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Miss Emily Fuller

Learning Community Partnership Officer

Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Ed.

The fundamentals of caring

With almost ten years’ experience in the Out of Home Care (OOHC) sector, Emily Fuller is helping young people achieve success through education.

She has worked with various community services across New South Wales and Queensland, supporting children, young people, carers and staff in OOHC, which includes foster and residential care.

Emily joined the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) as a Program Facilitator for Live, Learn, Grow (LLG) – a revolutionary program that supports first-year university students with an OOHC background to access and navigate university.

Her role has evolved to work with the wider OOHC community to provide services with information about higher education. She is also working with local agencies to enable young people in OOHC access learning opportunities outside the classroom through the Children’s University Newcastle program.

More recently, Emily has been appointed as the Acting Widening Participation Program Manager, overseeing the suite of widening participation programs supported by CEEHE.

Working to fill the gaps

While the Hunter and Central Coast regions are overrepresented in OOHC placements, very little research has been conducted around care leavers and there is an inconsistency with legislation between each state.

“Care leavers are not generally recognised as an equity group in higher education, despite this cohort often facing significant challenges that include financial difficulties, lack of social and family support as well as lack of stable accommodation,” Emily explained.

“The University of Newcastle (UON) and CEEHE are working to address this and are developing supported work in this area,” she said.

Partnering up

There is a growing willingness among the OOHC sector to engage in research regarding systems issues.

“Developing partnerships with local community groups is helping to establish effective research and support programs. In particular, LLG’s partnership with local agencies has significantly strengthened the program and its work, as well as helping us to provide more effective support to local children and young people," Emily said.

Agency engagement with the program is also encouraging carers and case workers to think about how they are talking and incorporating the importance of education into their work.

“I work with the wider OOHC community to provide information about higher education opportunities. We run on-campus events for high school students in OOHC to experience a university environment firsthand,” Emily said.

“I also talk to casework staff and carers about the pathways and support available to help young people access higher education so that they can better support children and young people in care. They are integral to the whole process, so we also arrange lectures and workshops at UON to provide learning opportunities for professionals involved in OOHC,” she added.

Writing a new chapter

In an effort to produce more research and evidence based practice, Emily is currently undertaking a Writing Programme offered by CEEHE.

“I am hoping to complete a research article detailing the work of LLG, particularly the importance of a facilitator role working with on-campus students,” she said.

“One of the best things about working in the equity space is seeing students, children and young people become excited and display increased confidence in their own ability to achieve goals they have set for themselves,” she added.

The fundamentals of caring

With almost ten years’ experience in the Out of Home Care (OOHC) sector, Emily Fuller is helping young people achieve success through education.She has worked with various community services across New South Wales and Queensland, supporting children, young people, carers…

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Career Summary

Biography

Emily Fuller is Widening Participation Programs Manager (Acting) for the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education. In addition to overseeing the suite of Widening Participation programs delivered in Newcastle and surrounding communities, Emily is also involved in the Live, Learn, Grow project that supports students with an Out of Home Care (OOHC) experience to access higher education.

Prior to her current roles, Emily has almost 10 years’ experience working in the OOHC sector across Queensland and New South Wales, which includes foster and residential care.

As a Youth Worker, Emily helped develop education and care plans for young people to meet individual goals and encourage positive participation with local communities. 

As a former Case Work Manager and Team Leader at Catholic Care, Emily managed teams of case workers and developed case plans to meet the needs of young people in care. Along with supervising the transition of young people from foster care to independent living, she also educated staff around theory and best practice methods of supporting young people in care.

Emily’s broad experience within the OOHC sector has driven her passion to help young people achieve success through education. She is now working in the equity space to address the gaps that exist across this sector in regards to research and evidence based practice. 


Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland

Keywords

  • community development
  • out of home care
  • widening participation

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
139999 Education not elsewhere classified 100
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Rak L, Fuller EA, 'Live, Learn, Grow: Supporting young people with a care experience through higher education', Student Success, 8 95-99 (2017)
DOI 10.5204/ssj.v8i2.385
Co-authors Louise Rak
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Miss Emily Fuller

Position

Learning Community Partnership Officer
Widening Participation
Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Ed.
Academic Division

Contact Details

Email emily.fuller@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4033 9232
Mobile 0439 953 579

Office

Room IDC210
Building Industry Development Centre
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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