QAL employees and CQUni alumni welcome new scholarships

QAL employees and CQUni alumni welcome new scholarships

A new scholarship partnership between CQUniversity and Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) promises to continue to enhance the future of many Gladstone locals.

The new CQUniCares Queensland Alumina scholarships, worth $5 000 each, will support two first-year degree students from the Gladstone region.

QAL employees Russell Stewart, Paulo Ferreria and Sarah Iddon, have undertaken CQUni study as part of their employment, and all agree that the training was a good stepping stone on their career journeys.

Russell Stewart who works as an Electrical Instrumentation Technical Officer for QAL was in his second year of an Electrical Instrumentation apprenticeship when he decided to enrol in a Bachelor of Engineering with CQUni.

“I started the degree part-time and ramped up to full-time after the first two years. I got a job with QAL as a tradesperson on shift maintenance while continuing the degree,” he said.

“The degree opened up career opportunities for me after becoming a tradesperson and has allowed me to analyse design decisions for better outcomes.”

As QAL’s Superintendent of Process Integrity Paulo Ferreira said the Master of Project Management he studied at CQUni was invaluable.

“The education gives us the tools and techniques to project manage and teaches us how to resolve situations,” he said.

Paulo said he was glad to hear QAL and CQUni had partnered to provide scholarships once again.

“Supporting students in our local community is critical. This is a win-win opportunity for the whole Gladstone community,” he said.

Sarah Iddon a Specialist in Process Information said the Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management she studied at CQUni provides constant focus in her job.

“The studies were focussed and targeted in a way that, as an employee furthered my understanding of the complexities and adaptability of the environment,” she said.

QAL General Manager Mike Dunstan said employing local people was crucial to the sustainability of the Gladstone community.

“Having the ability to study locally through CQUni is critical for our community’s sustainability and future. The Queensland Alumina scholarship aims to encourage and assist students to achieve a career in their desired field without the need to travel.”

“We believe assisting students to complete their studies through CQUni Gladstone will benefit the student while increasing the skills set available in the local community.”

Scholarship applicants must be undertaking a degree in applied science, environmental science, business, engineering or information technology to be eligible.

QAL has partnered with CQUni for more than 20 years to deliver scholarships in the region.

To apply by January 12, 2018, visit