Institutes, academies and centres

Our institutes, academies and centres seek to understand, provide innovative solutions to, and influence key issues of our time. Discover how our public policy activities, community engagement programs, and other initiatives benefit a wide cross-section of society – in Australia and abroad. 

Strong ties to strengthen society

ACU strong ties to society

Universities exist to serve. By building strong networks and engaging with the community in our work, our impact can be real – and lasting.

Our mission

Our academies, centres and institutes work within the Catholic intellectual tradition – dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person, and the common good. Our staff live this mission daily as they strive to make an impact, for good.

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Community engagement

As a university of service, we’re committed to making an impact through ongoing community engagement and volunteering opportunities. Our academies, institutes and centres work with partners to apply innovative solutions to issues affecting communities.

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Centres and institutes

Centre for Liturgy

ACU Centre for Liturgy

We provide specialist expertise, teaching, research and formation in liturgical studies, sacramental theology and the sacred arts. We offer formative education for parish ministers through to higher degree research students.

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ACu Golding Centre

The Golding Centre 

The Golding Centre for Women’s History, Theology and Spirituality provides a sound academic response to the desire and need of women in the Australian Catholic Church to recover their history, theology and spirituality.

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ACU ICPS

Institute of Child Protection Studies

We aim to enhance the outcomes for children, young people and families. Our work promotes children’s participation, strengthens service systems, informs practice and supports child-safe communities.

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ACU MTLC

Mathematics Teaching and Learning Centre

We seek to stimulate and support research and professional development in the teaching and learning of mathematics at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. We also provide a professional development program for practitioners.

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ACU Plunkett Centre for Ethics

Plunkett Centre for Ethics

We study ethical issues in healthcare and biomedical research. Our centre promotes the values of compassion and fellowship, intellectual and professional excellence, and fairness and justice. 

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ACU PM Glynn

PM Glynn Institute

The PM Glynn Institute provides the Catholic community with a standing capacity to analyse public policy issues of concern, not only to the church but also to the wider Australian community.

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ACU Queensland Bioethics Centre

Queensland Bioethics Centre

We collaborate with the Archdiocese of Brisbane to conduct high-quality research, education and consultancy in the area of bioethics. Through our work, we engage with communities locally and internationally.

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Faculty research

ACU CeDDR

Centre for Disability and Development Research

CeDDR is an international collaboration for research that builds knowledge of childhood disability, the mechanisms and broader impact of impairment, its consequences over the lifespan, and innovative treatments.

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ACU CERC

Cognition and Emotion Research Centre

Our researchers examine emotion recognition, emotion regulation and social cognition in healthy children and adults, as well as clinical groups. We also research prospective memory and future thinking.

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Nursing Research Institute

Our research is focused on implementing evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes and health systems. The Institute is a collaboration between ACU and St Vincent’s Health Australia in Sydney.

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Healthy Brain Initiative

This initiative addresses key gaps in our understanding how modifiable risk factors affect the brain health of the Australian population. The initiative is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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ACU research institutes

Research institutes

Our research institutes collaborate with strategic university and industry partners, at home and abroad. This extensive research network contributes to our research excellence in our priority areas of education, health, and theology and philosophy.

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Networks, hubs and academies

La Salle Academy

Our aim is to develop and deliver quality teaching and research programs realising the aspirations of the new evangelisation. We train teachers and leaders with the skills to bring faith and life into dialogue.

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Inter-religious Dialogue Network

Our network was inspired by the vision of Vatican II. We promote inter-religious dialogue, mutual understanding and respect through research, teaching and community engagement. 

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SiMMERR Act

We work with schools and communities to improve educational outcomes for students in the areas of science, ICT and mathematics. Our research hub has a specific focus on children in rural and regional schools. 

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