Real and relevant learning spaces

Published: Monday 27th October 2014

Gone are the days of extended individual tutorials with professors who had time, space and the inclination to induct the best and brightest into their arcane world of study and research at a leisurely pace. The internet has changed our lives forever in that we can access information and share things in ways simply not possible to any previous generation. For both good and ill we can say the internet has transformed the way people are able to communicate and exchange knowledge and information.

Saint John Paul ll Building

 Saint John Paul II Building


The design of our most recent academic facilities (St John Paul II Building and the ACU Leadership Centre, Cathedral House) has seen an enormous collaborative effort across the University to create state of the art learning and teaching facilities that seek to respond to new and innovative forms of study. Each building in their own way strives to recognise the overall shift in the focus of learning opportunities to include flexible, social, informal and technology driven spaces that signal a re-shaping of the conventional paradigm of learning.

We are now in the final weeks to achieve practical completion of our new St John Paul ll building. Staff tours continue weekly on-site led by the AVC, escorting groups of up to a dozen visitors at a time and feedback has been extremely positive. Completion of all levels is being aligned for the 18th November 2014. The formal Blessing, Naming and Opening of the Building will be in March 2015 to tie in with our 25 Year Anniversary.

ACU Leadership Centre, Cathedral House


ACU Leadership Centre


The formal launch of our ACU Leadership Centre, Cathedral House will be combined with our annual VC/Archbishop Catholic Stakeholder event, scheduled for 18 November 2014. This year, the theme for the event is The Catholic "Brand": current perceptions and future directions. Contributing Editor for Network Ten, Paul Bongiorno, will facilitate a panel discussion with Professor Greg Craven, The Most Reverend Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Father Frank Brennan SJ (beaming in from Boston College) and Susanne Greenwood, CEO, Catholic Health Australia.

I look forward to the possibility of welcoming you to the Blessing, Naming and Opening of both these innovative learning facilities should you wish to attend.

Jim Nyland

AVC (Brisbane)