May 2016 Newsletter

From the Director; Be Heard - Use Your Voice; For your diary; ROAC; Work Place Health and Safety; Newstep Events;

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Language Centre


The latest intakes in Newcastle and Sydney saw more than 70 students and more than 40 students respectively start their ELICOS courses at both locations. This is up slightly on this time last year.

Janielle Wilson , Acting ELICOS Convenor has just returned from a Quality Assurance visit to Jilin University of Finance and Economics (JUFE) in Changchun, Northern China, where JUFE’s Language Centre offers our Upper Intermediate and EAP courses.  On successful completion of their English course the JUFE students undertake a Bachelor of Commerce or a Bachelor of Business at UON.  Over the last  few years more than 150 students undertook degrees at Newcastle through this pathway.  The Director will visit China in early May to look at expanding this network in Beijing Shanghai and Guangzhou.

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Be Heard – Use Your Voice

Staff will be aware that the 2016 Your Voice Survey commenced on 27 April. You would have been sent an email with the Survey link attached. Your Voice is an important opportunity for all staff to give feedback on different aspects of the employment experience at UON. For the first time, a separate survey will be run to capture feedback from our sessional/casual academic workforce.
The confidential online survey has been providing valuable insight since 2003 not only on the UON experience, but also how we compare to a benchmark group of universities who also use Your Voice.
Participation in the survey is critical to its value – to ensure a good mix of UON’s different ‘voices’ are heard.
The survey closes on 10 May, so get your responses in before then.

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For your diary

Monday 2 May – applications for Intensive Open Foundation open

Friday 8 July (2pm) – Ourimbah ROAC

Biggest Morning Tea – McMullin – Thursday 26 May

Biggest Morning Tea - Language Centre - Monday 23 May

Saturday 30 May – Reconciliation Scholarships Ball (6pm).  Information and tickets available here.

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Callaghan students who completed Open Foundation, Yapug or Newstep in 2015 were invited to the Callaghan Recognition of Attainment Ceremony (ROAC), held on 7 April at the University Great Hall.
Proud family members, partners, friends and staff watched as students were presented with their Certificate by the Chancellor.
Our three student speakers were Dean Turner-Mann (Newstep), Taylah Gray (Yapug) and Siobhan Davidson (Open Foundation).  Each spoke of the challenges and rewards in their journey through their respective enabling program.
The occasional address was delivered by Frank van de Mortel, a former Open Foundation graduate and now practising psychologist.
A selection of photographs from the ceremony is available in the ROAC Gallery (link here)
The ceremony for our Ourimbah students who completed in 2015 will be held on Friday 8 July (2pm).

See below for Photo Gallery of ROAC Callaghan Campus

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Work Place Health and Safety

Injury Reporting Hotline

The University now has an Injury Reporting Hotline: phone extension 39999 (40339999).  If you are injured at work, injuries and incidents can now be reported over the phone. This is the first step in reporting an injury.
Click here for further information about reporting injuries.
In a new venture, early intervention physiotherapy can also be organised for injured staff for up to 6 visits.

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Newstep Events

Newstep BBQ Callaghan

No weather problems this year for our Newstep BBQ with a glorious sunny day at the Callaghan Campus on Tuesday of week 7.  Approximately 150 Newstep students enjoyed the weather, food and drinks on the lawn in the courtyard of the McMullin Building.  The world famous Newstep Bingo made its annual appearance with students playing for the chance to win one of four $25 Coles/Myer gift cards.  In Newstep Bingo, students need to socialise with each other to find the full names of 9 students whose first name starts with the letters provided on their bingo card.  The happy winners were Ashley Hvass, Steph Bell, Mitchell Scott and Jordan Cotter.  The Newstep Photobooth was a new inclusion in the event and it proved to be a great hit with students and staff donning the wigs, hats and glasses required for a proper photo booth experience.  Thanks so much to our staff and students for making this an enjoyable and successful event!

See below for the Photo Gallery of the Newstep BBQ

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Newstep Festival Ourimbah

Newstep Festival Ourimbah

The 2016 Ourimbah Newstep Festival was held on Tuesday 26 April and was a great success!
Over 80 students came through the event - chatting with stallholders (including staff from Learning Development, Careers, and Yourimbah), enjoying a pizza lunch, having fun at the photo booth, as well as voting in our short film competition and taking advantage of special student promotions and free popcorn from Event Cinemas.

A big thank you to everyone involved – especially to the event organisation team, the Newstep staff who helped promote the event, and all the stallholders who helped out on the day.

Please see below for Photo Gallery of Newstep Film Festival

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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 or queries to Jenny Williams,or Maureen Jones.