The University of Newcastle, Australia

May 2017

Medal winners

News • 31 May 2017

UON graduate wins top design gong

UON graduates have starred at 2017 Australian Institute of Architects' NSW Graduate and Student Awards, taking out two of the most prestigious honours.

PhD student Gabrielle McInnis

Faculty of Education and Arts • 31 May 2017

Research to aid conservation of Indigenous culture and promote tourism

Using digital technologies to conserve heritage in Indigenous Australian communities through engagement in sustainable tourism is the topic of a paper co-authored by University of Newcastle PhD student Gabrielle McGinnis and Endangered Language Documentation, Theory and Application (ELDTA) research group member Associate Professor Mark Harvey, together with Dr Tamara Young from the Newcastle Business School and Professor Ian Clark from Federation University.

• 31 May 2017

Organisational Design

We are all aware of the major shifts taking place in higher education. When many of our current students were in primary school, not many of their parents were thinking of how education would prepare their daughters or sons for jobs in creative industries, drone design, data science, cybersecurity or technology-assisted health care.  Not all academics starting their first job in a university twenty years ago would have foreshadowed how critical interdisciplinary education and research would become for the graduates of the future, how digital literacy and analytics would change learning, and how courses could become both massive and micro.

Entangled Histories: AHA 2017 Conference

Faculty of Education and Arts • 31 May 2017

National History Conference Comes to Newcastle

Attendees at the Australian Historical Association conference will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience using computational linguistics for historical analysis and learn from one of the leading scholars in the field.A digital history workshop is planned as part of the conference and will be led by international scholar Associate Professor Michelle Moravec from Rosemont College in Philadelphia.


News • 31 May 2017

Slingshot and UON to bring new accelerator to Hunter region

A new accelerator program will help supercharge Startups in Australia’s Hunter Region.

Image of Gunilla Haydon

News • 30 May 2017

Heart-felt research improving outcomes for cardiac arrest survivors

Research from the University of Newcastle (UON) is drawing on the personal stories of cardiac arrest survivors to improve their care in hospital and subsequent quality of life.


• 30 May 2017

New university alliance targets smarter solutions for NSW

Finding solutions to the challenges facing communities in New South Wales will be the focus of an alliance of three of Australia’s leading universities, announced today.

Research and Innovation • 29 May 2017

Nature: Censorship of addiction research is an abuse of science

Professor Kypros Kypri reported  in Nature: researchers must stand up to funders insisting on gagging clauses.

Rural Neighbours in Times of Change

Faculty of Education and Arts • 26 May 2017

Rural Neighbours in times of change: a two day symposium

The Centre for Social Research and Regional Futures' Rural Land Use and Community Research Network presents a two day symposium: Rural Neighbours in Times of Change. The Network brings together local and international scholars working in the area of rurality and community, rural land use change and conflict, and migration and mobility. The aim of the network is to explore rurality (as locality) through the lens of global mobilities, as it manifests through movement of people (e.g. urban-rural migration, asylum seekers and refugees), minerals (e.g. coal and gas), and agricultural products. During a two-day workshop, the network will focus on the theme of ‘rural neighbours’, with the sub-themes of locality and globalisation; migration and displacement; place and emplacement.

Associate Professor Marguerite Johnson

Faculty of Education and Arts • 26 May 2017

Classics researcher awarded inaugural ABR Gender Fellowship

Professor Marguerite Johnson from the School of Humanities and Social Science has been named as the inaugural Australia Book Review 2017 Gender Fellow.

Virtual Reality midwifery

• 26 May 2017

A new world in sight: virtual reality to advance human health

Giving birth has been the foundation of the human race since the start of humanity, but the primal practice is set to benefit from groundbreaking advances in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) at the University of Newcastle (UON).