The Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Unit (SESU) is a product of our organisational culture – a culture deeply engaged in the wider community. At ACU, we listen to our partners and act in response to their needs.
Through the facilitation of partner-initiated research projects, 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. The activities of the SESU are undertaken in line with the Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Policy at ACU.
We invite you to partner with us on a research project that has meaning for your organisation. Organisations may choose to partner with the SESU on research projects that address broad, widespread problems or enhance their programs and services.
The SESU is driven by our desire to engage with community for the common good and the celebration of human dignity. Through collaborative partnerships, SESU projects achieve impact through empathy by undertaking research that is designed to enrich lives and achieve positive outcomes for communities experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation.
ACU is guided by the values of equity, diversity, accessibility, wellbeing and sustainability. We have a long-standing commitment to mutually-beneficial community engagement through our student placements and the opportunities we provide staff to give back to organisations supporting our community’s most vulnerable populations.
Exploring and solving real-world challenges are important to us and our research. Our experienced researchers are motivated to pursue deeply engaged, high-quality and ethical research. We also understand that at the end of the project, you’ll want the research findings to be told in ways that are meaningful and appropriate to your organisation. Whether you are looking for high-quality reports, brochures or presentation materials, we’ll work closely with you from the outset to understand your needs.