ACU Engagement

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Professor Sandra Jones

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement - Melbourne

Professor Sandra Jones is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement at ACU. Her role provides leadership, advice and support for our community engagement strategy – including strategic frameworks that implement the new measurement of research engagement and impact.

Prior to her current appointment Sandra was the Director of ACU’s Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR), a research centre focused on social marketing and community-based research.

Sandra joined ACU in 2014 after more than a decade as the Founding Director of Australia’s largest social marketing research group at the University of Wollongong. Her research career focused on the development and delivery of community-based interventions, in partnership with health services and non-government organisations, to improve the uptake of health promoting and risk-reducing behaviours.

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Louise Handran

Communications Officer - Melbourne

Louise has spent more than 10 years’ working in internal communications and media liaison in the higher education sector. She has most recently worked in local government and not-for-profit organisations. Originally from Brisbane, Louise has a journalism background, working for regional and metropolitan publications.

Louise is passionate about storytelling and is looking forward to sharing the great engagement stories that ACU has to offer.

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Jen Azordegan

Evaluation and Strategic Projects Manager - Brisbane

Jen comes to ACU with over a decade of experience in teaching, research and project roles in Australian higher education, particularly in the area of teacher education. She has also worked as an education policy researcher in the US non-profit sector and initially trained as a primary school teacher. She is nearing completion of her PhD in Education (QUT) which investigates how a Queensland primary school is engaging parents from an Afghan refugee background.

Jen is passionate about the role of educational institutions in building social cohesion and fostering greater inclusion of children and families from diverse and marginalised communities.

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Josh Beard

Senior Designer - Melbourne

Josh Beard joined ACU in 2014 developing materials for the Centre for Health and Social Research across numerous social marketing and community engagement projects. Having previously worked in a similar capacity for University of Wollongong’s Centre for Health Initiatives, he has experience in both community and research engagement. With a wide design scope Josh creates effective communication channels between communities and researchers to facilitate collaborative knowledge transfer.

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Felicity Rose

Administration Officer - Melbourne

Felicity Rose joined ACU Engagement in June 2018, having previously worked as an Executive Officer in the Office of the Provost at ACU since July 2013. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy and an Advanced Diploma of Business (Legal Practice), and has worked in a variety of roles in the legal, environment and tertiary education sectors for almost 20 years.

She has a strong desire to use her skills to help address disadvantage in society, and is excited to be part of a team which makes a meaningful difference to the world in which we live.


Community Engagement

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Dr Matthew Pink

National Community Engagement Manager

Dr Matthew Pink is a research fellow at the Brisbane Campus. Matthew's areas of interest include the transformational processes of university-community engagement, and the pairing of sport/exercise with relevant educational opportunities for groups who have experienced disadvantage or marginalisation.

Matthew received his doctorate from ACU in 2016.

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Dr Chloe Gordon

Research Associate - Melbourne

Dr Chloe Gordon is a Research Associate at the Melbourne Campus. She is a qualified teacher and holds a PhD in Education/Public Health from the University of Wollongong.

Chloe joined ACU in 2014 as a casual professional within the Centre for Health and Social Research. She is passionate about using research to improve the health, education and social outcomes of vulnerable populations. Chloe is particularly interested in child and adolescent health and wellbeing.

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Vivien Cinque

Community Engagement Officer - North Sydney

Vivien Cinque is the Community Engagement Officer at the North Sydney Campus. She has been at ACU since 2014 and worked in the National School of Arts before joining our Engagement Team. Vivien is passionate about growing relationships with community partners and stakeholders that will benefit disadvantaged groups and individuals.

Vivien has First Class Honours from the University of Sydney, and will be completing the Emerging Leaders and Managers Program run by the L.H. Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne.

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Miranda Bush

Community Engagement Officer - North Sydney

Miranda Bush joins Vivien as the Community Engagement Officer at the North Sydney Campus.

Miranda has a background working in the not-for-profit sector, most recently for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) as a Pathways Advisor.

Miranda is passionate about education and social impact initiatives and looks forward to connecting with staff, students and community partners.

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Jess Innes-Irons

Community Engagement Officer - Melbourne

Jess Innes-Irons is the Community Engagement Officer for the Melbourne Campus. She has an extensive background in working with vulnerable groups and promoting social inclusion.

Jess is passionate about employing kindness in support of empowering individual and community agency. She holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor Commerce and completed her Honours in Community Grief in Social Media.

Jess has previously worked in both Marketing and External Relations and Student Administration at ACU.


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Kimberley Fort

Community Engagement Officer - Brisbane

Kimberley joins ACU Engagement with a background in youth mental health, tertiary institutions and teaching. In her previous role, working with the Student Enrichment team, she had the opportunity to nurture and build strong community partnerships with a wide range of staff, students and external groups.

Kimberley has a passion for connecting young people with services that bring social change and positive impact.

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Nicola Tait

Community Engagement Officer – Canberra

Nicola has a strong background in accessibility and inclusion for tertiary students having previously worked in the role of Disability Advisor at ACU. She is excited by the opportunity to connect staff and students with community to make positive contributions in line with ACU’s Mission.

Nicola is passionate about supporting those experiencing disadvantage.

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Bree Seamer

Community Engagement Officer - Ballarat

Bree joins us after 9 years as a community engagement officer at local Government in the western suburbs of Melbourne. She has a background in community development, focusing on inclusion for people who have a disability, as well social services in various roles, including volunteer and recruitment management, home care and case management both in Australia and the UK and writing social policy.

Bree is passionate about bringing people together to promote opportunities for others and achieve great community outcomes.

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Rugelie Walsh

Community Engagement Administrator - Brisbane

Rugelie Walsh is the Community Engagement Administrator for ACU Engagement.

Having previously worked in finance and administration roles in both corporate and community settings Rugelie is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Business Administration at ACU Banyo Campus.

Rugelie believes in “giving back” and appreciates working for ACU Engagement as it gives her the opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life journey.

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Moon Rea

Finance and Administrative Officer - North Sydney

Moon Rea joined ACU Engagement as Finance and Administration Officer in June 2018.

Moon has a post graduate diploma in Business Finance from University of Lincoln (UK) and previously worked for Macquarie University in Finance and Administrative roles. She is excited about this role and honoured to be part of a passionate team that cares about the wellbeing of others.


Research Engagement

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Stuart Whitman

Research Engagement Manager - Melbourne

Stuart Whitman has comprehensive cross-sectoral experience, having worked in education as well as in government and business with a focus on policy development and strategic projects. He joined ACU as Manager of the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society prior to becoming Research Engagement Manager at ACU Engagement.

More recently he has consulted to Indigenous community groups on business development, and researched and developed project cases for disadvantaged youth mentoring and training services across Northern Melbourne. He has been a senior adviser to the Honourable Kevin Rudd, 26th Prime Minister of Australia, has worked in the Australian House of Representatives as a community relations coordinator for the Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC MP, and as a liaison for Victorian Senator Jacinta Collins to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee.

Stuart was an academic developer and research manager at RMIT University for six years, a sessional lecturer in political economy and international business in the tertiary sector, and has taught at TAFE and secondary schools. Stuart is an alumnus and Ian Potter Foundation Fellow of the Asialink Leaders program, with academic and policy interests in international relations, law, education and innovation.


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