BJBS in the media

Engineering students

Our Faculty has been in the news this month! Congratulations to all of you who are involved in such strong initiatives. 

Support for national inquiry to break care-to-prison pathway     

Katherine McFarlaneThere’s strong support from a Charles Sturt University (CSU) academic for a national review of the child protection laws and processes affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Senior lecturer Dr Katherine McFarlane has welcomed the release of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) Report, Pathways to Justice – An Inquiry into the Incarceration Rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.


  • The ALRC Report makes 35 recommendations to reduce the disproportionate incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and improve community safety.
  • Report found that the care-to-prison pathway is a major driver of Indigenous people’s involvement with the law.
  • One of its recommendations calls for a national inquiry into child protection laws for Indigenous young people.
  • Report cites CSU academic Dr Katherine McFarlane’s research into the involvement of children in out-of-home care in the NSW criminal justice system.
  • The ALRC concluded that the links between the child protection system, juvenile justice and adult incarceration is so strong that the child removal into out-of-home care and juvenile detention could be considered as key drivers of adult imprisonment.

Read more at CSUNews.

CSU named one of top emerging engineering schools in world

A new study commissioned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology identifies Charles Sturt University as one of the top 4 emerging engineering schools in the world.

  • CSU ‘completely rethinking what engineering education should look like’.
  • CSU will be a benchmark for how MIT supports its own program of reform in undergraduate engineering.
  • Others universities in the emerging field: University College London, Singapore University of Technology and Design and University of Technology Delft.

report commissioned by global leader in engineering education and research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has identified Charles Sturt University (CSU) as one of the top four emerging engineering courses in the world and has described the CSU degree as ‘completely rethinking what engineering educating should look like’.

The recognition of CSU Engineering is the result of a benchmarking study of global state-of-the-art undergraduate engineering. The study, which was commissioned by MIT’s New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET) initiative, a program of reform in undergraduate engineering education at the Institute, and authored by Ruth Graham, was released on March 27.

Read more at CSUNews.

CenWest Innovate helping local businesses boost employee satisfaction and productivity

cenwest innovateA new round of CenWest Innovate free forums in Lithgow, Bathurst and Murrumburrah (near Young) will help businesses to improve their employee satisfaction and overall productivity.

The focus of the CenWest Innovate Speaker Sessions is ‘Increasing employee engagement, wellbeing and effectiveness’.

– Lithgow – Wednesday 4 April – 12pm for 12.30pm to 2.30pm, at the Lithgow Visitor Information Centre, 1137 Great Western Highway, Bowenfels, Lithgow

– Bathurst – Wednesday 4 April – 5.30pm for 6pm to 8pm, at Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre (BMEC), William Street, Bathurst

– Murrumburrah – Thursday 5 April – 5.30pm for 6pm to 8pm, at Barnes Store Café, 356 Albury St, Murrumburrah

Ms Christine Sweeney, program coordinator with CenWest Innovate at Charles Sturt University (CSU), said, “Our expert guest speakers will discuss how business owners and operators can enhance their employees work experience and deliver productivity gains for their business.

“I encourage all local business operators to join our experts as they talk them through how to increase employee engagement, wellbeing and effectiveness in their business,” Christine Sweeney said.

The speakers are Dr Denise Jepsen, organisational psychologist and academic in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University, and Dr Russell Roberts, Associate Professor of Leadership and Management in the CSU School of Marketing and Management in Bathurst.

Read more at CSUNews.