May 2019

From the Interim Director; Welcome - a little Rae of Sunshine; Graduation Cocktail Party; Academic PD Day; Australia's Biggest Morning Tea; For Your Diary; Language Centres; Research News; Work Health & Safety


From the Interim Director

We are now into the fifth month of 2019 so an important time to catch up across all of our programs. Scheduled for Monday 13th May 11am-12 midday, this hour will provide an opportunity to connect ‘over a cuppa’ at the Treehouse, Callaghan (upstairs in the Shortland Building). Please bring your own mug for the refreshments available. Convenors will also talk about various activities. I hope you find the opportunity to catch up enjoyable.

Staff have been busy engaging with professional development activities across all areas of ELFSC. Staff at the Language Centre, Callaghan and Sydney, have been engaging in a variety of activities, including ongoing micro-PD sessions, the University Education Centres Australia (UECA) and the National English language teaching accreditation scheme (NEAS) events, with important presentations we are very pleased to be featuring in the following pages.

On the 15th April, all staff from Foundation Studies, Ourimbah and Callaghan, were invited to spend the day together for professional learning. More information about the day is provided below, but an important theme was continuous reflection and development. In one session, we reflected and worked collectively in groups on what we value most about our work. From the preliminary analysis of the key themes arising from this activity, the following three were identified as most important: student development; collaboration; and continuous professional learning. Colleagues’ inspirational approaches to the new workshop formats which have been introduced into second semester Open Foundation courses were also discussed; important features of UONCapture (powered by Panopto) were featured; and current retention and evaluation initiatives outlined. At the end of the day, a session about the new Callaghan Pathways Precinct was also held. As discussed, a working party called the Pathways Precinct User Group will commence soon to explore important aspects of the move for Callaghan Foundation Studies staff. There is more information to come about this (through email) from Elizabeth Bridges elizabeth.bridges@newcastle.edu.au.

Please read on to learn about more important news and activities across the Centre.

All best wishes,

Anna

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Welcome – a little Rae of sunshine

Ben Doran and his wife welcomed their beautiful daughter, Rae Chun Doran on 24 April.  Arriving 4 weeks earlier than expected, Ben tells us she is happy, heathy and pretty cute.

Parents and daughter are doing well.

Congratulations!

Rae Chun Doran

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Graduation Cocktail Party

On Thursday 11th April the Wollotuka Institute held its annual Graduation Cocktail dinner event to celebrate the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduates at UoN. Graduating Yapug, Newstep, and Open Foundation students were in attendance to celebrate. Each student received a gift and certificate from Acting Director of ELFSC Dr Anna Bennett and Yapug Program Convenor Dr Sharlene Leroy-Dyer.

Yapug Grad Class

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Academic PD Day

On April 15 enabling colleagues were pleased to come together for our first Professional Development Day of the year. With the move into our new Enabling Precinct scheduled for the end of the year, the day focused on recognising our strong and continuous culture of care and commitment to our students whilst also looking ahead to the ways our work might might adapt into the future and ways that we can continue to work well together to improve outcomes for students. We worked through a number of activities around these themes, as well as hearing about teaching and learning developments such as around best practice in workshops, retention and evaluation and, finally, a 3D walk-through of our new Callaghan space. If you would like another look at the new space click here. Hopefully this space will provide a welcoming and practical environment for our students, as well as facilitating greater opportunities for staff to work together (in air-conditioned comfort). Thank you to all staff who were able to attend on the day and participate in activities, and especially to our wonderful organising team of Sally, Elizabeth and Safia.

Best,

Emma

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Australia's Biggest Morning TeaAustralia's Biggest Morning Tea

ELFSC staff are encouraged to get together for a great cause – the Cancer Council Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.

The official date is 23 May, however Foundation Studies will be hosting their Morning Tea on Wednesday 22 May at 10am in MCLG4 and the Language Centre will host  their Moring Tea on 24 June at 11:15am in LC312.

Every dollar raised through your Australia's Biggest Morning Tea helps fund Cancer council's life-saving research, prevention, support programs and information so please come along and have a cuppa and some delicious food, play some games and donate to the cause.

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For Your Diary

Here’s a reminder that all staff in the Academic Division are encouraged to attend the DVC (A)’s “Town Hall” meeting on Wednesday 8 May at 11am.

At Callaghan: RW149       At Ourimbah: IRC113      At Sydney: ELI217 (at the moment, but room may change depending on numbers attending).

This is a great opportunity to gather will colleagues across the Division and hear fist-hand, updates from the DVC (A).

If you are unable to attend, I understand that the session will be recorded and a link will be available to view the session at a later date.

Please note the dates for the next 2 “Town Hall” events: Tuesday 20 August (9.30-11) and Wednesday 20 November (9.30-11) – venues to be advised.

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Language Centres

Callaghan

NEAS Management Conference

The Language Centre Student Engagement Program Coordinator Anne Burnett will be presenting twice at the upcoming NEAS Management conference in Sydney (May 8 -10). In the first presentation, Anne is co-presenting with Student Engagement Officer Elisa Choudery. The Director of Trade, International Education and Small Business Operations at the NSW Department of Industry, Mr Peter Mackay will introduce Anne and Elisa. Their presentation will focus on UoN’s Student Experience Passport Program. Anne will deliver some reflections on the success of the program as well as discuss what such a program means to the broader ELICOS sector. Elisa will share both her perspective as an international student who utilised the Student Experience Passport Program, and what she found most meaningful about the program throughout her study journey.

In the second presentation, Anne Burnett will take part in the Premium Product Panel discussion. This will involve a contribution on how our product demonstrates creativity and originality, as well as presenting the evidence that demonstrates how the product meets user needs.

Anne and Elisa’s representation at such a well-regarded and well-attended conference is another example of the leadership the Language Centre has shown in the field of International Student Engagement. Deputy Program Convenors Stuart Macdonald (Callaghan Campus) and Keely McCauley (Sydney Campus) will also attend the conference for the full three days, and Homestay Officer Fatima Shipton will attend the session on under-age university students.

Sue Hodgson Retirement

After many years of teaching at the Language Centre, Sue Hodgson has decided it is time to transition into the world of interests, personal pursuits and, dare I say it, leisure! And she has undoubtedly earned it, having started at the Language Centre in 1996 (sorry Sue, that is a coordinating conjunction at the beginning of the sentence!). Throughout her 23 years, Sue Hodgson has made invaluable contributions to the Language Centre as a teacher, course co-ordinator, course developer, assessment creator, new teacher mentor, Acting Deputy and Acting Program Convenor.  During this time, she has also played key roles in course and centre reviews, she has presented at many conferences in Australia and overseas and she has been published in the English Australia journal. Sue has also taught for the centre at our partner institution, Shohoku College, in Japan.  Well-known for her pursuit of the common good, Sue has put countless hours of work into being a dedicated union representative, bargaining for the conditions we all enjoy. Sue was also a member of both the Teachers Consultative Committee and the Combined Consultative Committee, where she made invaluable contributions over the years.  Above all, Sue has been an excellent colleague, encouraging good teaching, professional development and the importance of team collegiality. While Sue will be greatly missed in our centre, we look forward to many catch-ups outside the office.

Sydney

Student Engagement Program (SEP)

Sydney SEP activities in April included the Lord Mayor’s Welcome to International Students on the 11th. The annual event, which is held in the iconic Town Hall building, welcomes more than 1000 international students to the city of Sydney. Doris Ayala, the Sydney SEP coordinator, attended the event with a group of Sydney ELICOS students.

Another popular event was the ‘Journey to the Centre of Sydney’ International Student Tour, held on 27 April and run by the City of Sydney International Student Leadership and Ambassador Program. This was a chance for Sydney campus students to network with other international students while learning more about Sydney and its landmarks.

The NSW Police Service will be visiting the campus on 22 May to speak to ELICOS students.  This is a great opportunity for students to learn about the police, what services they provide, and how they can help international students.

New Campus Life Assistant

The Sydney Language Centre would like to congratulate Eudora (Shan Hongye) on her recent appointment as the 2019 Campus Life Assistant.  Eudora is an ex-ELICOS student who was actively involved in the SEP Leadership program during her ELICOS studies. When she moved into her postgraduate studies, she and another student, Wayne Zhao, put in a successful NUPSA funding application to run a Sydney Campus Film Club.  Eudora has now been employed by the campus to initiate and run activities for the Sydney postgraduate students.  We wish Eudora all the best in her new Campus Life Assistant role!

Guest Lectures

The Newcastle Business School guest lecture series continues, with Dr David Cunneen, presenting to the EAP students on the topic of ‘Weak Signals and Discontinuities’ on 14 May.  This lecture was very popular with our students when delivered last year, so staff and students are looking forward to it.  Dr Cunneen has been very supportive of the work done on the EAP (Business program) and the Sydney Language would like to thank him for his ongoing support.

Student Satisfaction Rates

The Sydney Language Centre’s first quarter survey results have shown high student satisfaction. All those surveyed reported that they found the classes useful, 94% said the classes were interesting and taught them what they wanted to learn, and 98% were satisfied with the teaching they received. 100% of the students surveyed recognised the importance of their ELICOS studies to their future degrees – 58% agreeing and 42% strongly agreeing that their English classes will help them with their future university studies.

Professional Development

Sharon Bromwich and Sharon Francis-Yoshida attended to the UECA PDfest ‘Innovate! Delivery, Assessment, Support and Services in EAP and Pathway Programs’ on 13 April. Keely McCauley will be attending the NEAS conference on 8-9 May, and Owen Wilson will be attending on 10 May.

Staffing

The Sydney Program Convenor, Barbara Mansfield, is on well-deserved long-service leave for blocks 5904 and 5905.  In her absence, Keely McCauley will step in to be the Acting Program Convenor, while Mario Rodrigues and Doris Ayala will take over the Deputy Convenor duties, shared between them.

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Research News

NAEEA/ EPHEA Conference

Enabling Excellence through Equity – 24-27 November University of Wollongon

Research Picture

REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN (Early bird closes 30 July/Reduced rate for members)

SUBMISSIONS DUE 31 MAY

Submit a presentation in one of three formats:

  • Showcase presentations: submit a 250 to 350 word abstract about your initiative
  • Poster presentation: submit a 250 to 350 word abstract
  • Refereed papers: submit a full paper, maximum 10 pages, selected papers will also be published in a Special Issue of the Student Success Journal in 2020.

Click here for more information.

Please make travel arrangements with Lynda Lomax by Friday 31 May.

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Work, Health &  Safety

Getting around campus at night

With daylight saving coming to an end, our campuses are getting dark earlier.

To ensure everyone feels safe getting around campus at night we have a number of suggestions:

  • Walk around using the identified Recommended Paths
  • Use the identified Patrolled Paths when walking through the campus
  • Catch the NeW Space shuttle to get around Callaghan Campus until 10:45pm
  • Use the Security Night Shuttle to get around campus or to nearby suburbs
  • Call for a Safe Walk Service if you feel like company back to your car

Full details of each option are available here.

Security shuttle service

Use the myUON app to track the shuttle bus in real time.

CALLAGHAN

From 6:30pm til midnight you can call the Security Night shuttle to arrange a pick up. The security night shuttle takes passengers to locations on-campus and also nearby suburbs (3km radius) including Jesmond, Shortland, Birmingham Gardens and Waratah West.

For the after hours shuttle service you can arrange a pick-up by calling 0407 951 470. You can also use any internal phone by calling extension 27114.

CENTRAL COAST

A free security shuttle operates during the semester on the Central Coast campus Monday to Friday from 5:00pm to 10:00pm. The shuttle departs from the main bus stop on the Loop Road but will come to your location on request.

The service also includes drop off and pick up to Ourimbah Railway Station by request. The shuttle does not operate on weekends, public holidays, University concession days or during semester breaks. To arrange a pick up with the security shuttle please call 0414 411 799.

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