The University of Queensland metallurgy field trip – South Australia 2019
In June-July 2019, seven students, a Master of Philosophy student, and a UQ staff member visited mines, smelters and corporate offices in South Australia. For more than two decades, metallurgy students from the University of Queensland (UQ) have been organising annual field trips around the world. The trips are themed to suit the final year design project that students complete as part of their studies. Olympic Dam The trip began at BHP’s Olympic dam, a unique processing plant Read More
August 2018
Educating the next generation of geologists
This is an edited extract of a keynote presentation originally delivered at the Tenth International Mining Geology Conference in 2017 Australia has a long tradition of providing high-quality geoscience programs to prepare graduates for entry to the workforce or undertake further studies. Employment opportunities in the future will be significantly different from those of the past and educational pathways need to provide for this. Geoscience graduates must have highly transferable generic Read More
What should be in the Mineral Processing curriculum?
Global study of pathways to the mineral processing profession The question of who can call themselves a metallurgist or a mineral process engineer can spark some very interesting and occasionally heated discussions.  We are a little different from our colleagues in mining engineering and geology, most of whom achieve their professional status via university programs called ‘mining engineering’ or ‘geology’. We all know a metallurgist or mineral processor when we see one, yet we frequently Read More
February 2015
AusIMM Geoscience Society supporting minerals education
Why is it important to bridge the gulf between university courses and the practical skills industry demands of graduate geoscientists Australia has a number of outstanding universities, including many that rate amongst the world’s top 200, and as a result, Australia punches well above its weight in geoscience. Australian geoscience graduates are highly sought by companies within Australia and overseas. About 15 Australian universities teach geoscience; this number was higher in the Read More
February 2015
Skills and education: the key to unlocking development from mining
The International Mining for Development Centre is playing a crucial role in education that supports sustainable mining development. Introduction On 1 December 2014, the Zambian Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development, The Hon Christopher Yaluma, addressed a gathering of Zambian professionals from government, academia and civil society who had participated in Australian-sponsored courses, postgraduate studies and study tours undertaken under the umbrella of the Mining for Read More
February 2015
The making of the modern minerals professional
The minerals industry needs universities to help break down the silos between traditional professional disciplines. Role of the AusIMM The Australian minerals industry and the tertiary education sector have changed profoundly in the ten years since I had the honour of being President of the AusIMM, which is foremost a professional institute, rather than a scientific society, academy or industry association. This article reflects this perspective and represents my own opinions at this time Read More