From the VC's Desk

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A culture of courage

Monday, 20 June 2016

The University of Newcastle has a record of being courageous, challenging the status quo and of being a disruptor within the Australian University sector. We pioneered equity of access to higher education well before the introduction of the demand driven system and importantly we have demonstrated that it is possible to build both access and success for students from diverse and challenging backgrounds.

STEMM and gender parity: lessons from Asia

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

During the past 2 weeks I had the remarkable opportunity to learn how colleagues across Asia are addressing the issues of gender parity in their STEMM (science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine) and innovation workforce as part of an initiative established by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to celebrate International Women’s Day.

An impressive new ERA

Monday, 7 December 2015

Last week we launched our NeW Futures Strategic Plan across the Faculties, Divisions and campuses of UON, prompting discussions on how UON is positioned as a global leader to address the challenges that lie ahead in the international and national higher education system.  In this context it was a high point at the end of a big week to receive the results of the 2015 national Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment.

Driving positive change

Thursday, 5 November 2015

I am delighted to announce that UON has once again been recognised as an Employer of Choice for Workplace Gender Equality. As described by the Workplace for Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) – the Government administrator of the program - the citation places UON "at the frontline of driving positive change and setting the gold standard for inclusive workplaces".

The wider context of decision-making

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

During the past month there has been a range of discussions, reflections and messages from staff on the University's contract with Transfield Services (TS), which delivers facilities management and maintenance services.  Individuals were often motivated to express their concerns about the government policy in relation to the offshore processing and detention of vulnerable asylum seekers.

Transforming regions

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Two weeks ago, our University welcomed leaders from overseas, Australia, and from across our region to an International Forum hosted in Newcastle, which explored the role of Universities in the transformation of regional cities and the transition of regional economies.

Another step toward gender equality at UON

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Over the 50 years of its history, UON has achieved an outstanding and enviable reputation for breaking down barriers to success for both our students and our staff community. Equity and social justice are at the heart of our institutional values and, combined with our commitment to excellence, we emerge as a place where access meets success.

Our future takes shape

Friday, 17 July 2015

With the help of extensive and thoughtful feedback received through consultation with UON staff, across all disciplines and campuses, as well as other key stakeholders, we have refined the draft New Futures Strategic Plan. It is now 90 - 95% complete.