News and Events

International Presidential Fellow Visit:  Dr. Yoda R. Patta, Sampoerna University, Indonesia

Dr Yoda Patta from Sampoerna University, Indonesia, a former graduate of MIT and Stanford, will visit the UoN Callaghan campus during 27th June - Wednesday, 29th June 2016.   SoE Professor Kath Grushka is co-hosting this visit with Miranda Lawry as part of this President's Fellowship Visit.

Dr. Yoda R. Patta earned her bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering from Institut Teknologi Bandung in Indonesia, and went on to complete her SM and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Patta has conducted multi-disciplinary work as a materials scientist and engineer. She holds a patent for a novel method for producing high critical current density superconducting films, which has been licensed. Her dissertation work encompassed the bio-distribution of chemotherapeutics delivered via an implantable biocompatible device for the treatment of brain cancer. She went on to complete apostdoc at the Stanford University School of Medicine, where she conducted tissue engineering and wound healing mechanical research.

She will give a Public Lecture on June 28 entitled 'STE(A)M Education: Raising the Next-Generation Workforce and Leaders'

Friday March 11, 2016 – Great Hall, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus

The School of Education will host an international research symposium  Reframing Teacher Education for Learning Equity on March 11, 2016

The Symposium is copresented by the University of Newcastle's (UON) Faculty of Education and Arts, and the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education to launch the Global Learning Equity Network.  The Global Learning Equity Network has been established by the School of Education to reinvent teacher education around the emerging knowledge bases about learning and the profound role teachers play in addressing issues of equity and student success in a rapidly changing world. A panel of eminent international scholars from a range of fields such as creativity, neuroscience, child development, psychology, equity, and culturally responsive education, along with representatives from Australian and international teacher accreditation bodies will convene to formulate a set of evidence-based frameworks to guide future teacher education globally for learning, equity and the common good.

The Keynote Address will be delivered by Professor Yong Zhao who is currently Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon (

A free public lecture will also be held on Thursday 10 March with Professor Yong Zhao as part of the Global Learning Equity Network launch.

For information on how to register for the Symposium and the Public Lecture, please contact or visit this webpage

Intercultural Experience in China or Zimbabwe

This September, we are very pleased to announce two travel options for students who are interested in an intercultural exchange. One trip is to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and one trip is to Shanghai, China. Students choose one of the two trips for their intercultural exchange. This will be provided as a 10 unit elective by the School of Education. Please this this flyer for more details.

HERMES Launches World-Class Journal

HERMES has launched the inaugural issue of Historical Encounters. The group's new biannual peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal is dedicated to the empirical and theoretical study of historical consciousness, historical cultures and history education.

Dr Robert Parkes, Convenor of HERMES Research Group and Editor of Historical Encounters, said, "I am proud to say, we have most outstanding editorial board of any history education journal in the world. It has the top professors from around the world and has already attracted scholarship from Finland, Sweden, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands."

The journal invites articles, features, provocations, rejoinders, book reviews and dissertation abstracts. Submissions are welcome from across the fields of public history, history didactics, curriculum and pedagogy studies, cultural studies, collective memory, narrative theory, and historical theory. The Editors of the publication are dedicated to providing open access, so you can subscribe or publish free of charge.

Quality Education in Zimbabwe

In January this year, Dr Stephanie Bengtsson and Dr Jo Ailwood travelled to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, to begin fieldwork for the first phase of a research and teacher training project on quality education in Zimbabwe.

The trip was supported by Global School Partners, Children in the Wilderness, and the University of Newcastle. Bengtsson and Ailwood designed a series of qualitative research instruments to capture data on major challenges/obstacles to providing quality education through the school. As part of the initial response to emergent data, Dr's Bengtsson and Ailwood also ran a series of workshops with a view to supporting teachers to have agency and make changes to their work environment. Topics included creating a positive classroom environment, group work and participatory action research.