Community Engagement in Australia – Who needs a national framework?

An exciting new seminar on the topic of community engagement in Australia will take place on NUI Galway campus next week. lt will be held in the ILAS Boardroom of National University of Ireland (Galway) next Monday, 11 January 2016 from 12.30pm to 2pm . The event will be hosted by Vice Chancellor of Victoria's CQ University, Lara Carton. 

Lara Carton is the Associate Vice-Chancellor of the Victoria Region at CQUniversity and is responsible for the management of the vibrant, city centre campus in Melbourne which is home to students from around the world.  As Associate Vice-Chancellor, Lara is keen to ensure that the predominantly international student cohort benefit from everything that Victoria can offer in the form of career and volunteering opportunities, social activities and exposure to a range of diverse cultural experiences. In her role, Lara works closely with local and state government, industry leaders and alumni to further the opportunities for the University and students in the region.

Most recently her work has focussed on the relocation of the CBD campus to new purpose-built premises, and on securing partnership opportunities in Victoria that will leverage the University’s national capabilities. Lara continues to work with students to build their social enterprise skills through a variety of programs, with CQUniversity students recently winning the national The Big Idea competition for the second year in a row.

Lara is on the board of Engagement Australia, the national peak body focussed on leading and facilitating the development of best-practice university-community collaboration.

Lara has worked in management roles in the education sector for nine years. Prior to joining CQUniversity Lara held roles in the global, private education provider Navitas. Lara previously held senior management roles in brand consulting with a focus on education, FMCG and government agencies. 

Overview of seminar

  •        Engagement Australia (EA) is the peak body for university – community engagement in Australia with 26 member universities and private education providers. In 2016, EA will embark on a project to develop a national framework for university-community engagement and to develop tools to support a common language and understanding. What can EA learn from Campus Engage’s work in developing a national framework?
  •        CQUniversity, is Australia’s largest regional university with more than 20 locations \ operating in regional and metropolitan locations. Engagement is at the heart of our language, our vision and our strategic and operational plans. How does CQUniversity understand and translate ‘engagement’ into practice? This brief case study will use elements of the Carnegie Classification as the basis for exploration, and to highlight the need for ongoing discussion into the benefits, and potential for miscommunication, of ‘engagement’ in such a diverse university.

For more contact: Lorraine McIlrath, Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) Co-ordinator NUI Galway

Event Date: 

12 - 14