PACE for partners
The Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) program in the Faculty of Human Sciences aims to provide interesting, relevant experiences for students with opportunities to engage with the community, business and industry. The program also aims to provide benefits to both students and partners, so that students will be engaged with activities that help partners achieve their mission. To meet these goals, our aim is to create close, productive, long-term partnerships that will assist both the learning needs of student and the practical needs of partners.
Flexibility, therefore, is a key aspect of our approach. We aim to meet the needs of partner organisations and work closely with them to identify their specific requirements. As part of the PACE initiative, the Faculty of Human Sciences is offering participation units which allow students to receive academic credit for their placement experience, which counts towards their degree.
"Their enthusiasm and enjoyment in the sessions opened greater opportunity for discussion, comment, interaction and participation."
Geraldine Moran Â CEO, Centre for Hope
Interested in engaging with PACE?
To become a placement partner, an organisation needs to:
- agree to host a student or groups of students to undertake an activity or project;
- design a suitable activity or project taking into account the time frame, length of placement, skills of students, availability of supervision and appropriate logistical support;
- complete a Participation Activity Statement detailing the activity that students will be undertaking during their placement and providing sufficient information to
- allow the Unit Convenor to ensure that students are meeting the learning requirements of the academic unit, and to enable the University to assess potential WHS risks and mitigation strategies.
- agree to the Roles and Responsibilities as outlined in the PACE Activity Handbook.
For all placements we require:
- a nominated Host Supervisor who will provide training, supervision and support to the student;
- the unit required hours to be undertaken within session dates in a format that is mutually agreed by the Student and the Host Supervisor. (A small number of placements may require early commencement and/or a longer term commitment by the student. These placements are managed on a case by-case-basis and must be approved by the Unit Convenor prior to advertising to the students.)