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ECU Criminology students learn beyond the classroom

Thursday, 18 August 2011


Five ECU Criminology and Justice students recently represented WA at the 2011 Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) student forum, held in Canberra during the University’s winter break.

The annual one-day Criminology forum gives students from across the country the chance to hear from leading criminologists in the areas of drug crime, trafficking, crime prevention and cyber crime. Places are strictly limited and students are only invited after an application process.

To help interested students fund the trip, ECU’s School of Law and Justice held a competition that would see the top three entrants be awarded $1000 each towards the cost of the trip. Students had to submit a literature review on one of the topics being presented at the AIC forum, and were blind-marked on these by three Criminology lecturers.

The top three students, along with two other students, then accompanied lecturers Mr James McCue and Mrs Natalie Gately to Canberra for a three-day trip. The students were the only from WA to attend the conference, and benefited greatly from the extra-curricular experience.

“The forum was informative, interactive and applicable to all areas of our current studies. We found all the speakers very knowledgeable, making the experience all the more worth while. Due to our studies, we could relate to all the topic areas that were addressed.

“Furthermore we had the opportunity to gain a greater understanding on a range of topics not only applicable to our current and future studies but also to our daily lives, such as the area of cyber crime,” said students Anthony Scott and Bianca DiSilvio.

Academia aside, the students also had the chance to network with researchers, employers and students from other universities during the forum. They even fit in some sightseeing, visiting Lake Burley Griffin, Parliament House, the War Memorial, and many more iconic attractions.

“The trip was more than just a conference; it was an entire experience in academia, networking and an appreciation for our political and social heritage,” said student Aimee Adams.

More information

For more information on the trip, contact Mr James McCue and Mrs Natalie Gately.

Mr James McCue
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5469

Mrs Natalie Gately
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 5930 


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