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Congratulations PACE!
AFR Award Winners

Macquarie’s Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) Program won the Employability Award at Tuesday night’s Australian Financial Review Higher Education Awards.

PACE units are now part of all Bachelors degrees at Macquarie and the PACE team have been working hard to enhance employability outcomes for Macquarie students.

It’s great to see these efforts formally recognised.

Well done Lindie Clark and the team!

The Power of PACE: Transitioning from University to Employment

“It was great to be able to network with professionals in the industry I am interested in making a career of, and I’m currently considering a variety of further study options related to the work I completed on my placement.” Madelyn Hawken (Aspire Early Intervention) Continue reading The Power of PACE: Transitioning from University to Employment

Keeping PACE with Ethical Practice – Teaching ethics in Professional and Community Engagement

What do we mean when we talk about ethics? Is it behaviour towards others, rules and regulations, professional codes of conduct or is it regulatory guidelines for areas of specialisation, such as research involving people or animals? In higher education it is all these things and more. There are a range of approaches to teaching ethics. While the University’s regulatory framework for ethics is comprehensive and readily accessible, PACE unit convenors have also identified the need for a suite of resources that cover the more nebulous area of ethical practice in pedagogy and workplace contexts. As a result, PACE have developed a set of resources that can be utilised by unit convenors to support students going on a range of activities, be they local, international or on campus.

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Are your graduates ‘CareerWise’?

Did you know that many of your students do not think about what they want to do when they are done studying? In today’s competitive economy and a world full of choices and options, it is critical that your students start engaging in the process of career planning and development early.  Continue reading Are your graduates ‘CareerWise’?

Undergraduate Research: Staff and Student Collaborations

Collaborations on research at the undergraduate level are expanding across Macquarie as part of PACE, capstone units, MURI, BPhil unit, and in other new ways too. This informal showcase session brings together staff and students to share their experiences in a range of activities happening in Undergraduate Research across Macquarie University.

Please register below to attend – and also email learninginnovation@mq.edu.au if you are interested in presenting (student involvement encouraged!).

Note that this session is part of a wider program of interesting events on 19 September. It will be immediately followed by lunch and an Undergraduate Research Student Poster Showcase in Macquarie Theatre at 12.15pm (register separately here), leading in to the 3 Minute Thesis Competition Finals beginning at 1.30pm.

PACE Community of Practice Research Presentation: “It’s about dignity not dependency”

In this PACE Community of Practice Research Presentation, Dr Laura Hammersley will be presenting on her PhD research: “It’s about dignity not dependency”: Reciprocal relationships in undergraduate community-based service-learning.


Relationships forged through community engagement programs in the higher education context seek to provide a sustainable form of education that is reciprocal to both host communities and student groups. Despite the increased focus on civic participation in community development through higher education there is little attempt to conceptualise and critically deconstruct what reciprocity might mean or consideration of how it might be negotiated with partners or integrated into learning and assessment outcomes. Calls for greater critical engagement with the concept of reciprocity are embedded within a wider research agenda which appeals for more critical inquiry into the impacts and outcomes of community engagement programs on community counterparts. This presentation explores questions of reciprocity within Macquarie University’s Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) initiative. Specifically it examines reciprocal relationships between PACE and an Indigenous community-based organisation in Sabah, Malaysia. Findings will be presented from recently completed PhD research that examined community partner aspirations, motivations, impacts and outcomes related to PACE in light of their broader organisational objectives.

No need to register – just drop by