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As a student at CQUniversity, your time with us is not just about classes, assignments and exams. Every student has a variety of opportunities available to them, and these opportunities are designed to enhance and individualise your student experience.

We have a strong focus on engagement, social outreach and giving back to our many and diverse communities. Many of our courses incorporate local, national and global opportunities to voluntarily contribute to activities and social projects aligned to the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's). And as a student volunteer, you will gain invaluable experience and change the way you view the world.

Student Activities aligned to SDG's in 2019 / 2020

Explore some of our student stories, partnerships and activities and see where our students have been volunteering and contributing to projects and initiatives aligned to the SDG's.

Salaam Baalak Trust

We continued our sponsorship of the Salaam Baalak Trust (SBT) in New Delhi India, which provides volunteering opportunities for CQUniversity students and scholarships for street and working children in New Delhi. CQUniversity staff and students are invited to join the CQUni Friendship Group, this group engages students and staff to contribute ways of assisting the SBT to continue its work and assist with fundraising activities.

Seven Women

CQUniversity through appointed social innovation ambassadors called “Change Champs” has partnered with Nepal-based social enterprise, Seven Women, for project collaboration and global study experiences. Seven Women has helped thousands of disadvantaged and disabled women through education, training, health and income generation programs (Page 43, 2020 Annual Report).

The Seven Women range is available through the Bookshop thanks to a collaboration with the Office of Social Innovation, and every purchase supports women in Nepal through education, training, health and income-generation programs.

Roseberry Social Innovation Workshop

We 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".

SecondBite - Food Hunger Services

Free Foodbank services were established on campuses to support international students who were financially impacted by the pandemic. This initiative was delivered in partnership with the food rescue charity, Second Bite.

CQUniversity Melbourne campus published a cookbook of staff and student recipes to raise funds for SecondBite to continue the much-needed services that the organisation provides.

CQUniversity Student Health Clinics

Our Student Health Clinics operate in Rockhampton, Mackay, Sydney and Brisbane. These clinics are a collaboration between health care practitioners and our students to deliver local health services in oral health, speech pathology, physiotherapy, podiatry and chiropractic services.

Stress Down Day

The CQUniversity Rockhampton Health clinic restarted their outreach services again by assisting national business Coffey Testing at the Rockhampton branch during their ‘Stress Down Day’.  A CQUniversity Physiotherapy team, attended Coffey Testing in Rockhampton to provide massages and an educational session on the importance of mental health to their employees, especially during the COVID pandemic.

Wild Medic Project

Nine CQUniversity Paramedic students and two lecturers travelled to Nepal to assist with priority screening at a remote health clinic.

Hands on Health Australia (HoHA)

A partnership with Hands on Health Australia (HoHA) and Mackay's student Chiropractic Clinic provided opportunities for clinical chiropractic students to gain experience by providing support and treatment to the elderly and homeless in Mackay.

10,000 Steps Program

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. This program is encouraging Queenslanders to take on 'The Billion Steps Challenge' to boost physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women's National Basketball League

CQUniversity Cairns’ Exercise and Sports Science students have been called on for their expertise to host a ‘recovery hub’ for the Chemist Warehouse Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL)

Grow Together CQU

The innovative “Grow Together CQU” initiative has distributed free herb seedlings to more than 100 international students across May 2020, and connected them as they share growing progress, tips and produce. The project, designed after COVID-19 lockdowns began gave students welcome relief from the screen and opportunities to connect with others.

Change Champ Chats Podcast

Enthusiastic CQUniversity students are stepping up to the challenges of COVID-19, as a podcast is helping them share the experiences of students everywhere. With plenty of students struggling, the podcast recognised the tough time for students and offers some expert advice for getting calm, connected and motivated – even as stressful deadlines loom.

Nepal's Fishtail Hospital

CQUniversity Bachelor of Nursing students shadowed staff at Nepal's Fishtail Hospital exposing them to areas such as paediatrics, intensive care, medical and surgical, theatre, maternity, outpatient clinics, renal dialysis, accident and emergency, and medical imaging. They also provided health assessments and education to locals in rural villages.

Tarumbal Smiles

A project, funded by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future, led by CQUniversity's Melissa Plath, called Tarumbal Smiles involved exploration of a cavity-free future for children at a Central Queensland Kindergarten. Bachelor of Oral Health students provided treatment to the Kindergarten students.

GGC Volunteers LTD

CQUniversity Physiotherapy students, all funded under the Federal Government's New Colombo Plan, visited Vietnam and conducted clinics and therapy sessions within 10 different youth centres, charity clinics or schools.

Oceania Master Athletics Championships

CQUni clinical chiropractic students provided treatment to athletes participating in the Oceania Master Athletics Championships in Mackay. In total 450 international athletes competed giving CQUniversity's Master of Clinical Chiropractic students an ideal opportunity to get hands-on experience.

Centre for Professional Development

Record numbers of students accessed CQUniversity short courses online as determined job-seekers and proactive employers make the most of their free time in the COVID-19 crisis. The Centre for Professional Development offers a variety of professional development and bespoke programs as micro-credentials, workshops and free resources across multiple disciplines. The CPD offers more than 250 short courses and micro-credentials, with options for both entry-level job-seekers and experienced professionals. CQUniversity also shared its expertise in online teaching, making its Converting On Campus to Online education course free for educators across Australia.

Advancing Young and Mature Women in STEM+C Education

WinTech (Women in Technology) STEM club, consisting of staff and students at CQU, 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.

Big Idea Charity - Social Innovation Projects

The Big Idea is a social enterprise design competition between students at participating universities. The Big Idea invites students to develop a concept and business plan for a social enterprise that might become the next ‘Big Issue’.

Social Innovation Studio

Our Social Innovation Studio hosted a three-day workshop where students volunteered to work with disability not-for-profit organisation MultiCap to workshop future employment prospects for their clients.

CQUniversity Performing Arts Initiatives

A theatre production involving Bachelor of Theatre and Bachelor of Music students and the Queensland Police Force. This collaboration has received recognition as a successful community engagement health promotion initiative.

  • Choices – conveys personal safety messages to high school students about to celebrate leaving school. This project has been running since 1999.
  • Safety Circus – conveys road safety and personal safety messages to year 3 school students. This product has been operating since 2012.

CQU Creates

The CQU Creates program encourages current and past students and staff of CQUniversity to submit visual art. This program encourages and inspires diverse contemporary art practise.

Liminal Spaces - Art Exhibition

Liminal Spaces is a representation of the creative efforts of second and third-year Bachelor of Creative Arts students and reflects the distillation of the students’ own ideas and use of media to develop unique and reliable creative practices.

Clean Up Australia

CQUniversity has ‘stepped up’ its commitment to a cleaner, healthier tomorrow by becoming the first university to join Clean Up Australia as a Platinum Business Supporter and we will be continuing our support to the organisation. 150 volunteers were involved in the 2020 Clean Up Australia Activities with more than one tonne of rubbish collected.

Smart Irrigation Project For Cairns Parks

Under the Cairns Regional Council’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, students and researchers are working on smarter irrigation for Cairns parks which aims to save water and protect the reef.

Seagrass: Citizen Scientist Program

This initiative engages volunteer students and 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.

TeacherFX (Teacher Farm Experience)

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.

Parasites in the Wild - Citizen Scientist Program

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.

Ridgelands Landholders Support

CQUni students were able to gain practical experience by assisting Ridgelands landholders with Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management. Students built dams to prevent soil loss. The students gained practical credits towards a range of units by pitching in and using hay and stone to construct a total of six porous check dams, which help prevent soil loss in gullies.

STUDENT VOLUNTEERING

Our students have local, national and global opportunities to voluntarily contribute to activities and initiatives that aligned to the SDGs. Explore our student volunteering activities from 2019 below.

Due to the impacts of Covid-19. International Student Volunteering at CQUniversity was stopped until restrictions are lifted.

  • GGC Volunteers LTD: Our Physiotherapy students, all funded under the Federal Government's New Colombo Plan, visited Vietnam and conducted clinics and therapy sessions within 10 different youth centres, charity clinics or schools.
  • Nepal's Fishtail Hospital: CQUniversity Bachelor shadowed staff at Nepal's Fishtail Hospital. Exposing them to areas such as paediatrics, intensive care, medical and surgical, theatre, maternity, outpatient clinics, renal dialysis, accident and emergency, and medical imaging. They also provided health assessments and education to locals in rural villages.
  • Malaysian Theatre Production: Performing the joint production of Chess The Musical by CQUniversity's Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Bentley Music Academy of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Cambodian Children's Fund: CQUniversity Oral Health students provided dental services to impoverished children at schools during their trip to Cambodia. The project was run by the Cambodian Children's Fund and the People Improvement Organisation.
  • Antipodeans Abroad: Thailand's Rachawadee disability centres recently welcomed 16 of CQUniversity's Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Exercise and Sports Science students. Students were able to work in multidisciplinary teams to work with residents who have a variety of significant physical disabilities and learning difficulties.
  • Wild Medic Project: Nine CQUniversity Paramedic students and two lecturers travelled to Nepal to assist with priority screening at a remote health clinic
  • Cambodian Children's Fund: CQUniversity Oral Health students provided dental services to impoverished children at schools during their trip to Cambodia. The project was run by the Cambodian Children's Fund and the People Improvement Organisation.
  • Hands on Health Australia - A partnership with Hands on Health Australia (HoHA) and Mackay's student Chiropractic Clinic provided opportunities for clinical chiropractic students to gain experience by providing support and treatment to the elderly and homeless in Mackay.
  • Student Health Clinics -Our Student Health Clinics operate in Rockhampton, Mackay, Sydney and Brisbane. These clinics are a collaboration between health care practitioners and our students to deliver local health services in oral health, speech pathology, physiotherapy, podiatry and chiropractic services.
  • Free Promotional Videos - Bachelor of Digital Media students gained valuable practical experience by creating a promotional video a number of key community stakeholders. Dr Ashley Holmes coordinates pro-bono opportunities for students to engage with customers and use technical skills and gain practical experience. Some of the key stakeholders recently engaged include CQ Rescue, Road Accident Action Group, Greater Whitsunday Food Network, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Bundaberg and District Neighbourhood Centre and Koala Research CQ.
  • Stress Down Day - The CQUniversity Rockhampton Health clinic restarted their outreach services again by assisting national business Coffey Testing at the Rockhampton branch during their ‘Stress Down Day'.  A CQUniversity Physiotherapy team, attended Coffey Testing in Rockhampton to provide massages and an educational session on the importance of mental health to their employees, especially during the COVID pandemic.
  • Women in AgriTech Project - This CQUniversity lead initiative creates and fosters 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
  • Tarumbal Smiles - A project, funded by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future, led by CQUniversity's Melissa Plath, called Tarumbal Smiles involved exploration of a cavity-free future for children at a Central Queensland Kindergarten
  • Beach Day Out - CQUni physiotherapy students took part in  Beach Day Out by assisting disabled children and paediatrics.
  • Mackay Athletics Carnival -  As part of the Mackay Athletics Carnival, our chiropractic students provided remedial treatment to games participants.
  • Ridgelands Landholders Support - CQUni students were able to gain practical experience by assisting Ridgelands landholders with Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management. Students built dams to prevent soil loss. The students gained practical credits towards a range of units by pitching in and using hay and stone to construct a total of six porous check dams, which help prevent soil loss in gullies.
  • Oceania Master Athletics Championships - CQUni clinical chiropractic students provided treatment to athletes participating in the  Oceania Master Athletics Championships in Mackay.

OUTREACH PROGRAMS

At CQUniversity, we deliver educational outreach programs and activities such as lectures, demonstrations, presentations and displays. Many of these activities are driven by CQUni staff, and as a student, you may be involved in voluntary student-run initiatives during your time with us.

Explore the sample of the outreach activities undertaken in 2019 and 2020 below.

  • Widening Participation Strategy - CQUniversity has a widening participation strategy that aims to promote higher education to low socioeconomic, regional and remote, and indigenous school students and sees our CQUni Connect team partnering with schools to deliver programs outreach programs.
  • Choices Program - CQUniversity students engage with police and community stakeholders in delivering a theatre production called Choices to year 12 high school students as part of the preparation for post year 12 celebrations.
  • First Lego League - First Lego League Challenge is a competition catering to upper-primary and lower-secondary school students. Every year, teams of up to 10 students build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it.
  • Safety Circus – conveys road safety and personal safety messages to year 3 school students. This product has been operating since 2012.
  • TeacherFX (Teacher Farm Experience) -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.
  • PreQUIP - Year 10 Indigenous students attended CQUni as part of their career development to investigate potential career opportunities in the region.
  • 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.
  • Virtual Reality Classroom - Three Rockhampton primary school children went to school “virtually” due to a unique CQUniversity-coordinated VR classroom experience that could revolutionise distance education. We had a 3D heart, planet earth, Sputnik and Space Shuttle visit. The kids even passed around a bottle of water and had a drink all from different physical locations.
  • RoboCup Junior Competition - CQUniversity was proud to support the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) enthusiasts at the recent RoboCup Junior competition in Mackay. By exposing school-aged kids to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore its concepts, they will hopefully develop a passion for it and pursue a job in a related field.
  • Townsville Campus Science Experience - CQUniversity Townsville played host to 21 high school students this week for the Townsville Campus Science Experience. Year 9 and 10 students from across the region travelled to attend the three-day event for the opportunity to explore a range of scientific fields, including Virtual Reality, Biodiversity and Data Analysis.
  • The Scene Project with Queensland Theatre – The interactive drama program for regional secondary drama students was presented by The Queensland Theatre and hosted by CQUniversity Mackay. They participated in practical drama workshops with CQUni students, led by Trevor Dowling, and watched the QT actors perform ’Wisdom’ by David Burton, which was written especially for Queensland Theatre’s Scene Project.
  • Women in Agri-Tech Pitch Competition - The Agri-tech Pitch Competition offered small groups of female students in years 7-10 from remote, regional and rural Australia.
  • CQ Junior Robotics CompetitionOpen to school students in years 4 – 12 within the Central Queensland region, CQUniversity hosts the CQ Junior Robotics Competition and it provides a fun environment for students to develop pivotal skills in problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking and teamwork.
  • Project Booyah - CQUniversity is a training partner in Project Booyah which provides educational opportunities for at-risk young people. It is a partnership between CQUniversity and the Queensland Police Force
  • Smith Family Learning for Life programCQUniversity partners with The Smith Family to deliver the Learning for Life Program. The Smith Family is a charity that supports financially disadvantaged young people with assistance in maintaining their educational aspirations. The University is working with Rockhampton and Mackay Learning for Life staff to open up pathways to higher education for scholarship families, through information sessions and by supplying families with university program and scholarship information.
  • 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.
  • Parasites in the Wild - Citizen Scientist Program - 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.
  • WinTECH Society - The Women in Technology (WinTECH) Society has developed free online workshops teaching students skills in data science using Excel and Python software. The workshops encourage students to choose STEM career paths.
  • CQUniversity Gladstone’s STEM Central - It’s a state-of-the-art experience that takes science, technology, engineering and mathematics out of the classroom and into the real world, one of the highlights of STEM Central has been the diversity of people who use of the facility – from five-year-old children getting their first experience of flying a drone, primary and high school groups from right across the region, then Indigenous elders, and even senior citizens.
  • Mission Australia Coffee Van Partnership - A hospitality training partnership between CQUniversity and Mission Australia will help provide valuable skills and employment opportunities to people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage in Cairns.
  • Student Health Clinics -Our Student Health Clinics operate in Rockhampton, Mackay, Sydney, and Brisbane. These clinics are a collaboration between health care practitioners and our students to deliver local health services in oral health, speech pathology, physiotherapy, podiatry, and chiropractic services.
    • Australian Defence Force Reservists - In the past year, several CQUniversity employees have been deployed with the ADF Reserves in response to the national bushfire crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. CQUniversity’s commitment to supporting staff to engage in such activity led to it being announced as the 2020 Defence Reserve Employer Support Award winner under the not-for-profit organisation category.

Studying abroad for a year, term or even just a couple of weeks is a very rewarding and educational experience. You will have opportunities to travel, make friends from around the world, enhance your employment prospects and possibly even learn another language. Above all, you will gain a fresh perspective on the world around you. We are all part of an increasingly globalised world and international study will give you a cultural awareness and life experience that will set you apart from your peers.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, the Global Outreach programs available for students at CQUniversity were interrupted in 2020 however students are excited to be able to restart these projects when available.

  • GGC Volunteers LTD: Our Physiotherapy students, all funded under the Federal Government's New Colombo Plan, visited Vietnam and conducted clinics and therapy sessions within 10 different youth centres, charity clinics or schools.
  • Nepal's Fishtail Hospital: CQUniversity Bachelor shadowed staff at Nepal's Fishtail Hospital. Exposing them to areas such as paediatrics, intensive care, medical and surgical, theatre, maternity, outpatient clinics, renal dialysis, accident and emergency, and medical imaging. They also provided health assessments and education to locals in rural villages.
  • Malaysian Theatre Production: Performing the joint production of Chess The Musical by CQUniversity's Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music and the Bentley Music Academy of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Cambodian Children's Fund: CQUniversity Oral Health students provided dental services to impoverished children at schools during their trip to Cambodia. The project was run by the Cambodian Children's Fund and the People Improvement Organisation.
  • Antipodeans Abroad: Thailand's Rachawadee disability centres recently welcomed 16 of CQUniversity's Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Exercise and Sports Science students. Students were able to work in multidisciplinary teams to work with residents who have a variety of significant physical disabilities and learning difficulties.
  • Wild Medic Project: Nine CQUniversity Paramedic students and two lecturers travelled to Nepal to assist with priority screening at a remote health clinic

Scholarships, Mentoring, and Targeted Support

As a student at CQUniversity, you will find mentoring and scholarship opportunities available to you. These form part of our student support initiatives that help enhance your experience with us and your career opportunities when you graduate. Aligned to themes of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, a sample of the scholarships available for students and researchers are listed below. View all scholarships available here.

Student Mentor Program

The CQUni Student Mentor Program assists students in undergraduate and postgraduate courses to quickly feel at home at CQUniversity. Student Mentors have made it through at least their first year of study, acquiring a great deal of information along the way and making them the perfect guide to support fellow students.

CQ Regional Arts Service Network - Mentoring Programs

As host of the CQ Regional Arts Service Network, CQUniversity is providing a range of different mentoring opportunities, professional development workshop and have the opportunity to expand their professional reach and networks.

Qantas Future Pilot Program

CQUniversity Aviation students will have access to new pathways to the Qantas Group’s pilot training programs as part of a new partnership with the national carrier. Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Aviation will be able to apply for the Qantas Group Future Pilot Program, offering the opportunity to be mentored by experienced pilots as well as access to career development support during their studies.

Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)

This program connects universities to the most disadvantaged high school kids in Australia and beyond. AIME brings the powerful and the powerless together under one simple equalising paradigm – mentoring.

Health Workforce Academy

The Health Workforce Academy offers education and training that aims to enhance the applied research capabilities of higher degree candidates. The academy is responsive to candidate needs by providing a platform to facilitate researchers, supervisors, mentors, national and international collaborators with health workforce expertise to share cutting-edge methodology, innovative research designs, pedagogy and theoretical conceptualization to advance the learning of our higher degree research candidates.

Engage Mentor Program

Supported by the Glencore Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund, the program pairs CQUni School of Business and Law students with mentors from esteemed organisations including Hail Creek, Mackay Regional Council and Wisley Group.