The University of Newcastle, Australia

Office of Indigenous Strategy and Leadership

The Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Strategy and Leadership (OISL) is responsible for driving a whole-of-University approach to Indigenous success.

We are responsible for embedding Indigenous knowledges and perspectives into core curriculum, leading initiatives to build the cultural awareness of University staff through cultural capability training programs, as well as increasing the University’s reconciliation activities.

Our office is building an Indigenous workforce through a sustainable model of access and career development opportunities, underpinned by the four strategic priorities within Maligagu. We also support the development of community-driven research, Indigenous researchers, and recognise the unique perspectives, knowledges, and contribution of Indigenous people.

Video: Pro Vice-Chancellor - Indigenous Strategy and Leadership Nathan Towney discusses what reconciliation means to the University of Newcastle.

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Indigenous research

Indigenous research

We are committed to creating an environment that fosters the sharing of Indigenous research and knowledge, engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, developing the research capacity of our academics and research candidates, and the academic advancement of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Our team

Our team

Formed in October 2019 under the strategic appointment of Nathan Towney, OISL is located within the portfolio of the Vice-Chancellor’s Division and works closely with the Wollotuka Institute to provide a culturally safe environment in which Indigenous staff, students, researchers, and community are welcomed and supported.