The Research University in the 21st Century – How Community Engagement and Social Inclusion are Changing the Landscape

Community Engagement and Social Inclusion are two factors that are already having an impact on the role and actions of research universities around the world. The University of Sydney White Paper and Strategy highlight these two issues as priority initiatives for our future. Beyond the requirements of meeting new social inclusion targets there is the challenge of creating a more student centred organisation that responds to the needs of all students and is engaged through teaching and research partnerships with the community to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Attendance at these sessions will give you an overview of:

  • What community engagement and social inclusion actually mean
  • The role of research intensive universities in this space
  • An introduction to the benefits and challenges of these strategies
  • The possibilities for participation and contribution


An Introduction to Community Engagement (see below for scheduled date)

A Introduction to Social Inclusion


Annette Cairnduff
Annette has been working on equity related issues at the University since 2006. Formerly a primary school teacher, she has more than 20 years experience in social justice and community capacity building programs in the government and non-government sectors. She is particularly interested how engagement during the primary school years can impact the expectations of children for higher education access and participation, as well as the expectations of their parents and teachers.

Professor Barbara Holland
Professor Barbara Holland joined the University of Sydney in 2010 after serving as Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) at the University of Western Sydney since June 2007. Previously she was a senior executive at several USA universities and directed a federally-funded national centre focused on engaged learning strategies. She is internationally recognised for her expertise in community engagement, service-learning, university-community partnerships and organisational change. She is editor or co-editor of three academic journals on community engagement, and is a founding board member and vice-chair of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. In 2008 she was one of the first two scholars named as Honorary Fellows of the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance.

Target Audience

This program is aimed at all academic and professional staff who are and wish to be involved in community engagement and social inclusion initiatives.


9.00am - 10:30am


Darlington Centre
Conference Room 1 & 2
City Road

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