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CQUni at National Indigenous Research Event

Published:20 July 2016

(Top) CQUniversity research students Margaret Anderson, Ngare Wilkinson, Joann Schmider and Clare Bond. (Centre) Ngare Wilkinson and Prof Bronwyn Fredericks and (bottom) A/Professor Roxanne Bainbridge and Professor Bronwyn Fredericks at the recent NIRAKN conference.

A delegation of CQuniversity students and staff attended the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN) Annual Meeting and Workshops recently held at the Gold Coast.

NIRAKN is funded by the Australian Research Council and is a multidisciplinary hub and spokes model of Indigenous researchers at various stages of their career from over 24 collaborating universities and five partner organisations, along with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

CQUniversity is a collaborating university in NIRAKN.

One of the workshop sessions witnessed all students presenting their research work within 3 minutes. All students were only able to have one powerpoint slide. CQUniversity PhD Candidate Ngare Wilkinson was offered an Award for her 3 minute presentation in recognition of her ability to articulate her research project inclusive of clear aims, methodology, and the broader outcomes and applicability of the research.

Other CQUniversity research students who attended the NIRAKN event were Clare Bond, Margaret Anderson and Joann Schmider. CQUniversity's A/Prof Roxanne Bainbridge, who is based at the Cairns Campus, attended the Workshops, offered a presentation, supported sessions and engaged with students.

Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Pro vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) and BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Chair in Indigenous Engagement attended the gathering, offering a presentation, facilitating a session with 10 professors and 40 research students and making time to talk with research students from CQUniversity and a range of other universities.

"The calibre of speakers and sessions at the event was outstanding! I am really pleased that numerous CQUniversity staff and students were able to participate in the workshops this year. We also had several presentations from CQUniversity staff and students which also showcased our work to other universities," Prof Fredericks said.

Attendance of all CQUniversity participants was supported by CQUniversity and NIRAKN.

For more information on NIRAKN please see: http://www.nirakn.edu.au/