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Professor Jim Albright

Professor

School of Education (Education)

Career Summary

Biography

Since leaving teaching after 22 years of service in primary and secondary schools in 1998, I have undertaken research in Canada, the United States and Singapore. I have contributed sociological perspectives to literacy and literacy education, curriculum theory and design, and professional learning and school reform. As a Early Career Researcher, I won a competitive grant from the Spencer Foundation in 2001 (US$30 000). Before joining the University of Newcastle, I was the prime investigator for two large intervention research projects in Singapore (S$ 850 000). My most recent research focuses on developing teacher capacity across subject areas through building the conditions necessary in schools for innovative teaching and improved student performance.

Research Expertise
How Professor James Albright conceptualises his research in English education, and pedagogy and schooling in general owes a debt to French sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu. His research continues to clarify, broaden and deepen his use of Bourdieusian theories and methodologies, especially field analysis. A Bourdieusian stance can enable a powerful sociological and cultural analysis, enabling researchers, teachers and students to engage with and transform available capital, social fields, and systems of exchange. Professor Albright is interested in how principled and practicable relations can be drawn from Bourdieusian concepts and models to help us understand the peculiar economy of texts and textual practices circulating in disciplinary fieldshow texts are produced and how they are described, interpreted and explained. This interest has been at the heart of his most recent writing on multiliteracies and disciplinarity and has focused on his continuing research in literacy education, curriculum studies, professional development, school reform, and qualitative research. Over the past few years Professor Albright has worked on innovations projects whose broad goals have been to improve our understanding of the impact of current pedagogical practices, institutional arrangements, and assessment regimes on student outcomes. His understanding of the relevant research suggests that this is best achieved through building teacher capacity through supporting schools as professional learning communities.


Collaborations
How I conceptualizing my research in English education, and pedagogy and schooling in general owes a debt to French sociologist, Pierre Bourdieu. My research continues to clarify, broaden and deepen my use of Bourdieusian theories and methodologies, especially field analysis. A Bourdieusian stance can enable a powerful sociological and cultural analysis, enabling researchers, teachers and students to engage with and transform available capital, social fields, and systems of exchange. I am interested in how principled and practicable relations can be drawn from Bourdieusian concepts and models to help us understanding the peculiar economy of texts and textual practices circulating in disciplinary fieldshow texts are produced and how they are described, interpreted and explained. This interest has been at the heart of my most recent writing on multiliteracies and disciplinarity and has focused on my continuing research in literacy education, curriculum studies, professional development, school reform, and qualitative research. Over the past few years I have worked on innovations projects whose broad goals have been to improve our understanding of the impact of current pedagogical practices, institutional arrangements, and assessment regimes on student outcomes. My understanding of the relevant research suggests that this is best achieved through building teacher capacity through supporting schools as professional learning communities.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Curriculum and Instruction), Pennsylvania State University - USA
  • Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), Trent University - Canada
  • Bachelor of Education, Dalhousie University - Canada
  • Master of Education (Literacy Education), Mount Saint Vincent University - Canada

Keywords

  • Bourdieu
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Literacy Education
  • Multiliteracies
  • Professional Development
  • Qualitative Research
  • School Reform
  • Teacher Education

Languages

  • French (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
080599 Distributed Computing not elsewhere classified 10
130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL) 60
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University of Newcastle
School of Education
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/10/2009 -  Director Newcastle Institute for Research in Education
Australia
1/09/2005 - 1/12/2008 Associate Professor National Institute of Education Nanyang Technological University
Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice
Singapore
1/08/1999 - 1/09/2005 Assistant Professor Teachers College, Columbia University, New York
English Education/Teaching of English Program
United States
1/01/1995 - 1/08/2000 Lecturer Penn State/MSVU
Australia
1/08/1974 - 1/08/1998 Teacher Halifax District School Board
Nova Scotia Department of Education
Australia

Invitations

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2009 Guest Editor
Organisation: English Teaching: Practice and Critique Description: I have been invited to edit an issue on fronting generative, theoretical, narrative, empirical, and practical explorations of the interconnected nature of literacy and the body. My issue encourages submissions drawing on and extending theorists who explicitly link literacy and the body (e.g. Bakhtin, Bourdieu, Butler, Foucault&) as well as submissions making innovative links not yet apparent in the literature. I have recommended that authors avoid overviews of models and theories and how these might apply to language, literacy and education, but rather work toward new combinations or applications of theory to expand readers imaginations around literacy and the body.
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2012 Carlson DL, Albright JJ, Composing a care of the self: A critical history of writing assessment in Secondary English Education, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 252 (2012) [A1]
2008 Albright J, Luke A, Pierre Bourdieu and Literacy Education, Routledge, London, United Kingdom, 392 (2008) [A3]

Chapter (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Albright J, 'Problematics and generative possibilities', Pierre Bourdieu and Literacy Education, Routledge, London, United Kingdom 11-32 (2008) [B1]
2008 Albright JJ, 'Learning from Our Failures.', Pierre Bourdieu and Literacy Education, Routledge, London, United Kingdom 319-345 (2008) [B1]
2008 Albright J, Luke A, 'Introduction: Renewing the cultural politics of literacy education', Pierre Bourdieu and Literacy Education, Routledge, London, United Kingdom 3-11 (2008) [B1]
2007 Albright J, Walsh CS, Purohit K, 'Towards a theory of practice: Critical Transdisciplinary Multiliteracies', Research on Sociocultural Influences on Motivation and Learning, 7, Standards in Education, Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America 93-115 (2007) [B1]
2005 Albright J, Purohit K, Walsh CS, 'Multimodal reading and design in a cross-disciplinary curriculum theorizing', Redesigning pedagogy and reflection on theory and practice, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, Netherlands 3-18 (2005) [B1]
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Journal article (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Gore J, Holmes K, Smith M, Southgate E, Albright J, 'Socioeconomic status and the career aspirations of Australian school students: Testing enduring assumptions', The Australian Educational Researcher, 155-177 (2015)
DOI 10.1007/s13384-015-0172-5
Citations Web of Science - 1
Co-authors Erica Southgate, Kathryn Holmes, Jenny Gore, Maxwell Smith
2013 Gerrard J, Albright J, Clarke DJ, Clarke DM, Farrell L, Freebody P, Sullivan P, 'Researching the creation of a national curriculum from systems to classrooms', Australian Journal of Education, 57 60-73 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1177/0004944112471480
Citations Scopus - 1
2013 Albright J, Knezevic L, Farrell L, 'Everyday practices of teachers of English: A survey at the outset of national curriculum implementation', Australian Journal of Language & Literacy, 36 111-120 (2013) [C1]
2013 Holmes K, Clement J, Albright J, 'The complex task of leading educational change in schools', School Leadership & Management, 33 270-283 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/13632434.2013.800477
Citations Scopus - 3
Co-authors Kathryn Holmes
2012 Sullivan P, Clarke DM, Albright JJ, Clarke DJ, Farrell L, Freebody P, Michels D, 'Teachers' planning processes: Seeking insights from Australian teachers', Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 17 4-8 (2012) [C1]
2012 Albright JJ, Clement JJ, Holmes KA, 'School change and the challenge of presentism', Leading & Managing, 18 78-90 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Kathryn Holmes
2011 Albright JJ, 'Editorial: Education: A journal for its time', Education, 1 1-3 (2011) [C3]
DOI 10.3390/educ1010001
2011 Albright JJ, 'Re-membering the body in English Education', English Teaching, 10 1-8 (2011) [C1]
2011 Albright JJ, 'Focus: Literacy(ies) and the Body', English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 10 1 (2011) [C6]
2010 Towndrow PA, Silver RE, Albright JJ, 'Setting expectations for educational innovations', Journal of Educational Change, 11 425-455 (2010) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s10833-009-9119-9
Citations Scopus - 8
2009 Albright JJ, Kramer-Dahl A, 'The legacy of instrumentality in policy and pedagogy in the teaching of English: The case of Singapore', Research Papers in Education, 24 201-222 (2009) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/02671520902867200
Citations Web of Science - 1
2008 Albright J, Towndrow PA, Kwek D, Tan A-L, 'Identity and agency in science education: reflections from the far side of the world', Computer Systems Science and Engineering, 3 145-156 (2008) [C1]
DOI 10.1007/s11422-007-9083-8
Citations Scopus - 1
2007 Kwek D, Albright J, Kramer-Dahl A, 'Building teachers' creative capabilities in Singapore's English classrooms: A way of contesting pedagogical instrumentality', Literacy, 41 71-78 (2007) [C1]

This paper presents a pedagogical intervention project conducted in secondary English classrooms in Singapore, entitled "Building Communities of Readers among Teachers". The proje... [more]

This paper presents a pedagogical intervention project conducted in secondary English classrooms in Singapore, entitled "Building Communities of Readers among Teachers". The project is positioned against the dominant instrumentalism of Singaporean approaches to creativity and promotes a socio-cultural stance to creativity and criticality in English language education. Currently in progress, the project seeks to foster teachers' rich textual engagements and to connect them with those they provide for their students. Situating the professional development in communities of reading circles, teachers' own, often narrow repertoires of reading are foregrounded, allowing them to experience the struggle of an active engagement with texts, and thus facilitating a re-imagining of their reading pedagogies, which at present are highly scripted and authoritative. The ultimate aim is to enable them to re-imagine their reading pedagogies in ways that encourage the creative and critical possibilities that textual openness can bring to classroom practice and learning. © UKLA 2007.

DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9345.2007.00460.x
Citations Scopus - 9
2006 Albright J, 'Literacy Education after Bourdieu', The American Journal of Semiotics, 22 107-128 (2006) [C1]
2006 Albright J, Walsh CS, Purohit K, 'Hybridity, Globalization and Literacy Education in the Context of NYC's Chinatown', Pedagogies: an international journal, 1 221-241 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/15544800701341491
2006 Albright J, Walsh CS, Purohit K, 'Response to Bettina Fabos', Pedagogies: an international journal, 1 247-252 (2006) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/15544800701341525
2005 Albright J, 'Review of Dislocations/Relocations: Narratives of Displacement [Baynham, M. and De Fina, A. (Eds.)]', Multilingual Matters, 261-261 (2005) [C3]
2003 Albright J, Walsh CS, 'Jamming visual culture: The Grammar of Visual Design and Critical Literacy', Literacy Learning: The Middle Years, 11 15-21 (2003) [C1]
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Conference (14 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Gore J, Southgate E, Holmes K, Smith M, Albright J, Ellis H, Berger N, 'On the relationship between socio-economic status and educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling', American Educational Research Association 2014 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (2014) [E3]
Co-authors Maxwell Smith, Nathan Berger, Kathryn Holmes, Erica Southgate, Jenny Gore
2013 Gore J, Smith M, Holmes K, Albright J, Southgate E, Berger N, Ellis H, '"I want to be a teacher because I like bossing people around." An initial cross-sectional analysis of student data from the Aspirations Longitudinal Study', Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2013, Adelaide, SA, Australia (2013) [E3]
Co-authors Jenny Gore, Kathryn Holmes, Nathan Berger, Maxwell Smith, Erica Southgate
2012 Albright JJ, 'English teachers' responses to the Australian Curriculum', Conference Programme. Five Bells. English Teachers' National Conference 2012, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012 Albright JJ, Gore JM, Smith MW, Southgate EL, Holmes KA, Ellis H, 'Operationalising educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Kathryn Holmes, Maxwell Smith, Erica Southgate, Jenny Gore
2012 Albright JJ, Gore JM, Smith MW, Southgate EL, Holmes KA, Ellis H, 'Conceptualising educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Erica Southgate, Kathryn Holmes, Jenny Gore, Maxwell Smith
2012 Albright JJ, Knezevic LA, 'Australian Curriculum: English - Leadership negotiating curriculum change', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012 Albright JJ, Knezevic LA, 'Australian Curriculum: English - what the teachers are saying', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2012 Smith MW, Gore JM, Albright JJ, Southgate EL, Holmes KA, Ellis H, 'Contextualising variations in educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Maxwell Smith, Erica Southgate, Kathryn Holmes, Jenny Gore
2012 Carlson D, Albright JJ, 'Composing a care of the self: A critical history of writing assessment in secondary english education', AARE 2012 Conference Proceedings & Program, Sydney, NSW (2012) [E3]
2011 Albright JJ, Fagan SJ, Ross AM, 'Establishing research into enabling program outcomes at the University of Newcastle', Proceedings of the 1st International Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education, Adelaide, SA (2011) [E2]
2010 Albright JJ, 'Measuring change in understanding: Assessing understanding when using an Understanding by Design framework for professional development', British Educational Research Association BERA Annual Conference 2010, Coventry UK (2010) [E3]
2010 Albright JJ, Walsh C, 'Multiliteracies as transdisciplinary curriculum practice', British Educational Research Association BERA Annual Conference 2010, Coventry UK (2010) [E3]
2010 Albright JJ, 'Contenting with educational disadvantage in the global city: Singapore's normal technical stream', British Educational Research Associations BERA Annual Conference 2010, Coventry UK (2010) [E3]
2010 Albright JJ, Walsh C, 'Multiliteracies as a transdisciplinary curriculum practice', AARE 2009 Conference Proceedings, Canberra (2010) [E2]
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Report (5 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2009 Albright J, 'TAFE NSW Hunter Institute and University of Newcastle Report and Recommendations On the Draft Technical Proposal NAM347 and Polytechnic of Namibia NTA NVET Trainer Programme' (2009)
2009 Kramer-Dahl A, Albright J, '"Building Communities of Readers among Teachers: A Reading Innovation Project for Singapore's Secondary English Teachers Intervention Project Technical Report."' (2009)
2008 Kramer-Dahl A, Albright J, '"Evaluation of MOE's Niches of Excellence Programme."' (2008)
2008 Albright J, '"Building Teacher Capacity in Curriculum and Pedagogical Design in Normal Technical Classrooms Intervention Project Technical Report."' (2008)
2008 Albright J, '"Teachers' Espoused Beliefs: links to practice"' (2008)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 8
Total funding $1,161,430

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20141 grants / $10,000

Are Australian Schools Socially Stratified?$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Associate Professor James Ladwig, Professor Jim Albright
Scheme Near Miss Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301385
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $750

AARE 2013 (Australian Association for Research in Education), Adelaide Australia, 1-5 December 2013$750

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Professor Jim Albright
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo G1301228
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20122 grants / $1,014,871

Targeting educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling: Understanding complexity for increased equity$634,880

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Professor Jim Albright, Doctor Erica Southgate, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Professor Max Smith, Mrs Michelle Heaney, Frank Potter
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100473
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

Targeting educational and career aspirations in the middle years of schooling: Understanding complexity for increased equity$379,991

Funding body: NSW Department of Education and Training

Funding body NSW Department of Education and Training
Project Team Professor Jennifer Gore, Professor Jim Albright, Doctor Erica Southgate, Doctor Kathryn Holmes, Professor Max Smith
Scheme Linkage Projects Partner funding
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100711
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

20112 grants / $94,309

Peopling Educational Policy: Realising the new Australian English and Mathematics Curricula$93,429

Funding body: ARC (Australian Research Council)

Funding body ARC (Australian Research Council)
Project Team Professor Peter Sullivan, Professor Peter Freebody, Professor Jim Albright, Professor Douglas Clarke, Professor Lesley Farrell, Professor David Clarke
Scheme Linkage Projects
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1001056
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON Y

3rd Paris International Conference on Education, Economy and Society, Hotel Concorde la Fayette, Paris, France, 20 - 23 July 2011$880

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Professor Jim Albright
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo G1100643
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20102 grants / $41,500

DVCR Special Grant 2010$40,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Professor Hugh Craig, Professor Jim Albright, Professor Stephen Webb, Doctor Elyssa Joy
Scheme Special Project Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000721
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference 2010, University of Warwick, 1 - 4 September 2010$1,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Education and Arts
Project Team Professor Jim Albright
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G1000650
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Topical Structure Analysis of Academic English Written by Vietnamese Learners of English: A Multi-disciplinary Perspective
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2015 Motivation and Students' Participation in Large and Multi-Level L2 Speaking Classes
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2015 Innovating Method of English Teaching in Vocational Colleges in Vietnam from Teacher - Centered Teaching to Learner - Centered Teaching: An Investigation of the Reality of English Teaching in Vocational Colleges in Vietnam
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2015 Innovating Method of English Teaching in Vocational Colleges in Vietnam from Teacher - Centered Teaching to Learner - Centered Teaching: An Investigation of the Reality of English Teaching in Vocational Colleges in Vietnam
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014 The Influence of Socio-Economic Status on Student Educational and Career Aspirations in the Middle School Years
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014 A Comparative Study Between Singapore and Australia's Education Culture and How They Shape Society
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2014 The Representation of Life Outside Vietnam in 1st Year Technical University Textbooks in Hanoi and its Influence on Learners' Cultural Competence in English Learning
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2013 Media Arts K-6 Education: Learning Spaces, Learning Connections and Arts Knowing
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2013 On This 'Full Sea', Created by Significant National and State School Education Reforms, What is the Impact of the Implementation of the NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum English Stage 4 & 5 on the Quality of Teaching, Teacher Identity and Perceptions as Agents of Change, and Student Perceptions of Themselves a
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2012 Developing a Communicative EFL Syllabus for Vietnamese Universities: A Case Study of Action Research in CEF-Based Design at HOU
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012 Achieving Cultural Competence in English Communicative Teaching Classrooms in Vietnam: A Study From an Intercultural Communicative Competence Perspective
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012 The Correlation of School Leadership Behaviours with Student Educational and Career Aspirations
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2012 How is the idea of an education revolution understood at different times in Australian History
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2011 Multiliteracies in the Field of Curriculum Theory
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2011 Mathematics Achievement Levels and Experiences of Chinese Migrant Workers' Children in Primary Schools: Teachers' Expectations and Practices
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Co-Supervisor
2010 A History of Scientific Literacy as a Goal of Primary School Science in Australia
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 The Study of the Use of ICT Blended Instruction in the Teaching of English in a Thai University
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
2014 Educating Boys: What's Your Problem?
Curriculum & Education Studies, Faculty of Education and Arts
Principal Supervisor
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News

ERA Research Evaluation Committees 2015

ERA Research Evaluation Committees 2015

February 20, 2015

Nine University of Newcastle researchers have been selected by the Australian Research Council for membership of the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Research Evaluation Committees.

Professor Jim Albright

Position

Professor
School of Education
School of Education
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Education

Contact Details

Email james.albright@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 01 4921 5901
Fax (02) 4921 7887

Office

Room HC 65
Building Hunter Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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