How PACE works

How PACE works


As Macquarie University's signature program, PACE provides opportunities for students to apply learning in practice. Based on the principle of reciprocity, students contribute to the partner organisation and the community it serves while gaining valuable industry experience and skills.

How does it work?

Students enrol in a PACE unit in which a practical learning activity is incorporated. The structure of the academic unit helps students to:

  • prepare for the activity
  • enhance their knowledge and skills during the activity
  • reflect on what they have learnt and how to apply it
  • gain credit for their learning

PACE staff ensure students are adequately equipped to complete the activity, the partner is prepared and supported, and the learning outcomes of the unit are achieved.

The scope and scale of PACE, and its full integration into the academic curriculum, sets it apart from similar practical experience offerings at other universities.

The Shape of PACE 

PACE activities take many different forms:

  • on or off campus
  • local, regional or international
  • tailored to a discipline
  • multiple disciplines working together
  • individual or group work
  • paid or unpaid
  • a combination of these

Changing the world by degrees 

For a glimpse of some of the many ways you can engage with PACE and Macquarie University, see the selection of films below.

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