February 2017

For your Diary; Enabling Offers; Staffing; UON PREP; Language Centre; Health & Safety

For your Diary


Wed 15 Feb – Callaghan:

Yapug – 10am-12 noon in SAS205

Open Foundation – 2pm – 5.00pm and also 5.30 - 8:30pm in CT202

Thurs 16 Feb – Ourimbah:

Newstep – 10 – 12.30 in LT102 (then BBQ)

Open Foundation – 5:00 - 8:00pm in LT102

Fri 17 Feb- Callaghan

Newstep –10am – 12.30 (then BBQ)

ROAC Callaghan

The Recognition of Attainment Ceremony (ROAC) for our students who completed their program at Callaghan in 2016 will be held on Thursday 27 April (6pm), in the University Great Hall. All staff are welcome to attend and, if possible join the academic procession as we celebrate the success of our students. Further information about the event will be forthcoming.

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2017 Prior Enabling Offers

2017 Prior Enabling Offers to UON degrees

Over 1000 enabling students received an early undergraduate offer to the University of Newcastle in December. These were students who applied directly to UON (not via UAC).  These were students who successfully completed Yapug, Newstep or Open Foundation in 2016.

In January an additional 233 direct offers were made, as well as 83 offers via UAC.

Please note: these figures are for offers only not acceptances. Some students may have received an offer in the early direct round and also the later direct round and possibly also via UAC.  A further break down of offers via program/Faculty will be included in the March Newsletter.

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Retirements – Peter Quinn

Peter Quinn retired from ELFSC and the University on 11 January.

Peter commenced teaching in the Newstep program in 2009, taking tutorials in the English and Directed Study courses. As student enrolment doubled and tripled in number, changes were needed and Peter played a significant role in the successful delivery and implementation of these changes.

Peter has been a quiet achiever, never shying away from a new idea and always able to contribute in a positive and constructive way with good humour and humility.

In 2011, a course in Linguistics was made available to the Newstep cohort and Peter took on the role with enthusiasm of Course Coordinator/lecturer and tutor. In 2012, the Directed Study course changed in delivery and the 3 hour tutorial was replaced by a one hour lecture and two hour tutorial. Peter very capably developed and implemented the changes as Course Coordinator/lecturer and tutor of the restructured course.

In 2010, teaching roles were expanded for some staff to include that of Academic Advisor, offering support and assistance for both study and any other general concerns. In 2012 Peter took on the Academic Advisor role. Peter has provided a high level of assistance to students, offering advice with care and compassion.

Peter has made a significant contribution in his teaching, curriculum development, in student welfare and working successfully with peers.

His good humour, experience and expertise will be missed. Staff said farewell to Peter at morning tea on 11 January.   We wish him all the best for a long and happy retirement.

Peter Quinn Retirement

Alan Moore

Colleagues, family and friends bid Alan Moore a fond farewell on 7 February.  Alan commenced teaching as a sessional staff member at ELFSC in the EPGEOS courses in 2005 while still working as Conjoint Lecturer in Earth Sciences. Alan has a distinguished career as an academic and researcher and is highly cited in the fields of Igneous Petrology, Plate Tectonics, Metamorphic Petrology, Geology-Volcanology, Minerals and Economic Geology. Alan has brought his vast expertise to the Centre as lecturer and coordinator of the EPGEOS courses and mentor to other staff in the area. One particular innovation that Alan introduced was the Virtual Fieldtrip where Online students are able to experience the excitement of a Geology fieldtrip as well as receiving and interacting with real stones and formations which they receive in the post. Over the years students have commented on his patience and kindness and support in skills development as well as his extensive knowledge and expertise.

We wish Alan and long, happy and healthy retirement.

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Program Roles

In case you missed the Director’s announcement in December, here are the program roles for 2017 and 2018:

Program Convenor
Deputy Program Convenor

Newstep Callaghan

Beverley Wilson

Paul Chojenta

Open Foundation (Callaghan and online)

Michelle Mansfield

Emma Hamilton (also Online Coordinator)

Foundation Studies (Ourimbah)

Joyleen Christensen

Kristen Allen


Sharlene Leroy-Dyer


ELICOS (Callaghan)

Ben Doran

Janielle Wilson

ELICOS (Sydney)

Barbara Mansfield

Keely McCauley

Dr Dave Powter will also be taking on the Student Academic Conduct Officer (SACO) role in 2017.

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UON Prep

The 2017 UON Prep summer courses started recently. Courses run across three weeks leading up to the beginning of semester.

As of 10 February there are 1176 on campus registrations distributed across 49 short courses as well as 847 registrations in the online courses.

On Campus:
Callaghan, Ourimbah, Port Macquarie

ASSO: Academic Survival Skills

SLMO: Secret Life of Matter

EN: Essential Numeracy

MS: Mathematics for Science






Feed back from students who have completed the UON Prep Courses is always very positive and the data indicates that students who complete UON Prep courses have higher retention rates and a more successful first year in their undergraduate study.

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Study Tours and Study Abroad

The Language Centre at Callaghan Campus welcomed its first Study Tour group for 2017, with 16 students from Japan’s Nagoya University of Foreign Studies commencing a three week customised program with the centre. Starting in February, students from over 12 Japanese institutions will study with the centre on a variety of short-term and study abroad program options. Language Centre programs offered to short-term cohorts incorporate intensive English training, with the opportunity to engage with Australian and other international students, and also feature a range of excursions to experience local culture. These programs are supported by the University of Newcastle’s Homestay Program, offering safe, affordable and family oriented accommodation.


On December 7 in a special ceremony, The Language Centre recognised seven students for their performance in two or more of the following categories: improvement, academic excellence, active learning, leadership and/or engagement with the community. One of these seven students then received the Lynne Wilson Award. This award was inaugurated in 2015 as a way of both remembering and honouring our teaching colleague, Lynne Wilson, who sadly passed away in that year. Lynne was a dedicated teacher of EFL, who loved working with international students studying at the Language Centre.

The recipient of this year's award was Abdullah Alrubaian, a father of five, who was selected from amongst the seven strong contenders. Abdullah was recognised for his active and very positive attitude to learning, his leadership and encouragement of fellow students, and his community engagement through his participation in the award-winning Student Engagement program.

Following a welcome to and an explanation of the Award ceremony by Deputy Program Convenor, Janielle Wilson, well-delivered speeches about Lynne by her two adult children, David and Lauren, and an introduction to the seven student nominees by newly appointed Program Convenor, Ben Doran, Abdullah was presented with his Award by the Director of ELFSC, Seamus Fagan.

The event was attended by all the ELICOS classes and their teachers, who, at the end of the ceremony, had the opportunity to congratulate each of the award contenders along with Abdullah as the 2016 recipient of the Lynne Wilson Award.

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Health and Safety

In case you hadn’t noticed, summer is here!! The attached Safety Alert serves as a reminder to us all about the potential perils of summer on campus.

Safety Alert

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