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Asking questions about our land and homeAsking questions about our land and home

ACU students have explored themes of xenophobia and community tensions in a new play created in collaboration with ACU academic Dr Gillian Schroeter.

Indonesian Educational Reform Delegation Visits ACU CanberraIndonesian Educational Reform Delegation Visits ACU Canberra

During the first week of October, ACU Canberra hosted a delegation of senior and emerging education reform leaders from Indonesia’s largest Islamic tertiary education institution, Universitas Islam Negeri, (UIN).

Spanish and Italian now offered at ACUSpanish and Italian now offered at ACU

ACU is excited to announce the launch of the Diploma in Languages. Initially the languages available will be Italian and Spanish at the Melbourne and North Sydney campuses.

Teaching – a career in the future’s businessTeaching – a career in the future’s business

Jenny Walker, Principal of Kellyville Public School, and currently, Relieving Director Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement came to ACU to engage with the 5th Year students in our Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Indigenous Education) program.

Prestigious award for ACU historianPrestigious award for ACU historian

Dr Catherine Bishop’s research has been recognised with a significant national prize.

Dr Rhonda Faragher wins staff award for Mission Excellence Dr Rhonda Faragher wins staff award for Mission Excellence

Dr Rhonda Faragher has won a Vice-Chancellor Staff Excellence Award for her life-changing work for people with Down syndrome in Australia and around the world.

Ms Norris appointed as local board member of BSSSMs Norris appointed as local board member of BSSS

The Faculty of Education and Arts is pleased to announce that Ms Judith Norris, Deputy Head of School Education NSW/ACT Canberra has been appointed as a member of the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) until the end of 2019.

Education students Art Exhibition - BallaratEducation students Art Exhibition - Ballarat

The Faculty of Education and Arts Art Exhibitions are becoming something of a cultural hub in Ballarat.

Annual high school photography competition is now openAnnual high school photography competition is now open

The 2016 Pixel Prize competition is now open for this years' entries. The competition is open to high school students in years 7 -12 from NSW, ACT, Vic and Qld who have a passion for photography.

ACU women rule the schoolACU women rule the school

If there’s one thing that outstanding educators agree on, it’s this: teaching is fundamentally about people. Whether they are in the classroom, leading a school or heading an educational sector, the educator’s goal is invariably what’s best for the people involved.

Literacy and Numeracy Testing for Initial Teacher Education Students Literacy and Numeracy Testing for Initial Teacher Education Students

From 1 July, Education students across Australia will be expected to sit and pass a national literacy and numeracy test prior to completing their course.

Painting a beautiful IconPainting a beautiful Icon

3 Arts students recently learnt how to be measured in their approach and restrained in order to produce technically sophisticated artwork.

New Arts PrecinctNew Arts Precinct

The Faculty of Education and Arts would like to announce the opening of our new media building located on Brunswick Street in Fitzroy which features a radio production complex, a state-of-the art television studio, as well as student break-out areas, editing suites, and a Mac lab in Semester 1, 2016.

Helping Hannah to make a difference in young people’s livesHelping Hannah to make a difference in young people’s lives

Studying education at university was continuing a family tradition for Hannah Bruty, as three of her seven siblings are qualified teachers. Winning a scholarship to study at Australian Catholic University has helped make that goal come alive.

New Courses in 2016New Courses in 2016

The Faculty of Education and Arts is offerings two new undergraduate courses and two new masters’ programs commencing 2016. These student-centered innovative and contemporary courses are an exciting addition to our existing degree programs.

Looking back on the year that wasLooking back on the year that was

2015 was an exceptionally strong year for our two National Schools, School of Education and School of Arts, with academics receiving significant funding and recognition for their work.

Final graduation for educational leadership students in Mauritius Final graduation for educational leadership students in Mauritius

Held on the 17th of August, 16 graduands gathered with family, friends and colleagues to be awarded their much anticipated Masters’ degrees.

2015 MATSITI Annual Conference 2015 MATSITI Annual Conference

ACU academics Associate Professor Nerida Blair, Ms Leanne King attended MATSITI 2015 Conference with two of ACU’s Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Away from base) students based at our Strathfield campus.

Study with ACU in RomeStudy with ACU in Rome

The National School of Arts is pleased to offer two 10 credit point undergraduate units at the Rome Centre in June 2016. The School invites eligible students to register their interest in either of the units.

Bachelor of Teaching/ Bachelor of Exercise ScienceBachelor of Teaching/ Bachelor of Exercise Science

Australian Catholic University is introducing a Bachelor of Teaching/ Bachelor of Exercise Science to its Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne campuses in Semester 1 2016.

ACU academic wins prestigious Australian Religious History Fellowship for 2016ACU academic wins prestigious Australian Religious History Fellowship for 2016

Dr Catherine Bishop has been awarded the prestigious Australian Religious History Fellowship.

Bachelor of Visual Art and Design Graduation Bachelor of Visual Art and Design Graduation

This year's graduate exhibition entitled 'Current' is the culmination of the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design degree for students at ACU Melbourne campus.

The rise of the young professorThe rise of the young professor

The phenomenon of the “young professor” may be more commonplace in today’s higher education scene than in the universities of the 18th and 19th centuries says ACU academics.

A festival of musical, theatrical and visual art displays A festival of musical, theatrical and visual art displays

Each year, the Brisbane Campus celebrates the end of Semester 2 with a festival of musical, theatrical and visual art displays hosted by the School of Arts.

Teaching ExcellenceTeaching Excellence

Dr Joanna Barbousas' expertise in effective teaching practices has led to her involvement in two exciting ACU initiatives, which are designed to provide better workplace preparation for young teachers. The ACU National Mentoring in Education Hub (ACUMentoring) and the North West Teaching Academy in Victoria are examples of how ACU is making a difference in teacher education.

The exhibition TalkbackThe exhibition Talkback

A touring exhibition of video, photography and visual art was on display at our Melbourne gallery this winter.

Associate Professor Lindsay Farrell invited to judge one of Australia's richest landscape prize. Associate Professor Lindsay Farrell invited to judge one of Australia's richest landscape prize.

Associate Professor Lindsay Farrell from the School of Arts was a judge at the recent annual Tattersall's Club Landscape Art Prize.

ACU artist wins alternative Archibald RecognitionACU artist wins alternative Archibald Recognition

Lecturer Alasdair Macintyre from the School of Arts, Brisbane was a finalist in this year's Archibald Salon des Refuses Exhibition with his portrait,Self portrait in the studio. Each year an alternative selection of 30 portraits are selected from over 800 entries in the Archibald Prize competition.

Dr Catherine Bell wins prestigious fellowship to showcase Brisbane's cultural identityDr Catherine Bell wins prestigious fellowship to showcase Brisbane's cultural identity

Visual arts lecturer Dr Catherine Bell has won acclaim for her library display of sculptor Dianne Mayo's role in shaping Brisbane's cultural identity. The fellowship, by the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian Society of Authors, is designed to showcase the richness of special collections in Australian university libraries.

What are the attributes of a quality Catholic graduate teacher or nurse?What are the attributes of a quality Catholic graduate teacher or nurse?

Geraldine Doogue, award winning ABC host and journalist, chaired a panel of distinguished professional and academic individuals from the education and health sectors.

Faculty of Education and Arts Anniversary SeminarFaculty of Education and Arts Anniversary Seminar

The Faculty of Education and Arts 25th Anniversary Seminar: Who will lead tomorrow's Catholic schools was held on 20th July in North Sydney.

Faculty of Education and Arts Academic speaks at UN headquartersFaculty of Education and Arts Academic speaks at UN headquarters

Senior Lecturer and expert on inclusive mathematics education for learners with Down syndrome, Dr Rhonda Faragher, recently addressed an audience at UN HQ alongside her daughter, Ruth.

Annual high school photography competition is now open.Annual high school photography competition is now open.

The Pixel Prize competition is open to high school students in years 7 -12 from New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland who have a passion for photography.

Historical fiction on TV is equally about the here and nowHistorical fiction on TV is equally about the here and now

Historical drama's currently popularity on the small screen has put the concept of historical authenticity in the spotlight. Banished, Game of Thrones and Wolf Hall diverge significantly in genre, tone, subject matter and the ways they engage with the past.

Meet the National Head of the School of ArtsMeet the National Head of the School of Arts

Introducing the National Head of the School of Arts, Associate Professor Michael Ondaatje. A historian well known for his work on African American history and politics.

Theatre performance by our drama studentsTheatre performance by our drama students

Second and third year drama students showcased their talent and work of the past twelve weeks through an amazing play entitled 'The Cloud & Kokura'…

'Walk a Mile in my Shoez' Channel 31 series underway at ACU'Walk a Mile in my Shoez' Channel 31 series underway at ACU

Students and staff from the Media Communication department within ACU's School of Arts and Sciences (Vic) are well underway with the production of a Channel 31 six part panel style TV series...

Students share their experiences at Manila's Humanitarian SymposiumStudents share their experiences at Manila's Humanitarian Symposium

Talented Bachelor of International Development Studies students Hannah Bouchier and Georgia Ferguson travelled to Manila in the Philippines earlier this month to take part in the Humanitarian Affairs University Scholars Leadership Symposium.…

Finalist of two prestigious painting prizesFinalist of two prestigious painting prizes

Lecturer in 2D Studies Prudence Flint is finalist of two of the most prestigious painting prizes in Australia. 

The David Malouf Symposium The David Malouf Symposium

The Faculty partnered with the Association for the Study of Australian Literature to present a day devoted to the celebration of David Malouf and his writing.

Tony Amaral, Visiting Research Fellow from East TimorTony Amaral, Visiting Research Fellow from East Timor

Tony is the Artistic Director of the first non-profit art school in Timore-Leste, Arte Moris. He will work on a suite of paintings to be exhibited at the McGlade gallery, Strathfield campus, under the guidance of Gallery Coordinator Lachlan Warner and Visual Arts Officer Diane Merrilees.

New Early Childhood Research CentreNew Early Childhood Research Centre

ACU Education strengthens it focus on the key area of early childhood education with the launch of its new Centre for Early Childhood Futures.

Professional Development for teachersProfessional Development for teachers

Register now to express interest in a one day session on behaviour management in classrooms.

Development Volunteering book launchDevelopment Volunteering book launch

The Faculty was delighted to host both the Sydney and Melbourne launches of Dr Nichole Georgeou’s new book Neoliberalism, Aid and Development Volunteering in May. 

Catholic Educational Leadership ConferenceCatholic Educational Leadership Conference

Register now to join General Peter Cosgrove and senior leaders from the Catholic education sector as they discuss and debate the ethical dilemmas facing educational leaders.

Lets Get InvolvedLets Get Involved

A nationally competitive grant will assist in producing a six part panel style TV series with Channel 31 to be shot in ACU TV studio and produced by students enrolled in the ‘Media Production for Social Justice’ unit.

Welcoming Karen refugees to the "new world"Welcoming Karen refugees to the "new world"

Professor Susan McGrath and Mr Duncan MacLaren presented findings from a recent research project which examines the experience of Karen refugees who have resettled in Canada and Australia.

Become a primary teacher in BallaratBecome a primary teacher in Ballarat

ACU's Bachelor of Education at our Ballarat campus accepting Mid Year applications

Study secondary teaching at ACUStudy secondary teaching at ACU

Mid-year applications now open for our graduate entry secondary teaching courses at ACU Canberra campus.

Rebuilding Communities after Natural DisastersRebuilding Communities after Natural Disasters

In February 2009 Victoria experienced the worst bushfires in the state’s history, culminating in ‘Black Saturday’. Professor Webber writes about her research on the Catholic Community Bushfire Response.

Grant received for community action research project partnershipGrant received for community action research project partnership

The 'Perform for Life' project will span three years culminating in the production of a unique play and performance featuring acting, poetry, song and dance.

2013 Clancy Prize for Religious Art2013 Clancy Prize for Religious Art

This year's Clancy Prize for Secondary School Religious Art competition theme was based on the words of Mary MacKillop "There, where you are, you will find God" (1871).

Advance your career in Special EducationAdvance your career in Special Education

Advance your career in Special Education with ACU's Postgraduate Certificate in Education.

Rethinking Displacement: Asia Pacific PerspectivesRethinking Displacement: Asia Pacific Perspectives

Launch of new book on Displacement which explores the interconnected factors that compel people to move within their homelands or traverse various borders.

Beyond the limits of Sustainable DevelopmentBeyond the limits of Sustainable Development

The research seminar addressed the latest scientific evidence of global-scale climate change and how 21st century consumption patterns may be directly linked to the warming of our planet.

Youth Development Expert visits ACUYouth Development Expert visits ACU

Internationally renowned expert speaks on violence prevention and promoting resilience in young people.

CEO of non-profit organisation receives Outstanding Community Engagement AwardCEO of non-profit organisation receives Outstanding Community Engagement Award

Kate Shuttleworth, ACU alumna and CEO of not-for-profit educational organisation SeeBeyondBorders, is awarded ACU's student award for Outstanding Community Engagement

2012 Early Years Award2012 Early Years Award

ACU's Connecting Schools and Communities program receives Early Years Commendation.

Celebrating 25 yearsCelebrating 25 years

Professor Doug Clarke, director of the Mathematics Teaching and Learning Research Centre (MTLRC), celebrates 25 years at Australian Catholic University in 2013.

Professor Susan McGrath of York University, Toronto: Vice-Chancellor’s Visiting Professor FellowshipProfessor Susan McGrath of York University, Toronto: Vice-Chancellor’s Visiting Professor Fellowship

The Director of the second largest Centre for Refugee Studies in the world, Professor Susan McGrath, has joined ACU for a semester as the holder of the Vice-Chancellor's Visiting Professor Fellowship.

Faculty to welcome new Executive DeanFaculty to welcome new Executive Dean

The Faculty of Education is to welcome a new Executive Dean in 2013, with the appointment of Professor Claire Wyatt-Smith.

Finalists of the Dobell Prize for DrawingFinalists of the Dobell Prize for Drawing

All three lecturers of 2D studies at the Strathfield campus, Jeannette Siebols, Louisa Chircop and Stuart Watters, are finalists in the Dobell Drawing Prize 2012.

ACU Brisbane Choir celebrates 20 year anniversaryACU Brisbane Choir celebrates 20 year anniversary

An integral part of life at the Brisbane campus, the choir will mark its 20 year anniversary this year and has planned a number of exciting events to celebrate.

Student awarded scholarship for community engagement projectStudent awarded scholarship for community engagement project

Final year Master of Teaching (Primary) student Caroline Egan has been awarded a $1500 Vincent Pallotti Scholarship.

AARE -Springer award for research on standard based reformsAARE -Springer award for research on standard based reforms

Dr Lisl Fenwick has been awarded the AARE-Springer award for her paper which suggests that equity aspects in education are being lost with the standard based reforms.

Forum on teacher stress and wellbeingForum on teacher stress and wellbeing

Teacher stress and wellbeing and the relationship with behaviour management policies were discussed at a forum on the ACU Melbourne campus in November.

The Writers Read at The Wheeler Centre (books, writing, ideas)The Writers Read at The Wheeler Centre (books, writing, ideas)

Student writers from ACU’s Semester Two Playwriting Unit from the School of Arts and Sciences (Vic) celebrated the completion of their short plays with readings at The Wheeler Centre: Books, Writing & Ideas.

Arts Festival on the Brisbane CampusArts Festival on the Brisbane Campus

The School of Arts and Sciences (Qld) hosted a plethora of creative arts events showcasing their best visual arts, drama and music students during the final week of Semester.

ACU's Artist in Residence program engages students through creative arts educationACU's Artist in Residence program engages students through creative arts education

Final year pre-service teachers at ACU's Melbourne campus take a novel approach to teacher education as they work with Artist in Residence Ryan F Kennedy to better understand the artistic process. 

Feast of our Faculty Patron, St Albert the GreatFeast of our Faculty Patron, St Albert the Great

On 15 November, feast day of St Albert the Great, our Faculty Patron Saint, Duncan MacLaren was invited to give the homily about St Albert at a special mass.

Mahes Sekaram, Associate Degree in Visual Arts and Design, StrathfieldMahes Sekaram, Associate Degree in Visual Arts and Design, Strathfield

Everyone has a story to tell, perhaps none more so than Mahes Sekaram, who recently completed an Associate Degree in Visual Arts and Design.

Opening of ‘Static’ Graduate Show Opening of ‘Static’ Graduate Show

The graduate exhibition ‘Static’ is the culmination of the Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design degree for twenty students at ACU Melbourne campus.  An exhibition opening was held on Friday 9 November to congratulate the students on a memorable show which marks the 10 year anniversary of this degree.

FAS launches Australia's first book on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social WorkFAS launches Australia's first book on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Work

The Faculty was delighted to welcome guests to the launch of Our Voices in North Sydney on Thursday 25 October.   Our Voices is a groundbreaking collection of writings on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work, featuring contributions from Aboriginal and Torres Strait and non-Indigenous Social Work educators and students across Australia. 

Education staff recognised for Outstanding Contribution to Student LearningEducation staff recognised for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Dr Jan Kane and Mrs Miriam Tanti (Strathfield), and Mr Adam Staples (Melbourne) receive  the 2012 ACU Citations for 'Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning'.

Inaugural School of Psychology Research ConferenceInaugural School of Psychology Research Conference

The Inaugural ACU School of Psychology Research Conference promoted research within the School  and celebrated the research achievements of staff and students.

'Writing the Sacred' Conference 'Writing the Sacred' Conference

The excitement generated by the ‘Writing the Sacred’ conference harkened back to the popular Religion, Literature and the Arts Conferences run at ACU during the 1990s.

Winners of ACU’s Competitive Research Symposium Winners of ACU’s Competitive Research Symposium

FAS staff fared well in the Competitive Research Symposium. The three category winners to go through to the inter-university finals later in the year are Dr Cliff Seery (science), Professor John Gleeson (health) and Dr Noah Riseman (arts, education and business).  

Dr Karen McLean wins 2012 Australian Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student LearningDr Karen McLean wins 2012 Australian Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning

Dr Karen McLean has received the 2012 Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

Successful Learning and Teaching Outcomes for FASSuccessful Learning and Teaching Outcomes for FAS

Several staff from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences have distinguished themselves as the successful recipients of an Office of Learning and Teaching Citation and ACU Teaching and Development Grants.

Education professor wins 2012 Endeavour Executive Award. Education professor wins 2012 Endeavour Executive Award.

Professor Deborah Harcourt from ACU’s Brisbane campus has received the 2012 Endeavour Executive Award.

ACU students bring Early Years Research into Ballarat SchoolsACU students bring Early Years Research into Ballarat Schools

Second year Bachelor of Education Early Childhood and Primary students at ACU's Ballarat campus are working with local schools to build community capacity through facilitating supported playgroups in schools.

Leaders Transforming Learning and Learners ProjectLeaders Transforming Learning and Learners Project

Dr Annie Mitchell wins 2012 MERGA Early Career Award Dr Annie Mitchell wins 2012 MERGA Early Career Award

Dr Annie Mitchell from ACU’s Melbourne campus has won the 2012 Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia’s (MERGA) Early Career Award (ECA). 

Students awarded Governor-General’s scholarshipStudents awarded Governor-General’s scholarship

Two Indigenous students from ACU Education have been awarded the Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarship

ACU Graduations on the Thai-Burma BorderACU Graduations on the Thai-Burma Border

Executive Dean Professor Gail Crossley graduated a total of thirty-seven refugee and migrant Burmese students in Mae Sot and in Ranong where the Diploma in Liberal Studies program is jointly organised by the Marist Fathers.

Graphic Design students collaborate with Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee OfficeGraphic Design students collaborate with Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office

Lecturer in Graphic Design, Deb Emmett and four of her students have collaborated in designing the cover, poster and layout for the Bishops’ parish and schools kit:  ‘Migrants and the New Evangelisation’. 

ACU Visual Arts and Design alumni at NotFair Art Fair exhibitionACU Visual Arts and Design alumni at NotFair Art Fair exhibition

Daniel Moulds, who completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design at Australian Catholic University in 2011, is among the 36 emerging and un-discovered artists whose works are being exhibited in the 2012 NotFair Art Fair exhibition

“Goodbye ’til next time”: A critical biography of A.E. Floyd (1877-1974), by Dr Ian Burk “Goodbye ’til next time”: A critical biography of A.E. Floyd (1877-1974), by Dr Ian Burk

The book traces the life and work of a colourful, sometimes contradictory and legendary character: his early musical development in the United Kingdom and his subsequent work as cathedral organist, conductor, composer, music critic, broadcaster and educator.

Clancy Art Prize for secondary school religious artClancy Art Prize for secondary school religious art

The Catholic Education Office Sydney Clancy Art Prize captures the remarkable talents of high school students from across the Archdiocese of Sydney. The exhibition has for the first time travelled to Melbourne.