Learning spaces and South Sea Islander services - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Learning spaces and South Sea Islander services

Indigenous Services enhances health, education, and employment aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and the community by offering a culturally safe space to explore identity and knowledge.

Dedicated learning areas provide social interaction and study spaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Students have access to all of the learning spaces across campuses.

Contact Indigenous Services

Tel: +61 7 5456 5889

Email: indigenouscentral@usc.edu.au

Learning spaces

USC Sunshine Coast
Buranga Centre

Location: EG.33, Ground floor, Building E, The Buranga Centre Learning Space at USC Sunshine Coast is staffed during business hours. The space is available 24 hours seven-days-a-week via swipe-card access to our students to provide a place to study and to connect with other students.

Facilities

Study Space

  • desktop computers
  • private consult rooms
  • USC black and white printer
  • study tables / chairs
  • telephone access (internal calls only)
  • walltalkers (whiteboard)
  • WI-FI access

Common Student Space

  • comfortable lounge area
  • kitchen facilities, e.g. coffee and tea; fridge, microwave
  • study tables / chairs
  • WI-FI access

Nga Tana Lui Dhar (Buranga Centre Garden)

  • Billabong, fire pit and yarning circle
  • reflection space
  • power source facilities
  • WI-FI access
USC Fraser Coast
Buallum Jarl-Bah (BJB)

Location: C.1.05B, Ground floor, Building C, Buallum Jarl-Bah (BJB) room. The space is available during campus hours for students as a place to study.

Facilities

Study Space

  • desktop computers
  • study tables and chairs
  • WI-FI access

Common Student Space

  • adjoining common space
  • comfortable lounge area
  • kitchen facilities; coffee, tea, fridge, microwave
  • internal telephone access
USC Caboolture
Buranga Hub

Location:  H1.07, Ground floor, Building H. The Buranga Hub Learning Space at USC Caboolture is staffed during business hours. Staffed hours/days may vary throughout the semester. Access via student ID swipe card. Access 6 days per week as per campus hours.

Facilities

Study Space

  • touch screen desktop computers
  • private consult room
  • USC black and white printer
  • study tables and chairs
  • telephone access (internal calls only)
  • laptops for loan
  • whiteboard
  • Laminator
  • Shredder
  • Wi-Fi access
  • USB Charging power points
  • Ramp access

Common Student Space

  • comfortable lounge/common area
  • kitchen facilities; coffee tea, fridge, microwave, toaster, sandwich press
  • WI-FI access
  • Ramp access

Buranga Hub Garden

  • covered outdoor area
  • outdoor tables and chairs
  • Lemon Myrtle garden
  • WI-FI access
USC Moreton Bay
Multiple Learning Spaces

A number of learning spaces are available for students to engage with Indigenous Services Staff, Indigenous Academic Mentors, Drop-Ins (Elder, Career Trackers, Centrelink). Library space available 24 hours, 7 days a week via swipe-card access. Onsite security 24/7.

Facilities

Study Space

  • desktop computers in the library
  • private consult rooms (bookable via consultants in Student Hub)
  • Multiple formal and informal learning hubs
  • Study tables / chairs
  • telephone access (internal calls only)
  • WI-FI access
  • Mobile phone charging stations

Common Student Areas

  • comfortable seating nooks
  • private study spaces
  • student kitchen facilities, ie fridge, microwave, tea, coffee
  • study tables/chairs
  • outdoor tables and chairs
  • WI-FI access

Australian South Sea Islanders are the direct descendants of South Sea Islanders who were brought into Queensland between 1863 and 1904 from 80 Pacific Islands.

USC acknowledges and supports the Queensland Legislative Assembly’s Recognition of Australian South Sea Islander people as a distinct cultural group, and the significant contributions they have made to the social, cultural and economic development of this state.

The University is also committed to assisting the government in addressing areas of need identified by the Australian South Sea Islander community including education and employment.

Indigenous Services works in collaboration with Islander representatives and groups, and the Australian South Sea Islander Community Foundation, to promote and encourage education opportunities for Australian South Sea Islander people.

The University provides services and facilities for Australian South Sea Islander people to pursue tertiary education goals and their career aspirations.

Australian South Sea Islander Tutorial Assistance

Australian South Sea Islander students are eligible to receive additional tuition, including individual and/or group tutoring to assist with tertiary study.

Student responsibilities
  • Students should contact their tutor as soon as possible to cancel or reschedule, if unable to attend tutoring.
  • If a student is absent from two or more consecutive tutorial sessions no further tutorial support will be provided.
Tutor responsibilities
  • Tutors are contracted for a specified time period per subject per teaching week.
  • Tutors will receive an approval letter confirming the number of tutorial hours per student per course.
  • It is expected that tutors are sensitive to, and can relate to, the educational needs of Australian South Sea Islander students.
Contact

Indigenous Services