Vice-Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence
Congratulations to Tamara Young, the Faculty of Business and Law's recipient of this award recognising research excellence in early and mid-career researchers from the University. The award is based on the excellence of the applicant's best research output (usually a research publication) in the previous calendar year and provides an opportunity for colleagues to acknowledge the achievements of researchers.
NBS Lecturer Honoured
NBS Lecturer Dr David Cunneen was recently honoured with the annual Teacher of the Year Award (TOYA) by the Newcastle University Postgraduate Students Association (NUPSA). Dr David Cunneen is delighted with this recognition. "Because this award is nominated by students, it means a lot to me," he said.
Dr Cunneen was nominated by MBA/ Masters of Marketing student Kanishk Kumar who said, "David is a unique teacher with a completely practical approach. Each student is considered as a future CEO and his style of teaching motivates students to learn in a fun environment."
Another career highlight for Dr Cunneen is his recent publication co-authored with Gary Mankelow, Entrepreneurship and New Gazelle Creation: How Entrepreneurs Create New Gazelles. This study offers entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship academics and students, as well as economic policymakers a glimpse into the fascinating, complex world of entrepreneurs, who strive to create a rare but particularly important type of new firm. Recent research has identified these new gazelles, appearing as economic dynamos of national and regional development.
David has over 35 years of business experience, including 14 years at CSR Limited and 8 years as Managing Director of a successful Australian hi-tech gazelle. A lecturer with the University of Newcastle for the past 14 years, David teaches entrepreneurship and business strategy at both senior undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Business and Law Academic Receive Vice-Chancellor's Citation
The Faculty of Business and Law would like to congratulate Brendon Boyle (International Studies) and Jamie Carlson (Marketing) for receiving a Vice-Chancellor's Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning for 2010.
Brendon recieved his citation for sustained excellence in the implementation of approaches to assessment, feedback and learning support that foster independent learning amongst Newcastle Business School's diverse student body.
Jamie received his citation for implementing a research-led teaching approach to internationalising the curriculum and promoting critical thinking skills that enhance student learning.
Regional, Rural and Remote Law Roadshow
Law Academic staff along with some of our current law students took to the road in October to take an important message to high school students in rural and remote areas. According to a survey conducted in 2008 by the Australian Law Council, 42% of regional, rural and remote lawyers intend to retire within 5 years, but younger lawyers currently working in these areas indicated that they only intend to practice remain in rural and remote areas for less than two years. The result, a considerable shortfall in the number of practitioners required to service the legal needs of these communities.
The objective of the roadshow was to visit rural and remote high schools to promote law as a challenging and rewarding career that offers the opportunity to fulfil a genuine need in their community. This year's roadshow visited areas including Wingham, Chatham, Taree, Melville, Kempsey, Gloucester, Bulahdelah and Forster, while a trip in 2009 focused on the central west of NSW.
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Two Business Students receive Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Awards
Alexandra undertook a project with Hunter New England Health which investigated internal mediation and alternative dispute resolution. As a result of Alexandra's project, her recommendations provided some innovative proposals to overcome some long standing issues and provide a platform for HNE Health to improve its internal mediation practices and processes. Her recommendations are currently being implemented by HNE Health.
Thomas undertook a workplace project with Hunter TAFE which saw him disagree with a professional consultant's recommendations in terms of TAFE's promotional strategy. Due to Thomas' complex application of multiple marketing theories, he was able to argue a case not to implement the advised promotional strategy, citing wasted resources when other promotional means would be more effective. TAFE has subsequently accepted his advice and implemented his recommendations.
UNLC - nominated for Australasian Law Award
The Faculty of Business and Law would like to congratulate the University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC) on becoming a finalist for Enhancement of the NSW Legal Profession in the Australasian Law Awards.
The UNLC was one of three finalists alongside Blake, Dawson and Waldron and Gilbert and Tobin for the award. The nomination was based on the Centre providing quality legal services, based on ethical practice, to members of the community who would not otherwise be able to afford them.
The nomination recognised the UNLC's long history of running significant public interest community legal cases, the most recent of which include acting for the family of Cornelia Rau in the Palmer Inquiry, and acting for six indigenous clients in the Administrative Decisions Tribunal on a discrimination claim. Supervised by Legal Centre solicitors, a number of students at the Legal Centre prepared a submission to the National Human Rights Consultation on the proposed Bill of Rights.
For more information on the UNLC click here.
Congratulations to the Faculty Finalists of the Three Minute Thesis Competition
Yesterday the Faculty heat was held for the Three Minute Thesis competition, upstairs in the Oasis in front of an audience of PhD students and faculty staff.
10 PhD students entered the competition and spoke about their research for 3 minutes. The judges selected 3 finalists who will to compete in the university final in August.
The winner of the university final will represent the University of Newcastle in the Trans-Tasman competition in Queensland later this year.
The three finalists from the Faculty of Business and Law are:
- Paul Docherty - PhD(Accounting and Finance) candidate
- Kcasey McLoughlin - PhD(Politics) candidate
- Shatha Obeidat - PhD(Management) candidate
Thank you to the other PhD students who competed yesterday:
Miraj Ahmmod; Nima Heirati; Tajkira (Rumi) Khandoker; Stephen Owen; Parth Patel; Phyra Sok and Muttanchai (Pop) Suttipun.
Esteem for Business School Lecturer Richard Oloruntoba
Sometimes you come across people, who are interested in advancing knowledge of how to help those affected by natural disasters. Richard Oloruntoba is one of those people. Richard's research in the area of Logistics and Supply Chain Management has culminated in an invitation to join the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management (JHL). This is the first specialist journal to be dedicated solely to research in logistics and supply chain management for humanitarian and disaster relief operations. The journal is based in Finland and backed by Emerald publishers.
Richard has earned his place on the editorial advisory board of JHL. Over the last eight years, Richard has published one research monograph, one book chapter, nine refereed journal articles, seven refereed conference proceedings, made three invited refereed presentations and been awarded the Outstanding Paper Award in 2006 and 2007. These works have predominantly focused on logistics and supply chain management for disaster relief.
Richard, hearty congratulations from everyone at the Business School.