Meet ACU Engagement team member Stuart Whitman, read our latest news and find out about opportunities to get involved.
Homework Support commences
Homework Support Program has kicked off in Melbourne with a vibrant start. The first week saw the attendance of 100 primary school students and 86 tutors from ACU. The first session focused on the development of the student-tutor dynamic and how to make the most of attending Homework Club. The tutors and students discussed the learning agreement which was developed in line with school’s approach to learning and teaching. Under the learning agreement, students and tutors agree that they will always work to the best of their abilities as collaborative learners.
From the first session ACU Engagement has gained several new insights to the operation of the program, particularly how keen some students are to do their homework! Snake and Ladders was a popular task with the grade one students as they practiced their counting, addition and subtraction skills.
From a program facilitation perspective, a strengths based focus is encouraged for our Tutors and this week’s evaluation report has helped us to better identify the achievements and challenges of week one. We look forward to applying this learning as we continue to support our tutors as developing professionals.
Meet Stuart Whitman
Thank you for the warm welcome to my role as Research Engagement Manager.
I am looking forward to learning about the great examples of research impact our ACU researchers are making across the community, economy, environment and culture, and how we engage with non-academic partners and end-users of this research.
I will be coordinating our engagement and impact (EI) reporting to the Australian Research Council, and I am here to support staff identify, develop and communicate how their research is making a difference in the wider world, and how to better incorporate EI outcomes and measures in their research proposals.
I have recently worked at ACU's Institute for Religion, Politics and Society, have previously worked as an academic developer and research manager at RMIT University, supporting staff across the sciences, humanities and business. Also, I have been an adviser in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and a consultant in the private sector. I started my career as a secondary teacher, teaching in France and Australia.
Outside of my work, I am passionate about community service and human rights, and for a period I chaired the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria) for three years. I enjoy travelling, photography, kendo, astronomy and jazz as pastimes. My academic interests include issues related to international relations, constitutional law, international education and innovation.
It has been wonderful working for ACU these past eight months, and it has been a pleasure meeting so many friendly and motivated people. I look forward to meeting more of our researchers and staff as I move around the University supporting our ARC process.
Opportunities to make a difference
Events in Melbourne - this week!
Staff in Melbourne are reminded that the Renew Runway Fashion Show and Fem Fatale exhibition opening are happening on campus this week. Both events support young people living and studying in the City of Yarra with a focus on the development of creative pursuits. There is no cost to attend and we would love to see you there.
Renew Runway Fashion Show - Thursday 8 March, 6.30-7.30pm, St Mary of the Cross Square, Melbourne
Fem Fatale - Friday 9 March, 5 -10pm, Brunswick Street Gallery
Foodbank NSW is reliant on volunteers to help fight hunger, so your time volunteering will make a huge difference. Staff will be packing and sorting food to help feed those in need across NSW and the ACT. Contact us for dates and more information.
Volunteers will need to make their own way to the Foodbank NSW and ACT Distribution Centre (50 Owen Street Glendenning).
Conversation Club (NSW)
The Strathfield Conversation Club Program is a weekly program aimed at reducing social isolation and building confidence in conversational English for adults in the Strathfield Council Local Government Area who are from non-English speaking backgrounds. There will be opportunities for you to contribute to whole group and small group activities. If you are interested in coming along on a Thursday from 10am - 12pm to share stories and engage in conversations with participants of the program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers will need to make their own way to Strathfield Main Library (65-67 Rochester Street, Homebush).
Chatterbox Café (NSW)
Chatterbox Café is a weekly program for adults in the Strathfield Council Local Government Area looking to improve their English language skills. The program provides a friendly environment where participants are given the opportunity to build their social networks and improve their understanding of Australia and other cultures, while broadening their English language skills. If you are interested in helping participants with English-language related group activities, please email email@example.com
Volunteers will need to make their own way to Homebush Public School (Rochester Street, Homebush) and will require a valid Working With Children clearance number prior to participating in the program.
For more information on, or to register your interest for, any of the above initiatives, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org