The University of Newcastle, Australia

The UON 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.

$1,000 professional development prize

Nominate a sessional academic staff member for their teaching excellence!

UON Academy is offering a $1,000 professional development prize to a sessional academic staff member who is an excellent teacher. When completing your nomination, you may wish to give examples of how the teacher has demonstrated excellence in the following ways:

  • Knows the subject matter very well
  • Explains things clearly
  • Uses effective and engaging teaching methods
  • Shows enthusiasm in what they are teaching to stimulate student interest
  • Makes a real effort to support students
  • Is always prepared for teaching

Complete the nomination form (PDF, 280KB) and send to by 25 October 2019.

Welcome to UON Academy

If you are new to UON, 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 UON, we are ranked 207 of the world's universities. 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 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 2019 we will update you with the work of the UON 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.

I look forward to seeing you at one of the UON Academy’s events soon.

Tina Crawford 
Director, People & Workforce Strategy

New to teaching and UON

New to teaching and UON

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 Centre of Teaching and Learning, 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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