UON Academy

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.

Welcome to UON Academy

If you are new to UON, congratulations! You have joined a university that is committed to providing a unique teaching and learning experience for our students. Our success is determined by the educators and researchers who work every day at UON , we are ranked 214 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. Not only will you develop new skills, the courses are also a great opportunity to network with other UON teaching staff.

Throughout 2018 we will update you with the work of the UON Academy. If you have any feedback or suggestions on how to further develop, support and engage our academic sessional staff, please email uonacademy@newcastle.edu.au 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


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. Read more.

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. Read more.


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. Read more.


UON Academy on LinkedIn provides a centralised hub for all information relating to sessional/casual academic staff. Here you will find links to resources, tool kits, event details, as well as colleagues achievements, newsletters and University announcements. Need help to build your own LinkedIn profile? You can download our 10 top tips for a best practice LinkedIn profile from our group page. Join the group.

Dr Simon Iveson

Reward and recognition

Our staff make outstanding contributions across academic, professional and research arenas. We are proud to recognise, reward and celebrate the many achievements of our great people through a range of award programs. Read more.

Dr Simon Iveson (pictured) was the recipient of the 2017 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Staff Teaching Excellence.