August/September 2016 Newsletter

Research Newsletter; Brian Smith Lecture; From the Language Centre; ELFSC Staff Forum and Lunch; Staffing News; Campus Conversation; ROAC Ourimbah; Intensive Open Foundation Orientation; Enabling to Undergraduate application process

Research Newsletter

For all the latest news on research in the centre please read the Research Newsletter.

Brian Smith Lecture

This years Brian Smith public lecture will be delivered by Professor Jacqueline Stevenson from the UK on the topic of student resilience. The lecture will be held on Thursday 1 September at 3pm. For more information and register click here

From the Language Centre

* NEAS Quality Assurance Review

In May, NEAS (National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme) conducted their biennial onsite Quality Assurance Framework audit. The all-day audit involved meetings with key staff, meetings with focus groups of students, as well as teaching and administrative staff where they followed up on information gathered from online surveys administered to these groups prior to the audit. The feedback from the audit was extremely positive. Survey responses are benchmarked against other quality assured providers and our results were above average against these providers.

* English Language Barometer (ELB)

In April, our students in both Sydney and Newcastle took part in the English Language Barometer online survey that benchmarked our centres, against public and private providers, nationally and internationally. Combined campus (Sydney and Newcastle) ranking results showed that we were consistently on par or above average for the sector.

* Intakes

During the July intake  71 and 18 students respectively commenced their studies in Newcastle and Sydney. The Newcastle centre is currently hosting 58 students from our sister institutions, Shohoku College and Matsumoto University, on a 2 week study tour
The Student Experience program at Sydney is in full swing with a sports afternoon at the Rocks , including sports like ping pong and basketball. Tea at 3 continues with Fort street High School students doing volunteer community work meeting our Sydney ELICOS students for conversation practice.

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ELFSC Staff Forum and Lunch

ELFSC staff and Board members attended a Staff Forum and lunch on 26 July 2016.  Hosted by the Deputy Vice –Chancellor (Academic) and our Director, staff were apprised of relevant news in the sector, including the current yet uncertain state of play with the Federal government in respect of higher education.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) also presented a 15 year service award to Antonia Vujeva from the Language Centre.

Antonia and DVC

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Morning Tea

A morning tea was held 25 July, to welcome our new Deputy Director, Michelle Picard.
There were quite a few staff, academic and professional, on hand to introduce themselves to Michelle and to give her a warm welcome.

Michelle and Seamus

Yapug Convenor appointment

Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer was recently appointed to the role of Yapug Convenor and Indigenous Enabling Academic Advisor for our Centre.  Sharlene is a passionate Indigenous and enabling educator, who in the few short months she has been Acting Yapug Convenor has made a significant contribution to the implementation of the Yapug Review and ensuring that indigenous students in our other enabling programs are engaging with her and the Wollotuka Institute. It has been an eventful start to August for Sharlene with the recent awarding of her well-deserved PhD. We welcome Sharlene to this important role within our Centre.

If you would like to attend Sharlene's PhD Graduation Ceremony it will be held Friday 30 September at 6pm.

A new arrival

We welcome the safe arrival of Franke Denise Curzi, born 9 August 2016.  Sister to Ace, all family members are doing well.

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Campus Conversations

Campus ConversationAt the Staff Forum and lunch the Director also announced the ELFSC response to the University’s Curious. Collaborative. Courageous. campaign which is about supporting and building a culture for New Futures.

In ELFSC our “event” will be Campus Conversations with Coffee.  All staff of the Centre are encouraged to embrace the elements of Curious. Collaborative. Courageous during the months of August and September by meeting with a colleague from another Unit/Office/School at UON.  Coffee vouchers are on offer as an incentive for these meetings. The outcomes of the meetings will be taken up in the PRD process.

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The Ourimbah Recognition of Attainment Ceremony (ROAC) was held on Friday 8 July.  Students completing Newstep and Open Foundation at Ourimbah in 2015 were presented with their certificates in a ceremony shared with graduates from the Faculty of Science and IT and TAFE. The Occasional Speaker was Kathryn Ashby, who lives on the Central Coast and completed the Part-time Open Foundation Program at Ourimbah in 2001 and is now a lawyer, running her on law firm on the Central Coast. Our 2 inspiring student speakers were Caroline Mosey (Newstep) and Jason Finn (Open Foundation).

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Orientation for our commencing Open Foundation cohorts was held recently.  For the first time, students attending were scanned into the event, allowing us to get in touch with those who did not attend.
Despite the poor weather at Ourimbah over 160 students attended their event on 20 July, in conjunction with the mid-year undergraduate commencing students. At Callaghan the orientation event was held on 15 July, under clear but cool conditions.  Over 300 students attended.

As always the Centre is grateful to our former students who do such a wonderful job assisting our students on the day.  Thank you to all staff, including staff from Student Central, who make these important events such a success.

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Professional Staff - PD Event

On Thursday 11 August as part of ELFSC professional staff development we were treated to a lunch at the John Lambert Lounge.  This was a great opportunity for staff to reconnect, share personal news, and generally catch up.  Lunch was followed by a presentation provided by the flamboyant, multitalented and inspiring motivational speaker, Francine Bell.  During the presentation titled “Finding the Alien in you” we were taken on a journey of self-discovery which was entertaining, enlightening, sprinkled with humour and at times hysterically funny.  The influence of facial expression was explored along with guidance in correct posture.  For those who were there, I hope you still retain your “imaginary coin” and keep those “guns a-blazin”.  Eventually we discovered the primary purpose behind the presentation which was for us all to become fully acquainted with our internal uniqueness and to be totally okay with it.   In other words to be comfortable with the “Alien within us” as we all have our unique personalities, skill sets and strengths that make us all part of a fantastic collegial  and collaborative team.  Thank you Francine for your magnificent presence, sage and uplifting narrative.  Your presentation was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  Many thanks to Jenny Williams for organising the event. (Words courtesy of Chris Dowman)

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Enabling to undergraduate application process

Students completing Open Foundation, Newstep and Yapug will again be able to apply to UON undergraduate degrees via the internal transfer application, with the exception of B Med and B Midwifery  (applications for these 2 programs is via UAC only.)  There is no application fee. Applications will open at the end of August and close in early December, with the expectation that the first round of offers will be made to our students before the end of the year.  All relevant information about the application process, including relevant dates will be communicated to our students in coming weeks.

Students wishing to apply for Midwifery or Medicine at UON must still apply through UAC, pay the required fee and meet any additional admission/selection requirements and deadlines.  UAC is also the application mode for degrees at other institutions in NSW/ACT.

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