Indigenous research support at QUT

Indigenous research support at QUT


ON-SCREEN TITLE: Sharing Indigenous knowledges,
research and solutions through global connections. ON-SCREEN TITLE: QUT Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit. PROFESSOR MARGARET SHEIL, VICE CHANCELLOR
My name is Margaret Sheil and I’m the Vice-Chancellor of QUT. Here at QUT, we’re committed to being a
leader in supporting Indigenous research and students. Both to work on problems that are relevant
to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ communities but more broadly within all of
our faculties to ensure that we have a pipeline of high quality researchers and staff who are committed and understand Indigenous research issues MELANIE SAWARD, CREATIVE INDUSTRY FACULTY, STUDENT: I’m Melanie Saward. My mobs are Wakka Wakka and Bigambul and my
degree is a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing I chose to do my research degree at QUT because of
the industry partnerships and the reputation that the creative writing faculty has. It was an opportunity to work with really
skilled, published novelists who also worked in the academic field. DR CRAIG COWLED, SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FACULTY, LECTURER: My name’s Dr Craig Cowled. I’m a Worimi man from the Port Stephens
region in New South Wales. Broad consensus from the people I spoke to
was that I should consider going to QUT because that’s where practical engineers go to learn their craft. OFF-SCREEN SPEARKER
The Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit is committed to fostering an environment for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people to share research and knowledge in an integrated
learning environment. At QUT, Indigenous research students can access
a wide range of services including Indigenous research methodologies masterclasses, critical
reading groups and workshops that focus on research training for Indigenous students. QUT students can also engage with the Indigenous
Studies Research Network which exposes them to Indigenous researchers and research affiliates
from Australia and abroad allowing research and knowledge sharing. BRIDGET HUGHES, EDUCATION FACULTY STUDENT: My name is Bridget Hughes, I’m a Butchella woman from Fraser Island. I am currently studying a Doctor of Philosophy
through the Education Faculty at QUT. I chose QUT to do my PhD because I wanted
to go to a leading Queensland university. QUT has a very good track record with the
Education Faculty so I enrolled at QUT. MELANIE SAWARD:
Having community is really important and being a part of the IREU has given me a community
on campus. BRIDGET HUGHES: My research as I’m working through it at the moment I’m finding that the transparency
in the information is valuable for my community to see what’s happing as a collective. It’s not just informing my community, it’s
informing every other community in Queensland. It’s going to be a rich source of information
for our mob to see. CRAIG COWLED:
So about half way through my PhD I did a capacity building program with Distinguished Professor
Aileen Moreton-Robinson. She taught me a lot of the skills that I needed
as an academic; research skills and management skills, time management and planning and those
skills are going to be very helpful for me not just now but into my future as an academic
at QUT.

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