Gifford Tutorial Room Student Presidents Address

Academic Excellence

Cromwell College promotes a strong and supportive academic environment conducive to students achieving the best results of which they are capable.

This is evidenced by the Grade Point Average of Cromwell College students each semester being consistently above 5.

Academic results each semester are monitored, strong performers are recognized, and students with academic difficulties are strongly encouraged to request advice and support.  All first year students are interviewed by either the Principal, Deputy Principal or Dean of Students early in the first semester and active follow up occurs if they are experiencing academic difficulties or if they are concerned about their choice of program.

An excellent tutorial program is offered at Cromwell College out of hours for students who are experiencing difficulty with their courses. For first year students, tutors can be either high achieving second, third, fourth year Cromwell students, or can be alumni or professional people from beyond the College.

For students above first year, tutors are generally sourced externally if they cannot be sourced from within the College. This is because the specialization at more advanced levels in some courses makes the precise qualifications and experience of tutors integral to the value-add for the student, hence the need to search widely for the best fit.

The tutorial program is organised by the Deputy Principal and the Senior Academic Tutor, and is provided at no extra cost to students. There is a high degree of correlation between higher academic results and attendance at tutorials. The College pays the tutors, but this cost is built into student fees.

Academic support at Cromwell goes well beyond formal tutorials. Students form informal study groups which meet regularly and there is the advantage of being able to consult at times of difficulty with later year students from the same program who may live just a couple of rooms down the corridor. 

Faculty based Academic Breakfasts are held regularly, where industry professionals share a meal at the college with small groups of interested students. These events are invaluable for our students to hear of the challenges and successes of those a little further down the path of their careers. Formal Dinners held regularly, similarly allow professionals from the wider community to engage and inspire with our students.  

Respectfully, in taking the step from school to university and college, it is important for new students to understand that although there are substantial support services here at Cromwell, students will deliberately not be treated like “Year 13”. Cromwell is a residential community of tertiary students emerging as adults, not a school. There is significant help available, but all students are encouraged and expected to take the initiative with their own academic progress, and to proactively seek out the many forms of assistance available as soon as they feel that issues may be arising. Early intervention is vital at this higher level of study.

The Academic Dinner is a formal occasion held annually, where academic excellence is recognized and celebrated throughout the whole College.

Academic Prizes

Academic prizes are awarded annually at the Academic Dinner.

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Academic Awards 2020

Unfortunately, due to COVID19, one of the highlights in the annual calendar, the Academic Dinner, couldn’t be held this year. In its place a special Academic Awards Presentation Night was held on Tuesday 20th August in the dining room, with award winners receiving certificates from the Principal and then having their photograph taken in front of the College’s media wall.

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Academic Dinner 2019

The guest speaker this year was Dr Catherine Ball, a renowned environmental scientist and business woman who hails from England but has spent a significant part of her life in Western Australian an now Queensland.

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Academic Dinner 2018

The guest speaker for this year’s Academic Dinner was Professor Peter Greste, an academic and journalist with more than 25 years of experience as a foreign correspondent for some of the world’s most respected broadcasters. He currently occupies the UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication at the University of Queensland, though he is best known for his stand in defence of press freedom while he was imprisoned in Egypt on terrorism charges through 2014.

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Academic Dinner 2017

The annual Academic Dinner was held on Tuesday 22 August. Guest Speaker was Mafico Nkosana who founded the Council for Young Africans Living Abroad, promoting future leaders and thinking. Mafico was accompanied by Archford Kahondo (Cromwell 2010-2011) who is currently a Project Manager. The Principal (Ross Switzer) welcomed everyone to the occasion, followed by the presentation of academic awards.

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Academic Dinner 2016

This year’s Academic Dinner was held on Tuesday 23rd August with special guest Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex, who gave a very commanding speech to the students.

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Academic Dinner 2015

A highlight each year is the Academic Dinner which was held on Tuesday 25 August. The guest speaker for this year’s Academic Dinner was Professor Tamara Davis from the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland.

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Academic Dinner 2014

A highlight each year is the Academic Dinner. It was held on Tuesday 26 August.

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Academic Dinner 2013

A highlight each year is the Academic Dinner. It was held on Tuesday 20 August. For all of the great things that College life can bring 'academic excellence' sits at the top, as ultimately students are here to get a good degree.

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Academic Dinner 2012

This year’s Academic Dinner was held on Tuesday 21 August 2012.

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Academic Dinner 2011

This year’s Academic Dinner was held on Tuesday 23 August 2011.

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Academic Dinner 2010

The 2010 Cromwell College Academic Dinner was held on Tuesday 24 August at the College. Special guest speaker on the evening was Fred D’Agostino, Professor of Humanities and Associate Dean (Academic) Faculty of Arts, University of Queensland. A renowned philosopher and published author,

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