May 2018

Language Centre; ROAC; Board Meeting; ELICOS Sydney; Research News; Staff News; Work Health & Safety

Language Centre News

Student Engagement Program (SEP) activities continue to be a highlight at the Callaghan campus of the UON Language Centre. Highlights for April and May will include the continuation of the popular Speed Conversations, important sessions delivered by Allianz Insurance, Police and Surf Life Saving representatives as part of our New Student Orientation Program as well as well as new initiatives such as a tour of New Space and Cooking on Campus. Students are able to record participation in all activities in their SEP Passport.

Speaking of the SEP Passport, Anne Burnett reports that 17 students have now completed the Passport program, earning them a $5 Gloria Jeans voucher each and giving them a chance at $100 cash prize that will be drawn quarterly. The SEP Passport is proving to be a great way to incentivise student participation in these activities which are designed to encourage them to engage with the local community and use English outside of the classroom. Anne will be discussing the genesis of the Passport project at the upcoming UECA PD Fest in Sydney on May 12th. For more information, visit this site.

Also on the topic of conferences, Callaghan Program Convenor Ben Doran and ELICOS teacher Adam Connor will deliver a joint presentation at the upcoming NEAS conference in Sydney on May 11th. The theme of this year’s conference is Beyond the Digital Revolution and Ben and Adam will present on the use of QR codes for the purpose of orientation procedures. For more information on the conference visit this site.

Finally, Micro PDs return to the Callaghan campus with the first session to be hosted this Thursday. This session is only for Language Centre teachers but we are hoping to open future sessions up to all interested ELFSC colleagues:

Date: Thursday May 3rd

Time: 11:15 am

Room: 11


Liza Pezzano presents:

The Journey: As many of you know, UON has provided an opportunity for 11 refugee and asylum seeker students to achieve their dream of studying for an undergraduate degree. After proving themselves in Open Foundation last year, achieving great results, they are now starting on their new journey at university.

Simone Nance and I have worked with these students for over a year with English language support (amongst other things!), so this session will look at the program to date in the context of access to higher education for refugees and asylum seekers in Australia and the hopes and aspirations of the students we have been working with. We will also be looking at how we can support and mentor them along the way.

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Callaghan students who completed Open Foundation, Yapug or Newstep in 2017 were invited to the Callaghan Recognition of Attainment Ceremony (ROAC), held on Friday 13th April at 2pm 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 Claire Jones (Newstep), Katelin Smith (Yapug) and Emma Myers (Open Foundation). Each spoke of the challenges and rewards in their journey through their respective enabling program. 
The ceremony was shared with graduates of the Faculty of Business and Law and graduates from NIC (Newcastle International College).

Thank you to all the wonderful staff that participated in the ceremony, and helped our students and guests remain calm and hydrated whilst waiting for the power to resume. It sure was a memorable and moving ceremony!

A selection of photographs from the ceremony can be seen below.

The date for the ceremony for our Ourimbah students who completed in 2017 will be announced shortly.

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ELFSC Board Meeting

The ELFSC Board met on 9 April. The Board, Chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) , is scheduled to meet on four occasion in 2018.

A summary of key items and issues of interest can be found here

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Guest Lectures

The Newcastle Business School guest lecture series continues, with the first lecture this year to be given by Dr David Cunneen on May 22nd, on the topic of Leadership.  The guest lecture program has previously been very positively received by ELICOS students and staff, so it is with great pleasure that we confirm that academics from the Business Faculty will be delivering a lecture to EAP students once a block for the rest of this year.

Student Engagement

The Sydney Project-Based Leadership program is now in its second round, and the first group of leaders are now taking on leadership roles. These include taking students off-site to community-based conversation club sessions at Millers Point Community Centre.

Doris Ayala, Student Engagement Coordinator, will be trailing a new peer mentoring project, to be run by students who have completed the project-based leadership program. The first peer mentoring workshop will focus on developing reading strategies.

Professional Development

Teachers’ peer observation sessions have been completed for last block. These sessions offer teachers an opportunity to observe their peers in action and to reflect on their own teaching practices.

Keely McCauley will be attending the NEAS conference on 10-11 May, and will also be attending the UECA PD fest on 12 May, along with teachers Doris Ayala, Owen Wilson and Sharon Francis-Yoshida.


Sydney continues to attract transfer students from Callaghan, with 13 transfer request applications accepted for block 5804. This accounts for over 30% of the Sydney Language Centre intake for this block.


Cathy Drew, a long-stranding Sydney staff member has moved on to take up an arts development role – the Sydney Language Centre wishes her the best of luck in her new endeavour!  We are very pleased to have Katie Robbins taking over Cathy’s CALL duties.

Keely McCauley has created a SharePoint site for Sydney ELICOS teachers so that they can access lesson materials online and the site will be rolled out this block, with Katie Robbins as the administrator.

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Research News

ELFSC Staff Awarded Funding

Congratulations to Kristen Allen and Dr Jennifer Irwin - both have been successful in receiving $3k project funding through the ELFSC 2018 New Research Concept (NRC) scheme.

Kristen's project is a component of her doctoral research and will investigate 'The failure of metrics of success in higher education policy and pedagogy: Enabling student perceptions of academic capability and achievement'.

Jenny's project is based on her current teaching practice and is titled: 'Design and evaluation of a fully-online, university-entry course for prospective undergraduate nursing, midwifery and health students'.

We look forward to hearing more about these projects as they progress.

ELFSC RESEARCH(ER) Development  Workshop 2

Theme: Methodology and data collection

When: Wednesday 16 May 12-1.30pm (note - early finish)

Where: MCG56 & AB214 (Ourimbah)

Lunch provided – please RSVP by COB Monday 14 May

To stimulate discussion and ideas on research methodology relevant to enabling education, this workshop will feature mini-presentations by CEEHE staff, Matt Lumb, Dr Matt Bunn and Sharon Smith sharing approaches that have emerged from their current research and writing.

Other Workshops

Research Support

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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Staff News

Chelsea Trimble (Foundation Studies Office Callaghan) has started a 6-month secondment with HR. Her new role is HR Client Services Officer. Alexandra Fowler has stepped into Chelsea’s role until November.

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Work Health & Safety

Flu Vaccine

As per a recent email, annual staff influenza immunisation clinics commenced from 19 April 2018. A number of clinics will be held at the Callaghan Campus in Room SC127 (Level 1 Student Services Centre). Additional clinics at Ourimbah, City /NeW Space and Sydney are planned. Further details of these will follow soon. This is a free service to staff.

This year, in order to streamline the process the health service have introduced an online booking system which can be accessed here

First Aid Officer

Please note the change to First Aid personnel in the McMullin Building.  Alexandra Fowler and Leah Hill will be our active First Aid Officers whilst Chelsea Trimble is on a 6 month secondment in HRS.

Please take a moment to read the Safety Alert regarding cables running across floors and the Safety Alert regarding safe bicycle riding on campus.

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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 to Jenny WilliamsMaureen Jones or Leah Hill.