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International Connections in Kenya

Cultural Immersion programs are instrumental in achieving UON and Faculty goals of internationalising the curriculum and building global citizenship in our students. Dr Patricia Johnson and Mrs Sher Campbell led an inter-school undergraduate cultural immersion program to Kenya.

The program involved lectures and experiential learning in Kenyan culture, business and government institutions. A highlight of the trip was engagement with student peers at Moi University in Eldoret. The UON's flag flew over the Rift Valley at a function the program held with academics and student buddies from Mai University at lten.

During the trip the touring group were hosted by The Australian High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. Attending the event were senior public officials from the Public Service Commission (Kenya) and officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and trade.

Public Seminar - Unfair Trading Practice and Supermarket Power

The Newcastle Law School and the Newcastle Business School jointly hosted the public seminar ‘Unfair trading practices and supermarket power: comparing regulatory challenges in the EU and Australia’ by Dr Victoria Daskalova, an Assistant Professor in Law, Governance & Technology at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

20 people joined in the discussion reviewing how developments in technology, business models and consumer preferences have led to a shift in the balance of power - from producers to retailers - in the food supply chain over the past half a century.

Associate Professor Boyle Meets With the President of Ireland During His State Visit to Australia

Associate Professor Brendan Boyle of Newcastle Business School recently met with President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and first lady Sabina Higgins. As an Irish expatriate academic Assoc. Prof Boyle was invited by the Consul General of Ireland to a reception held in honour of President Higgins during his state visit to Australia at the end of 2017. Immediately prior to the reception Assoc. Prof Boyle attended the President's keynote address at UNSW entitled: "Sharing the tasks of ethical remembering - Ireland and Australia".

Business School Postgraduate Students Engage With Port Waratah Coal Service

In 2017, 17 postgraduate business students along with Dr Hao Tan and Dr Jennifer Waterhouse visited Newcastle's iconic Port Waratah Coal Services (PWCS).The visit was led by Mr Stephen Rigby, Manager of the PWCS Carrington Terminal and included a tour of the Kooragang Island facility.

This was followed by a presentation which provided a strong explanation of the coal industry, and how PWCS navigates uncertainty as a service provider to the industry.

This industry visit has become a permanent fixture on the postgraduate student experience calendar.

DAAD Scholarship for Dr Soresh Sepehr

Dr Sorush Sepehr, our recently completed PhD student, has been successful in gaining a German DAAD scholarship to visit and work for one year at TU Dortmund University. His research on "Discourse of anti-immigration, immigrant consumer vulnerability and empowerment" is funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) through its short-term research grant scheme. The grant is valued at 7350 Euros/11000 AUD.

Sorush will be working with staff from the Department of Marketing, within the Faculty of Business and Economics at TU Dortmund University, who have a longstanding reputation as one of the leading centres when it comes to qualitative marketing research in Germany. The Department of Marketing is chaired by Prof. Hartmut HolzmOller, who is also an Honorary Conjoint Professor of Marketing with the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle.

RHD Colloquium

18 RHO students presented their research papers at the third RHO Colloquium for the Faculty of Business and Law. The Colloquium is an important annual event where academics and RHO students from both schools meet. In addition to student presentations, participants benefited from the keynote speeches by Professor Steve Melnyk and Professor Christoph Antons.

The best paper award was presented to Ms. Margurite Hook, a doctoral candidate in Marketing for her paper "You're like me.' Examining the Role of Similarity-Attraction in Children's Brand Community Participation". The runner up best paper award was presented to Mr. Jonathan Sale, a doctoral candidate in Law, for his paper titled "Entangled legal histories, varieties of capitalism and labour markets: A case study of Spanish-American legal transfers and endogenous developments in Philippine labour law"

Co-operative Solutions to the Housing Challenge

The Newcastle Business School, in collaboration with Common Equity NSW, held a community forum in NewSpace, focusing on 'co-operative solutions to the housing challenge'. Eighty attendants from the community, architects, developers, social housing providers, government agencies, and academics, presented global housing trends, in line with the sharing economy, that may provide new solutions to the current housing affordability crisis.

The Forum was opened by Professor Morris Altman, with the Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes presenting Newcastle's visions for affordable living in the city. A joint presentation on global trends in co-housing and co-operative housing was presented by Dr Sidsel Grimstad, University of Newcastle and Dr Louise Crabtree from Western Sydney University. Jason Twill, a researcher in sustainable urbanism, from University Technology Sydney, provided some inspirational visions for urban shared living before three local Co-housing/Co-operative housing projects presented their visions.

A presentation by James Brown, CEO of Common Equity NSW concluded with the company awarding a three year research project to examine international best practice and barriers to co­operative housing solutions in Australia. The research team will comprise Dr. Louise Crabtree, Dr. Emma Power and Dr. Neil Perry from Western Sydney University,  Professor Peter Phibbs from Sydney  University and Dr. Sidsel Grimstad and Ms. Ann Apps from University of Newcastle

Social Impact Investing Research Project Grant

Professor Steve Easton from the Newcastle Business School and his colleague Associate Professor Sean Pinder from the University of Melbourne have received a grant of $12,500 for the research project: Social Impact Investing. Social Impact Investments are investments made with the intention of generating measurable social and I or environmental outcomes in addition to a financial return.

This Australian Centre for Financial Studies funded research will examine theoretical and empirical evidence with respect to regulatory barriers to social impact investing. These barriers centre on inadequate legal clarity with respect to the expected returns and risk from social impact investments, and the concomitant lack of clarity with respect to the fiduciary duties of superannuation trustees.

Keynote Presentation at International Conference

Dr Richard Oloruntoba was invited to deliver a keynote speech titled: Global Humanitarianism, Logistics, Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons: Past, Present and Future at the 9th International Conference on Logistics and Transport.

Dr Oloruntoba also led a panel discussion comprising international academics and practitioners, and a workshop on logistics and supply chain management for the care of refugees and internally displaced persons. Richard also chaired 3 tracks on various aspects of supply chain management. Selected delegates including Richard, met with the Thailand Minister for Transport Mr Arkhom Termpittayapaisith discussing topical logistics and transport issues in the context of Thailand, China, Sustainable Development Goals and ASEAN.

International Collaboration for Gender Policy

Dr Sara Motta is the international expert on an 18 month research project to develop a participatory gender policy for the University sector and linked to supporting the creation of peace in Colombia. Out of one hundred nationwide applications the team at the University of Valle (UniValle), Cali, Colombia were one of two successfully funded by Colciencias, the Ministry of Higher Education, Colombia.

At the closing of the Masters in Gender, Education and Development (the only postgradute course of this kind in Colombia), Dr Motta, gave a keynote presentation "Decolonising and feminising democracy'. Sara was also an invited speaker at the International Festival of Poetry held in Cali, Colombia and participated in the roundtable discussion of the book "Social Sciences for an Other Politics: Women Theorising without Parachutes'(Routledge) at the University of Puebla, Mexico.

The Australian BCCM Annual Leader's Summit

Professor Tony Travaglione, Professor Morris Altman and Dr Sidsel Grimstad contributed in the 2017 Business Chamber of Co-operatives and Mutuals Leader's Dinner and Business Summit, held in Brisbane with almost 400 leaders from the Australian co-operative and mutual enterprise (CME) sector. Professor Altman's report commissioned by the BCCM titled "The size of Australia's CME sector", indicating that the sector comprises 8.3% of GDP was launched at the summit. PVC, Professor Tony Travaglione facilitated the session titled: ‘Is blockchain just another digital thought bubble or a serious game changer for customer and member retention?’ involved contributions from Andrew Crane Chair BCCM, Faye Lageu, Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence, ICMIF, Nick Giurietto, Chief Executive, Australian Digital Commerce Association. Dr Grimstad, was invited to talk with executives about the UONs Graduate Certificate of Co­ operative Management and Organisation which is the only one of its kind in Australia.

ICA Global Conference

The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) is the apex organisation for co-operatives worldwide, representing more than 300 co-operative federations from 3 million worldwide. Dr. Sidsel Grimstad was present at the ICA Global Summit, in Kuala Lumpur, to gain an insight into the global CME sector and network with important international contacts for the UON educational and research programmes. Dr Grimstad met with keynote speaker Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norway's first female prime minister and chaired the first World Commission on Environment and Development, which popularized the concept of sustainable development. Dr Brundtland is now a UN Appointee to the High Level Global Sustainability Panel and was at the summit to support ICAs efforts towards the UNs Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Grimstad also met with the President of Angkasa, the Malaysian Peak Body for cooperatives and mutuals, Mr. Abdul Fattah Hj Abdullah.

Expertise Provided to the Illuminate Challenge

Dr Courtney Molloy and Clare Keogh from the Newcastle Business School have been involved as panel members and judges at three Illuminate Challenges on the Central Coast that saw the involvement of over 300 high school students. The flagship education program of Illuminate Education & Consulting is the Nextgen Challenge, where students are placed into teams to develop a business that solves a problem in their community. Students produce a business plan with two years of financial forecasting, deliver a sales pitch and create elements of a marketing strategy.

Year 11 Business Plan Challenge

The year 11 Business Plan Challenge finale saw Laura Ausling from St Colomba Port Macquarie crowned the winner in 2017.

In its 14th year an impressive 332 plans were received from 438 participating students from all over the state.

The quality of submissions was outstanding and we continue to be impressed by the application of sound business knowledge by the students and the innovative ideas put forward.

At the finale the following four schools competed against each other for a total prize pool of $15,000.

Girraween High School

Hunter Valley Grammar School

St Columba Anglican School, Port Macquarie Hornsby Girls' High School

The winners were presented with a cheque by Local MP Tim Crackanthorp and had the opportunity to hear from guest speaker UoN Alumni Jemma Enwright, Founder and CEO of Next Milestone.

Visiting Professor: Erling Rasmussen

Professor Erling Rasmussen a Professor of Work and Employment at Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand), presented a seminar on.the topic of 'The employment relations policies of the newly elected Labour-led government in New Zealand" to Faculty of Business and Law staff. During his visit, he also collaborated with Professor Mark Bray and Professor Johanna Macneil on a number of research papers.

Professor Rasmussen has worked in employment relations in academia, the public and private sectors since the 1970s and has undertaken research for government, businesses and unions and is co-editor of the 'New Zealand Journal of Employment Relations.

Site Visit to Department of Family and Community Services (FACS)

12 of our postgraduate students in Human Resource Management and Employment Relations visited the Department of Family and Community Services (FAGS) to experience the work of HR professionals and highlight the roles and opportunities within government organisations for HR practitioners. The Newcastle Regional office of the NSW FAGS, located in Charlestown, warmly welcomed the students and staff from the Newcastle Business School. Thank you to our host Dr Colin Lynch, Business Manager who along with several other managers shared the day to day workings and experiences of FACS, which has a workforce of more than 2,000 across the Hunter and Central Coast.

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.

Informing the Work of the Fair Work Commission

Professor Mark Bray and Professor Johanna Macneil provided their expertise as members of a panel of experts discussing international perspectives on dispute resolution at the recent national Fair Work Commission Conference. The conference, facilitated by Professor Marian Baird AO, of Sydney University, brought together international heads of workplace relations and dispute resolution agencies from eight countries to discuss developments and innovations in practice.

Additionally, Prof Bray and Prof Macneil with Dr Leslee Spiess, a PhD graduate and sessional teacher in the Newcastle Business School, produced a case study which was included in the Fair Work Commission's annual report. The case study, 'Growing Workplace Cooperation at News Carp's Melbourne Printing Centre', was a result of a $10,000 Fair Work Commission Research Grant.

2018 Endeavour Grant Success

The 2018 Endeavour Mobility Grants were recently announced with the Newcastle Business School awarded funding of $101,500. The Grants will enable a minimum of 30 postgraduate and up to 10 undergraduate students to receive an international study experience in 2018. The Business School would like to congratulate Dr Tony Drew on his grant success for the project "Globalisation in China".

The Endeavour Mobility Grants are administered by the Department of Education and Training, and support two-way engagement between Australia and the rest of the world. The mobility grants provide life changing opportunities for our students to access global learning and research opportunities, and develop global skills and perspectives.

Masters of Human Resource Management Highly Rated for Student Experience

The Graduate Outcomes survey results of students who completed their degree in 2016, ranked the Masters of Human Resource Management as equal best in the University amongst the 60 programs surveyed. This included exceptional ratings across three categories.

  • 95% of respondents were satisfied or very satisfied with the program (OSI)
  • 95% were satisfied or very satisfied with teaching in the program (GTS)
  • 95% reported satisfaction with the improvement in their skills as a result of the program (GSS).

NB. Overall Satisfaction Index (OSI) is a single item asking about overall satisfaction with the program
Good Teaching Scale (GTS) is calculated from 6 individual items relating to various aspects of good teaching
Generic Skills Scale (GSS) is calculated from 6 individual items relating to the generic skills acquired during the program

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.

A Day in the Life of a Business School Student

Sixty five year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students from Henry Kendall High School and St Brigid's Catholic College arrived at the Central Coast campus to experience "A Day in the Life of a Business School Student". Students worked on developing a business concept focused on addressing a social issue. The students participated in four workshops all working towards the development of a Social Enterprise and drawing from some of our key academic focus areas offered on the Central Coast campus. Newcastle Business School staff provided their time and expertise in the following areas: Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Dr Courtney Molloy), Accounting (Dr Marcus Rodrigs), Marketing (Ms Clare Keogh and Dr Courtney Molloy), and Human Resources (Dr John Nolan). The success of this event will encourage more participants for future planned events in 2018.

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.

Book Launch: Cooperation at Work

Professor Mark Bray and Professor Johanna Macneil released their book, Cooperation at Work: How Tribunals can Help Transform Workplaces, at the Cooks Hill Surf Club as part of the Industrial Relations Society of NSW (Newcastle Branch) 40th Anniversary AGM.

The book, co-authored by Andrew Stewart from The University of Adelaide, was launched by Anna Booth, Deputy President of the Fair Work Commission based in Sydney and a specialist in workplace relations and a director on several boards, including law firm Slater & Gordon.

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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UoN Placed Top 150 in the World for Business and Economics

Times Higher Education (THE) recently released its 2018 subject rankings for Business and Economics with The University of Newcastle (UON) now placed in the top 150 in the world. UON is equal eighth in Australia for Business and Economics.

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Accreditation and Affiliation

The University of Newcastle’s Business School (NBS) has received international acclaim for its programs through accreditation from USA-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Learn more about our Accreditation and Affiliation here.

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