For students

Room Number Changes

The rooms in the Social Sciences Building have undergone a renumbering. To avoid confusion the Faculty has put together a document listing the current room numbers and what they were previously.

Download the document here

 

The Faculty of Business and Law offers students the use of a 30 PC computer laboratory located in Room MCG63 McMullin Building. The lab provides exclusive computer access for students enrolled in degree programs offered by the Faculty.

Students must observe the Terms and Conditions for use of University Computing and Communications Facilities.

This general access lab is maintained by the Faculty Desktop Services Team. Students seeking technical support whilst working in the labs should contact Desktop Services.

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
(Closed during semester breaks)

Support
Phone: 492 17000

PASS is a program that supports you in your study of courses. PASS consists of one-hour non-compulsory weekly sessions where students work collaboratively. Each session is facilitated by PASS Leaders; students who have excelled in the course in the past. PASS sessions focus on developing deeper learning of course material and enhancing your learning skills. Attending PASS sessions will help you to become a more efficient and effective learner.

Background to PASS

PASS originated in a program created by Deanna C. Martin, Ph.D, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973, called supplemental instruction or SI. Dr. Martin was assigned the task initially, of decreasing the attrition rate of minority students in the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry.

SI and PASS operate internationally and have centres in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United Kingdom, Mexico, South Africa and Sweden.

For more information about PASS in the Faculty of Business and Law, please consult the following pages or contact the PASS team.

NBS Postgraduate provides its own on-site written skills support program, the Skills Enhancement Program. SEP is coordinated by Jo Killmister, who can be found in UNH314 at University House Tuesday to Thursday and in SRS243 on Fridays. Contact Jo on 4921 5560 at City campus, 4921 5020 at Callaghan, online at Jo.Killmister@newcastle.edu.au or just drop in if you see she's free.

SEP provides an opportunity to improve your academic written skills in a range of ways adapted to your immediate needs, your particular skill levels and your practical circumstances.

 

Come visit Jo and pick up a FREE copy of English Grammar in Use and chat about your written skill needs

4th edition grammar cover

 

Appointment Request Form

 

What the Skills Enhancement Program offers you

You may feel some concern about how your written skills match up to postgraduate program requirements. If so, wouldn't it be a good idea to air these concerns to an experienced teacher and academic editor so that you can receive reassurance when you need it? This alone is a good reason to make use of the Skills Enhancement Program at least once, if not more regularly. Here are some other reasons to see Jo, coordinator of SEP.

  1. Come and introduce yourself, find out what the program can offer your particular needs and receive a free text, Cambridge University Press's English Grammar in Use. If you produce a sample of your writing for me to look at, I can direct you toward those units of the text most likely to offer the sort of information and practice you need.
  2. If, after a chat, you and I think additional help is necessary, we can arrange a suitable time for regular weekly consultations in the course of which we can focus on your specific pattern of needs while covering the essential skills necessary to good academic written style.
  3. Or, if you prefer, we can make just one or two appointments during which we can discuss, line by line, your written English expression in one or more marked academic assessments to see how your expression could have been made clearer to allow your ideas about course content to make a better impression. Many students use the program in this way and find that their academic English improves as a result.
  4. Less formally, many students who study in the computer labs near my office drop in to ask a quick question about grammar, academic approach or referencing if they see that I'm free, something all students are welcome to do.
  5. Toward the end of their programs, students sometimes ask me to help them to practise for the written part of the IELTS test or polish job applications.

SEP provides an opportunity to improve your written skills in a range of ways adapted to suit particular skill needs and practical circumstances.

Newcastle Business School Peer Mentor Program

The Peer Mentor program is a successful service provided by the Newcastle Business School for new postgraduate students who are commencing their studies and may be in need of some extra help and guidance.

Our Peer Mentors are experienced students who are also undertaking postgraduate business studies and will be able to draw upon their own experiences in providing advice and guidance to help make the transition to postgraduate study less daunting, especially as they will have completed the same courses you are enrolled in.

They will also be able to assist you with information about the different support services offered by the Business School and the University as well as general advice about transitioning to life in Newcastle.

Looking for a Mentor

If you would like to apply to have a Peer Mentor, please complete the Mentee application form.

How do I become a Mentor

Each trimester (around Week 9) we invite current students via email to express their interest in becoming a Peer Mentor for the following trimester. 

If you are interested in joining the program and helping out fellow students, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have successfully completed at least two (2) courses
  • Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5 or higher

Successful applicants will be required to attend Peer Mentor training before commencing in the role – this will be held in the week before the start of trimester and successful applicants will be advised via email of the time and date.

To apply to be a Peer Mentor, please complete the Mentor application form.

If you would like further information about the Peer Mentor program or have any questions regarding the application form, please email: postgraduate-nbs@newcastle.edu.au

Support for Research Higher Degree Candidates

Faculty of Business & Law RHD Student Handbook 2014

Introduction

The Faculty is committed to providing Research Higher Degree (RHD) candidates with a quality research training experience. This includes the provision of appropriate physical resources to undertake their research and quality supervision.

Students should read the  University Code of Practice for Research Higher Degree Candidature

Faculty Support for RHD Candidates

The Faculty is committed to providing research higher degree students with appropriate and consistent resources to ensure equity among students in all Schools within the Faculty. In order to achieve this result, resources for these students will be provided and funded at the Faculty level as follows:

Space

Students who are enrolled fulltime in a RHD program will be provided with a dedicated workstation within the Faculty at which to undertake their research training. The Faculty will ensure the maximum utilisation of available space, however students who are enrolled part time may be required to share space.

Physical Resources

The Faculty will provide a workstation, chair, lockable pedestal drawers and a bookshelf unit in a shared space dedicated to research higher degree students. For students pre-2007 enrolment (not eligible for the university laptop scheme), access to a computer and printer will also be provided. For students eligible for the new university laptop scheme, access to a network printer will be provided.

All students should be familiar with the University Computing and Communications Facilities - Conditions of Use

Administrative Support

Students will be provided with access to photocopying facilities with 1,000 photocopies being permitted to be copied in each year of study, after which the student will need to supply their own paper.

Research Support Funding and Procedures

The Faculty provides funding for PhD and Research Masters students to support their study. From 2008 onwards, PhD candidates can receive up to $6000 and Research Masters candidates up to $3000, over the entire period of their candidature. These new funding levels apply ONLY to candidates who are still within time for completion (ie equiv 4 years fulltime for PhD and equiv of 2 years fulltime for Research Masters). Any out of time candidates will be funded on a case by case basis.

Funding for students enrolling in 2008 onwards can receive up to:

  • $6000 for PhD candidates
  • $3000 for Research Masters candidates
  • Funds not spent in any year will be carried over to subsequent years of candidature.

These funds can normally be utilised only after successful confirmation of candidature.

These funds can be applied to attendance at conferences, as the Faculty strongly supports students attending both local and international conferences where this will benefit their research training. The quality of the proposed conference will be assessed by the student's supervisor and the Director of Postgraduate Studies (ADRT). Additionally, the funds are available for a wide range of relevant purposes including editorial assistance, workshops, thesis submission and travel to conduct field work and/or access research archives. Where travel and accommodation are requested, the appropriate travel and accommodation will be at budget or "3 star" equivalent rates.

Funding Guidelines:

  • Must be on the application form and submitted to the Faculty Research & Research Training Officers: Wendy Jones & Kerri Foulds SRS133
  • Must be accompanied by quotations and a statement by the student stating how the items being funded will contribute to completing the requirements of their degree and research training
  • All travel requirements including conference registration must be processed by the Faculty's Travel Officer (Tracy Agnew)
  • No retrospective payments will be made

Where students need capital equipment and software, the Faculty will endeavour to fund requests for capital equipment by purchasing the essential items and lending them to students making an appropriate case for their use, and in relation to software, supplying the software as per the University's licence arrangements.

I have read and agree to the Funding guidelines.

RHD Candidate Funding Application Form

  1. Complete the application form including proposed budget with quotes attached
  2. Organise the form to be signed by your supervisor and the Head of School.
  3. Send completed application to the Wendy Jones Wendy.Jones@newcastle.edu.au or Kerri Foulds  Kerri.Foulds@newcastle.edu.au (Research & Research Training Officers), located in SRS133.
  4. Approval will be sought from the Director of Postgraduate Studies (ADRT) and students will then be advised in writing of the outcome.
  5. Any expenditure of approved funding including travel and/or accommodation will need to be organised via Tracy Agnew (Faculty Travel Officer)
    Tel: +61 2 4921 6840; Email: Tracy.Agnew@newcastle.edu.au

Peer Review

An essential part of the Human Research Ethics process is Peer Review. Peer Review is administered within the Faculty; Ethics approval by the University's Human Research Ethics Committee. In order to facilitate this process the Peer Review component has been separated from the Human Research Ethics (HRE)application. The only information to be submitted for Peer Review in the Faculty of Business and Law is now the Peer Review template. The template includes only the essential information from the HRE application.

Faculty based Peer Review

Applications are Peer Reviewed by a member of the Faculty Peer Review Panel for their methodological soundness based on a Peer Review template completed by applicants.

The Peer Review template is then endorsed by Head of School and the Chair of the Panel. The Peer Review panel members are experienced researchers who have been nominated by their Head of School.

Information For Supervisors

Please note all correspondence for the Faculty Peer Review process for applicants needs to be submitted by the Chief Investigator/Supervisor to FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au.

Chief Investigators/Supervisors should follow the Peer Review process for student applications.

Peer Review Flowchart for Student applications

The Faculty Peer Review Panel aims to provide initial feedback on the Peer Review submissions to the Chief Investigators/Supervisors within ten working days.

Information for Staff

For all academic staff / Chief Investigator applications - the Peer Review template should be completed and submitted for Peer Review to FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au.

Peer Review Flowchart for Academic Staff applications

Process for L3 applications

Applicants requiring to complete an L3 NEAF application for a high risk application, should submit all of the documentation to Chair, Faculty Review Panel via FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au who will then organise the Peer Review process for all high risk applications.

Checklist for Peer Reviewers

A checklist has been created to guide Peer Review panel members to undertake the reviews. This checklist reflects the Peer Review requirements contained within the G2 + HOS declaration section of the Human Research Ethics application.

Submission of Human Research Ethics applications

The Chief Investigators are required to submit Peer Reviewed and HOS endorsed applications to the Human Research Ethics Committee for final approval.

Further details of new Human Research Ethics approval process, including NEAF application forms and guidelines can be found at the University's Human Research Ethics website.

Advice on Human Research Ethics

Chief Investigators can contact the Faculty Research Ethics Advisor (REA), Dr Stacey Baxter for advice preparing HRE applications.

Peer Review

An essential part of the Human Research Ethics process is Peer Review. Peer Review is administered within the Faculty; Ethics approval by the University's Human Research Ethics Committee. In order to facilitate this process the Peer Review component has been separated from the Human Research Ethics (HRE)application. The only information to be submitted for Peer Review in the Faculty of Business and Law is now the Peer Review template. The template includes only the essential information from the HRE application.

Faculty based Peer Review

Applications are Peer Reviewed by a member of the Faculty Peer Review Panel for their methodological soundness based on a Peer Review template completed by applicants.

The Peer Review template is then endorsed by Head of School and the Chair of the Panel. The Peer Review panel members are experienced researchers who have been nominated by their Head of School.

Information For Supervisors

Please note all correspondence for the Faculty Peer Review process for applicants needs to be submitted by the Chief Investigator/Supervisor to FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au.

Chief Investigators/Supervisors should follow the Peer Review process for student applications.

Peer Review Flowchart for Student applications

The Faculty Peer Review Panel aims to provide initial feedback on the Peer Review submissions to the Chief Investigators/Supervisors within ten working days.

Information for Staff

For all academic staff / Chief Investigator applications - the Peer Review template should be completed and submitted for Peer Review to FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au.

Peer Review Flowchart for Academic Staff applications

Process for L3 applications

Applicants requiring to complete an L3 NEAF application for a high risk application, should submit all of the documentation to Chair, Faculty Review Panel via FBL-PeerReview@newcastle.edu.au who will then organise the Peer Review process for all high risk applications.

Checklist for Peer Reviewers

A checklist has been created to guide Peer Review panel members to undertake the reviews. This checklist reflects the Peer Review requirements contained within the G2 + HOS declaration section of the Human Research Ethics application.

Submission of Human Research Ethics applications

The Chief Investigators are required to submit Peer Reviewed and HOS endorsed applications to the Human Research Ethics Committee for final approval.

Further details of new Human Research Ethics approval process, including NEAF application forms and guidelines can be found at the University's Human Research Ethics website.

Advice on Human Research Ethics

Chief Investigators can contact the Faculty Research Ethics Advisor (REA), Dr Stacey Baxter for advice preparing HRE applications.

Since 1994, the University of Newcastle Law Students' Association (UNLSA) has promoted the interests of Newcastle law students within the University, the legal profession and the wider community.

As a not for profit student body, UNLSA continually aims to provide law students with the best access to educational experiences and peer support.

Each year UNLSA undertakes an extensive range of initiatives that help to enhance the student experience of the association's members. From educational competitions, careers events and publications to sport and social events, the aim is to ensure that the law school experience is a positive and fulfilling one and that Newcastle Law Students' are given every opportunity to succeed during their time at University and beyond.

You can find out more about UNLSA by visiting our website at www.unlsa.com or by contacting President, Joseph Bates at president@unlsa.com.