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Welcome to the ACU Engage Community. This is a space for members of the ACU to come together and discuss their work, share their initiatives and intentions, and debate the future of higher education. 

Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, if you want to submit a piece on your own project or programme, or if you have any news, publications or upcoming events that you would like to share with fellow Community members.

The ACU Engage Community takes guidance from a Steering Committee, however the Community is designed for all members and we encourage all feedback.

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Budd HallReimagining the concept of a Commonwealth university

Budd Hall, UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education

"What would the concept of a Commonwealth university really mean if we were to refer back to the original meaning for the common good? It would support the idea of the social responsibility of universities. It would support the concept of community university engagement for another. And it would align very closely with the objectives of the SDGs, wouldn't it?" Read more

David-PhippsSystems of engagement

David Phipps, Executive Director, Research & Innovation Services, York University, Canada

Most writing on community-campus engagement focuses on individual projects and practices. This makes sense since most practices are employed at the project level, but what about systems of engagement? Individual projects sit within institutional and community systems. Institutions and communities sit within sector or regional/national systems. Where are these systems of engagement? Read more

Sydney Story FactoryMeasuring research impact and engagement in Australia

Janette Bobis, Pro Dean Research, University of Sydney, Australia

The Australian government is designing a system for measuring and reporting universities' research impact, similar to the UK's Research Excellence Framework. Many working in Australian higher education are concerned about how the system will work – the ACU spoke with Janette Bobis from the University of Sydney to learn more. Read more

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Please use our dedicated ACU Engage Community LinkedIn group to discuss any thoughts on your current work or ask questions about how fellow Community members may have handled an issue you are facing.

As a private group, the LinkedIn group is the ideal forum for members to connect, share information and events, ask questions, share best practice and get advice from peers across the Commonwealth.

Join the group by visiting the page and clicking on ‘Ask to join’. If you are already a member, the group has been created especially for the Community, so do get involved.