The University of Newcastle, Australia

NEW doesn’t wait. Sometimes the greatest opportunity to make a difference comes when you least expect it and it takes well-prepared individuals to grab hold and effect positive change.

Take Kate Anderson, in her first year in the Master of Leadership and Management in Education Degree (MLMED), she has already used real-world projects from her courses to successfully pursue a Head of Faculty role in a new school. As Kate tells it, her dream job opened up across town and she was prepared.

“I was itching to have more impact and more input and because I had done so much preparation through the program, I felt confident.”

The University of Newcastle’s leadership program is built on the ideal that all course assignments must be relevant to our students’ professional work. Students apply their learning to their own organisations, improving lives now – not when they graduate.

Kate believes, “The program has given me the motivation to reflect a lot more. It has helped me put a structure around why I am doing things and many of my ideas are much stronger.”

In the MLMED, students grapple with world-leading research to develop their own leadership capacity, they learn to create environments where teachers are motivated and children are passionately engaged, and they build programs and processes to improve the quality of teaching and learning in their own schools.

Kate is excited to get started in her new school and she has big plans that will undoubtedly impact lives.

“I’m looking to add more collaboration within the teaching staff, more integrated learning and STEM courses for students, and really support teaching quality.”

New opportunities can be hard to come by, so the MLMED at the University of Newcastle helps to prepare individuals like Kate Anderson to take the leap when they do.

Where will NEW take you?

Kate Anderson

First year Master of Leadership and Management in Education student Kate Anderson is already applying learning back to her school environment.

This postgraduate degree has helped me put a structure around why I am doing things and many of my ideas are much stronger for it