Business and Industry Engagement - Best Practice

Message to our students, staff and local community

As an educational institution, we’re viewed as a leader in growth and innovation. It’s our responsibility to engage with the community, in particular with business and industry and commit to working together to benefit wider society.

Charles Sturt University’s relationship with business and industry may be to share physical space or equipment; to encourage collaborative teaching and research projects, to incubate or support new companies; or to provide real-world learning opportunities for students or recent graduates.

Charles Sturt University, like other educational institutions, contributes to the local economy. We do this directly; through the procurement of local products and services, or indirectly; by strengthening the local workforce through skills development. You can support this by using (and encouraging others to use) local businesses and services.


Champion Position Campus
Samantha BeresfordDirector, External EngagementWagga Wagga/AW
Julia AndrewsDirector, External EngagementOrange/Bathurst
Kate Wood-FoyeDirector, External EngagementPort Macquarie
James McKechnieDirector, External EngagementDubbo

Deirdre Keogh

Associate Heal of School, Accounting & FinanceBathurst

Simon Wright

Lecturer, Management and Marketing Bathurst

Clara Koch

Student Liaison Officer Port Macquarie
Heather RobinsonLecturer School of Biomedical SciencesOrange
Jamin ForbesSenior Project Officer, Research OfficeWagga Wagga
Jessica Mansour-NahraMedia Manager, Office of the VCBathurst

Progress toward best practice

This framework was benchmarked with Business and Industry Interface on 7 September 2016. The below graph illustrates our progress towards best practice across the eight (8) activity areas.  The orange bars reaching four (4) highlight best practice and the lower bars in blue indicate Charles Sturt University’s current baseline ratings.

Charles Sturt University Agribusiness Student Emily Jones  being awarded the CO2 Australia Regional Professionals Scholarship, August 2018.