Community Engagement - Best Practice

Best Practice

Message to our students, staff and local community

We’re uniquely placed to engage with our local community and the wider public to develop sustainable initiatives. We will engage at the regional, national and international levels through our established connections and networks, as well as our curriculum.

Through community engagement, we’ll find out how we can play a key role in promoting and sustaining mutually beneficial relationships with local and broader communities. This might be to open up physical spaces for the public to share knowledge and expertise or to support staff and student volunteers in local projects.


Samantha BeresfordDirector, External EngagementWagga & Albury
Julia AndrewsDirector, External Engagement Bathurst & Orange
Kate Wood-FayeDirector, External EngagementPort Macquarie
James McKechnieDirector, External EngagementDubbo
Jamin ForbesCarnegie – Senior Project Officer, Research OfficeWagga
Annabelle HillsdonOffice of the VCBathurst
Holly YoungCommunity Relations OfficerDubbo
Melanie EdgarAssociate Director, Sales and Customer Service in the Division of Marketing and Communication.Bathurst
Deirdre Keogh Associate Head of School, School of Accounting and Finance Bathurst
Heather Robinson Lecturer School of Biomedical Science Orange
Clara Koch Student Liaison Officer Port Macquarie

Progress toward best practice

This framework was benchmarked with Business and Industry Interface on 7 September 2016 and reviewed in September 2020.  The below graph illustrates our progress towards best practice across the eight (8) activity areas.

Community engagement graph 2020

Participants a the 2015 Biodiversity dreaming conference

Community engagement on Orange campus as part of the establishment of the Girinyalanha Aboriginal Nature and Bioscience Park in 2015.

Opening of the mountain bike track Charles Sturt Albury-Wodonga in October 2018. (L-R - Jennifer Munday - Albury Wodonga Head of Campus with students Hannah Gubb and Chloe Grey and Jacqueline Clements, Executive Director, Division of Student Services)