CQUniversity Australia

Engaging Indigenous people within Higher Ed

CQUniversity's Office of Indigenous Engagement recently hosted a visit from the Oodgeroo Unit of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), at Rockhampton Campus.

Professor Anita Lee Hong, Director of the Oodgeroo Unit, and Lone Pearce, Project Officer, met with Office of Indigenous Engagement staff to discuss employment issues and best practice models for engaging Indigenous people within the higher education sector, including governance matters.

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Family reflects on benefits of lifelong learning 

Long-serving educator Yvette Luckock is proud that her son and daughter-in-law are now committed to lifelong learning too.

Yvette qualified as a teacher in the early 1970s and continued to top up her education, graduating with a Bachelor of Education from CQUniversity's predecessor, the Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education, in 1983.

PhotoID:12986, Tristan, Tanya and Yvette took the opportunity to don their robes at Tanya's graduation ceremony
Tristan, Tanya and Yvette took the opportunity to don their robes at Tanya's graduation ceremony

"I was one of the first group of students to study part-time in Gladstone. Lecturers travelled to Gladstone to conduct classes each week," she says.

"My 42 years as an educator has spanned primary, secondary, tertiary, distance education and disability sectors. Most of that time was in Queensland but I have also spent time as an educator in other states and in the Solomon Islands."

Yvette retired from full-time work in 2007 and she's now teaching culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people in partnership with WIN - Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours Inc and Gladstone State High School. Yvette also volunteers with Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation and works as an active Rotarian.

Tristan, Yvette's son, has worked in multiple IT jobs since starting his degree. He currently works in local industry in Gladstone. Tristan graduated with a CQUniversity Bachelor of Information Technology in 2011.

Meanwhile, daughter-in-law Tanya completed her Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) in 2011 and graduated in 2012. Tanya received a Scholarship from QAL to complete her studies and now works alongside Tristan, also in Gladstone-based local industry.