Research Newsletter

ELFSC New Research Concept Grants

Congratulations to the recipients of the inaugural ELFSC New Research Concept (NRC) grant scheme.
*Emma Hamilton and Evonne Irwin (Co-leads), Scott Sciffer and Valerie Djenidi
Reinserting Student Voices into Discourses of Retention and Attrition in Online Enabling Education
*Heath Jones (Lead), Catherine Burgess and Murray Sciffer
The MICHEL project: Redressing the imbalance between Mass and Individual Communication in Higher Education Learning
*Annika Westrenius
Enabled undergraduate students: a pilot study of Open Foundation students in the first year business degree at UON

Grants are to the value of $2000 and recipients were selected on the basis of project merit. It is anticipated that NRC will continue into the future so start thinking about possible projects.

Research Activities for Staff

Reading group continues every fortnight. Next meeting Tuesday 2 May 12-1pm in MCG56.
Small writing workshops have commenced and staff will be invited to participate as part of a rolling cycle throughout the year.
Save the date Research Retreat 13th July – Guest Speaker Associate Professor Sarah O’Shea (University of Wollongong). More details to come.

NAEEA Special Interest Group to be launched at HERDSA
Announcing the Research Development and Collaboration Special Interest Group of the National Association for Enabling Educators of Australia (NAEEA). The SIG brings together colleagues who are interested in research on enabling programs, the transition of students into and through higher education, and other related issues. Research Development and Collaboration will be launched at the HERDSA conference in June.

ISWP - Journal Update
International Studies in Widening Participation (ISWP), supported by ELFSC and CEEHE, has a new editorial team. Anna Bennett has recently welcomed Dr Nadine Zacharias (Senior Research Fellow at the NCSEHE) and Dr Marie-Pierre Moreau (University of Roehampton, London) as co-editors. ISWP publishes critical scholarship that seeks to challenge entrenched inequalities and exclusions in higher education. Next issue scheduled for end of June.

Project News

Project Report - It’s About Time: Working towards more equitable understandings of the impact of time for students in higher education by Penny Jane Burke, Anna Bennett, Matthew Bunn, Jacqueline Stevenson and Sue Clegg
A recent study funded by the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) investigating student experiences of time and led by researchers at UON has been published on the centre’s website.

Project Funding - Pedagogies which rebuild scientific curiosity and understanding to improve science outcomes for students in higher education
Congratulations to Cathy Burgess, Heath Jones, Colin Waters, Jennifer Irwin, Murray Sciffer, Mirella Atherton and Jenny Vazquez for receiving CEEHE funding through the Excellence in Teaching for Equity in Higher Education (ETEHE) grant scheme.
The project aims to identify the equity and opportunity issues that influence students’ decisions to engage/reengage in science based study and to use the findings to inform and develop innovative pedagogical strategies to improve outcomes for students who choose science after completing school. Cathy presented on the aims and scope of the project at the ETEHE launch in March.

Project Forum - A Comparative Study of Equity Strategies Employed by Australian Universities
In April, Anna Bennett and Jo Hanley presented at a national forum at QUT’s Garden Point Campus. The forum was held to showcase findings from a multi-partner HEPPP project involving researchers at Central Queensland University, the University of Newcastle, La Trobe University, Federation University Australia, the University of the Sunshine Coast and James Cook University.

Please get in touch with ELFSC Research Manager Jo Hanley if you have any 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