the effort to attach a personal note to the letter I received from UNDA I do not believe that “We have spent the time since the community session carefully considering all community feedback and comment, re-examining our proposal and reviewing the expert advice received during the design and development stages.”

Fact is that UNDA was unwilling to compromise and will now try to ram through a highly inappropriate building in our heritage precinct, and hence they will lose my support and I will no longer promote UNDA events on Freo’s View or report about them.

I also want to point out to Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and the Councillors that you can not be prominent in the media all the time saying that you want to protect the West End while creating new density infill in the East End, but then approve buildings like this one by the university. This is an unacceptable proposal and needs to be rejected. Your overpaid Design Advisory Panel should have put the boot in before it progressed so far.

I  am very passionate about Fremantle’s heritage and will personally actively oppose at the October 2017 election the re-election of sitting members who approve this building and will use this very popular blog to make sure we will get people elected on Council who show more respect for Fremantle’s heritage!

Roel Loopers

RELAXED OPEN DAY AT FREO NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in education, fremantle, learning, notre dame university, students, western australia by freoview on August 21, 2016

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My friends at Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY are holding their annual Open Day today till 3 pm, so go and have a look. There is live music in one of the courtyards and it is always a very relaxed, friendly and very Freo day.

I went just after they opened at 10 am and there were already a lot of parents and young people talking to staff, academics and students, so her some photo impressions of the day.

Roel loopers

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TOP RATINGS FOR FREMANTLE NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university, western australia by freoview on May 11, 2016

Fremantle Notre Dame University is doing very well in a challenging climate for universities in Australia and announced a high increase in student numbers late last year. It also received a 5-Star rating in the 2016 Good Universities Guide in the category Overall Graduate Satisfaction, Teaching Quality, Generic Skills, Getting a Full-Time Job and Graduate Starting Salary.

Now a new national survey  reveals that skills development, quality educational experience and a high graduate employment rate are some of the findings that set The University of Notre Dame Australia apart from its peers in data released by the Federal Government today.

Senator Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education, released the results from the latest university surveys to inform the government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website.

The website also shows Notre Dame University is one of the top universities in Australia for ‘Graduate Employment Rate’ with a full-time graduate employment rate of 79.2 per cent, well above the national average of 69.7 per cent. The median starting salary of Notre Dame graduates is at $59,800, above the national average of $55,000.

Notre Dame is the top university in the country for ‘Skills Development’ at 90.7 per cent, well above the national average of 81.3 per cent. It is in the top two universities nationally for ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’ with an 88.5 per cent rating. The QILT data also shows Notre Dame achieving high ratings in the categories of ‘Student Support’, ‘Learner Engagement’ and ‘Teaching Quality’.

Notre Dame has done outstandingly well in these categories in comparison with other WA universities (https://www.qilt.edu.au/my-shortlist/compare-institutions)

–       Skills development – rated 1 in WA / rated 1 nationally
–       Overall quality of education experience – rated 1 in WA / rated 2 nationally
–       Teaching quality – rated 1 in WA / rated 3 nationally
–       Learner engagement – rated 1 in WA / rated 2 nationally
–       Student support – rated 1 in WA / rated 2 nationally
–       Full-time employment – rated 1 in WA / rated 6 nationally

I am a big fan of UNDA and the vibrancy it brings to the West End of Fremantle during the day. I love the activation the students from all over Australia and the world bring to our city and what it does to Freo’s economy, especially in the hospitality trade, but I am disappointed that the promised reactivation of the ground levels of UNDA owned and occupied buildings still has not been implemented. It is part of every MOU the City of Fremantle signs every two years with UNDA but nothing is forthcoming. Come on UNDA, you can do better than that!

Roel Loopers

MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA

Posted in fremantle, notre dame university by freoview on March 2, 2016

Fremantle Notre Dame University will continue their popular Eminent Speakers Series on March 9 with the President of the National Native Title Tribunal Raelene Webb QC speaking about Making A Difference.

Raelene Webb is on the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.

In light of our political parties’ bipartisan support for constitutional recognition of Australia’s indigenous people and an a referendum on it in the near future, this talk is topical and should be very interesting.

It is on Wednesday March 9 from 6-7 pm at the Michael Keating room on the corner of Cliff and High street and refreshments after the lecture. RSVP pam.meeham@nd.edu.au

Roel Loopers

 

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NOTRE DAME STUDENTS PARADE THROUGH FREO

Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university by freoview on February 18, 2016

 

It was simply wonderful to watch 1600 new Notre Dame University students march through the Fremantle inner city this morning. It is great that UNDA has become such a popular uni in WA with increasing student numbers, great student feed-back about the uni and national recognition of what Notre Dame does.

I love the vibrancy the national and international students bring and OMG what beauty they bring to this city as well. If only I were 45 years younger. ; >(

The student parade at the start of the year has become a really positive Fremantle tradition that I love.

Notre Dame students are welcome to drag and drop my photos off the blog and use them on social media or send them home to mum and dad!

Roel Loopers

 

ONE WAY TO THE FUTURE

Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university by freoview on December 10, 2015

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They say a picture tells a thousand words, and for me photography has always been about story telling and the recording of history. I have titled this photo “One way to the future”

It was taken at the graduation event on Wednesday morning at the Fremantle University of Notre Dame Australia.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY BIGGER AND BETTER

Posted in fremantle, notre dame university by freoview on October 1, 2015

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Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY  held a campus update community information session yesterday about where the uni is at and where it wants to go. The high calibre of staff at the meeting showed UNDA’s respect for the community and that they have a real desire to be part of it. The very likeable Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond was there as was Pro Vice Chancellor Selma Aliex and several other pro vice chancellors and top management.

Fremantle should be delighted that the 25 year-old university is going places and is receiving the highest accolades. It received the highest ratings in 5 of the 6 categories of the Federal Government Quality Indicators and was judged the best uni in WA by the students.

UNDA received more than 2,000 applications for the next semester and that is up by over 400 from last year. Student numbers are around 5,000 at present but the aim is to grow that to 7,000 in the future.

I was personally very thrilled to hear the university is now seriously considering building student accommodation in Fremantle in partnership with a provider and maybe the City of Fremantle. It is something I have wanted to see happen for a long time, as I believe hundreds of students living in Freo will help revitalise and activate the city.

As already reported on Freo’s View UNDA wants to build on the vacant blog behind the so-called wedding wall at Cliff Street on the corner of High Street. They want street activation and are considering a performing arts theatre at ground level. Celia Hammond said they genuinely want to work with the City on street activation of their buildings but they need to prioritise what they are doing.

This was good community consultation without spin and conducted at the highest level and Notre Dame University deserves kudos for that.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162

NOTRE DAME UNI INFO SESSION FOR LOCALS

Posted in fremantle, notre dame university by freoview on September 29, 2015

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Fremantle NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY invites all local residents and businesses to an information session tomorrow, Wednesday September 30 at 3.30 at Fairweathers(former Fremantle Hotel) corner Cliff and High streets.

UNDA wants to inform locals what the uni has been doing and is planning and also want to give an update on the proposed development of the vacant car park on the corner of High and Cliff next to the famous wedding wall.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent.

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

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