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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.

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