News from the Students, Learning and Teaching Portfolio
Published: Thursday 4th May 2017
A message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) Professor Anne Cummins:
ACU is identified by its strong partnerships with students, staff and the community. We are a student-centric University with a history of graduates who are highly skilled and competent, but also committed to service and ongoing learning.
Thanks to our range of study options we welcome students from all beliefs, backgrounds, and geographic locations - we now have more than 32,000 students from 160 countries. 26% of these students study part-time, while 74% study on a full-time basis. The age groups vary from up to 24 who make up 69% of our students, to 25 and over who make up 31%. Among our students we have elite-sports people, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander student communities, researchers, students from low socio-economic backgrounds, students on scholarships and more.
Our co-curricular programs, quality support services and learning opportunities allow our students to pursue their personal interests while developing their academic skills.
Students, Learning and Teaching Conference
The more engaged a student is in co-curricular activities the more likely they are to succeed in University.
This statement rings true and is a huge contributor to why *82% of our students are satisfied with the quality of their entire educational experience. This statement will also be demonstrated at the inaugural Students, Learning and Teaching Conference in July organised by the Office of Student Success and Student Engagement and Services Directorates.
The theme for this year’s conference is Engaging Students for Success and the aim of the conference is to:
Promote engagement with students from diverse backgrounds, with equally diverse aspirations and support needs
Raise awareness of the impact of SLT portfolio services on student engagement
Demonstrate relationships between curricular and co-curricular experiences for students in enhancing student learning
Strengthen and build effective partnerships between faculties and SLT directorates to create a positive learning environment for student success.
As people, when we feel part of a community we get involved and really apply ourselves. It’s the same for students too. Students who engage with each other and with staff in co-curricular activities alongside their academic curriculum enjoy their university experience, build their Graduate Attributes and develop a range of skills to support their future success.
Who should attend?
All staff in student facing roles! The conference will provide a refresher on our Students, Learning and Teaching services and will also provide insight and new ideas on how to engage students.
Now is the time to register as the conference will be held on 14 July. Visit the Conference website here for registration details and more information.
This conference is there to help us reflect on how we prepare our students for jobs today and in the future and how we may equip them to put their best foot forward in their careers and in their communities.
With best wishes,
Professor Anne Cummins Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning & Teaching)