Research News


The fortnightly READING GROUP continues on Tuesdays in Room MCG56. Next session Tuesday 13 June 12-1pm.

The WRITING GROUP happens monthly on a Thursday in Room MCG56 - lunch provided. Next session Thursday 8 June 11am-2pm. RSVP to Jo essential.

RESEARCH RETREAT 2017: Thursday 13 July - HB15 Lecture Theatre (9am-12pm) & The Glasshouse (12pm-5pm)

The Research Retreat is an annual event which aims to engage ELFSC staff in thinking about enabling research. The morning session provides an opportunity for all teaching staff to hear about projects conducted by peers in ELFSC and other faculties at UON. A guest speaker external to UON has also been organised for this year: Associate Professor Sarah O’Shea from the University of Wollongong. The afternoon session for ongoing staff is intended for further presentations including by NRC project holders and staff undertaking doctoral studies. It is also an occasion for strategic discussions about the ELFSC research agenda and how staff might develop their research capacity and research collaboration.

NAEEA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP LAUNCH: Wednesday 28 June 2017 8.30am-11.30am - UON Sydney, 55 Elizabeth Street

Join Dr Anna Bennett and Professor Penny Jane Burke (CEEHE) at UON Sydney for the launch of the NAEEA Research Development and Collaboration Special Interest Group.

If you are a member of the SIG it is free (if not, you can join by emailing Anna). Otherwise, it is $25 per person. Payment details to come.


  • A/Professor Seamus Fagan, Director, English Language and Foundation Studies Centre (ELFSC), University of Newcastle
  • Dr Andrew Harvey, Director, Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research (CHEEDR), La Trobe University

A light breakfast will be served at 8.30am for a 9.00am start

SIG members are invited to stay for a meeting between 10.30am-11.30am

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



Theme: Curriculum Transformation

27-30 June, International Convention Centre, Sydney


Theme: Concepts of Value and Worth – National and International Perspectives on Widening Access and Participation

28-30 June, Glasgow


Theme: Education: What’s politics got to do with it?

26-30 November, Hotel Realm, Canberra


Theme: Enabling Learning, Enabling Teaching

29 November-1 December, SCU, Gold Coast

Full papers and all other submissions (i.e. abstracts for posters, workshops and showcase presentations) due 31st JULY.