About our centre

The IERC’s purpose

The Indigenous Education and Research Centre (IERC) provides a wealth of professional development opportunities in education, research and engagement building students' independence and success. It is situated under the leadership of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Indigenous Education and Strategy, Professor Martin Nakata. The IERC provides students 24/7 secure access to their amenities, such as kitchen facilities, computers and tutorial rooms with group work resources.

From humble beginnings in 1977 as the Aboriginal and Islander Teacher Education Program to now celebrating an annual graduation rate of 120 Indigenous students, the IERC plays a vital role in Indigenous graduates being equipped to drive self-determination plans and seize control of their own futures.

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Deputy Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Strategy Professor Martin Nakata

Ensuring every student is supported to thrive

Our IERC staff is made up of dedicated people offering invaluable guidance on available resources such as enrolment procedures, pathway programs, scholarship options and more. We understand the challenges you face and are here to help you grow in confidence, independence and self-determination.

“We are supporters that are unwavering and will be with them until they finish their degrees.”

Professor Martin Nakata
Indigenous Students’ Awards Night 2023

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IERC students.

Have a go at uni with these short, free programs

Whether you have just left school or it’s been a while since you’ve engaged in the education process, there are many opportunities offered through the IERC and JCU. Through self-determination, our goal at the IERC is to build your confidence, as well as your knowledge and skills. Our experience and prepare for uni page can help you.

If you are coming back to university, check out our information for new and current students page for what you need to pursue your dream career - and have fun doing it!

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IERC students.

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If you have any questions, whether you are new or returning to university, or a family member who wants to know more, just contact us!

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