Q & A

With the IAD Senior Leadership Team

The International and Advancement Division (IAD) is made up of the Confucius Institute, the Office of Alumni and Philanthropy and UON Global. Under the leadership of Pro Vice-Chancellor, Winnie Eley, this Division provides strategic leadership in alumni engagement, community and global engagement, institutional partnerships and reputation, student mobility and philanthropy across the University.

Rhys

Rhys Palmer

Interim Director, Strategic Institution Relations (Greater China)

5 year vision - ‘Newcastle – one of the most China-engaged cities in Australia’

The Confucius Institute was established in 2011 as a partnership between The University of Newcastle (UON), Central China Normal University (Wuhan), and Hanban (Beijing). The Institute is the leading provider in delivering top quality Chinese literacy programs within the local Newcastle and Central Coast region.

Q & A

  1. If you had to choose a colour to represent your team, what would it be and why?

    Red – the luckiest colour in China!

  2. If you could pick one challenge your team would be ready to embrace, what would this be?

    To lead and facilitate the realisation of a truly collaborative, mutually beneficial relationship between UON and China.

  3. If your team’s greatest achievement was reported in the news in 5 years’ time, what would the headline be?

    ‘Newcastle – one of the most China-engaged cities in Australia’

  4. What do you love about your job?

    The people, the place and the possibilities.

  5. Tell us something unusual about yourself that people may not know?

    Most would be aware of my broad interest and connections with China, but many would not know that I used to be a rock’n’roll star! (Well at least I thought I was.) Sorry, that’s all I can tell you because … ‘what happens on tour stays on tour’!

Rebecca

Rebecca Hazell

Director of Advancement

5 year vision - ‘Record breaking gift by UON alumnus drives social change’

The Office of Alumni and Philanthropy (OAP) facilitates the engagement of partners across business, industry, community organisations and local government to connect with UON through a range of key strategic alumni and philanthropic programs.

Q & A

  1. If you had to choose a colour to represent your team, what would it be and why?

    A rainbow because it reflects the multitude of skills, personalities, capabilities and talent of the team.  Also because it can shine a great light across UON and all its community, leading to golden opportunities.

  2. If you could pick one challenge your team would be ready to embrace, what would this be?

    I believe the team is ready to turn every challenge they face into an opportunity. I feel the greatest challenge is to recognise opportunities no matter what the situation or circumstances.

  3. If your team’s greatest achievement was reported in the news in 5 years’ time, what would the headline be?

    ‘Record breaking gift by UON alumnus drives social change’

  4. What do you love about your job?

    I honestly love everything about my job!  Yes, I have my difficult days, although the challenges allow me to grow and develop the skills necessary to be truly successful in the work that I do.  I also love being part of something that’s bigger than me and somehow helping to make change in the world.

  5. Tell us something unusual about yourself that people may not know?

    Where do I begin!!  Do I only get to pick one?!!  I did pay my way through university by working in a Neil Diamond tribute show as a backing singer and was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to sing some Bette Midler numbers. This was a really fun time in my life.

  6. Dary

    Dary Milani

    Director International Enrolments & Partnerships

    5 year vision – ‘University of Newcastle - a truly international experience in an internationally engaged city’

UON Global is responsible for delivering the university’s international aspirations and the lead strategies of the International and Advancement Division in achieving UON’s NeW Futures 2025 vision. The lead strategies include iLead Plus, Destination UON, Global Mobility and Employability and A Global Partner of Choice.

Q & A

  1. If you had to choose a colour to represent your team, what would it be and why?

    Although I’ve been in Australia more than 12 years, I’m still always amazed by the vivid blue colours of this country. Whether that’s the deep inviting blues of the ocean that feel so welcoming or the clear blues of the sky that speak of opportunity and optimism. So, I think blue capture the qualities and personality that UON Global represents – warmth, welcoming and optimistic.

  2. If you could pick one challenge your team would be ready to embrace, what would this be?

    Definitely technology. Industry and indeed society changes have been so fast paced in the area of technology that it’s hard to keep up. I’m looking forward to equipping my team with the technological tools they need to lead their field.

  3. If your team’s greatest achievement was reported in the news in 5 years’ time, what would the headline be?

    University of Newcastle - a truly international experience in an internationally engaged city

  4. What do you love about your job?

    First and foremost I feel privileged to play a part in life changing decisions that a young adult is making. Whether that is an international student looking to choose a university, a city, a country to embark on their great academic journey, or whether it’s a domestic student looking to use study abroad to peer into the bigger world for the first time. These are life changing moments for young adults and I love being connected with that.

  5. Tell us something unusual about yourself that people may not know?
  6. I once bought an accordion on ebay by accident. I’ve since been learning how to play and hope to one day be good enough that my children don’t run away every time I practise!