Innovation Space to Drive Professional Development

08 April 2019

University Hall's exciting Innovation Space for student professional development

This semester University Hall opened an exciting, purpose-built Innovation Space- an unique, dedicated space to support students to progress their career through professional development projects.

The space is a centralized hub for University Hall’s growing Professional Development program, which aims to support students with internship and work experience opportunities to build their employability.

University Hall’s Professional Development program coordinator, Al Martin shares that the creation of the space embodies the strong focus on supporting students to progress their careers through professional development at University Hall.

“The Innovation Space is an incredible resource not only for our Professional Development program, but particularly for students to drive forward with their careers in a professional and purposeful manner,” says Al. “With more than 130 students taking part in the Professional Development program last year, and our opportunities growing at University Hall, we’re proud to provide holistic support for students to kick start their careers now, while studying at UWA.”

Funded by the Strategic Initiative Fund Grant, the Innovation Space supports students from a technological and spatial perspective; allowing students to come together and work in a dedicated space, access the technology they need to engage in activities, and have a professional space to bring industry leaders for seminars, one-on-one mentoring, and other meetings.

Image of student Rafe at the computers in the Innovation Space Image of students Claudia and Jasmine working together in the Innovation space

The student-centric design and fit-out was developed in conjunction with past and present students from University Hall, and features Apple Mac computers, projection screens, online conferencing technology, and seating capacity for more than 25 people.

UWA student Claudia Andro will be utilising the Innovation Space in University Hall’s UCafe Business and Internship Program and looks forward to the opportunities working in the space will bring.

“I'm so excited for us to put this space to good use; we finally have somewhere we can collaborate as young professionals and not feel afraid to explore our creative side,” Claudia says.

University Hall’s Professional Development program features more than 6 dedicated projects, and is striving to ensure programs are approved for student credits with UWA Workplace Integrated Learning, and the UWA Career and Employability Award.