The University of Newcastle, Australia

Q&A with Adam Manning

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

UON Academy is shining the light on members of the sessional/casual academic staff community through a series of Q&As. We're proud to introduce Adam Manning.

Adam grew up in the small town of Medowie, NSW, and studied at UON from 2000. He started playing in the Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Band in 1997. Adam facilitates the Conservatorium Patient Percussion Program at Maitland Hospital and visiting the Rehab and Children's ward each week, armed with a series of hand drums. The aim of the program is to bring joy to patients.

What is your role at UON and what do you enjoy most about your job?

I first started working at UON in 2006, as a community percussion teacher.  I'm the Cohort Leader of Percussion - meaning I lead the community percussion program, I also teach tertiary percussion students and lecture. I love the diversity of my role; I love working with our students, and really enjoy working with our intelligent colleagues.

What is a career highlight?

Performing and recording with guitar virtuoso Bruce Mathiske, performing with John Paul Young, and trailing and releasing instruments for Roland.

In three words, how would your friends describe you?

I'm not sure - that's three words :)

What is your biggest ambition?

Completing a PhD.

What is your favourite quote?

“What we think, we become.”

What’s a hobby you like to do in your spare time?

Helping my father build his land speed truck. Gavin Manning (Dad) is the current Australian Record Holder. In February 2017, he will be attempting to reach speeds over 300km at Lake Gardiner, South Australia.

UON is encouraging staff to be curious, collaborative and courageous. Do you have any thoughts about how you will create the future of UON?

Maybe select a few Academy Staff from different fields, and ask them to develop an original concept, that draws on the different fields of employment. A concept that could be delivered as a short presentation. The concept could be presented at an Academy event.

What opportunities does the UON Academy offer for you?

The chance to connect with other casual staff.

Would you like to nominate a colleague for a Q&A? Let us know by emailing

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