Student podcast tackles crisis challenges

Published:30 April 2020

CQUni's social innovation Change Champs have started a podcast to connect with other students through the COVID-19 crisis.

Enthusiastic CQUniversity students are stepping up to the challenges of COVID-19, as a new podcast is helping them share the experiences of students everywhere.

Change Champ Chats is produced by CQUni's Office of Social Innovation, and features its five Change Champ student ambassadors from across Australia.

With plenty of students struggling as the crisis continues, the podcast recognises the tough time for students, and offers some expert advice for getting calm, connected and motivated – even as stressful deadlines loom!

Social Innovation Program Manager Steve Williams said the podcast aimed to explain and address the wide range of issues the crisis has caused for students and young people.

"It's about creating a positive space to understand social innovation, learn about the social issues, and discuss positive responses to supporting yourself and supporting the community, global and local," he explained.

The first episode sees student hosts Minnie Brechin and Nagendra Kafley interview CQUni Education lecturer Dr Brendan Jacobs about online resources for better study, and to stay focused.

In episode two, the Change Champ team shares experiences with fellow student and Social Squad member Eloise Arnold, who had been investigating study spaces that best promote motivation.

And most recently, guest Lisa Johnson, Director of Asami Engagement Psychology, shares practical advice for staying positive and mindful despite the crisis.

Find every episode of Change Champ Chats here.

The Change Champs are also helping promote CQUni’s Eat-Chill-Sweat series, a virtual wellbeing classroom that connects students, and helps them stay healthy despite isolation.

Created by the Office of Social Innovation and the International Student Health Promotion team, three weekly virtual classes are presented by expert facilitators, and focus on good eating, staying fit, and practicing meditation.

Hundreds of students have already joined in, and the classes will be offered over nine weeks until 5 June. Students can sign up here:

CQUniversity is Australia’s Changemaker University accredited by global social innovation network Ashoka U, and the COVID-19 crisis is proving its commitment to innovative action.

CQUniversity’s partnerships with social enterprises including SecondBite food rescue has also helped connect struggling students with support to get through self-isolation, job losses and more.

For more about Office of Social Innovation activities, visit