Inspiring the next generation of researchers and practitioners

Charles Perkins Centre student summer scholarship recipients

The research and education hub at the Charles Perkins Centre will expand the University’s education mission nationally and internationally, and provide state-of-the-art facilities for more than 1400 students. The hub facilitates a collaborative, multidisciplinary research and education environment that leads the way for a new chapter in education and inspires the next generation of researchers.

The centre has three strategic aims focused on education:

  • Leading the way, providing exciting teaching spaces and new ways of delivering existing course units.
  • Creating and developing new teaching and learning opportunities at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development levels by emphasising multidisciplinary programs that cut across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
  • Engaging with a diverse range of communities to build effective academic-community partnerships.

By encouraging novel approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and related conditions, the research and education opportunities available at the centre will lead to the development of new knowledge to inform individuals and governments in the management and avoidance of these diseases.


Leading

This component is focused on existing units of study in the University that will be delivered in the new building, mainly from the Medical and Natural Sciences divisions.

So far, the University has:

  • identified more than 80 units of study to be delivered in the new building and determined how they are currently taught and what their requirements will be
  • ensured there is room for growth in the hub and capacity to teach additional existing units of study
  • conducted a pilot of the shared wet teaching lab using the audiovisual technology available in the hub
  • developed a timetable for semester one teaching in the hub
  • researched learning and teaching practices that will support and enhance a multidisciplinary approach to education.

Creating

The Charles Perkins Centre is committed to the development of new programs that provide an opportunity for innovative, transdisciplinary collaboration and learning aimed at enhancing the health and wellbeing of both individuals and communities.

The research theme and domain leaders will lead the development of new programs, initially for postgraduate students and professional development short courses.

An Expression of Interest has been approved by the Course Curriculum Planning Committee for the development of a new Masters in Health Technology Innovation and a full course proposal will be submitted in January 2014.

Work has already commenced in three of these research themes:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Health and complex systems
  3. Physical activity and energy expenditure


The development of these programs will be achieved in collaboration with faculties.

Information required for the preparation of proposals will include surveys of programs and units already taught at the University and other institutions nationally and internationally (ie the current landscape), information on faculty contributions and ownership, data on student loads, and an assessment of unmet demand to allow marketing and business plans to be produced.


Engaging

Community engagement is critical to the centre's mission, in allowing the development of enduring academic-community partnerships.

The Community Engagement Group (CEG) will be set up in the latter half of 2014. Chaired by the Associate Academic Director (Education), the group will include Charles Perkins Centre domain and theme leaders, and key stakeholders throughout the University and the wider community.