Global Resilience PlanNews 14 October
Learn more about ACU's Global Resilience Plan at an informative and interactive lunchbox session on 21 October, hosted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global and Education Pathways.
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A message from Chief Operating Officer Dr Stephen Weller:
This week is ACU’s Sustainability Week, and it coincides and aligns strongly with a conversation we have started about stewardship at ACU. ACU’s Strategic Plan 2020–2023 introduces the concept of ‘stewardship’ alongside ‘sustainability’ within Goal 6: Service, Stewardship and Sustainability, and while we have a university-wide sustainability framework, we are seeking to clearly articulate stewardship as it applies at ACU by developing a stewardship strategy.
Stewardship already exists at ACU, though we may all have different understandings of stewardship and demonstrate it in different ways. A stewardship strategy would seek to express a shared understanding of stewardship, its relevance to our university, and how it could be enhanced and more deeply demonstrated at ACU.
The concept of stewardship resonates strongly with ACU’s unique mission with its focus on the common good, human dignity, and acting in truth and love. Our students already identify with the mission via the Core Curriculum units they study, and a stewardship strategy should aim to be a meaningful expression of the mission in action for staff. Stewardship is about our culture: how we work, lead, engage with each other and operate in a collective way.
While a stewardship strategy may be unique in higher education, stewardship is not a new concept. It features in human rights and leadership discourse and is an inherently Christian concept.
Stewardship-related literature consistently refers to:
Over September and October, a range of activities have been and are being undertaken to help shape the stewardship strategy, including workshops with a random sample of staff representing different campuses and organisational units, as well as with identified groups. A draft stewardship strategy is anticipated to be available for broader staff consultation in November.
In the interim, we are keen to hear from you on your thoughts about stewardship at ACU. What does it mean to you? What could the strategy focus on and aim to achieve? You can join the conversation on Workplace.
Questions or comments can also be directly emailed to Sharone Ciancio Director, Corporate Services.
I look forward to your engagement with a future stewardship strategy, which will provide a meaningful context for our work at ACU through a stronger connection to the ACU mission.
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ACU staff member and Melbourne-based psychologist Chris Cheers has put together some ideas on what to do when you are dealing with lockdown fatigue.
Help ACU evaluate and further enhance the student experience for current and future international students by encouraging all international students to participate.
Send us your past exam papers for inclusion in the exam repository.
Academic Board Digest for the meeting of 15 September 2021.
ACU has invested in an indoor air-quality monitoring network that will monitor the air quality in the majority of our buildings across the university.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Awards.
Staff are invited to register for a handy one-hour webinar which will give a guide to the Delegations of Authority Policy and Register.
ACU’s two monthly all-student bulletins, Student News and Student Events, are key communication channels for informing our current students about university news, events and opportunities.
The countdown is on to the announcement of this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Awards winners in mid-October.
There is an opportunity to include an additional item/question in the Student Evaluation of Learning and Teaching (SELT) survey for units that are offered in Professional Term 7 (202170).
ACU in collaboration with Impact for Women is proud to present the No Excuses! Women’s Choir to raise funds to support women and children fleeing extreme violence at home.
SELT surveys for Semester 2 units are now open. The Learning and Teaching webpage has a number of resources to assist in encouraging students to give constructive feedback on their learning experience...
Drop-in training sessions and online resources are available to help staff navigate the Online Course Completion Assessment (OCCA) process for students eligible to graduate.
A book by ACU honourary professors focuses on issues being addressed at the Australian Plenary Council this week and in the Synod on Synodality convened by Pope Francis for 2022.
This Sunday, 10 October, marks World Mental Health Day and is a good time to make a mental health promise to focus on one small thing that helps to support your wellbeing.
Attend an EndNote skills workshop to learn how to better manage, search and share references for your research.
A message from Chief Operating Officer Dr Stephen Weller: ACU is developing a stewardship strategy. Find out how it applies to you and how you can join the conversation.
Join us to celebrate and recognise our Olympians, Paralympians, and outstanding student athlete achievements in 2021.