A message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching) Professor Anne Cummins:
It’s been a big year for the Students, Learning and Teaching portfolio.
We started off at the beginning of the year with the introduction of the new Student Portal, which has been successful in improving ACU’s communication with our students. In the middle of the year we held the Students, Learning & Teaching Conference – ‘Engaging Students for Success’ and this too was a success with over 200 academic and professional staff responsible for delivering and supporting teaching at ACU in attendance.
As we approach the end of 2017 I thought to take the time to reflect on the year that has been and bring to your attention some of its many highlights.
This year more than 144 Student Enrichment campus activities were held for our students; including cultural awareness events, activities designed to reduce stress, and market days where our students receive guidance from the Office of Student Success professional staff. More than 480 student-led events were offered through the student associations, clubs and societies, ranging from Balls to professional development activities.
Our students also had the opportunity to participate in and attend a number of conferences including; the Association of Southeast and East Asian Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASEACCU), the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Conference, University Scholars Leadership Symposium, Student Leadership Forum and Council of International Students Australia Conference (CISA). Conferences present a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students as they engage with other like-minded individuals from around the world.
Student Jobs on Campus
Student Jobs on Campus (SJC) is part of our Career Development Service (Office of Student Success). SJC has assisted in recruitment of students to nearly 550 positions across all campuses so far and has provided an opportunity for students to gain valuable experience and insight working in a professional environment.
Students have been employed in roles such as; research assistant, library assistant, IT assistant, project management assistant, administrator and more. And roles vary in length from a few days, months, or a year. I would like to encourage you all to consider employing students if you have a need, as this helps our students in gaining important graduate attributes and key employability skills.
Living and Learning Communities
Sydney’s Miguel Cordero Residence has enjoyed record occupancy of almost 100% in Semester 2 which has had a positive effect on the community spirit in the property. Ballarat and Canberra’s mix of accommodation has also experienced a high occupancy rate.
The student community of the Camillus Residence (Ballarat) has enjoyed the newly refurbished property this year and also enjoyed being involved in choosing artworks to be displayed in their homes. Camillus Residence has also played host to a cohort of students from Myanmar who have enjoyed their studies and being a part of this Living and Learning Community.
The Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) program has a total of 410 participants this year. Without your support the program wouldn’t be as successful, and the athletes wouldn’t be able to achieve success in all that they do. One of the highlights for the EAPP program has been building relationships with Italian water polo clubs based in Rome to provide training opportunities for EAPP students who choose to complete The Core (UNCC300) at the ACU Rome Centre.
Next week, the First Peoples and Equity Pathways (FPEP) Directorate is organising a Leadership, Spirituality and Cultural study tour entitled ‘Nganana’. Nganana is an Aboriginal word in the Anangu language meaning ‘all of us’. A select group of 22 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will be participating.
As this tour is the first of its kind, we are hoping that this leadership, spirituality and cultural journey will provide an opportunity for ACU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and ACU staff to deepen their understanding of Aboriginal culture, spirituality and the Mission of ACU.
The 2017 journey will include visits to Alice Springs, the Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Yulara and Uluru. Participants will experience the Field of Lights at Uluru, explore the diverse landscapes of Arrernte and Anangu people and participate in a variety of workshops.
I look forward to being able to share the highlights of this trip with you in an upcoming issue of the Staff Bulletin.
With every good wish,
Professor Anne Cummins Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students, Learning and Teaching)