Our students, academics and teaching teams collaborate with a range of stakeholders, including government and non-governmental organisations (NGO's) to develop educational resources that identify solutions that lead towards a more sustainable and better future.
SOCIAL INNOVATION AT CQUNIVERSITY
CQUniversity’s commitment to social innovation education means that its graduates have the capabilities and mindset to positively shape their world. It also means that they are equipped with ‘future of work' skills, such as creativity, innovation and collaborative leadership.
More than 35 per cent of courses have social innovation components and initiatives embedded into the curriculum. CQUniversity has continuously expanded the activities and opportunities available, to develop this social innovation mindset. For example, many courses include iChange as an introduction to social innovation during the first year of study (such as the Bachelor of Psychology and the Bachelor of Criminology).
Students across many courses also have opportunities to think about entrenched social issues, explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and learn how to creatively and effectively problem-solve with their peers. The Office of Social Innovation (OSI) supported the development of extra-curricular activities such as the Festival of Change (FoC), a virtual event held over three days, to engage staff and students in social innovation-related activities.
Other Social Innovation work undertaken in 2020 included:
- a dedicated page of Social Innovation resources on the University’s StaffNet site
- a human-centred Design session at the Student Leadership Conference
- a Social Innovation Education Community of Practice
- changemaker campus collaborations with staff from Ashoka U Change Campuses in Singapore and South Korea
- the iActivate short course launched through the Centre for Professional Development.
View our current Social Innovation Brochure.
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What we did in 2019 / 2020
View a sample of the activities where CQUniversity has collaborated and engaged with stakeholders in the development of educational resources that align to themes of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
CQUniversity partnered with Roseberry QLD to host a three day Social Innovation workshop centered around "How might we explore and develop a concept for the future needs of a youth homeless shelter". Students developed plausible concepts for a progressive youth homeless shelter that meets the needs of its occupants. These concepts were pitched to a panel of external judges on the final day of the workshop, and will feed into Roseberry Qld's Shelteristic 2025 project".
CQUniversity researchers in Public Health, Agriculture and Nutrition have collaborated on an international project to empower the lives of Fijian women with the potential to strengthen food security, health outcomes and maximise economic impacts.
CQUniversity leads the 10,000 steps program to improve community health and wellbeing. It is a program that started in Rockhampton and is now a national community-based health initiative.
In partnership with the University of Queensland, Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CQHHS) and Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service (WBHHS) CQUniversity has launched the Regional Medical Pathway (RMP). The RMP will help to address the critical issue of ensuring regional health workforces are equipped to meet future needs. The Pathway will see students complete a three-year Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) course with CQUniversity, before moving into UQ’s four-year MD program that will be offered in full in Bundaberg and Rockhampton. The Hospital and Health Services will then provide student placements, internship opportunities and postgraduate training places within their regional footprints.
The mission of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) is to contribute to the prevention of and response to violence against women and children through research, education and sector support. The following are two initiatives delivered by the QCDFVR:
- The Bulb Podcast - The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) has added an additional approach to share knowledge with a podcast titled The Bulb which hopes to shine a light on gendered violence. In each episode of The Bulb, the podcast explores aspects of gendered violence – what is thought about it, what we know about it, and what is yet to be revealed.
- Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum - CQUniversity supports the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research which convened the biannual Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum to bring together practitioners in domestic violence to discuss pertinent issues for indigenous communities. In addition, CQUniversity has developed professional development opportunities in domestic and family violence studies.
iActivate - Design and Grow Business for Good developed to provide a self-paced and ultra-flexible course to guide aspiring and early career social entrepreneurs from idea to impact. This partnership between Impact Boom and CQUniversity is supporting 'business for good' to change the world.
Gladstone's STEM Central has partnered with a number of organisations for funding to deliver exciting experiences for students in Central Queensland. More than 600 students, preservice teachers, community members and staff got to explore and expand their STEM knowledge and skills with a series of COVID-safe events.
CQUniversity in collaboration with community service entities and other universities has developed the Choices program to educate year 12 school students on safe behaviour in their post year 12 school celebrations.
CQUniversity’s Community Aspirations Program in Education (Cap-Ed) created a bespoke teaching approach to support the delivery of certificate qualifications to remote indigenous communities.
Project Booyah in collaboration with Queensland Police, Police Citizen Youth Club and the Queensland Government provides at-risk students with hospitality training.
CQUniversity has partnered with Arrow Energy to deliver their Whanu Binal Indigenous Entrepreneur Program. This partnership was established in 2019 and supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and individual workers in its operational footprint and is designed for Indigenous Entrepreneurs, executives, managers and Traditional Custodians.
CQUniversity has partnered with Central Highlands Community Services (CHCS) with funding from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal to deliver the Central Highlands Social Enterprise Project. This project included a number of events and workshops across the Central Highlands communities to develop skills in working in social enterprise organisations.
WinTech (Women in Technology) STEM club is committed to improving gender disparity in Science Technology, Engineering and Maths + Computing (STEM+C) education, and in doing so STEM+C workshops are hosted every year for young and mature women across the community. These workshops are conducted in response to bringing change in STEM education, making female students more interested and more confident in taking up STEM+C subjects as their career.
In partnership with the Council of International Students Australia, his event encourages female participation in STEM careers with the aim of equipping future females with knowledge and inspiration to bridge the gap between local and international communities as we work towards a fairer world. CQUniversity also provided mentors to students as part of this conference event which was held entirely online due to COVID-19.
The ‘Women in Agri-tech’ project will create and foster a strong network of female teachers who will become leaders in digital literacy, STEM and entrepreneurship in regional, rural and remote areas. They will be guided by female researchers, professionals and entrepreneurs to develop engaging learning resources which will, in turn, inspire girls in the classroom to realise the opportunities available to them.
Women in Agri-Tech offer a range of programs and events for students and women in agriculture. This includes the Pitch Competition and the free access to twelve learning modules suitable for Year 7-12 students featuring agri-tech tools and systems which were written by the participants of the Women in Agri-Tech Project
CQRASN is striving to deliver excellent regional arts programs and services to ensure that our Central Queensland communities are connected, creative and cultural communities to live and work. This project leads a series of activities and events across the Wide Bay and Burnett. Delivering workshops and forums, as well as networking and festival events.
CQUni’s Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) hosted a number of Queensland Theatre (QT) workshops for Bachelor of Theatre and Mackay high school students. The program included practical workshops and students, both secondary and tertiary, relished the collaborative creative process enabled by Queensland Theatre’s Scene Project.
Focused on this year's theme of Biodiversity, Director of CMERC Associate Professor Emma Jackson explained how CQUni’s contribution celebrates the importance of our coastal habitats and educates on our environmental impact.
CQUniversity has partnered with Great Keppel Island Hideaway to create an Island Classroom for students and staff. This initiative will see students and researchers work on real-world projects that contribute to environmental sustainability.
CQUniversity Australia’s Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC) has been established to work with coastal industries and communities to develop practical and sustainable solutions for our unique coast and marine environments. Some educational resources developed through CMERC are:
- Gladstone EcoFest - Focused on the 2020 theme of Biodiversity, Director of CMERC Associate Professor Emma Jackson explained how CQUni’s contribution celebrates the importance of our coastal habitats and educates on our environmental impact.
- The Science Experience - Year 9 and 10 school students broadened their knowledge of STEM, business and entrepreneur skills with a trip to Quoin Island with several rotations including The Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Tangaroa Blue, CMERC, Harbour Watch, a tour of CQUni Gladstone facilities, drone flying, virtual reality along with guest speakers Dr Megan Ellis - GPC and Eliza Coop – Santos and guest presenters Dr Michelle Vanderburg from Bundaberg and Associate professor Mike Cowling from Brisbane.
- Queensland Virtual STEM Academy - Students from several schools were lucky enough to access seagrass meadows and coral rock pools to collect seagrass seeds, assisting with the research CMERC are currently undertaking as well as experiencing some hands-on STEM activities on the barge.
- Seagrass: Citizen Scientist Program - This initiative engages volunteer community members to collect seagrass flowers in Gladstone Harbour, for the final harvest of the season. This is part of the Sea Flowers: Growing Community Engagement for Seagrass Restoration Project and teaches volunteers how to work together to ensure the restoration of the vital flora.
The ‘Women in Agri-tech’ project will create and foster a strong network of female teachers who will become leaders in digital literacy, STEM and entrepreneurship in regional, rural and remote areas. They will be guided by female researchers, professionals and entrepreneurs to develop engaging learning resources which will, in turn, inspire girls in the classroom to realise the opportunities available to them. Women in Agri-Tech offer a range of programs and events for students and women in agriculture. This includes the Pitch Competition and the free access to twelve learning modules suitable for Year 7-12 students featuring agri-tech tools and systems which were written by the participants of the Women in Agri-Tech Project
The Teacher Farm Experience Program aims to increase the knowledge and confidence of STEM, digital technology and agriculture educators to allow them to incorporate food and fibre production into their teaching programs. As part of this partnership with Rabobank, CQUniversity has developed innovative and interactive resources for teachers to take back to the classroom and an evaluation framework to determine its success.
Participants developed a project plan addressing a hypothesis through the scientific method. Participants collected and identified ticks using field and laboratory equipment and easy-to-understand identification keys. Citizen Scientists will be able to get hands-on in the design and construction of laboratory and field equipment, including tick traps.
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Engagement with Stakeholders
Explore how CQUni has engaged with stakeholders on SDG themes through student activities, research programs and educational resources.