Cathy's professional background is in Social Work, Counselling and Student Support Services management. She is accredited as a Mental Health Social Worker with the AASW. Cathy has a long standing interest in and commitment to student equity, widening participation and improving the student experience for increasingly diverse university student cohorts. Her key research interests involve the experiences of mature-age and first-in-family students in which she has a numbe of publications. Cathy received her Doctor of Social Work degree (by research) from the University of Sydney, with her research topic being the experience of mature age students entering university via an enabling program. Cathy is a recipient of a Carrick (now ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Following nearly 20 years as a Counsellor and Senior Manager within Student and Academic Services at the University of Newcastle, Cathy worked for Open Universities Australia as the Director of Student Success until the end of 2014. She now continues her connection with the University of Newcastle as a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Social Work as well as working as a consultant in student success in the higher education sector.
- PhD, University of Sydney, 16/10/2009
- First-in-family students
- Mature age students
- Student Equity
- Student Experience
- Student Success
Student experience; impact of higher ed on mature age students; equity in education; aspects of university counselling,
Fields of Research
Body relevant to professional practice.
- Editor - Australian and New Zealand Student Services Assoc
|2007||Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning|
Carrick Institute (Australia)
|2007||Vice Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning|
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Research into the experiences of mature-age and first-in-family students.
Student support services; Management; Counselling
- Social Work
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Book (1 outputs)
|2012||Stone CM, O'Shea S, Transformations and self discovery : Stories of women returning to education, Common Ground, Champaign, IL, 110 (2012) [A2]|
Journal article (11 outputs)
|2014||O'Shea S, Stone C, 'The hero¿s journey: Stories of women returning to education', The International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education, 5 79-91 (2014)|
|2013||Stone C, O'Shea S, 'Time, money, leisure and guilt - the gendered challenges of higher education for mature-age students', AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ADULT LEARNING, 53 95-116 (2013) [C1]|
|2011||O'Shea S, Stone CM, 'Transformations and self-discovery: Mature-age women's reflections on returning to university study', Studies in Continuing Education, 33 273-288 (2011) [C1]|
|2011||Stone CM, 'The secret of excellence in student services - a case example of cross-institution collaboration and cooperation', Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association, 37 70-73 (2011) [C3]|
|2008||Stone CM, 'Listening to individual voices and stories: The mature-age student experience', Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 48 263-290 (2008) [C1]|
|2005||Stone CM, 'Promoting an integrated campus-wide approach to first year student retention', JANZSSA. Journal of the Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association, 26 33-40 (2005) [C2]|
|2004||Stone CM, 'Negotiating professional supervision in non-government welfare organisations', Psychotherapy in Australia, 11 72-77 (2004) [C3]|
|2002||Stone CM, 'Counselling via e-mail: Applying therapeutic letter-writing skills to new technologies', JANZSSA. Journal of the Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association, 19 61-77 (2002) [C2]|
|1999||Stone CM, 'Standing up to fear and self-doubt: Tackling the challenge of mature age study', JANZSSA. Journal of the Australia and New Zealand Student Services Association, 13 4-14 (1999) [C1]|
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Grants and Funding
|Number of grants||1|
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2014 (1 grants)
Breaking the barriers: supporting and engaging mature age first-in-family university learners and their families$5,350
Funding Body: Office for Learning and Teaching
|Number of current supervisions||0|