Engagement Australia Conference 2019

Engagement Australia Conference 2019

The Role of the Civic University in Australia: the making of a City Region

Location: Australian Catholic University Leadership Centre, Level 3, Cathedral House, 229 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane Qld 4000
Standard Members: $490                Standard Non-Members: $640

Conference Dinner and BHERT Awards (Dinner and BHERT Awards is included in Conference Ticket)

Location: The Stamford Plaza, Grand Ballroom, 39 Edward Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Dress Code: Business
Individual Ticket: $180                Table of 10: $1,600

Register to Attend Here

Be Inspired
This groundbreaking conference will galvanise and inspire leaders and practitioners committed to advancing new approaches and opportunities for civic engagement and social responsibility by Australian universities in their surrounding communities, cities and regions.

Become Equipped
It will enable engagement leaders, managers and practitioners to explore the purpose or ‘re-purposing’ of their institution in the context of global trends that are changing and reshaping the role of the university towards a ‘civic’ institution with crucial connections to its local and regional communities as well as its ‘value constituents.’

The conference will include the following best practice case studies from around the world as well as leading edge strategies and approaches adopted by Australian universities that provide a way forward for the civic and socially responsible university:

Australian University Cities of the Future – lessons from Griffith University on the Gold Coast, La Trobe University in Melbourne and Flinders University in Adelaide.

Town, Gown and Crown –
the role of the Civic University in Britain: the making of the City Region in Greater Manchester, UK

Re-building Christchurch: innovative approaches to civic engagement in the face of adversity from The University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Harnessing the power of Government: a joint Higher Education partnership approach to embedding the University in the local community

Students as Partners: towards a more critically engaged and socially responsible curriculum for Australian universities

Engaging Australia’s First Peoples – a national priority for the Australian Civic University

Early release copies of the new Issue of Transform: the Journal of Engaged Scholarship, titled: The Role of the Civic University in Australia: the making of a City Region will be available for all participants at the conference


Accommodation Partners: Stamford Plaza Brisbane
Delegates can book accommodation direct with the Stamford Plaza Groups Team quoting the reference “Engagement Australia Conference 2019” to obtain the rates:
Superior Room only $220.00
Superior Room inclusive of Buffet Breakfast for one: $240.00

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
39 Edward Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000 Australia
Telephone: +61 7 3221 1999
Reservations email: GroupsSPB@stamford.com.au





Corporate Sponsors:


Confirmed Speakers include:


  • Professor Sharon Bell, Deputy Vice Chancellor Strategy and Planning, Western Sydney University
  • Professor Martin Betts, Deputy Vice Chancellor Engagement, Griffith University
  • Sue Davies, Director, Community & Industry Engagement, La Trobe University
  • Dr Kristin den Exter, Director, Academic Partnerships, Southern Cross University
  • The Hon. Verity Firth, Executive Director, Social Justice, University of Technology Sydney
  • Professor George E. Holmes DL, President and Vice Chancellor, The University of Bolton, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Professor Sandra Jones, Pro Vice Chancellor Engagement, Australian Catholic University
  • Professor Jim Nyland, Associate Vice Chancellor, Australian Catholic University and President Engagement Australia
  • Kerry O’Neill, Associate Director Engagement, Victoria University
  • Associate Professor Billy O’Steen, Director Community Engagement, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Adjunct Professor Carol-Joy Patrick, WIL-Plus and Service Learning Academic Manager, Griffith University
  • Professor Joanne Scott, Pro Vice Chancellor Engagement, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Callista Thillou, Executive Director, Office of Communication and Engagement, Flinders University
  • Professor Jessica Vanderlelie, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Success, La Trobe University

Who will attend?

The Conference will give leaders and practitioners the opportunity to come together and hear from senior University Engagement Officers including Vice Chancellors, Deputy Vice Chancellors (Engagement), Pro Vice Chancellors (Engagement) and Vice Presidents (Engagement) as well as senior leaders and practitioners about current trends and strategies that have implications for learning, teaching and research in relation to social and civic engagement.