Research Newsletter

HEPP; Brown Bag Seminar Series; OLT Grants; Upcoming Conferences - HERDSA; ISSOTL; STARS; GAPS; NAEEA.


HEPP National Priority Project success!

Congratulations to Anna Bennett who is leading the Critical Interventions Framework Part 2 HEPP National Priority Project in partnership with Ryan Naylor, Richard James and Chi Baik from the University of Melbourne, and Andrew Harvey and Matt Brett from La Trobe University.  Anna is working closely with the Chief Investigators from the University of Newcastle, Geoff Whitty, Max Smith, Jenny Gore and Belinda Munn and with the Project Reference Group, chaired by Penny Jane Burke.

The CIF 2 furthers work carried out in 2013 in the Critical Interventions Framework report for advancing equity in Australian higher education which was presented by Ryan Naylor, Richard James and Chi Baik from the University of Melbourne. The CIF 2 will provide an assessment of equity initiatives for seven equity groups across the student life continuum (from access to employment initiatives, with a particular focus on 'retention, progress and success'). A mixed methods approach will be utilised, with surveys, literature reviews and case studies providing the opportunity to gain a thorough inventory of effective initiatives suitable for use by Australian universities to improve the higher education outcomes of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Elizabeth Bridges is Project Coordinator and Kate Mellor the Research Assistant based at the University of Newcastle.



Brown Bag Seminar Series

The next Brown Bag Seminar will be presented by Josephine May. Jo will present on aspects of her Special Studies Program research which looked at Women Educational Leaders in Australia from the late 19th to the mid 20th century.

The Seminar will be held in Ourimbah on Wednesday 22 April 2015 from 12pm to 1pm in CS218 and repeated at Callaghan on Tuesday 28 April 2015 from 12pm to 1pm in MCG61.

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OLT Grants

The Office for Learning and Teaching seed grant funding round is currently open. Seed grants support pilot projects which test and evaluate an original idea, or stand-alone, small-scale projects which build the capacity of early career academics.

In 2015 applications need to address one of the following priority areas:

  • Academic standards
  • Assessing equivalence of qualifications and learning outcomes
  • Assessment and promotion of student learning (on selected topics)
  • Curriculum design (on selected topics)
  • Employability skills
  • Improving access to an outcomes in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Improving institutional pathways across higher education
  • The contemporary PhD

If you are interested in applying for an OLT seed grant in 2015 you will need to complete a Notice of Intention to Apply asap- definitely before 17 April 2015. The internal UoN due date for submissions is 5 June 2015.

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/grants-awards-and-fellowships/teaching-grants-and-awards/olt-grants-and-awards

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Upcoming conferences
Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc. Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, July 6-9, 2015

Early bird registration closes 17 April 2015

http://herdsa2015.org/

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International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL)

RMIT Melbourne, 27-30 October 2015.

Abstracts due 24 April 2015

http://www.issotl2015.com.au/venue.html

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STARS: Student Transitions Achievement Retention and Success

Crown Convention Centre Melbourne, 1-4 July 2015

Early bird registration closes 17 April 2015

http://unistars.org/ 

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GAPS: Global Access to Postsecondary Education

Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, 5-8 October 2015

http://www.gaps-education.org/world-congress-kuala-lumpur-2015/programme/

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NAEEA: National Association of Enabling Educators of Australia

University of Western Sydney, Parramatta Campus. 25-26 November 2015

http://enablingeducators.org

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