28 Nov Transform Issue 7- Engagement: The Next Twenty Years are Crucial!
WELCOME – Engagement: The Next Twenty Years are Crucial!
Reflecting on the range, the reach and the depth of contributions to this Issue of Transform themed Engagement: the next twenty years are crucial! it is striking just how far we have come in defining and shaping the concept of engagement.
Established in 2003 by Western Sydney University’s then Vice Chancellor, Professor Jan Reid, and with unanimous support from the Australian Vice Chancellor’s Committee, Engagement Australia (EA) was formed and quickly became recognised as the peak body for engaged universities in Australia.
The nation needed to invest in the public realm and services, in order to build a more resilient economy and society, and higher education was to be at the heart of this challenge. As we look to the next twenty-year horizon HE leaders continue to wrestle with the conundrum: ‘Can the promises made in the past about the need for a more equal and socially just society through a more engaged education process be redeemed in the future?’ This crucial question persists as we look to reset, renew and rejuvenate our cherished sector through the Accord process
Summary of Articles
Article 1 – Engagement Australia Position Stand on Community-Engaged Universities: Enhancing Civic Impact through Engaged Partnerships
Dr Matthew Pink, Professor Jessica Vanderlelie, Dr Peter Binks, The Hon. Professor Verity Firth and Professor Jim Nyland
VC View Point 1 – Reimagining the Public role of Universities
Professor Barney Glover AO
VC View Point 2 – A University’s Place in Thriving Communities
Professor Zlatko Skrbis
International Article 1 – Civic Connections: How UK universities are pivoting to more place-based approaches and the implications for Australia
Practice Article 1 – The Stakeholder Engaged Scholarship Unit (SESU): An institutional approach to community-led research
Dr Jillian Cox, Vivien Cinque and Dr Matthew Pink
Case Study 1 – Engaging for impact: the SA Housing Authority and Centre for Social Impact, Flinders University strategic partnership to support the transformation of the specialist homelessness services landscape in SA
Case Study 2 – ACU’s Community -Engaged Learning Approach – An Evolving Story
Australian Catholic University
Case Study 3 – Medicine in Context: A Model for Community -Engaged Medical Education
Western Sydney University