Two weeks until the TEFMA Student Study & Living Spaces Workshop

The TEFMA Student Study & Living Spaces Program has been released.  The workshop will bring together experts in the design, development and management of innovative learning environments and student accommodation. Join us to find out more about the role universities have in shaping cities and building strong communities.

There are some fantastic Speakers confirmed including: 
Shannan Dodson from the Office of the Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Technology Sydney will open the workshop with her presentation 'Establishing Australia's first Indigenous Residential College'.  
is a Yawuru woman whose family comes from Broome. Shannan has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs for over 13 years and is a communications and digital specialist. 

Nicole Kalms, Director of Monash University’s XYX Lab will co-present with Bianca Fileborn, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Melbourne on the 'XYX Lab - Monash Space Gender Communication Lab'.  This presentation will be in 3 parts, covering the context of sexual harassment, what we know about its prevalence on University Campuses and how the social life of students is shaped by gender violence, the spatial data from the 'Free to Be' project (Plan International and Monash University XYX Lab, 2016-2018) and discuss the prevalence of sexual harassment of young women internationally and finally reflecting on urban 'hotspots' such as public transport spaces and parks, and offer insights into design prevention practices, CPTED and lighting for women and LGBTIQ+ communities.

We will be joined by Vincent Wilson, CEO, Residential Services, Deakin University who will present 'Student accommodation at Deakin: A unique approach'.  Deakin Residential Services (DRS) is a wholly owned not-for-profit subsidiary of Deakin University, established to manage Deakin’s on-campus accommodation and residential student experience.  

Jan Dethlefs, Associate Director, Estate Planning and Development, University of Melbourne will discuss how University of Melbourne is currently working on the full student experience, from enrolment to exam and how students interact with the campus and its facilities.  

And Michaela Sheahan, Senior Researcher, Hassell, will present 'Learning, not lazing – how students are using informal learning spaces on campus'.  Through observations and surveys of students in informal learning spaces in Australian, UK and Singaporean universities, this research project explores the optimal balance of informal settings for individual study, group work and socialising on campus, and how cultural, demographic and other factors influence this balance. 

Full details can be found on the Workshop Website:

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