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Conjoint Professor Kyle Loades receives UoN Alumni Award

September 2018
Conjoint Professor of Practice with the Faculty of Business and Law Kyle Loades was a joint recipient of the National Leadership Award for his work as a non-executive director of Credit Union Australia, Chair of Drive Yello, Chair of Hunter Medical Research Institute and Chairman of the NRMA, a role in which he led significant cultural and operational change.

By his guidance, the NRMA became one of Australia’s foremost providers of transport and tourism services. Part of his strategy was to lobby on planning and policy, resulting in the NSW government legislation requiring petrol stations to provide real-time fuel prices, and the development of roads and transport infrastructure in NSW.

Kyle has complemented his industry experience with continual professional development through formal education including: the completion of an MBA and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration at UON, a Harvard Business School Certificate in Disruptive Strategy and participation in a Transformation Leadership Program at ANU. We are pleased to have such an accomplished alumni on board as the Faculty of Business and Law Conjoint Professor of Practice.

Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Learning and Teaching Network Meeting

August 2018

The Faculty of Business and Law was host to the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Learning and Teaching Network meeting. Assistant and Associate Deans of teaching and learning from around the country met to share ideas and innovations on topics including building student employability, implementing national disciplinary standards, and the future of business education.

For the local showcase, Dr Kym Cowley and two student Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) leaders presented on the innovative FBL PASS program; and Dr Elena Aydos presented on the cross-disciplinary EdEX course she and her colleagues have developed in Environmental Law.

UON alumnus Kyle Loades named Business Leader of 2018

28 August 2018

The self-made businessman and 2018 Alumni Awards finalist received the top honour at the 2018 Hunter Business Chamber awards.

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New Colombo Short Term Mobility Grants Announced

30 August 2018

The Australian Government has awarded the University of Newcastle $1,267,750 million in funding under the 2019 New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. The Faculty of Business and Law has again been very successful in securing a number of these projects.

These Short Term Mobility Projects enable our students to enhance their CV for greater employment opportunities after graduation as well as develop their cultural awareness and understanding of our neighbouring regions.

We look forward to the following projects enriching our students’ experience in 2019:

  • Mr Shaun McCarthy and Dr Bin Li - Clinical legal education in China
  • Dr Ashish Malik, iLead+, UON Global, iLEAD Plus global leadership experience in India
  • Ms Jacqueline Svenson, Dr Liam Phelan and Mr Daniel Matas – Climate connections across the Pacific in Tuvalu and Fiji
  • Dr Elena Aydos – Environmental regulation in Australia and Japan
    Dr Marcus Rodrigs – Intensive business and finance project in Malaysia

Associate Professor Neil Foster Speaking at Senate

August 2018

Associate Professor Neil Foster was asked to give oral evidence before the Senate Education and Employment Committee’s Inquiry into the prevention, investigation and prosecution of industrial deaths in Australia. He attended the Committee hearing in Parliament House, Canberra, on Tuesday 7 August 2018, and spoke on the question of whether a company director should be able to obtain insurance against a criminal penalty imposed under workplace health and safety law. Video of his appearance can be seen here from 11:49:50, and a copy of his paper can be downloaded here.

Chandigarh University's (CU) International Faculty Development Program

July 2018

Professor Julia Connell recently represented the Faculty of Business and Law in India, facilitating six research development workshops for faculty members during Chandigarh University’s (CU) International Faculty Development Program from 9 July – 12 July 2018. Julia also met with female researchers from across the university to promote the creation of a Women Researchers network group.

Julia has also facilitated a research workshop for 20 HDR students at IIT Delhi’s School of Management Studies before meeting with senior staff from the institution. Both Universities are important partners for the Faculty/UON and are keen to strengthen collaboration.

China International Study Experience

July 2018

In July, a group of 14 FBL undergraduate students undertook a two-week “industry-focused” study tour in China.

They visited a total of eight significant enterprises in China’s energy and resource sectors, including those in steel making, iron ore and coal importing port, renewable energy equipment manufacturing, and e-waste recycling (circular economy). A majority of these organisations are heavily involved in the value chain across Australia and China. The visit to the Rizhao city has been featured in the local newspaper the Rizhao People's Society.

The tour was led by Newcastle Business School’s Associate Professor Hao Tan and with support from Dr Patricia Johnson and UON PhD student Jintao Zhang.

Singapore International Study Experience

July 2018

Dr Marcus Rodrigs accompanied 20 Newcastle Business School students to Singapore to be immersed in the local work culture and experience Singapore’s harmonious integration of ethnic groups.

Their first industry visit was to Pest Busters who are Asia’s leading pest management company. The founder and CEO shared his insights on training and nurturing people to become leaders.

The visit to Feinmetall put into the practice of theory they had learnt in classrooms and brought to light the many possibilities for making a business successful. The KPMG visit revealed what it was like working within a large multinational company where the emphasis was on developing both the technical skills and the soft skills of their employees.

Students reported that this trip has opened up new possibilities for their career that they didn’t realise they were interested in until now, they have come back with a renewed energy for their studies, and a more confident attitude towards future goals.

Indonesia International Study Experience

July 2018

Twenty undergraduate and Juris Doctor law students from the University of Newcastle (UON) have recently returned from East Java in Indonesia as part of their International Study Experience course. The course focuses on the regulation of the social and environmental impact of business, and is run in collaboration with the Law Faculty of the University of Brawijaya (UB) in Malang, one of the top ten Universities in Indonesia. Law students from UB also participated in the program, and UoN students valued the opportunity to discuss with and learn from UB students.

The students attended lectures by UB Professors on a range of topics, including regulation of palm oil plantations, corruption regulation and workers’ rights. The program included a range of field trips, including visits to a number of environmental and legal aid organisations, law firms, a reforestation project, and the state court. The students also visited one of Indonesia’s largest mining-related environmental disasters, a mud volcano that has devastated a significant area of East Java.

UON students have been particularly interested to learn about the recognition of Adat law (which can be loosely translated as local customary law) within the Indonesian legal system. During the court visit, one of the judges discussed the concept of restorative justice, and the need for responses to crime to draw on local customs in order to focus on restoring harmony to a community, rather than simply punishing an offender. Restorative justice is actually a key interest of Newcastle Law School, and we are part of a project to turn Newcastle into a ‘restorative city’.

Brazillian Professor Cristiane Derani Concludes Her Course on International Environmental Law

July 2018

The Newcastle Law School was honoured to host Professor Cristiane Derani from the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil, during the Winter Term. Professor Derani is the Research Coordinator and Head of the research group on ‘Advanced Studies of Economics and Environment in International Law’ (EMAE) and a Researcher of the Brazilian National Research Agency (CNPq).

Professor Derani is a member of the United Nations program Harmonia with Nature, member of the ELGA- Ecological Law and Governance Association, coordinator of the network of the new Latin American constitutionalism for the State of Santa Catarina and a fellow at the C-EENRG Research Centre at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Derani was invited to inaugurate the International Environmental Law course, which is a core course under the new Master of Environmental Law.

Symposium on the Future Australia-EU Trade Agreement

July 2018

Newcastle Law School’s Dr Rita Matulionyte was invited to make a presentation in the Symposium on The Australia-European Free Trade Agreement: Intellectual Property, Innovation and Trade in the Age of Brexit, organized by Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. She presented on the topic ‘Future EU-Australia FTA and copyright: what could we expect in the IP chapter?’ The Symposium was a great opportunity to enter the discussion on the future Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement, negotiations of which have now started.

2NUR Management Development Program

July 2018

Following an initial discussion with 2NUR CEO Deborah Wright and Professor Tony Travaglione, NBS staff Julia Connell, John Dugas, Courtney Molloy and Phillip Morgan facilitated a number of workshops for 2NUR managers throughout July and August. Workshops included: change management, strategic marketing and planning; innovation, governance and risk management.

One of the key goals for 2NUR is to engage more closely with the University of Newcastle and it is expected that academics, HDRs and others will be invited to share their stories on air very soon.

Capacity Assessment Symposium

Mr Shaun McCarthy from the Newcastle Law School along with Associate Professor Nola Ries (UTS) and Dr John Ward, Geriatrician, hosted a Capacity Assessment Symposium in conjunction with the Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute and Hunter New England Health District at Noah's Hotel at Newcastle Beach.  The 100 attendees included geriatricians, psychiatrists, nurses, GP’s, aged care assessment workers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, mental health clinicians, social workers and lawyers.  Alan Cameron, Chairperson of the NSW Law Reform Commission, was the keynote speaker who discussed the outcomes of the Commission’s recent report into the Review of the Guardianship Laws in NSW.  The topics for the symposium included medical capacity assessment – methodology, issues and dangers, practical issues in capacity assessment and assisted decision making for older persons.

NeW Space Officially Opened

On Friday 25 May, the University’s Chancellor Mr Paul Jeans and Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen welcomed the Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian and the NSW Minister for Education, Rob Stokes to officially launch the $95 million NeW Space facility.

NeW Space was made possible by Australian Government funding of $30 million through the Education Investment Fund Regional Priorities Round, NSW Government funding of $25 million and $40 million invested by the University. The facility is tangible evidence of what can be achieved when important partnerships are established and nurtured.

The building promotes contemporary teaching spaces, which reflect new ways of learning focused on collaboration and group work, as well as harnessing technology. Standard lecture theatres have been replaced with flexible working spaces and booth seating. Scattered throughout NeW Space are social spaces and facilities for engagement with industry, business and the community.

Professor McMillen said “The building has made such a positive impact on the collective ambition the city shares to revitalise the Newcastle CBD. The University has also been able to reimagine and reinvent the traditional view of a university campus, by creating a space for the city as well as for our students that is genuinely vibrant and collaborative.”

Do You Want My Job?

That was the question asked to our university students by the newly formed Marketing External Advisory Board. Over 70 students from the Marketing and Tourism Discipline said yes! And enjoyed an evening with eight of Newcastle’s leading marketing professionals. Members of the board shared their experiences and donated prizes towards the evening.

The Marketing External Advisory Board has been established to bring academics from the marketing discipline together with industry professionals to shape the development of the marketing curriculum and student learning experience. The newly formed board includes:

  • Joel Goodsir, Inspirations Paint
  • Clair Coleman, The Wests Group/Newcastle Knights
  • Peter Chapman, Enigma
  • Sarah Dennis, Fresh Marketing
  • Matt Hingston, Greater Bank
  • Sally Eagleton, Liberty Onesteel
  • Jessica Bower, Nib Health Funds

Students Receive New Hunter Water Scholarships

Two Faculty of Business and Law students have been awarded newly established Hunter Water scholarships, which offer financial assistance to help Indigenous students achieve their educational aspirations.

Studying a Bachelor of Commerce, and in his first year, Jack Roberts received the Hunter Water Indigenous Scholarship which offers a total benefit of $22,500 over three years. Business student, Tahleigha Compton, was awarded the Hunter Water Indigenous Community Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship offers a benefit of $7,500 each year for up to three years to a student who is committed to making a difference in their community.

Hunter Water also offers an annual Undergraduate Disability Scholarship, which was awarded to University of Newcastle combined Social Science and Law student, Joseph Popov.

The Faculty would like to recognise the generous philanthropic support provided by Hunter Water for these scholars, which also includes paid on-the-job training that could open the doors to future employment opportunities.

New Look Empower Network Launched in May

Over 100 women uon students, academics, professionals and entrepreneurs in business, finance and law attended the first in a series of events of the revised Empower Network for 2018. Attendees had the opportunity to hear about the career journey of Alumnus Rebecca Doyle who currently works as the Head of People and Culture at the National Rugby League (NRL).

The Empower Network (formerly Lucy) aims to give women (at all stages of their career) the confidence and strength to navigate and manage their own career development. The Network provides a three-way connection between university students, industry professionals and high school students through a combination of face to face and online experiences and interactions. These connections are designed to inspire and inform young women about the study and career opportunities available in business, commerce, entrepreneurship and law, informing decisions regarding their work futures.

Scholarship Award for Kenya's Young Entrepreneur Challenge Winner

A mobile app to enable farmers in rural Kenya to advertise and sell any daily surplus crops has won the 2018 Nairobi Young Entrepreneur Challenge, hosted by the Newcastle Business School.Aamir Pirani from the Aga Khan Academy won first place for his business plan innovation, collecting a $25,000 University of Newcastle study scholarship.

Aamir’s ‘Soko phone’ app business plan enables low income customers to access cheaper farm produce by engaging directly with suppliers and features transaction capability through existing cellular money transfer apps.

Aamir was one of four finalists selected to present their plans at the Australian High Commission in front of Australian’s High Commissioner for East Africa, Alison Chartres, and a panel of judges consisting of University of Newcastle’s Dr Patricia Johnson and two notable Nairobi business leaders.

The Nairobi Young Entrepreneur Challenge is an initiative of Dr Michael Seamer of the Newcastle Business School and conducted in partnership with the University’s agent in Nairobi – Koala IAC.  The competition is based on the NSW Year 11 Business Plan Challenge developed by Dr Seamer, which is now in its fifteenth year of competition.

Fostering International Relations

In June, Pro Vice-ChancellorProfessor Tony Travaglionetravelled to the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Indonesia. UGM is one of the top four Universities in Indonesia and the first in Indonesia to be accredited by AACSB.

Prof Travaglione met with the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics, Dr Eko Shivakumaran and Vice-Dean, Dr Mirulah Setyahadi to discuss opportunities for collaboration. These discussions resulted in the creation of a dual doctoral degree program.

Prof Travaglione also visited Montclair State University and met with the Dean of the Feliciano School of Business to officially sign the MOU for a double degree for the MBA (Global) and the Master of Science (Data Analytics).

'You Can't Handle The Truth'

In May, the Law School together with the Newcastle Law Society and Resolution Institute hosted Dr Richard Cornes, Senior Lecturer in public law at University of Essex, UK. Richard delivered a lecture on the psycho-social aspects of the dynamics of the courtroom.  More than 50 staff, students and professionals, gathered for the presentation and Richard challenged their perceptions of the role of courtrooms as a social space using art and media.

A Conversation With Therese Rein

In June, the Empower Network was honoured to host Therese Rein for an exclusive event that provided 90 local high school students, university students and industry professionals the opportunity to learn about Therese's remarkable career journey. Therese is an entrepreneur who founded Ingeus from solo operator to serving over 500,000 people in over 12 countries.

Therese shared an open question and answer session with local industry leader Jayne Drinkwater from the Greater Bank. The event was made possible due to the efforts of UON Alumni and Philanthropy and local businesswoman Shivani Gupta. Therese was in Newcastle to promote the work of Barefoot College.

Inequality Discussed at HRF Centre Breakfast

Inequality in Australia and the Hunter region was the subject of the HRF Centre’s economic breakfast in May.  The event drew 230 guests from the community, government, and business sectors.

Dr Anthea Bill, HRF Centre’s lead economist, revealed a trend of increasing inequality between Hunter neighbourhoods. Dr Bill examined disadvantage in the region based on location, education and family history. She also drew insight from the HRF Centre’s survey data - Wellbeing of Hunter residents.

Melinda Cilento, CEO of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), discussed why growing inequality is being studied by leading economists around the world and released details of a new CEDA report -How unequal? Insights into inequality.

26th Annual Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture

The Newcastle Law School’s 26th Annual Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture was held in June. Members of the local legal community joined students and staff for a lecture given by the Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia. To coincide with the Newcastle as a Restorative Cities Symposium Justice Martin’s lecture focused on “Restorative Cities – The Role of the Justice System.”

Justice Martin’s lecture was open, honest and thought-provoking that provided a robust question and answer session with the audience. The Newcastle Law School celebrated the event with a dinner for Justice Martin and other distinguished members of the local legal community.

HRF Centre Leads Call For National Research Collaboration On Regional Development

HRF Centre’s Director, Professor Will Rifkin, has been leading a national discussion on the pursuit of a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), or some similar construct, on regional development.  The discussion is involving a national array of universities, industry partners, and state government departments.

A key overarching topic has emerged – a need for ‘regional workforce solutions’.  Elements of that focus include supply of labour, demand for labour, and aspects of wellbeing of the regional communities in which people live and work.

The effort was launched in February 2018 when the Centre brought together a core group of leading academic researchers in Canberra. The initial response to developing this cooperative effort has been positive – from both leading researchers and selected partners in industry. Each member of the core group is now reaching out to potential industry and government stakeholders to identify their needs.

Research Grant to Explore Bank Deposits

The Newcastle Business School’s Prof Abul Shamsuddin and Dr Van Vu along with Dr Huu Duong from Monash University have been awarded a research grant of $5000 from Accounting and Finance Association of Australian and New Zealand (AFAANZ) to study the effect of an unexpected increase in bank deposits on bank lending activities to corporate borrowers.

They will investigate the effect of the influx of deposits from oil and gas companies, following the shale boom in 2003, on (1) the amount of credit available to corporate borrowers, (2) the cost of borrowing and (3) bank monitoring. Using the shale boom in 2003 as an exogenous shock, they will employ the difference-in-difference approach to compare the features of bank loan contracts initiated by “affected” banks and “unaffected” banks, before and after 2003.

When You're Smiling, The Whole World Buys With You

The power of a genuine smile has been proven, with research from the University of Newcastle and Monash University showing a ‘genuine’ smile from a celebrity endorser can boost product likeability and even improve consumer attitude toward a celebrity whose reputation has taken a hit.

Monash Business School’s Associate Professor Jasmina Ilicic in collaboration with the University of Newcastle’s Dr Alicia Kulczynski and Associate Professor Stacey Baxter, found that a ‘Duchenne’ smile was seen among consumers as more genuine versus a ‘fake’ smile where only the corners of the mouth are raised.

The study, published in the Journal of Advertising Research (JAR), explored the impact of a celebrity with a “Duchenne” smile in a print ad on 340 consumers.

Since, the research has been cited in two articles: The Perfect Smile to use in Advertising (2018, 7 May), B&T Magazine.and Don’t Fake it – a ‘Real’ Smile Boosts Celebrity Endorsements (2018, 7 May), Medianet.

Stacey and Alicia were also interviewed by Paul Bevan during the Drive segment on 1233 ABC Newcastle in May.

Tan's Work Reaching Global Audiences

In the face of the recent trade war between the US and China, the influential website, Nationalinterest.org, published an article “Trump's Tariffs are a Trade Tool”. The article cites Associate Professor Hao Tan’s article “The Art of the Steel Deal”, and comments it “presented a particularly well thought through proposition for mitigating some of the global trade angst. His article was prescient in some ways, and potentially a roadmap forward in others. The basic premise was that steel and other energy intensive industries have already begun to leave China, and it would be something the Chinese government might be willing to give up”.

Additionally, Associate Professor Hao Tan’s article entitled “The global industrial rebalance will benefit China and the world” has been published in London-based ChinaDialogue.net, the only fully bilingual website in English and Chinese focusing on the environment in the world.

Anderson's Expertise in Demand

Associate Professor John Anderson recently interviewed for a BenchTV online video entitled ‘The fraught dichotomy between context and tendency evidence in sexual assault cases – a suggestion for reform’. The interview was conducted with Ian Benson, an alumni of Newcastle Law School who now works for A R Connolly & Co, Lawyers, Sydney.

John was also interviewed by Paul Bevan on the ‘Drive’ program ABC Radio 1233 Newcastle about recent high profile sentencing cases in the courts, including the local case of former Archbishop Philip Wilson for concealing child sexual abuse and the case of Ron Medich who was sentenced to 39 years imprisonment for the murder of Michael McGurk and intimidation of his wife.

Additionally, John’s work on section 165B Evidence Act in his Uniform Evidence in Australia book was positively referenced by the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal in the case of Lever (a pseudonym) v The Queen [2018] NSWCCA 107 at [40] on 1 June 2018.

Dr Li Commences Guest Researcher Appointment

Dr Bin Li has been appointed as Guest Researcher by Trilateral Cooperation Studies Centre (TCSC) at Renmin University of China (RUC) School of Law. RUC Law School has been ranked as the top Chinese law school by Chinese Ministry of Education.  TCSC at RUC aims to promote academic exchanges among law schools and legal researchers of the countries, and providing academic support to the trilateral cooperation mechanisms. As the Guest Researcher, Bin will be actively involved in the academic events hosted by TCSC and be contributing to the comparative research on Pacific-Asian legal issues.

Sharing Teaching Strategies with Colleagues in Engineering

Dr Tim Connor, Senior Lecturer, Newcastle Law School, following the receipt of the Overall Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2017, was recently invited to present on strategies for student engagement to colleagues in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment. The seminar was a great opportunity to share teaching strategies between faculties.

The Sharing Economy, Old Concept, New Technology, New Rules?

Dr Sidsel Grimsted was a guest speaker at the Hunter Innovation Festival in May. Sidsel spoke of the old Viking governance of the commons, and what rules were necessary for governing the commons to ensure fair distribution of resources. Throughout the presentation, Sidsel covered concepts such as distributive and extractive sharing economy, and how it is important for cities to be open to new sharing economy initiatives. Sidsel then referred to the ‘new’ ways of governance and used the example of Amsterdam as the first Sharing and Smart city and how the council have put in place assessment tools to make sure new initiatives benefit the city, the existing residents, social cohesion and the environment.

Copyright Modernisation and Government Agenda

Dr Rita Matulionyte from the Law School has been actively involved in the Australian Government’s Consultation on Copyright Modernisation. Rita was invited to participate in the roundtable with the representatives from the Department of Communications and the Arts where the government representatives asked academics to express their opinions on the proposed copyright reforms. During the meeting, Rita shared her experience on issues related to ‘orphan works’ problem and suggested that Australian Government should consider the solutions adopted by the European Union.

Australian Society of Authors has also requested Rita to prepare a memo comparing international legal solutions on orphan works’ problem. They were very pleased with the memo they received and plan to share it with other stakeholder organizations (Copyright Agency, Australian Copyright Council) and cite it in their submission to the government.

Hugh Mackay Public Lecture and Schools Workshop

Social researcher Hugh Mackay presented his vision for a kinder, more compassionate Australia to an audience of more than 350 people at a public lecture. The lecture was co-hosted by the HRF Centre and the Centre for 21st Century Humanities of the Faculty of Education and Arts in May.

Mackay examined population and social trends in this, his 19th book, Reinventing Australia. He stated that Australia is in the grip of an epidemic of anxiety. The anxiety is precipitated by social isolation, he argued, which is the result of a raft of changes in society.

Mackay also participated in an interactive workshop with students from several local high schools who are studying Society and Culture.  He provided them with a unique opportunity to gain feedback on their Personal Interest Projects.

Capacity Assessment Symposium

Mr Shaun McCarthy, Dr Nola Ries and Dr John Ward, Geriatrician, hosted a Capacity Assessment Symposium in conjunction with the Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute and Hunter New England Health District at Noahs Hotel at Newcastle Beach.

The 100 attendees included geriatricians, psychiatrists, nurses, GP’s, aged care assessment workers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, mental health clinicians, social workers and lawyers.  Alan Cameron, Chairperson of the NSW Law Reform Commission, was the keynote speaker who discussed the outcomes of the Commission’s recent report into the Review of the Guardianship Laws in NSW.

The topics for the symposium included medical capacity assessment – methodology, issues and dangers, practical issues in capacity assessment and assisted decision making for older persons.

Central Coast Innovation Summit Explored The 'Digitisation of Business'

Professor Morris Altman and four academic staff from the Business School attended the Central Coast Innovation Summit in June organised by the Central Coast Business Chamber and sponsored by the University of Newcastle.

The Summit provided attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in digitisation and explore impacts and opportunities across a range of industries.   Through the key note speakers, Shara Evans (Futurist),Cameron Gough (Digital iD, Australia Post), Dr Angela Wu (CSIRO Data61), the summit explored digitisation as it relates to the changing business conditions of our time, providing practical examples of digital strategy and technology adoption to help inform current business and operating models.

The Central Coast Innovation Summit provided staff with an opportunity to connect with industry professionals to foster relations with the businesses and organisations on the Central Coast.

NSW Treasurer Joins HRF Centre for Budget Briefing

The Hunter Business Chamber hosted the NSW Treasurer, The Hon. Dominic Perrottet, in Newcastle in June.  He commented on this last budget before the coming State election. The HRF Centre's Lead Economist, Dr Anthea Bill, joined him on stage to explore implications for the Greater Newcastle and Hunter regions.

Transforming Newcastle into a Restorative City

The Newcastle Law School is leading a collaborative effort with government departments, community organisations and local businesses to transform Newcastle into a restorative city and to build healthy, harmonious communities.

To kick-start the initiative, which represents the first ever attempt to develop Newcastle as a restorative city, the Law School hosted the ‘Newcastle as a Restorative City Symposium: Justice, Community, Education and Health’ at NeW Space in June.

Participants had the opportunity to hear from scholars and leading international practitioners who have been instrumental in developing restorative cities around the world, as well as keynote speaker, NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman.

The two day symposium was attended by over 150 delegates and was supported by NED Inc. – a philanthropic foundation that sponsors restorative initiatives, the Ian Potter Foundation and the Red Cross.

A Co-operative Approach to Supported Independent Living Under the NDIS

The Newcastle Business School and Supporting Independent Living Co-operative (SILC) held a community forum in June on new solutions to supported independent living. The forum discussed the National Disability Insurance Scheme and how families now have the opportunity to pool their NDIS resources and form co-operatives to set up family governed supported accommodation models. This enables them to directly govern and manage the operations of the home remain actively involved in living choices and arrangements. Informing the discussion was Steve Anthony, Founder of SILC.

Putting Justice Into Practice for National Law Week

To mark National Law Week, the Newcastle Law School in partnership with The Lock Up brought together artists, writers, lawyers, academics, students, families of victims, and those interested in areas of social justice for an Art & Law Symposium presented in conjunction with the justiceINjustice exhibition.

The Art & Law: Putting Justice into Practice Symposium featured panels and facilitated conversations exploring themes of injustice, marginalisation, and personal and professional experience.

The event was made possible through the support of Merridy Elphick Lawyers, the Newcastle Law School, Sydney Institute of Criminology and Women Lawyers Association of NSW.

justiceINjustice was a unique collaborative exhibition featuring seven contemporary Australian artists and three lawyers. Through the project lawyers and artists join forces to explore several high profile public interest cases that underline issues of injustice and marginalisation including miscarriages of justice, official corruption, wrongful detention, investigative failures and mistreatment of those on the margins.

Copyright Modernisation on Government Agenda

Dr Rita Matulionyte from the Law School has been actively involved in the Australian Government’s Consultation on Copyright Modernisation. Rita was invited to participate in the roundtable with the representatives from the Department of Communications and the Arts where the government representatives asked academics to express their opinions on the proposed copyright reforms. During the meeting, Rita shared her experience on issues related to ‘orphan works’ problem and suggested that Australian Government should consider the solutions adopted by the European Union.

Australian Society of Authors has also requested Rita to prepare a memo comparing international legal solutions on orphan works’ problem. They were very pleased with the memo they received and plan to share it with other stakeholder organizations (Copyright Agency, Australian Copyright Council) and cite it in their submission to the government.

Empower Network Launching in May!

Empower (formerly Lucy) provides a three-way connection between university students, industry professionals and high school students through a combination of face to face and online experiences and interactions. These connections are designed to inspire and inform young women about the study and career opportunities available in business, commerce, entrepreneurship and law, informing decisions regarding their work futures.

Empower aims to

  • Give women the confidence and strength to navigate and manage their own career development;
  • Create new networks and provide access to role models and influential peers;
  • Provide real-world experiences that students can apply to their studies and their personal career choices.

The Network consists of:

  • A series of Network events to provide a platform to connect  university students and industry professionals.
  • An online social network to enable ongoing and ad-hoc communication with all participants.
  • The option to participate in the local high school component of the program.

We invite women students, professionals and academics in business, finance and law and entrepreneurs from the Newcastle and Hunter areas to become a member of the Empower Network.

We ask you to join the network to share your achievements, successes and challenges with the next generation of women professionals.

Find out more here

When You’re Smiling, The Whole World Buys With You

The power of a genuine smile has been proven, with research from the University of Newcastle and Monash University showing a ‘genuine’ smile from a celebrity endorser can boost product likeability and even improve consumer attitude toward a celebrity whose reputation has taken a hit.

Monash Business School’s Associate Professor Jasmina Ilicic in collaboration with the University of Newcastle’s Dr Alicia Kulczynski and Associate Professor Stacey Baxter, found that a ‘Duchenne’ smile was seen among consumers as more genuine versus a ‘fake’ smile where only the corners of the mouth are raised.

The study, published in the Journal of Advertising Research (JAR), explored the impact of a celebrity with a “Duchenne” smile in a print ad on 340 consumers.

Read more

Hugh Mackay Public Lecture co-hosted by HRF Centre

Social researcher Hugh Mackay presented his vision for a kinder, more compassionate Australia to an audience of more than 350 people at a public lecture in Newcastle in May. The lecture was co-hosted by the HRF Centre and the Centre for 21st Century Humanities.

Mackay examined population and social trends while researching his 19thbook, Reinventing Australia. He said Australia is in the grip of an epidemic of anxiety. This was precipitated by increasing social isolation, which is the result of a raft of changes in society.

Mackay also spoke at the Hunter economic breakfast on 11 May. He conducted a workshop with local school students at NeW Space on 10 May, facilitated by the HRF Centre’s Director, Professor Will Rifkin. The 14 students from six different high schools, were interested in or studying society and culture. The workshop was co-hosted by the HRF Centre and the Faculty of Education and Arts.

A transcript of Mackay’s lecture will be available for download from HRF Centre’s website from the week beginning 28thMay.

Inequality Discussed at HRF Centre Breakfast

Inequality in Australia and the Hunter region was the subject of the HRF Centre’s economic breakfast in May.

Dr Anthea Bill, HRF Centre’s lead economist, analysed Census and other data to reveal a trend of increasing inequality between Hunter postcodes. Dr Bill examines locational, educational and generational disadvantage in the region. She also delved into HRF Centre’s Wellbeing of Hunter residents’ survey data.

“The 2016 data shows lower scores for wellbeing for those with a number of other factors commonly associated with disadvantage,” Dr Bill said. “These factors include unemployment, financial stress, job insecurity, and low levels of housing affordability.”

Melinda Cilento, the Committee for Economic Development of Australia's (CEDA) CEO, discussed why growing inequality is being studied by leading economists around the world. She released details of a new CEDA report -How unequal? Insights into inequality – at the breakfast.

Cilento also previewed further research CEDA will conduct into the costs and benefits of Australia’s unprecedented economic growth.

Download the breakfast presentations from HRF Centre’s website.

Tort Law in Top Courts: Bad Form and Addictive Substance?

Newcastle Law School is delighted to host this lecture by James Lee, Reader in English Law and PC Woo Research Fellow 2016-17, King’s College London, Senior Visiting Fellow UNSW Gilbert & Tobin Centre of Public Law.

Wednesday May 30, 1:00-2:30 pm Room X-803
Law school staff and students welcome
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26th Annual Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture

Join the local legal community at The Newcastle Law School’s 26th Annual Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture. The Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture was established in 1993 to mark the arrival of the first group of Bachelor of Laws students at the University of Newcastle. It is delivered by an eminent lawyer each academic year.

This year we welcome The Hon Wayne Martin AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia to deliver the lecture titled “Restorative Cities – The Role of the Justice System.”

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MBA (Global) Agreement with LUISS Business School

The Faculty of Business and Law have signed an agreement with LUISS Business School in Rome for students that entitles students enrolled in the two-year MBA (Global) program the opportunity to complete a double degree qualification. A maximum of 10 MBA (Global) students per year will be permitted to enrol at LUISS Business School and live and study in Rome, where they can choose to partner their MBA (Global) program with either the Master of Fashion and Luxury Management or Master in Management and Technology programs. Students will receive full credit for their completed studies at each institution, resulting in the award of a double-degree.

LUISS Business School is EQUIS accredited and part of the School of Business and Management of LUISS Guido Carli University, located at the Villa Blanc campus in Rome, Italy.

ACCC Deputy Chair Provides Local Leaders with National Insights

The Faculty welcomed the opportunity to host Dr Michael Schaper, Deputy Chair ACCC to deliver the first in a series of external engagement events for 2018.  Drawing on Dr Schaper’s 10 years of experience at the ACCC with particular interest in small business, franchising, industry associations and business liaison with the national competition and consumer protection regulator, the Faculty was able to provide our key regional stakeholders access to Dr Schapers’ expertise providing a meaningful platform for connection and engagement.

Across two days, Dr Schaper joined Faculty staff and 15 of the regions leaders over dinner to discuss competition issues in the Hunter, providing a national and local lens to the discussion allowing our key regional leaders the opportunity to understand the competition landscape as it applies to the Hunter and the nation.

The following day, Dr Schaper presented a workshop on “building effective links between academia, government and business for 35 Academic staff and Industry stakeholders. The events provided a forum for local industry, government and academics to come together to identify existing synergies and develop opportunities for ongoing and sustained collaboration.

International Climate Change Law Course Online

825 students have commenced their studies in the Newcastle Law School’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on International Climate Change Law and Policy. The top 3 countries with highest enrolment rates are Australia (25%), Brazil (22%) and the United States (8%). Our diverse cohort includes several lawyers and lecturers from Brazil, an Australian City Councillor and a Spanish Diplomat. The course coordinators are Newcastle Law School academic Dr Elena Aydos, Professor Chris Kellett (FEBE, UON) and Associate Professor Sven Rudolph (School of Economics, Kyoto University).

Council Of Australian Law Deans At NeW Space

Dean of Newcastle Law School, Professor Tania Sourdin, hosted a meeting of the Council of Australian Law Deans at NeW Space to discuss recent changes in higher education funding, and research including the creation of a new law journal list.

In addition, the group discussed the new accreditation and review processes for Law Schools and potential relationships with Indian and Chinese Law Schools.

The meetings provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase NeWSpace and the facilities designed to benefit both staff and students at the Newcastle Law School.

NBS Postgraduate Students Engage With Liberty One Steel

21 postgraduate Human Resource Management students, along with Professor Mark Bray, visited Liberty One Steel for a site tour of the Rod Mill and a presentation discussing HR practices at the company.

Led by Mr Stuart Gordon, National Manager Employee Relations, and Ms Bianca Jones, State Human Resource Manager, the students were briefed on the safety requirements of the Rod Mill while dressing in appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment), required by all staff and visitors to the site. The group, mainly consisting of international students were awed by the process of changing a steel rod into coils of wire ready for transportation to manufacturing sites.

The presentation and following Q&A session engaged all present and gave an insight into the demographics of the staff, union involvement, and human resource issues from both a manufacturing and administrative viewpoint. Further site visits are planned for later in 2018.

Book Publication: Intellectual Property, Cultural Property And Intangible Cultural Heritage

Professor Christoph Antons has released a book ‘Intellectual Property, Cultural Property and Intangible Cultural Heritage’, co-edited with heritage expert Professor William Logan of Deakin University. The book is part of a Routledge series titled “Key Issues in Cultural Heritage’ and examines various notions of property in relation to intangible cultural heritage, and discusses how these are employed in rights discourses by governments, and Indigenous and local communities around the world. Using case studies from Asia, Europe, and Australia the book examines conflicts and cross-border disputes.

The book is one of the outcomes of the ARC Discovery project ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage Across Borders: Laws, Structures and Strategies in China and its ASEAN Neighbours’. Professor Antons is the lead investigator on this ARC project, which also includes the co-investigators Professor William Logan, Professor Carol Warren (Murdoch University) and Professor Jianfu Chen (La Trobe University), associate investigator Dr Alexandra Denes (Chiang Mai University) as well as PhD students at the University of Newcastle, Deakin University and Murdoch University.

Return On Investment Of Effective Complaints Management Report

Professor Tania Sourdin (Newcastle Law School), Dr Jamie Carlson (Newcastle Business School), Emeritus Professor Martin Watts, and Ms Christine Armstrong (PhD Candidate) have found that return on investment in complaint handling can be as high as 1000%.

The research commissioned by SOCAP Australia (The Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals Australia) and undertaken by the University of Newcastle, found that the benefits of effective complaints handling is higher than previously thought, and could affect millions of Australians who complain to businesses each year. The greatest benefits included customer satisfaction; customer retention; staff satisfaction; and customer lifetime value as well as product improvements made as a result of feedback.

NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean launched the SOCAP Australia UON report, ROI of Effective Complaints Management, for World Consumer Rights Day. The report summary can be found here

Law PhD Student Assisting Waste Pickers In Brazil

Newcastle Law School PhD student, Ana Paula Rengel Goncalves, was invited by Councillor De Abreu - Marquito and his legal advisor Lorena Duarte to assist in the drafting of a Bill to institute a Municipal Program for Payment for Urban Environmental Services in Florianopolis – Brazil.

The proposed law aims to connect the social, environmental and economic dimensions of waste management in Florianopolis and to overcome the social and environmental injustice suffered by the waste pickers. This is a successful example of legal research impacting the local community.

Ana Paula has several publications in Portuguese and placed 1st in the University-wide scoring for an international PhD scholarship in her round. She has recently published her first peer-reviewed international journal article in English.

Professor Christoph Antons - Visiting Professor In Singapore

Professor Christoph Antons has recently returned from Singapore where he was a visiting professor at the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law, located at Singapore Management University. During his stay, Prof Antons presented a staff seminar on Copyright Law Reform and Asian Development, and presented a paper at The Future of Asian Trade Deals and IP conference titled ‘Intellectual Property Related to Plant Material and Free Trade Agreements in Asia’.

Whilst in the region, Prof Antons continued his research for the ARC project ‘Building An Intellectual Property System: The Indonesian experience’ after an invitation from the Faculty of Law at Airlangga University in Surabaya. Hosting his stay were Prof Sogar Simamora and Prof Agung Sujatmiko, who had been visiting professors at the Newcastle Law School in November 2017

Kenyan Public Service At NeW Space

As part of the Australia Awards Fellowship, which aims to strengthen partnerships between Australia and developing countries, Professor Jim Jose and Dr Patricia Johnson hosted 14 senior members of the Kenyan Public Service for two weeks during their recent stay in Australia. The Kenyan Commissioners were provided a unique opportunity to engage with some of Australia’s leading policy practitioners with the aim for the fellowship to have a tangible impact on the ground in Kenya.

The delegation attended a reception at the Kenyan High Commission in Canberra and participated in seminars held at the National Library of Australia in Canberra, and Parliament House in Sydney before returning to Newcastle for a series of workshops designed to strengthen public service performance and build governance capacity in Kenya. The Fellowship was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has been awarded United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) accreditation.

“This fellowship represents a mutually-beneficial partnership between the University of Newcastle, the Australian Government and the Kenyan Government and we were excited to welcome 15 senior members of the Kenyan Public Service to Newcastle,” Dr Johnson said. The content delivered onshore in Australia was very well received as Ms Otwala, the CEO of the Kenya Public Service Commission explained, ‘the Programme came at an appropriate time in our evolution as a Commission and the knowledge gained will go a long way in addressing some of the challenges we have been facing both internally and within the wider Public Service.

A UON delegation, including Dr Patricia Johnson, Professor Jim Jose, and Dr Michael Seamer, will travel to Kenya in April to continue the partnership. Dr Seamer will be awarding prizes at the Young Entrepreneurs Challenge, a Faculty of Business and Law initiative, celebrating the achievements of Kenyan high school students.

Big Ideas Homelessness Network

Solicitor Jacquie Svenson (University of Newcastle Legal Centre) has joined Dr Jennifer Waterhouse (Newcastle Business School) on the Big Ideas Homelessness Network, facilitated by Compass Housing Services.

Ms Svenson’s placement students will be involved in drafting questions in relation to the withdrawal of funding for the Reaching Home Outreach Service, which provided emergency mental health support for homeless persons.

The network is a community collaborative steering group with representatives from community and agencies who have a vested interested in ending homelessness in the Newcastle and Hunter regions. Further information about the network can be found here


Please join us for the opening of justiceINjustice, a collaborative exhibition featuring seven contemporary Australian artists and three lawyers. Developed through a unique process of research and collaborative conversation, lawyers and artists have joined forces to explore a number of high-­profile public interest cases that underline issues of injustice and marginalisation. Cases include those of Cornelia Rau, Roni Levi, Azaria Chamberlain, Eddie Russell, Kathleen Folbigg, Leanne Goodall, Robyn Hickie and Amanda Robinson.

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Kyle Loades - New Professor of Practice

Mr Kyle Loades has been a champion of the University of Newcastle and the Faculty of Business and Law, over a number of years. Kyle has actively contributed to the Faculty through his involvement as a member of the Faculty Advisory Board giving frank and fearless advice to the PVC and other senior leaders in the Faculty. Kyle has made himself available to serve on senior leadership selection panels for UON and is an enthusiastic alumnus of the Faculty.

Kyle has significant experience as chair and leader of a number of nationally significant boards including Credit Union Australia, HMRI and NRMA. He is extremely well networked with key industry and government decision makers and will provide the Faculty with access to new opportunities not previously accessible.

While Kyle is a recognised leader on the national stage, he also knows the realities of what is involved in being an entrepreneur and running a successful business. His experience as business operator in the motor vehicle industry gives him insights that are practical and grounded.

Professor Tony Travaglione has welcomed the appointment of Kyle Loades as a Conjoint Professor of Practice with the Faculty of Business and Law.

Kyle has previously guest lectured and given presentations in the Faculty of Business and Law to academic staff and students. His critical perspectives challenge conventional wisdom - such perspectives have been very welcomed by both staff and students who have had the opportunity to interact with Kyle.

“It is fantastic that Kyle will be a regular presenter in our new MBA program that we have recently restructured to include specialisations. Kyle will be assisting in our efforts to increase industry impactful research” Professor Tony Travaglione said.

Kyle's industry based knowledge is underpinned by a scholarly foundation that he built through his postgraduate and continuing professional education. His qualifications include an MBA degree at the UON, and professional training and education at the Harvard Business School and ANU.

“I’m incredibly passionate about this new role and the importance of contemporary education so that students graduate with the necessary skills to hit the ground running ready to deliver practical outcomes in growing or starting a business. Ensuring that students are receiving the right education based on the needs of an ever-changing industry will deliver benefits to the whole of the Hunter region and beyond in terms of successful business growth and employee satisfaction,” Mr Loades said.

Kyle is ideally placed to provide strategic support, access to networks and industry insights that will be highly valuable to the Faculty of Business and Law.

WiMBA Program Supports Women to Climb the Corporate Ladder

The first cohort of women selected to participate in a University of Newcastle initiative designed to redress the gender equity imbalance in senior management and executive positions, has been announced.

Driven by the university’s Faculty of Business and Law, the Women in Master of Business Administration (WiMBA) Scholarship program has partnered with leading Hunter organisations to help grow the female talent pipeline and foster positive economic growth for the Newcastle region.

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2018 CAUTHE Conference Asks Delegates to Get Smart

Dr Tamara Young and Dr Paul Stolk from the Newcastle Business School, welcomed over 200 delegates from around the world to the 28th Council for Australasian Tourism, Hospitality and Events Education (CAUTHE) Conference.

The theme of the CAUTHE 2018 conference 'Get Smart: Paradoxes and Possibilities in Tourism, Hospitality and Events' invited delegates to share insights into the changing behaviours of tourists, visitors and residents. The conference featured key note addresses from leading academic and industry experts, alongside sessions and workshops ranging from destination resilience and crisis recovery to understanding new and emerging tourist markets.

Conference convener and senior lecturer in tourism, Dr Tamara Young, notes the 'Get Smart' theme was incredibly relevant to Newcastle as a city in transition, particularly Newcastle's growing reputation as a tourist destination including international recognition as a global smart city excelling in the challenges of the 21st Century. She notes 'Newcastle first hosted a modest version of CAUTHE 25 years ago, so it's exciting to bring global academic and industry professionals back to the city at the cusp of its transformation.'

The CAUTHE Conference provided an opportunity for industry engaged staff of the Tourism Discipline to build on their networks, with external sponsorship received from various organisations, including the Department of Industry, Crowne Plaza, Event Cinemas and the Newcastle Tourism Industry Group.

High Housing Affordability is Focus of Breakfast

Housing affordability was a key focus for 260 attendees at the first Hunter economic breakfast for 2018. Hunter house prices have soared in recent years, taking first home purchase beyond the reach of many. The HRF Centre's First Home Buyer (FHB) affordability index was at its highest level (most unaffordable) in June 2017. The Centre's lead economist Dr Anthea Bill drew insights from newly released Census data and other sources to examine the economic effects of housing affordability.

The breakfast also featured a presentation by the Group General Manager of Compass Housing, Greg Budworth. He then joined Sharon Pope, Manager Integrated Planning for Lake Macquarie City Council and Dane Crawford, a member of the Property Council's Hunter Future Directions committee and Director of Project Marketing at Colliers International, in a panel discussion on issues relating to the Hunter's housing affordability.

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Legal Advice Found at the Beach

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre held its annual 'Law on the Beach' legal advice sessions at the Newcastle Surf Club throughout January and February. Law on the Beach is a clinical legal education initiative of the Newcastle Law School where undergraduate law students and Juris Doctor students are engaged in interviewing clients under qualified supervision.

The beach advice clinics are open to all members of the community but are particularly focused on supporting young people and persons who are disadvantaged in dealing with the legal system. As Law on the Beach runs over the summer break, it gives law students who are undertaking their Practical Legal Training, the opportunity to gain invaluable practical experience.

This summer, 43 law students and eight social work students guided by Lawyers from Sparke Helmore, Hunter Community Legal Centre and the University of Newcastle Legal Centre provided advice to 120 members of the community.

14th Annual Western Economics Association International Conference (WEAI)

Close to 400 delegates from 35 countries arrived in Newcastle in early January for the conference, which shares the latest in cutting-edge international research within the field of economics. The conference provided a great opportunity for young and established researchers to hear from and connect with experts in their field, with topics ranging from consumer behaviour, wine to immigration.

The keynote addresses were from some of the world's best economists, including Nobel Prize winner Professor Daniel McFadden, The conference provided the opportunity to showcase the world-class teaching and learning technology of NeW Space and introduce many of the delegates to the City of Newcastle.

Andreena Kardamis - United Nations Youth Advocate 2018

Andreena Kardamis, Bachelor of Law (Honours)/ Diploma of Legal Practice student has been chosen to undertake the position of Australian Youth Advocate for the United Nations for 2018. Andreena was offered one of only 8 positions available worldwide. In 2018, Andreena will be based in Bangkok, Thailand where she will be part of a team organising and running 3 international conferences, jointly hosted by the Humanitarian Affairs United Kingdom & Asia and the United Nations Development Programme.

Andreena will be trained throughout the year by Ambassadors from various countries to learn the Art of Diplomacy and by various agencies of the United Nations. Andreena will use the opportunity to be advocating for people who have experienced domestic violence, specifically on behalf of young women.

Teaching Excellence Recognised at the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT)

Associate Professor Brendan Boyle was awarded the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award from the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT), for his exemplar approach to culturally responsive teaching, course and assessment design in educating international students and for his leadership in integrating research focused specifically on the scholarship of learning and transnational education, with his discipline research.

As an Irish expatriate and former international student himself, Associate Professor Boyle has used his own experiences to capitalise on the diversity of thought all students bring to his classroom. "Students from different countries are effectively the experts when it comes to doing business in their particular countries and I like to draw on that expertise so that we can all learn from each other," he said.

Associate Professor Boyle was presented with the award at the National Awards Presentation Ceremony held in Melbourne.

Award Winners Announced

Faculty Staff Awards

The Faculty Staff Awards are a time to thank our fellow colleagues for outstanding work undertaken within the Faculty. The winners of the Faculty Staff Awards are:

Faculty Professional Staff Award 
Robert Steyne and Rachel Brien

Faculty Research Supervision Award 
Dr Sarah Bankins

Faculty Student Engagement Award 
Dr Marcus Rodrigs

International Engagement Award 
Donna Reedy

Faculty Collaboration Award 
The Move Champ Team consisting of Matt Chester, Tracy Agnew, Melanie Gibson, Adrian Zaslona, Cath Seamer, Mellissa Coad

Faculty Health and Safety Award 
Dominica O’Reilly

Faculty External Engagement Award 
Dr Paul Stolk

Faculty Early Career Researcher and Innovation Award
Dr Richard Oloruntoba and Dr Alicia Kulczynski

Teaching and Learning Awards

Excellence in Teaching for an Early Career Teacher
Dr Elena Aydos, Newcastle Law School
Dr Sudpita Bose, Newcastle Business School

Excellence in Teaching for an Individual or a Team
Dr Tim Connor, Newcastle Law School
Dr Richard Oloruntoba, Newcastle Business School

Excellence in Teaching for a Sessional Staff Member
Syed Rahman, Newcastle Business School

Congratulations to our winners and our nominees.

AHRI Accreditation

The Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) has granted Newcastle Business School three years (2018-2020) for both the undergraduate Human Resources Management major in the Bachelor of Business, and the newly structured Masters of Human Resource Management. This is the first time the Business School’s postgraduate program has received accreditation from AHRI.

New Colombo Plan 2018 Mobility Grants

In August, the Federal Government approved six applications from the Faculty for New Colombo Plan 2018 Mobility Grants. The successful applicants were Dr Elena Aydos, for a mobility program on cultural identities shaping environmental regulation in Japan; Dr Nicola Ross, for funding for a Family Law internship in Cambodia; Dr Patricia Johnson, for an international work-integrated learning program in China; Dr Kevin Sobel-Read, for a Legal studies internship in the Cook Islands; and Dr Marcus Rodrigs, for an intensive business project in Singapore. Dr Hao Tan received a funding grant of $138,600 for three years to support a project of ‘industry-focused study tours’ in China.

These grants enable the Faculty to provide students with invaluable opportunities for international learning experiences.

Vietnam Immersion Experience

Legal practitioners Daniel Matas and Sarah Breusch from Newcastle Law School took 14 Law students to Vietnam on an international study tour to learn all about the Vietnamese Criminal Justice system. Over 17 days participating Law students experienced a cultural immersion through a mix of education and tourism activities.

Their travels throughout the southern part of Vietnam included visits to the former Presidential Palace and War Museum in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). They also visited, presented to, and mixed with both staff and students at HCMC’s leading Law School. Before leaving HCMC, the group visited Rouse Legal, a leading global Intellectual Property Law Firm where they met up with former UoN Law student, Ellenor Hayes, who presented to the group on her role as a Lawyer with Rouse and Intellectual Property Laws in a rapidly developing economy.

In Can Tho, the group sat in on two appellant trials in the Provisional Court and met privately with one of the judges who answered many questions posed by students. Whilst in Can Tho, the group formed friendships and strong ties with staff and Law students from Can Tho University with the visit culminating in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. The group then travelled to Hanoi in the north of Vietnam where the students participated in a two day lecture series which included visits to both the District and Supreme Courts.

Celebrating Excellence in Education

In recognition of teaching and learning excellence, the Faculty held its annual Excellence in Education ceremony in September. Top students from the 2016 academic year joined staff and the generous prize donors for the awards evening held in NeW Space.

The Excellence in Education event saw over 50 prizes being awarded to undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Faculty recognised those who completed their Honours theses in 2016 as well as the contribution of PASS leaders to the success of their classmates.

After the formalities, proud family members and friends were invited to enjoy refreshments and chat with external donors and Faculty staff. The Faculty appreciates the continued support and generosity of the donors for helping to recognise our high achieving students.

Scholar's Week - Scholarship Ceremony

As part of UoN Scholars’ Week 2017, the Faculty of Business and Law held their annual Scholarships Celebration to acknowledge the continued support of scholarship donors and to celebrate the achievements of 2017 scholarship recipients.

Thanks to the donations from individual, industry, university faculties, and the Commonwealth Government a range of scholarships are on offer to provide opportunities for students to excel in their studies. The event brought together donors, UoN staff and recipients and their families. The evening was well attended, with the Vice Chancellor, Caroline McMillen also presenting awards.

Congratulations to all our scholarship recipients for 2017.

Making The Law Accessible To All

Mr Shaun McCarthy, Director of UON’s Legal Centre, has been recognised for his quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning, in particular his leadership of the clinical program at the Newcastle Law School.

Shaun has been presented with a 2017 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, awarded by the Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT).

An advocate for innovative and multidisciplinary initiatives within the Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor, Shaun has noticeably transformed the way students think about clients and the law, while also supporting the Newcastle community.

“I am passionate about providing people from all walks of life the means to access the law, whilst also ensuring our students have the opportunity to undertake important client casework.”

Receipt of External Research Grant (AFAANZ)

Dr Asit Bhattacharyya and Professor Sue Wright have been awarded an external research grant from the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ), following a competitive round of applications. The AFAANZ Research Grants are provided to AFAANZ members working on small-scale projects who are able to demonstrate the impact of their research within the accounting and finance discipline. The project for which Dr Bhattacharyya and Professor Wright have received funding for focuses on “The Impacts of Mandated CSR Expenditure and Financial Inclusion on Banking Performance.”

External Research Grant From Australian Centre For Financial Studies

The Australian Centre for Financial Studies recently awarded a grant of $10,000 to Professor Stephen Easton and his colleague, Associate Professor Sean Pinder, from the University of Melbourne. The grant was awarded for the research project titled “The Valuation of Speculative Position-Taking and Imputation Tax Credits within the BHP Billiton Group Dual-Listed Structure.”

Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders To Become More Efficient With New App - "BERNIE"

Sher Campbell, Convenor and Law Lecturer at the Newcastle Law School is working together with Law and Psychology researchers at the University of Newcastle and the Australian National University (ANU) College of Law to reduce breaching of Apprehended Domestic Violence Orders (ADVOs) in New South Wales (NSW).

The team consists of University of Newcastle academic, Dr Lynne McCormack, Associate Professor and Clinical Psychologist and Dr Colin James, Solicitor and Conjoint Senior Lecturer from the ANU College of Law. The three colleagues won a pitch tournament as part of the NSW Government Innovation Launch Program securing a grant of $150,000 from the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation to develop a mobile phone application for defendants of ADVOs.

The team are participating in an incubation program run with access to mentors and subject matter experts, education and support, as well as networking opportunities with potential partners and investors. The project will develop a mobile phone application called ‘Bernie’ that will be freely available through Lawyers employed by the Hunter Community Legal Centre advising respondents in ADVO applications at Newcastle Local Court. ‘Bernie’ reinforces practical and legal information provided by Lawyers, information that is often forgotten due to heightened anxiety in court.

Later versions of ‘Bernie’ will be able to be personalised to include appointment reminders and court dates. The application also provides useful support contacts, an emergency button for stressful situations, and psycho-social resources.

Hunter's Energy Future at HRF Centre Event in Muswellbrook

The future of energy and the Hunter were the focus at the Upper Hunter Economic breakfast on 20 September, hosted by the Hunter Research Foundation Centre. AGL Macquarie was the HRF Centre’s major partner for the breakfast, which was also supported by Bengalla Coal.

AGL Macquarie’s General Manager, Kate Coates, described the rationale behind the closure of AGL’s Liddell and Bayswater power stations in 2022 and 2035.

Ms Coates was joined by Professor Richard Bush, the University’s Global Innovation Chair in the International Centre for Balanced Land Use, in a panel discussion. Other panelists were Dr Geoff Doherty, Senior Biotechnologist for Ethanol Technologies (Ethtec), and Pat Conroy, MP, Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy.

Ethtec, the University and Muswellbrook Shire Council have been working toward transformation of the Upper Hunter region into a national bio-renewables hub, turning agricultural wastes into valuable fuels, such as ethanol, and chemical feedstocks.

Prof. Bush said that renewable energy ventures could enable the Hunter to become an exemplar, noting the region’s competitive advantages with a research-intensive university, industrial capability and supply chains, and natural resources. He cautioned that the prosperity of our past can be hampering some from opening their minds to new opportunities.

The HRF Centre’s lead economist, Dr Anthea Bill, expanded on this point by explaining that the “near-term economic imperative to transition away from coal is not strong”, meaning the longer-term economic case for pursuing bio-renewables remains a challenge for energy companies, the University, and other researchers.

Sher Campbell - Change Champion of the Year Finalist

Sher Campbell, First Year Program Convenor and Lecturer at the Law School was nominated for the 2017 NSW Women Lawyers Achievement Awards in the category of ‘Change Champion of the Year’. The ‘Change Champion of the Year’ category seeks to recognise women Lawyers who have demonstrated passion for the growth and development of the legal profession for women practising Law.

Sher Campbell was nominated by her colleagues in the Law School, Dean Tania Sourdin and Professor Lisa Toohey, in recognition of her passion for social justice, particularly in facilitating opportunities for women to succeed in the Law. This year she was involved in a team that successfully secured a Commonwealth Grant to support and mentor women from regional Australia so they may realise their educational and career goals.

Top Cited Publications by Newcastle Business School Academics

Professor Siggi Gudergan and Dr Ralf Wilden co-authored two articles that have been recognised as being among the top five cited articles within their respective journals.

“The impact of dynamic capabilities on operational marketing and technological capabilities: investigating the role of environmental turbulence” was published in The Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science (JAMS) where recently it was recognised as being among the journal’s top five cited articles. As a result of the article’s impact, the journal is now offering open access to their paper, a significant achievement considering that this journal is recognised as having one of the highest impact factors in marketing.

The second “Dynamic Capabilities and Performance: Strategy, Structure and Environment” was published in the journal Long Range Planning, and was also recently recognised as one of the journal’s top five most cited articles since 2012.

This collaboration has seen further success when Professor Gudergan and Dr Wilden joined Conjoint Professors Christian Ringle and Marko Sarstedt to co-author two articles. “The Use of Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling in Strategic Management Research: A Review of Past Practices and Recommendations for Future Applications” and “Partial Least Squares Structural Equation Modeling: Rigorous Applications, Better Results and Higher Acceptance”. Both articles were published in the journal Long Range Planning and were recognised as among the journal’s top five cited articles in the last few years.

Gudergan, Ringle and Sarstedt’s article, entitled “Estimation Issues with PLS and CBSEM: Where the Bias Lies!” is among the most downloaded articles from the Journal of Business Research in the last 90 days.

Additionally, both Ringle and Sarstedt published an article entitled “A new criterion for assessing discriminant validity in variance-based structural equation modelling”, which was also recognised as being among the top five cited papers in The Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. The latter article is, as per Shugan’s list, currently the most cited marketing article across all published articles in marketing (as defined by web-of-science in a four-year moving window).

Dr Kcasey McLoughlin Wins Australian Political Studies PhD Thesis Prize

Dr Kcasey McLoughlin has been awarded the Australian Political Studies (APSA) PhD prize for 2017.

The Australian Political Studies Association is the professional association for those teaching and researching in the fields of politics and international relations. Dr Kcasey’s thesis, titled “Situating Women on the High Court of Australia: Not Just Men in Skirts?” was announced as the winner at this year’s APSA conference in Melbourne where she received a trophy and a cheque for $500. The prize is awarded annually to the author of the best PhD dissertation completed in the previous year and this is the first time a student from Newcastle has won the award.

Dr McLoughlin’s thesis explored what the arrival of an ‘almost equal’ gender balance (or ‘three of seven’) on the High Court of Australia means for the masculinist gender regime that has long shaped the operations of the court. Drawing on both Political Science and Law, the thesis examined how the Court’s gender relations have accommodated the presence of women, and the extent to which legal judgments and reasoning have changed as a result of changing gender dynamics on the bench. Concluding that while the near majority of women judges has had an impact, and that they were not necessarily ‘just men in skirts,’ she found that it will take more than simply the arrival of women judges to dismantle the Court’s gender regime.

The judging panel noted that Dr McLoughlin’s thesis makes a seminal contribution internationally to understanding the gender politics of constitutional courts. Heads of Department in Australian Universities are invited to nominate student doctoral dissertations passed in the previous year for consideration for the Australian Political Studies Association PhD Thesis Prize. The prize is determined by a sub-committee established by the Executive Committee of APSA. The judging committee relies both upon the examiners’ reports and their own reading of the thesis to make their determination. Congratulations to Dr McLoughlin.

Stephen Key Visits UON - Innovation Week

Mr Stephen Key, a renowned intellectual property strategist and a lifelong entrepreneur, was invited to UoN this month as a Visiting Fellow participating in UoN’s Enterprise and Innovation Week activities. As a respected thought leader in the field of open innovation, Stephen has worked with companies such as Disney, Wal-Mart and 7 Eleven to design products that have been sold in their stores worldwide. His bestselling book about licensing, titled “One Simple Idea” has been translated into six languages.

Stephen delivered a presentation to UoN students and alumni at our Sydney campus on the topic of his book, and instructed guests on how to ‘take action on one simple idea’. He then travelled to Newcastle where he gave a keynote lecture that evening on “How to Launch a Product Without Starting a Business”. The following day Stephen attended a networking event with local start-ups in the area and academics in the university’s innovation space.

Stephen’s visit formed an integral part of the Enterprise and Innovation Week program and we are pleased to have hosted him.

Changing Mindsets on the World of Work

In August, the Hunter Research Foundation Centre hosted a breakfast on the topic of employment pathways for young people in a rapidly changing world.

Maggie Hill, from the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), addressed the guests at the breakfast. Ms Hill’s visit was sponsored by the Commonwealth Department of Employment. FYA have commissioned analysis of 2.7 million job advertisements. Their results provide insights into the patterns of skills that young people are being asked to exhibit which was a core focus of Ms Hill’s presentation.

Dr Anthea Bill, the HRF Centre’s lead economist, addressed the context and implications for young people in the Hunter, alongside an expert panel. Dr Bill spoke about how higher rates of youth unemployment illustrates how young people are often ‘on the margin’ - in part-time or casual employment, where they are easier to hire and let go.

Multi-Disciplinary Team Presents to Australia's Consumer Affairs Professionals

A UoN research team, composed of academic staff from Law, Marketing and Economics, has presented at a national conference of consumers affairs professionals from some of Australia’s leading organisations.

The multi-disciplinary team, Professor Tania Sourdin, Professor Alison Dean, Professor Martin Watts, Dr Jamie Carlson and Ms Christine Armstrong, is nearing the end of its work into the Return on Investment of Complaint Handling, a project in partnership with conference organisers, the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals (SOCAP) Australia.

Leading the research team is Dean of Law, Professor Tania Sourdin. Professor Sourdin affirmed that the research project will be of great value to the consumer affairs services profession stating, “This project is timely because it focuses attention on a relatively under-researched, but very important topic, namely how organisations respond to customer complaints and the economic gains and losses from doing so”.

The research team has visited the headquarters of participating organisations to study their complaint handling processes and the data held that relates to the costs and benefits of handling complaints.

Shanghai International Teaching and Learning Workshop Success

From 31 July to 3 August 2017, the Faculty of Business and Law in conjunction with the Centre for Teaching and Learning hosted a Teaching and Learning Workshop in Shanghai for our Chinese Partner Institutions. The workshop provided both new and experienced teachers a basis for establishment and expansion of their repertoire of teaching strategies and skills. The workshop focused on numerous areas including effective development of course/lesson plans and presenting to students, blended teaching practices, methods and ways of assessing student learning, and effective classroom management techniques

The workshop sessions operated over four continuous days with 42 people attending from 16 Chinese Partner Institutions. At the end of the workshop, participants were presented with a Certificate in University Teaching from the University of Newcastle.

Premier's New South Wales Export Awards 2017

With the support of Alessandra Alvaro, from International Student Engagement, three Newcastle Business School students from our Sydney Campus participated in the Premier’s New South Wales Export Awards 2017 - Application Assistant Program (AAP). This is New South Wale’s largest networking and recognition program, containing the State’s top exporters who will be competing across many award categories. Companies of all shapes and sizes are involved in the awards culminating in a gala dinner at The Star with over 700 people attending.

NUPSA Awards Dinner 2015

On Sunday the 15th of November the Newcastle University Post Graduate Student Association (NUPSA) hosted the 2015 Awards dinner. Prizes were awarded to our accomplished RHD students, and Associate Professor Suzanne Ryan won the Teacher of the Year Award, as voted by NUPSA members.

Conference: Religious Freedom in a Multicultural World

On Friday September 25, 2015 Freedom for Faith and the Newcastle Law School jointly hosted the Conference – Religious Freedom in a Multicultural World.

Removal of 'Bad' Industrial Policies for an Effective Energy Transition in China

Dr Hao Tan discusses the role that industrial policies play in driving China's energy transition

Legal Program at Newcastle Beach Riding Wave of Success

A free legal clinic, metres from the crashing waves at Newcastle Beach, is pushing law students into new learning experiences.

Sinking Oil Prices Cut Both Ways for China

Dr Hao Tan discusses how the price of oil affects China

Domestic Workers, Social Security, and Gender Politics in India

The Newcastle Business School welcomed Professor Rajeshwari Deshpande for a public lecture

China and the Falling Price of Oil

Dr Hao Tan discusses the impacts of the recent fall in oil price on China's energy transitions

Law, Religion, and Economic Development

Newcastle Law School academic presents at G20 Interfaith Summit

The Faculty of Business and Law Says Thank You

Thanking our Work Ready industry partners

Dr Hao Tan Discusses Renewable Energy

Dr Hao Tan talks with the BBC and Panorama FM about China's role in renewable energy technologies and climate change

Legalising Medical Cannabis: Lessons from Canada's Policies

Nola Ries of the Newcastle Law School discusses lessons Australia can learn from Canadian cannabis policies

The President's Forum: Challenging Ideas on Workplace Relations

Prestigious panellists debate what makes for a productive workplace

Law PhD Candidate Awarded CLTA Conference Bursary for 2015

Newcastle Law School PhD Candidate, Akshaya Kamalnath, will attend the 2015 CLTA Conference

Faculty Awards Presented to RHD Students at Annual NUPSA Dinner

Faculty RHD students awarded at annual NUPSA Dinner

Implications of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement to Chinese Fossil Fuel Companies

Dr. Hao Tan discusses implications of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement to Chinese fossil fuel companies

Medibank Private Float Offers Retail Investors an Early Christmas Gift

Paul Docherty and Steve Easton discuss the Medibank Private float

OPINION: Women's Rights May Outweigh Zoe's Law

Kcasey McLoughlin discusses Zoe's Law and its possible implications for women's rights

Newcastle Business School Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship

Kelly Rogers has been awarded the Jane M. Klauseman Women in Business Scholarship

Singapore Chief Justice visits Newcastle Law School to talk anti-corruption

Newcastle law students were taught a valuable lesson about corruption in law last Friday, during an address delivered by the visiting Chief Justice of Singapore, the Hon. Justice Sundaresh Menon

Postgraduate High Achievers

The Newcastle Business School celebrates its high achievers

Business logistics may revolutionise disaster relief

Dr Richard Oloruntoba discusses disaster relief

For this year's Melbourne Cup, consider a charity rather than taking on Tom Waterhouse

Newcastle Business School academics crunch the numbers on the Melbourne Cup

Is Australia guilty of crimes against humanity?

Dr Amy Maguire examines if the International Criminal Court could prosecute Australia for crimes against humanity?

UON business research to support NSW Government pilot program

The University of Newcastle's (UON) Newcastle Business School (Central Coast) has been engaged by NSW Trade & Investment to provide research and evaluation services to support the NSW Government's $1.5 million Smart Work Hub Pilot Program.

The Power of Feeling Bad

NBS academic and the NY Times discuss why fearing the worst might make you better at your job

Kathleen Folbigg case review bid challenges SIDS evidence

Shaun McCarthy discusses an evidence challenge of the Kathleen Folbigg case

Best Paper Award for Newcastle Business School Academics

Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell and Dr Brendan Boyle were awarded Best Paper at the British Academy of Management conference

A referendum in Northern Ireland could mean more than just Yes or No

Dr Amy Maguire discusses renewed calls for Northern Ireland to leave the UK in The Conversation

UON Students Learn the Business Behind Football

University of Newcastle Central Coast Campus students brushed shoulders with some of football's biggest stars during a unique visit to Moore Park entertainment and sporting precinct.

Dr Richard Oloruntoba wins 2013 DB Schenker Award

Newcastle Business School academic, Dr Richard Oloruntoba, awarded international logistics prize

Newcastle Law School panel accepted at prestigious conference

Newcastle Law School-proposed panel accepted at the prestigious International Studies Association conference

Tanya Plibersek Visits University of Newcastle Legal Centre

Tanya Plibersek, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, visited the University of Newcastle Legal Centre

Where's the Punchline?

Associate Professor John Anderson talks about "Coward Punch" laws being passed in Victoria

Prize-Winning Academic Says Newcastle Ill-Prepared for Another Quake

Newcastle Business School academic, Dr Richard Oloruntoba, says Newcastle is ill-prepared for another major quake

Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture

The Law School was proud to welcome the Honourable Robert French AC Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, to deliver the 2014 Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture

Engaging the Chinese Readership through Media

Dr Hao Tan of the Newcastle Business School uses media to engage with the Chinese readership

Mandatory sentences can't deliver justice or stop one-punch killings

Associate Professor John Anderson discusses new "Coward Punch" laws

For Top Broadband Policy, Look No Further Than Canada

Newcastle Business School academic Dr Robert Imre suggests Australia should be looking to Canada for its broadband policy

The degree of unemployment

Faculty of Business and Law graduates top the charts for employability

Is Australia a Responsible International Citizen?

Newcastle Law School academic Dr Amy Maguire discusses Australia's current asylum seeker policy

On-field thugs just as culpable under law

Newcastle Law School academic Daniel Matas has written an opinion piece on violence on the sporting field

Anti-Semitic attack proves need for racial vilification laws

Newcastle Law School academics Associate Professor John Anderson and Dr Alan Berman discuss racial vilification laws

Congratulations to Akshaya Kamalnath on her 3rd Place in the Three Minute Thesis

Newcastle Law School RHD student Akshaya Kamalnath has been awarded third place in the Three Minute Thesis competition

NAB Scholarship Students Rewarded

Newcastle Business School students rewarded with NAB positions after completing industry placement

The Media's Impact on Legal Proceedings

In light of the recent trial of Gerard Baden-Clay, Associate Professor John Anderson addressed how media coverage impacts trial proceedings and outcomes in a radio interview by Matthew Dryden in late July.

Law PhD Student to attend German Climate Geoengineering Summer School

Newcastle Law School PhD student Kerryn Brent has been invited to a prestigious Climate Geoengineering Summer School

Graduates and Awardees in Manila

Professor Mark Bray represented the Faculty of Business & Law and the University at the Australia Awards Scholarship GRANDuation in Manila in late May

Tension in the Workplace

Rebecca Mitchell discusses tension in the workplace

Appeal to clarify religious standing

Associate Professor Neil Foster welcomes appeal on landmark court decision regarding religious freedom in an article with the Australian

Inequality in confidence - Are women at a disadvantage?

Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell discusses female confidence levels

China missing the point on waste protests

Dr Hao Tan of the Newcastle Business School addresses recent protests in China over waste incineration

China Leading the Way on Renewable Energy

Newcastle Business School academic, Hao Tan, has had a letter published in Nature discussing China and its use of renewable energy sources.

QLD 'Gay Panic Defence' Shameful

Newcastle Law School academics Dr Alan Berman and Sher Campbell delve into Queensland's 'homosexual advance defence'.

The Faculty of Business and Law Excellence in Teaching Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Faculty of Business and Law Teaching Awards.

Privatising Medibank: will an IPO deliver for taxpayers?

Newcastle Business School academic Paul Docherty discusses the proposed privatisation of Medibank Private.

Faculty Sponsoring ARDC 2014

The Faculty of Business and Law will be sponsoring the 2014 Australian Regional Development Conference (ARDC)

North Korea and Human Rights: Can Things Change?

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC, CMG presents the lecture, 'North Korea and Human Rights: Can Things Change?'

The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Lawyer

The Hon. TF Bathurst presents the lecture, "The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Lawyer"

Bowling Club in Legal Stoush

The University of Newcastle Legal Centre (UNLC) has taken begun working with the Friends of King Edward Park Group to challenge Newcastle City Council's Approval of a function centre at the cliff-top site at King Edward Park.

Hit the surf and source legal advice

Young people needing legal advice are encouraged to tap into expertise of the University of Newcastle's Legal Centre when it slips out of the office and hits the sand for its annual Law on the Beach free community legal advice service.

Rebecca Mitchell in The Conversation on Team Innovation and Success

In the Conversation, Associate Professor Rebecca Mitchell talks about how conflict in the workplace can lead to team innovation and success.

UNLSA Mooting Success

Newcastle Law School students achieved mooting success at the Annual Australian Law Students' Association Conference.