The University of Newcastle, Australia

Community-university partnerships

Thursday, 13 February 2014

A world leader in community-university partnerships, Professor Angie Hart, presented an interactive workshop to community, university and social services representatives from across the Hunter region on Wednesday 12 February at the University of Newcastle (UON), Australia.

The workshop, coordinated by UON in collaboration with Engagement Australia, examined a state-of-the-art model for community-university partnerships in the United Kingdom, and explored Communities of Practice and how to embed and sustain them as an innovative way of practising community-university partnerships.

Professor Hart is the Academic Director of the Community University Partnership Programme at the University of Brighton in the UK. She is also a community practitioner with many years' experience working at the frontline as a child and family psychotherapist.

More than 70 people attended the workshop, representing 11 UON schools and departments, and 35 community organisations across family and child support services, welfare groups, mental health services, community health services, Indigenous support services, disability services and community housing organisations.

Participants valued the opportunity to network and interact with like-minded people and were impressed with UON's commitment to community engagement.

The University of Newcastle actively engages with its regional, national and international communities and one key tool is Engage Newcastle, an online platform designed to help UON's local and global communities engage, connect, access, share and work with the University.

If you would like your event, workshop or program considered for Engage Newcastle, please email

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