Research Newsletter

Research News May 2016

Grant Success!

Congratulations to Dr Anna Bennett in relation to her successful National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) grant application.
Anna will be working with Professor Penny Jane Burke (CI, CEEHE, University of Newcastle), and Co-Investigator Professor Jacqueline Stevenson (Sheffield Hallam University) on a project titled “It’s About Time: working towards more equitable understandings of the impact of time for students in higher education.
Short Project Description: Higher education experiences are increasingly intensified by competing imperatives of study, work, and personal commitments. However, despite significant change, the assumption persists that time is a neutral and linear framework in which all students are equally positioned. This project will examine how experiences of ‘time’, as well as dominant discourses about ‘time management’, impact on the attraction, retention, and performance of students in higher education. The study will engage students from undergraduate Nursing, Law and Engineering programs at two regional universities, one in Australia and one in the United Kingdom, where the student population includes significant cohorts of equity groups including students from regional and remote/rural backgrounds.

Research Advantage

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UON recently launched ‘Research Advantage’. This new initiative provides a number of opportunities for UON researchers including a research orientation program, ECR programs, grant accelerator programs, women in research programs and much more.
Please visit the Research Advantage webpage for more details and to register your interest.

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.

Grant rounds currently open

nib foundation

The nib foundation aims to support locally-based initiatives that foster community engagement and improved health outcomes in communities across Australia. Our support is focused on improving the health and wellbeing of young people and carers.
These grants range from $5,000 to $50,000 and are available projects up to 12 months long. Internal EOIs due Friday 6 May. Please contact Helen Cameron ( asap for an internal EOI form and further details.

Churchill Fellowships

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Churchill Fellowships are currently open. Churchill Fellowships provide the opportunity to travel internationally to conduct research in order to bring back knowledge, experience, ideas and innovation.

Further details can be found at: Please note the Internal University of Newcastle Research Office closing date is 8 May 2016.

Australian Rotary Health, Mental Health Research Grants

The Australian Rotary Health is currently seeking project EOIs for Mental Health Research Grants.

Projects must focus on the mental health of young Australians (0-25 yrs) and must be conducted in Australia.
Grants are valued up to $70,000 per annum (GST exc) for up to 3 years (however the funding guidelines for 2017 encourage grants for 1 or 2 years).

EOIs are due to the Research Office by 23 May 2016.
Further information can be found at:

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 website