The University of Newcastle, Australia

CEEHE seeking Equity Ambassador

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Centre of Excellence is currently seeking to fill the role of Equity Ambassador for the Access and Student Experience theme.

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The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) undertakes interdisciplinary, international and collaborative research designed to create the highest standards in equity practice locally, nationally and globally.

An important part of CEEHE is to combine the University of Newcastle's extensive experience of equity initiatives locally with the widely acknowledged research expertise of our staff in this field to offer global leadership.

The role of the Equity Ambassador is an important aspect in this work. The role of the Equity Ambassadors is to work collaboratively with the CEEHE Director, and Co-Director to:

  • Lead the development of an equity research agenda around a particular research theme,
  • Ensure that practice and research informs each-other,
  • Build both local and global links across research and practice activities, and
  • Champion the work of the CEEHE to their sphere of influence.

The Centre of Excellence is currently seeking to fill the role of Equity Ambassador for the Access and Student Experience theme.

The Student Access and Student Experience theme encompasses research and practice exploring the student experience in higher education, including issues of access, retention and success, as well as the role of academic and digital literacies in equity. It also explores student experiences of pedagogical and academic practices in relation to access, transitions and 'belonging'.


The Access and Student Experience Ambassador will be expected to:

  • Provide leadership of the research theme through the development a high quality inter-disciplinary research program. 
    This will include: identifying and collaborating with academic and professional staff from faculties and divisions outside of their own; assisting with drafting grant applications and providing critical review of applications related to the theme. 
  • Create and facilitate spaces and opportunities to support researchers, including practitioners, at all stages in their career.
    This may be through holding informal research seminars as a space to share work-in-progress and to provide peer support for writing grant applications, publications and enhancing research dissemination and impact and/or through developing a Community of Practice. 
  • Contribute to creating an engaged and vibrant community of individuals and groups working in equity research, strategies and practice both within and outside of the University of Newcastle.
    This includes identifying a speaker for at least one formal public seminar, along with chairing and promoting the seminar, organizing other formal or informal events to promote research collaboration and exchange and leading and/or supporting any research opportunities/ collaborations that arise. This might also include developing and sustaining a Community of Practice, to contribute to the Centre's research/practice agenda for the Access and Student Experience theme.  
  • Provide support and leadership to the Centre's network to engage academics and practitioners both within and outside of the University of Newcastle in debate around the higher education equity agenda.
    This includes contributing to the public discourse on equity and higher education through the contribution of opinion pieces and articles for both traditional and emerging media channels. 
  • Actively contribute to the development of strategic long and short-term priorities and milestones for CEEHE.

The CEEHE Associate Director and Executive Officer will provide support to the Equity Ambassador.

Appointment Details

An initial appointment to the role of Equity Ambassador will be from February to December 2016. 

CEEHE will provide funding to the Ambassador's School/Unit to relieve them of their normal duties for one day per week.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest for the role should be forwarded via email to no later than Friday 12 February 2016.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their interest in the role with their Head of School/ Unit Manager.

Appointment to the role will be dependent on support from the Head of School/ Unit Manager

Expressions of Interest should include the following:

  • A brief CV
  • An outline (no more than 2 pages) about why you are interested in the role, the issues that you would explore in the role and possible strategies/ approaches you would take.

Further Information 

For further information or questions about the role please contact:

Ms Belinda Munn, Associate Director, CEEHE
Phone: 0408 095 243


Professor Penny Jane Burke, Director, CEEHE

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