NiTRO + Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education


I live in Lismore in northern NSW and in 2017 it was devastated by a major flood. Ex-cyclone Debbie had travelled down Queensland’s coast, into the Northern Rivers and hit with a vengeance … I had the urge to provide a space for community reflection on that flood and

Here at Southern Cross University (SCU), like much of the tertiary sector, we find ourselves much changed. Being a regional institution, while SCU’s share of international students is small in comparison to larger urban universities, the loss of revenue has been commensurate with size and so has still had

At the time of writing, we find ourselves within a liminal historical moment, floating between what was and what might be. In our shared experience teaching Creative Writing during COVID, we observed common pedagogical challenges across undergraduate programmes at USQ, SCU, and QUT.

Soon, Southern Cross University will have a very tangible example of alumni engagement. Artist and SCU graduate Guido van Helten has been commissioned to create a photorealist mural on a 43-meter-high building as a centrepiece to the university’s Gold Coast campus. Acknowledged globally for his giant spray paint murals, Guido