A message from the Associate Vice-Chancellor NSW/ACT, Professor Marea Nicholson: Two exciting innovative spaces have recently opened on the North Sydney and Strathfield Campuses. The ACU Collaborate Plus space has opened in North Sydney and the School of Exercise Science in Strathfield has expanded its Exercise Lifestyle Clinic and Exercise Physiology lab.
ACU Collaborate Plus in North Sydney
The new ACU Collaborate Plus purpose-built co-working and innovation space opened in North Sydney in mid-June and has been accepting registrations from both internal students and external businesses.
ACU Collaborate Plus includes a co-working space, which is open seven days a week, featuring free high-speed wi-fi, complimentary tea and coffee, lockers, and access to collaborative meeting spaces. It will be trialed at no fee for an initial six month period, and is open to applications from anyone working on an innovative start-up or small business.
Since mid-June, the space has had 22 registrations from students, ACU alumni and local community businesses.
Some of the start ups and businesses have included tech platforms, a start-up that supports people with a disability to become entrepreneurs and a social enterprise that supports people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds to start up their own businesses.
An attached Learning & Teaching space offers a collaborative room set up with a Crestron Airmedia installation and 4 LCD screens. This space is available for use by both ACU classes and external workshops that are focused around innovation and entrepreneurship.
The Expanded Exercise Lifestyle Clinic (ELC) and Exercise Physiology Lab
The School of Exercise Science has recently expanded the Exercise Lifestyle Clinic (ELC) and Exercise Physiology lab by combining three rooms into two on the ground floor of the Edward Clancy building.
The expanded ELC will assist with the delivery of a resistance training unit, as well as increase the number of clients that can be referred to the Clinic under the Medicare scheme. The ELC has achieved great success in recent years in assisting people living with chronic disease to increase their functional capacity and activities of daily living.
The new free-standing matrix with lifting platforms provides undergraduate students with increased opportunities to learn strength exercises in a safe environment. As such, graduates will become competent in coaching others to lift with correct technique thereby minimising the risk of injury.
The expanded Exercise Physiology lab will provide students with a larger learning space that is more conducive to group work. Existing equipment can be moved throughout the space to maximise learning opportunities and provide hands-on experiences.
We look forward to the benefits that this expanded gym and Collaborate Plus space will bring to our University as we commence Semester 2.