The Newcastle Academy recognises the key role that sessional academic staff play in the delivery of a world-class education. Through this initiative, we aim to develop, support and engage a highly valued community of sessional academic staff.

Welcome to Newcastle Academy

If you are new to the University, congratulations! You have joined a university that is committed to providing a learning environment that inspires, challenges and supports all learners, preparing them to be creative, connected, collaborative and to thrive in the evolving global landscape.

Our success is determined by the educators and researchers who work every day at the University ranked one of the top 200 universities in the world. We are excited that you have joined us and will continue this great work. As you settle in, it may be helpful to read our orientation guide. Also, make sure to touch base with your Course Coordinator to complete your local School orientation and to discuss the expectations of your role.

The University provides a range of resources so teachers can thrive and contribute to the University’s world class teaching and learning.  he online learning platform, Discover has been updated with the latest Teaching and Learning course dates, so please visit the platform to register for courses that spark your interest.

As a Sessional Academic, you play an integral role to the student journey and I would encourage you to take a look at The Educator Network (tEN) that promotes collaboration, innovation and excellence of all educators at the University of Newcastle. Please visit the sharepoint site which has information and resources to support you in your role.

Throughout 2021 we will update you with the work of the Newcastle Academy and how you can benefit and become involved. If you have any feedback or suggestions on how to further develop, support and engage our academic sessional staff, please email and join our LinkedIn group.

We have recently conducted the Your Voice sessional academic staff engagement survey. Thank you to those who have participated in the survey. We look forward to sharing the results and feedback on your responses in the coming months.

The Newcastle Academy is here to ensure you feel supported and valued by the University.

Tina Crawford 
Director, Diversity and Inclusion

New to teaching and UON

New to teaching and the University of Newcastle

Congratulations on your appointment. As your own journey begins, do take advantage of all the orientation programs we offer and allow yourself time to explore and learn about the University. We are proud of our University, our students, and our exceptional staff, and we know you will share in that pride.

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professional development

Professional development

There are a range of professional development opportunities available to sessional staff including simple, self-directed learning through courses on the learning and development portal Discover, as well as feedback on teaching surveys and reward and recognition programs.

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Resources and teaching support

In conjunction with the Learning Design and Teaching Innovation, we support academic staff to create and deliver engaging courses both online and in the classroom. In our resources section you will also find links to our policy library, the University's systems and tools as well as how to make the most of University benefits.

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Changes to EOFY

Change to EOFY payment summaries

Please be aware of changes to the way you receive your income details for tax purposes. Your end-of-year payment summary (formerly known as a ‘group certificate’) is now called an income statement and will be available through the myGov website or your tax agent – not through HR online.

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Timesheets for casual staff

Changes to how we manage timesheets and casual payroll

It is important that staff and supervisors are aware of the steps we need to take to improve how we manage time and attendance records and payment processing requirements for casual staff.

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.