June 2018

Language Centre; For Your Diary; Staff News; Newstep Trivia; Research NewsPD day - Professional Staff; Home Stay News; Work Health & Safety

Language Centre News

Anne Burnett won the best presenter award at the Sydney University English Language Centres Australia (UECA) PD Fest. Anne’s presentation was titled the “Evolution of the Student Experience Passport”.  The presentation provided an overview of the student experience program offered at the Language Centre for the purposes of enhancing the well-being and language learning of its ELICOS students.  It also outlined the evolutionary journey of the program, which involved coping with changing circumstances and cohorts. The award winning program is a collaborative initiative between UON Student Central and ELFSC, which focuses on providing international and domestic students a platform for cross-cultural engagement through involvement with university events and the UON Volunteering program.  The presentation discussed the learnings as well as the development of the innovative student Experience Passport.

Anne will receive $1000 towards the costs of presenting the same session at the UECA PF Fest in Melbourne.

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For Your Diary

Recognition of Attainment Ceremony (Ourimbah enabling students): Thursday 5 July 2018 (10am) Fine Art Studio at Ourimbah.

“Town Hall” meeting hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) for all staff of the Academic Division:  Thursday 28 June (10 to 11.30 am) (RW149 at Callaghan and IRC113 at Ourimbah).

The purpose of the Town Hall meetings is to bring staff of the Academic Division together for an update and an opportunity to invite one or two speakers (internal to the Division and externals too) to present so that we can all get a better understanding of different areas of our work and others’ across the university and where we are headed.  Half an hour at the end of the meeting is reserved for questions. Please attend if you can.

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Staff News

Dr Jaime Hunt presents at conference on Corpus Linguistics in Spain

Open Foundation Linguistics lecturer, Dr Jaime Hunt, recently presented at the X International Conference on Corpus Linguistics held at the Modern Languages Institute of the University of Extremadura in Cáceres, Spain. As member of the Global Anglicism Database (GLAD) Network, Jaime presented his paper titled “Okay, so what are all the cool kids talking about? Analyzing spoken corpora for anglicisms in German”to colleagues as part of the GLAD symposium held at the conference.

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Newstep Trivia

On Wednesday 2nd May, we hosted a Trivia Lunch for the Newstep students at Callaghan. Students formed teams to answer ten rounds of fun questions from our quiz-master, Ryan O’Neill. It was a great opportunity for students to bond and make some new friends. It was also great to see some staff in attendance, testing their (limited) knowledge of pop-culture. Big thanks to all the staff that helped organise the event.

Paul Chojenta

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Research News



  • Venue: CQ Hotel Wellington, 223 Cuba St , Te Aro
  • Dates: 29 November – 30 November 2018
  • Theme: Inspiring success, Transforming the student experience
  • website: http://fabenz.org.nz


Theme: Analysis and writing

When: Wednesday 18 July 12-2pm

Where: MCG56 & HO173 (Ourimbah)

Program/guest speakers to be advised



The annual Research Publications Collection will be closing for 2017 publications on 29th June.

The collection captures UON affiliated Category 1 publications to inform PRD reports and UON KPIs. To ensure that all of your 2017 publications have been reported, please login to NURO (nuro.newcastle.edu.au).

For more information on publications eligible for inclusion (i.e. Category 1) see http://libguides.newcastle.edu.au/research-publications/categories


For tailored, one-on-one support please make an appointment with Anna and Jo via email.

Please make contact with ELFSC Research Manager Jo Hanley if you have any research news or project updates for future newsletters.

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PD Day - Professional Staff

On Wednesday 16 May, Professional Staff gathered in the Purdue Room inside the Great Hall where Francine Bell delivered a highly energetic and motivational presentation. Francine has starred in theatre, film, television, commercials, music clips and as a voice-over, and has worked as a soloist with Bert Newton on Good Morning Australia and on Midday with Ray Martin. Her presentation named 'Inside the Alien Head' reminded us all of how uniquely wonderful all are and the importance of believing in yourself. We were delighted that Francine stayed with us to have morning tea and to pose for a group photo. Thank you Francine! It was a pleasure to have you present at our PD Day, we left feeling very invigorated!

The second half of the day Kate Brownlee, Manager Student Advice and Hubs talked to us about Student Central’s CRM (Customer Relationship Management system) and demonstrated how it is currently being used. This was a wonderful opportunity to see first hand how such a great tool can be used by ELFSC to record and track interactions with students. Future arrangements are in place for staff to work alongside an Enquiry Centre Staff member to witness the CRM in action. Thank you to Kate Brownlee and Nicole Shelford for such an intriguing and detailed presentation.

Lunch was provided by Fast Fuel Cafe and was enjoyed by all. Thank you to Jenny Williams and Seamus Fagan for organising such a great Event.

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Home Stay needs your help

We are expecting a large number of Japanese students during the July/August/September intakes and need families to accommodate them for a short period. Please let your families, friends and neighbours know homestay needs their help.

Fees paid to host families:

21 meals + homestay is $255 p/w

16 meals + homestay is $240 p/w

The students will be here for as little as 2 weeks up to 4 weeks.

They are gorgeous young people, very excited and looking forward to meeting you. Your generosity in accommodating students is very much appreciated, the opportunity in meeting you will last a lifetime as the students will talk about their time in Newcastle to their children and grandchildren.

Please contact homestay on 0400411616 or at the office on 49216777 or by email-


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Work Health and Safety

Workplace ergonomic assessment

A reminder to all staff that setting up your workstation properly can reduce the risk of muscle strain and/overuse injuries.  To assist in setting up your workstation correctly you can review and complete the workplace ergonomic self-assessment checklist .

If you need help please contact the Health and Safety Team.

Items for the ELFSC Link Newsletter are always welcome. The newsletter is published early each month, with items due 2 weeks prior to publication.  Please forward any items to Jenny WilliamsMaureen Jones or Leah Hill.

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