ACU is an institution committed to serving the common good and supporting the dignity and well-being of all people. We have a nationwide network of over 35000 students and 2000 staff, some of whom could bring capacity to your organisations efforts in supporting those who experience disadvantage or marginalisation.

 

Community engagement for staff and students

Most students at ACU complete a community engagement placement at some point in their degree, meaning that there are many opportunities to bring capacity to your organisation while providing a mutually beneficial learning opportunity for students. Staff at ACU are also strongly encouraged to engage with community to share their knowledge and expertise, with access to up to five days of community engagement time release.

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Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Unit (SESU)

The SESU provides scholarly expertise and research assistance to organisations working in areas that are central to ACU’s Mission and ethos as a Catholic university. Through the facilitation of community-initiated research projects, we can help inform, shape, evaluate and develop your programs and services. If you are a community organisation supporting communities who experience disadvantage and marginalisation, we invite you to partner with us.

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What do our current partners have to say?

Partnership and reciprocity are hallmarks of community engagement. That has certainly been the experience of CatholicCare as we work with ACU Engagement and ACU students. CatholicCare’s Communications, Fundraising and Marketing (CFM) Team has had considerable benefit from students as interns and as volunteers. The students have benefitted from their involvement in a diverse and busy workplace, and the opportunity to contribute to CatholicCare’s work.

Over the past twelve months we have had six different students in various positions with the CFM Team. This is in addition to the M. Psych graduates who have been able to fulfil their internship as School Counsellors with CatholicCare. Two of them worked on different aspects of CatholicCare’s Family Week – our annual campaign with Catholic primary and secondary schools - helping to review previous years’ work, produce new resources and assist with gathering feedback and analysing a survey. Three media students worked together as a team to produce a video promoting Family Week. A history student helped to research the story of CatholicCare in preparation for its 85th anniversary in 2020.

All of the students showed the skills they have learned through their study. Also, they were willing to take initiatives and showed great flexibility in the way they fitted into the workplace. They showed commendable dedication to their work.

One of our new programs for primary schools in the outer western suburbs has been very well received. However, it needed an external evaluation. Fortunately, an honours student in Psychology is willing to do the research needed.

CatholicCare and Australian Catholic University have shared interests in Community Engagement. We look forward to building on this partnership.

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