ELFS Research Newsletter

Grant Success

Congratulations to Co-investigators Anna Bennett, Seamus Fagan and Cathy Burgess for their success in gaining funding in the 2015 National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) funding round. The project is based on aspects of a pilot study that was funded by the CEEHE about views of student capability led by Anna and Co-investigators from ELFSC, Seamus Fagan and Cathy Burgess, in 2014. The 2015 project entitled 'Capability, Belonging and Equity in Higher Education: Developing Inclusive Approaches', is led by Penny Jane Burke whose research expertise and leadership of similar large projects in the UK, will develop the empirical aspects of the study of discourses of capability, belonging and equity in Australian Higher Education. Kim Gray continues as the principal research assistant conducting more interviews and focus groups with students and staff across the university to explore the research questions: what are the different meanings of capability at play in higher education? In what ways do these shape, constrain and/or enable equity in higher education? What does being capable of study at university involve and mean to students, academic staff and equity practitioners? Are students differently constructed in relation to capability discourses? If so, in what ways and with what possible effects? How might academic staff and equity practitioners address the challenges posed by capability discourses to develop equitable and inclusive practices?

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 Callaghan on Tuesday 12 May from 12pm to 1pm in MCG61 and repeated at Ourimbah on Wednesday 13 May from 12pm to 1pm in CS218.

With the weather events over the past few weeks the Brown Bag Seminar Series schedule has changed.  The updated version can be found through this link - Brown Bag Seminar Schedule - Updated.

STARS Conference 2015

Congratulations to Sally Baker, Evonne Irwin, Bronwyn Relf and Deanna McCall for having their papers accepted for the STARS (Student Transitions Achievement Retention and Success) conference. The Conference will be held in Melbourne from 1 to 4 July 2015.
Sally and Evonne will be presenting a paper looking at students' reading and writing 'in transition' and the lessons that can be learnt from a case study of A-levels to university transitions to help enabling educators to 'bridge the gap' into undergraduate study.
Bronwyn and Deanna will be presenting a paper on group work looking at the best strategies that provide a successful group work experience for enabling students. The paper looks at how to best support mature aged students to develop their group work and self-reflection skills, whilst developing social connectiveness. The paper is called "A GPS for Group work: Providing the best route to a successful group work experience for enabling students".

Congratulations and good luck with your presentations.