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Heidi Duncan was the valedictorian at her December 2013 graduation.
Heidi Duncan was the valedictorian at her December 2013 graduation.

Overseas study, vibrant student networks and a beautiful campus provided a winning combination for Heidi Duncan during her Regional and Town Planning studies at UQ.

“I was a keen geography student throughout school and had a close friend who was always certain that she would become a Town Planner and talked about it all the time,” she said.
“After listening to her I decided that it sounded like a very interesting profession.
“I then met a professional planner who convinced me that the UQ Bachelor of Regional and Town Planning was what I wanted to do and the best way to start my career.
“I was able to work in his firm during my degree and I hope to continue working there now that I’ve graduated.”
Heidi’s first visit to the UQ St Lucia campus also made such an impression that her university choice was decided.
“I remember thinking ‘what a beautiful campus’,” she said.
“I liked the idea of being part of something with so much history and I didn’t need to look elsewhere as I knew UQ was the place for me.”
Heidi enjoyed the many student networking opportunities available as a UQ student.
She was a member of the student-run Organisation of Planning Students, becoming their president in 2013; tutored in a second year planning course while in her final year; and was part of a group which received a Commendation for Outstanding Student Project from the Planning Institute of Australia.
Her learning opportunities also stretched beyond Australia with international fieldwork courses on offer.
“One of these best experiences during my time at UQ was taking part in a summer semester course in Vietnam,” Heidi said.
“It was an exciting and enriching learning experience to be able to study at a Vietnamese university and experience the culture while working toward my degree.
“The real life experiences combined with my fieldwork go far beyond what is achieved simply in a lecture theatre.”
Heidi hopes to continue working in the field of Town Planning as well as furthering her studies to pursue a career in academia.
“I’m looking into a postgraduate degree in planning, property or geography with the intention of taking on a lecturing position in the future,” she said.
“I found my experience as a student incredibly rewarding and challenging and I would like to be part of training the next generation of planners.”

Last updated: Jan 28, 2014