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Dr Mirella Atherton

Casual Lecturer

Learning and Teaching

Career Summary


Mirella Atherton is a Course Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor. Mirella began lecturing and researching at the University of Newcastle in 1998 while embarking on her PhD. She then left the University of Newcastle to work for the Australian Government. Mirella completed her law degree specialising in criminal law and tort law through Macquarie University. Mirella now teaches in a variety of subjects and calls on experience as a volunteer for the Criminal Justice Support Network who assist intellectually disabled people at police stations and at courts.


  • PhD, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Laws, Macquarie University


  • Chemistry
  • Dispute resolution
  • Law
  • Life Sciences
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Student Confidence
  • Student Engagement


  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
030599 Organic Chemistry not elsewhere classified 10
130103 Higher Education 10
180199 Law not elsewhere classified 80

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Lecturer University of Newcastle
Learning and Teaching



Year Award
2016 Excellence in Teaching and Learning
English Language and Foundation Studies Centre, University of Newcastle
2015 Best Research Paper
ELFSC Research Committee


Committee Member

Year Title / Rationale
2015 ELFSC Research Committee
Committee has the responsibility of providing oversight on the ELFSC research strategy.
2015 Human Research Ethics Committee
The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) operates in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (NHMRC).


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Atherton MA, 'Banking and Finance', Australasian Dispute Resolution, Thomson Reuters, Australia (2018)
2017 Vuong QV, Atherton MA, 'Utilisation of bioactive compounds derived from waste in the food industry', Utilisation of Bioactive Compounds from Agricultural and Food Waste, CRC Press, Boca Raton 342-357 (2017) [B1]
Co-authors Vanquan Vuong

Journal article (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Atherton MA, Vazquez J, Shah M, Griffiths Z, Jackson B, Burgess C, 'Using learning analytics to assess student engagement and academic outcomes in open access enabling programmes', Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 32 119-136 (2017) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/02680513.2017.1309646
Citations Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4
Co-authors Catherine Burgess
2017 Atherton MA, 'A comparison of student confidence levels in open access and undergraduate university courses', Issues in Educational Research, 27 1-12 (2017) [C1]
2015 Atherton MA, 'Measuring confidence levels of male and female students in open access enabling courses', Issues in Educational Research, 25 81-98 (2015) [C1]
2014 Atherton MA, Bailey A, 'Assessing disadvantaged student confidence in learning: A case of enabling pathway programs.', Journal of Institutional Research (South East Asia), 12 41-53 (2014) [C1]
2002 Sakoff J, Ackland S, Baldwin ML, Atherton MA, McCluskey A, 'Anticancer activity and protein phosphatase 1 and 2A inhibition of a new generation of cantharidin analogues', Investigational New Drugs, 20 1-11 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 76Web of Science - 64
Co-authors Jennette Sakoff, Stephen Ackland, Adam Mccluskey
2002 McCluskey A, Atherton MA, Walkom CC, Bowyer M, Sim A, Young D, Sakoff J, 'The first two cantharidin analogues displaying PP1 selectivity', Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 12 391-393 (2002) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 47Web of Science - 44
Co-authors Jennette Sakoff, Adam Mccluskey, Cecilia Russell, Michael Bowyer
2000 McCluskey A, Atherton MA, Mudgee L, Sim A, Sakoff JA, Quinn R, 'Anhydride modified cantharidin analogues. Is ring opening important in the inhibition of protein phosphatase 2A?', European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 35 957-964 (2000) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 54Web of Science - 51
Co-authors Jennette Sakoff, Adam Mccluskey
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Dr Mirella Atherton


Casual Lecturer
Learning and Teaching
Academic Division

Casual Newstep Teacher
Learning and Teaching
Academic Division

Contact Details



Location Ourimbah
10 Chittaway Road
Ourimbah, NSW 2258