Social impact and community engagement

We constantly strive to create a positive social impact for our community, being our students, our partners and their clients. Through each of our initiatives, we seek to create positive, meaningful and sustainable outcomes that make a difference, on both macro and micro levels for the community.

We will be hosting a series of strategic events throughout the year designed to maximise academic and community engagement.

More upcoming events will occur in 2020

Past Events

Professor Richard Kiely

Interactive workshop with Professor Richard Kiely

Service Learning would like to invite colleagues to attend a hands-on interactive workshop with Professor Richard Kiely from Cornell University.

This workshop will explore a range of topics relating to Service Learning, including:transformative approaches to community-engaged pedagogy and research,institutionalisation and community partnerships/capacity building, scaling up while maintaining quality, field-building, faculty development, evaluation, assessment and research, senior leadership, course design, critical reflection, assessment of student learning, and partnerships and fair trade learning.

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Service-learning Summit Australia

An opportunity to enhance Service-learning and community engagement in higher education.

The Summit will explore a range of topics within Service-learning and have a refreshing and innovative format that will ensure you gain maximum benefit from attending whether you are new to the concept of Service-learning or are looking for more of a masterclass experience.

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Melanesian Media Freedom Forum

The Melanesian Media Freedom Forum will provide a safe space for news media leaders who work in Melanesian countries and territories to collaboratively formulate strategies to counter increasing incidences of curtailment of media freedom and create pathways to enable mutual support in the face of existential threats to freedom of expression and communication.

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Practice prevention and risk management

Practice Prevention and Risk Management Workshop

Heightened trends in university mobility departments and governments deploying students on short-term overseas programs highlights the necessity for organisations to inherently practice prevention and risk management.

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Service Learning and HR Matters Workshop

This workshop will be an interactive exploration of the evolving area of Human Resource management and why critical for all those tasked with leading or managing people to achieve organisational goals and create an inclusive high-performance culture.


MMFF Pre-Conference Keynote Address

The Melanesian Media Freedom Forum was developed in response to the increasing media repression in Melanesia and to future-proof press freedom, though trans-national regional co-operation and knowledge-sharing among Melanesian media practitioners and scholars.

The Melanesian Media Freedom Forum in partnership with Pacific Journalism Review and Pacific Media Watch, will be presenting a pre - conference keynote address hosted by Professor David Robie.

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United Nations Global Goals Workshop

You are invited to be part of a personalised workshop at our Logan campus with Service Learning and Dr Rob Hales.

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Service Learning and Money Management Workshop

In this workshop, Rodney the Rhino, a certified Financial Planner with 20 years experience, will share his industry tips on how to manage cash flow, simply and easily. Rodney will work with you to prioritise expenses and manage a cash flow plan, at an organisational or individual level. Throughout the workshop, you will work out what finances are needed for survival, the essential items, and how to allocate costs throughout the year. Rodney will also share tips on how to save time with managing strategic accounts and scheduling payments. You will walk away feeling empowered with the financial know how to free up time for the real work you do and make a difference.


Research & Scholarship in Work-Integrated Learning

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is a powerful pedagogy that transcends the traditional boundaries of academic work and deeply embeds the university into the community. Despite this, it is still not clear how best to put WIL to work in a research environment. Ideally, university teaching and learning should be informed by scholarship and research, but these represent significantly under-utilised and under-explored areas in WIL.

This symposium seeks to present a range of perspectives on how research and scholarship, on the one hand, and work integrated education/learning on the other can be intertwined and enacted together.

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Service Learning and the Sciences

You are invited to be part of a special event examining what Service Learning and the Sciences looks like in Australia.

Featuring a Keynote presentation by Professor Deborah Boege-Tobin of the University of Alaska, and joined by video link by colleagues from Cornell University in the US, this session involves a transdisciplinary panel of science experts. Researchers from Cornell University, Griffith University and the University of Queensland will delve into discussions on the rapidly expanding area of Service Learning and the Sciences within Australia.

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The Study Queensland Excellence Awards 2018

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