Our communities

Swinburne increased its external impact throughout 2014 through a range of engagement initiatives with community, government and industry. Our Serve, Engage, Contribute strategy and our 2020 Plan identified the five focus areas where we are committed to having a positive impact – partnerships, corporate citizenship, thought leadership, secondary schools and philanthropy.

2014 highlights

Read about some of the key sustainability highlights for our communities. 

In partnership with Boroondara Council, we celebrated White Ribbon Day to encourage people to speak out and stop violence against women.

We also created community disussions about domestic violence with the launch of 'You the Man', a play created by Cathy Plourde from the University of New England. The play explores the lives of five male characters who are impacted by violence.

Taking a stand against domestic violence

Industry Open Day

Swinburne held two inaugural Industry Open Days in 2014 hosting more than 230 guests at our Wantirna and Hawthorn campuses. The events encouraged collaboration between research and educational institutions with local businesses in south east Melbourne.

Student volunteering

Our students contributed more than 826 hours towards local community organisations including:

  • Camcare (Boroondara)
  • Craig Family Centre
  • Diabetes Congress
  • Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • Friends of Same
  • Glenallen Volunteers
  • Glenferrie Festival
  • Reclink
  • Rotary
  • Second Bite
  • University of the 3rd Age
  • White Ribbon
  • YMCA
  • Youth Humanitarian Festival.