PACE in the Faculty of Science and Engineering

PACE in the Faculty of Science and Engineering

PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) in the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) enables students and partners to collaborate in the spirit of discovery while tackling the big issues faced by society, both in Australia and globally.

Including research and lab-based internships, professional placements, and collaborative fieldwork, PACE in FSE makes it possible for:

  • students to enhance their employability
  • community and industry partners to nurture the next generation of innovators
  • students to pursue career aspirations while helping partner organisations and the community achieve mutually beneficial outcomes

PACE occurs through academic units that are integrated into course curriculum. PACE is a requirement of all Macquarie University undergraduate courses.

See how PACE influenced Ben’s dream of exploring the world’s oceans

COVID-19 Update - The PACE Team is working closely with its partners and PACE Unit Convenors to find innovative ways to ensure that PACE experiences that are mutually beneficial and safe, can continue to occur. Arrangements for PACE vary by unit and type of activity and are adapting as the COVID-19 situation evolves, and as necessary. Your PACE Unit Convenor or Faculty PACE Team will keep in touch with you to provide updates on current arrangements. Please continue to direct any questions to your Faculty PACE team by email.

Finding a PACE activity

To learn whether it is necessary to find your own PACE activity, go to PACEWISE

PACE activities can occur in a variety of ways and settings. Considerations may include:

  • student and host supervisor availability and requirements
  • the nature of the work to be carried out
  • facilities and information involved
  • WHS and risk considerations

PACE activities might include working on-site at a partner organisation, completion of activities online/remotely, a combination of the two, or immersion in other settings such as in the field in collaboration with a partner organisation. Online activities could involve tasks such as:

  • contributions to online meetings and discussions
  • developing or updating resources (e.g. could be for those for students who might be hosted at the organisation in future, or serve a direct need of the organisation such as a lab guide, etc.)
  • research (e.g. literature review)
  • writing social media posts
  • creating videos or other interactive tools that can support the organisation and/or its stakeholders online
  • identifying opportunities for the development of resources in future
  • report writing and/or data analysis

How to find your PACE activity video

PACE activities are available to ALL undergraduate Macquarie students regardless of their personal circumstances.  Students with disability or medical requirements should view the following video regarding reasonable adjustments. Students requiring special arrangements due to reasons other than disability or medical circumstances should discuss these with their PACE Unit Convenor or front-line PACE staff.

Reasonable adjustments video

FSE PACE units

The following resources will assist students in preparing for their PACE unit.

  1. PACEWISE: Helps students in the early stages of their course:
    • Identify what PACE unit to study
    • Know when to do the PACE unit
    • Prepare for PACE unit processes and requirements
  2. Handbook:  Helps students enrol in their PACE unit:
    • Confirm what PACE unit to complete
    • Understand the unit’s purpose and learning outcomes,
    • Know when the unit is offered,
    • Identify pre-requisites and co-requisites
  3. Unit Guides: Help students with academic expectations of their PACE unit:
    • Identify unit convenor contact details
    • Understand curriculum and assessments
    • Confirm key unit dates and policies
  4. Unit Summaries: Help students with operational requirements of their PACE unit:
    • Know by when and how information needs to be submitted
    • Awareness of laws and policies
    • Confirm how a PACE activity will be found

Please see list below for link to a specific Unit Summary

ENGG4099 - Industry Experience

BIOL3640 - PACE Experience in Biological Sciences

STAT3199 - Consulting in Statistical Sciences

COMP3850 - Computing Industry Project

CHIR3610 - Foundations of Clinical Practice

ENVS3463 - Environmental Management Project

PHYS3810 - Professional Physics

GEOS3136 - Applied Marine Science

MATH3919 - Participation and Community Engagement in Mathematics

MOLS3003 - Molecular Sciences Project

ASTR3810 - Frontiers of Astronomy and Astrophysics

ENVS3390 - Applied GIS

BIOL3420 - Biodiversity and Conservation

Information for Community and Industry Partners

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is committed to growing links with community and industry by building enduring, impactful collaborations with commercial, government, cultural and professional organisations. PACE is a key platform for building these links.

PACE Partner Story Video

The following resources provide a starting point for collaboration:

For more information contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering PACE Team on or +61 2 9850 6842

Contact information

For questions specific to the academic requirements of your PACE unit contact the Unit Convenor

For course advice contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering Student Centre

For all other enquiries specific to FSE PACE units, contact the Faculty of Science and Engineering PACE team at or +61 2 9850 6842

FSE PACE staff members

Faculty Academic Director of PACE
Dr Anne-Louise Semple
Phone: + 61 2 9850 8412

Faculty PACE Officer
Ms Angela Powell
Phone: + 61 2 9850 8434

Faculty PACE Officer 
Mr Marios Elles
Phone: + 61 2 9850 6566

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