Research Newsletter

Research News June 2016

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ELFSC is offering staff the opportunity to attend a 2 day in house statistics and quantitative research training course. The course will be held at the Callaghan campus.
The course will be presented by Nic Croce, Kim Colyvas and Fran Baker from the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.
The course will cover:
* Study and sampling designs
* Questionnaire design
* How to analyse data
The course will utilise SPSS to analyse data and an SPSS software guide and workbook will also be made available to participants.
This course will provide an overview of the fundamental elements that should be considered when designing and analysing quantitative research projects.
Please RSVP to asap if you are interested in attending.


Retaining and Engaging First-in-Family Learners in Higher Education forum

Conversations about Retaining and Engaging First-in-Family Learners in Higher Ed

24th – 25th November 2016, University of Wollongong
Did you know that over half Australian students are first in their families to attend university? And that over a quarter of them consider leaving in their first year? Or, that during the difficult times, students are more likely to turn to family (or their community) for support?

If you'd like to:
* learn more about current research into first-in-family learners and their support needs
* network with researchers and practitioners who are 'innovating' in this field
* be inspired by examples of best practice

then SAVE THE DATE for Conversations about Retaining and Engaging First-in-Family Learners in HE. The main event is an all-day forum on Friday 25th November with invited speakers* and sessions that showcase research and innovative best practice (*note: names of speakers will be confirmed soon).

Pre-conference afternoon workshops will be held on Thursday 24th November from 2.00 - 4.30pm. Here presentations will focus on two exciting programs with Indigenous students that demonstrate innovations in the design of access, engagement and retention of first-in-family students.

The Conversations Forum will be relevant for all higher education practitioners including academic staff, researchers, learning and teaching staff, support services staff as well as those involved in HE equity and outreach.

Venue: Communications Centre - Building 20 University of Wollongong , Keiraville, NSW 2500
Further details:

Reminder: Research Activity

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Don’t forget to let Helen Cameron, Research Manager ( of any new publications, grants or other research activity within the Centre. Helen keeps details of research activity being undertaken within the Centre in order to inform the planning of research training opportunities and to keep track of research outputs.
Details of activity that are kept are:
* Citations for any publications that ELFSC staff have authored or co-authored;
* Details of any conference presentations that ELFSC staff may have undertaken;
* Details of any grants that ELFSC staff may have received (or collaborated on); and
* Details of any committees, editorial boards or the like that ELFSC staff are a member of.

Please also let Helen know if you are undertaking a PhD or a Research Masters.

Upcoming conferences
FACE (Forum for Access and Continuing Education) Annual Conference
Queens University Belfast, 29 June-1 July 2016

Pan Pacific, Perth 29 June-2 July 2016.
Submissions close 8 February 2016.

The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle 4-7 July 2016

Unitec Institute of Technology, Mt Albert, Auckland, 1-2 December 2016
Details available on the Fabenz conference website ( ). Abstracts due 29 July 2016.