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Meet Toby, the face of Student Engagement at CBE

Meet Toby, the face of Student Engagement at CBE

5 October 2017

Toby McFadden is the new face of Student Engagement at the ANU College of Business and Economics. 

Over the coming months you will see Toby out and about at College events, chatting with students and gathering your feedback and ideas on how we can provide a great student experience. 

If you have any ideas you'd like to share with Toby, don't be shy! Please go up and say hello, or send him an email. He'd love to hear from you!

What is your role here at the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE)?

I’m a project officer working on student experience. It’s a new role which has been established to organise events and implement new initiatives to make student life at CBE more fun, convenient and enjoyable. I’m really excited to be here!

Why is student engagement so important for the College?

In addition to academic excellence, CBE considers student wellbeing and happiness to be crucial to success. University is more than studying for a degree. It’s also about the great experiences, friendships and memories you derive from campus life. Our staff place great value on the experiences they had as students and want to give our current students the same opportunity.

CBE also acknowledges the impact of the ongoing construction works on campus. The redevelopment will have great benefits but presents some short term challenges. The purpose of my job is to make sure CBE students continue to have a great time on campus.

What will this mean for our students?

You’ll see an increase in the number of fun events and social activities at CBE starting now and ramping up next year. I want to provide fun and inclusive activities which celebrate our multicultural community.

What is your message for CBE students?

If there is something I can do to make your time at CBE better, please tell me! I’d love to hear your ideas. I’m here to make your experience better, but I need your help to do that. Maybe you’ve got a great idea for an event. Maybe you’re homesick and would love to do something that reminds you of home. Maybe there aren’t enough opportunities for you to get to know new people. Or maybe you have an idea about how we could use a space better, provide a facility or improve the CBE environment.

Whatever ideas you have or hurdles you’ve hit, I’d really like to hear about them so I can do what I can to make your day a little bit better.

You’re now back at ANU as a staff member, after having originally completed your undergrad study here. What is your fondest memory of your time at ANU?

By far my fondest memory is sharing the university experience with friends. I vividly remember sharing afternoon beers at the ANU bar, debating ideas, travelling together overseas and just hanging out lying on the grass in spring. The ANU environment is really terrific. It’s a big, beautiful campus full of interesting characters. Sitting outside in the warmer months is just fantastic. I want to make sure students today continue to have amazing experiences, and I want to make sure they have plenty of opportunities to make great friends to enjoy them with!

Updated:   5 October 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Dean, Business & Economics / Page Contact:  College Web Team