20 May 2013

The Canberra project is gathering momentum with the first of a number of meetings in relation to the Master Plan for Canberra Campus held on site on Friday 17th May. The meeting involved a number of ACU stakeholders as well as Spectrum Partners (consultant property and project consultants) and the appointed architects BVN. The meeting focused on confirming the program and resource schedule for the Master Plan and outlining the phases involved which included:

  • Site and context review
  • Confirmation of Brief
  • Building the vision
  • Building the Master Plan tools

The program will provide an opportunity for staff and students to participate in a number of key client group workshops facilitated by the architects – timing and information on these sessions will be made available as soon as possible.

Planning is underway for a number of site visits to other tertiary and private institutions to see first-hand some of the innovative practices underway in relation to teaching and learning spaces and how they may apply to the Canberra context. More updates regarding the Master Plan as soon as they become available.

Other activities are continuing in earnest including:

  • The development of a Business Plan to support the feasibility of the Centre for Social Wellbeing. A group of in individuals representing the Schools of Social Work, Education and Nursing have met to provide input and ideas into the concept.
  • A number of meetings have been held with ANU in negotiating cross institutional opportunities to support the delivery of a Secondary Education Degree and a 4 Year Bachelor of Social Work. We are encouraged by the reception we have received from ANU. Negotiations are also continuing with CIT and other institutions in supporting this initiative.
  • The School of Education has been working diligently with the Catholic Education Office in framing a new model for the delivery of education. Agreement has been reached with the CEO around the appointment of a joint working party to further develop and activate the model which has been titled School Engaged Inclusive Learning (SEIL).
  • The delivery of a Speech Pathology Degree has been agreed to with a commencement date of 2015. We will be visiting the Melbourne Campus the week commencing the 20th of May to investigate requirements for facilities to support not only Speech Pathology but our current offerings in Health Sciences.
  • The campus makeover, space optimisation, enhancing the student experience and on campus student accommodation are encapsulated in the Master Planning process and will be reported on when further information becomes available.

We are more than happy to discuss further details should you have any enquiries in relation to the Canberra Project. Dr David M Williams is contactable on (02) 6209 1235 or 0418 686 354.