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Perth's Notre Dame commended for staff-student bond

Notre Dame University in Western Australia has passed its first government quality audit, following the Australian Universities Quality Agency reviewed the private Catholic university in May.

The university opened in 1992 and has 2510 students at two campuses, city-based Fremantle and regional Broome.

The AUQA panel, chaired by Charles Sturt University pro vice-chancellor Paul Burnett, expressed satisfaction with the way Notre Dame was fulfilling its objectives and commended it for the "very strong commitment" of staff in developing personal relationships with students.

"Students are highly attracted to this approach and as a result there is a generally high level of student satisfaction with the university," the report says.

Meanwhile Notre Dame University has announced the appointment of Jesuit layer and social justice campaigner Fr Frank Brennan (pictured) as a visiting professor.

Fr Brennan joins Notre Dame's College of Law on a part-time basis from January 2004 and will lecture in human rights and ethics.

Vice Chancellor Dr Peter Tannock welcomed the appointment and looked forward to the experience and knowledge he would bring to the College of Law.

"We pride ourselves on employing academic staff who are not only highly successful and qualified, but also leaders in their fields," he said. "In the case of Fr Brennan, he'll bring to Notre Dame a wealth of experience in social justice issues, and as a Catholic institution this is an area we are keen to see our students involved in."

Dr Tannock said Notre Dame students were all given the opportunity to study social justice units and all law students must undertake community service such as working on a soup kitchen or teaching English in East Timor.

Fr Brennan, who regularly visits detention centres in Australia from his base at Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre in Sydney, is launching his book Tampering With Aslyum around Australia this month, this evening in Melbourne and tomorrow evening in Adelaide.

He is also an adjunct fellow at the Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies, and Australian National University and Chair of the Visiting Committee in the Faculty of Law at Griffith University.

He has just returned to Australia after a two month overseas study trip to England, Canada, United States, Switzerland and Italy exploring refugee and asylum seeker issues.

Notre Dame commended for staff-student bond (The Australian 19/11/03 - payment required)
Leading social justice campaigner to join Notre Dame (University of Notre Dame Media Release 13/11/03)

University of Notre Dame | College of Law
Australian Universities Quality Agency
Uniya Jesuit Social Justice Centre
Tampering With Asylum

19 Nov 2003