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Issue #1 - March 2019

Message from Professor Darrell Evans

A warm welcome to our new and returning sessional academic staff in 2019.

As a sessional academic staff member, you play a very important role in our University’s world-class education transformation, and through the UON Academy we aim to engage, support and recognise your valuable contributions.

The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you abreast of tools and information that will assist you in your role at the University and also showcase opportunities that are available to you – whether it be for networking or professional development.

I am very proud to be the Academic champion of the UON Academy and am looking forward to putting a focus on sessional academic staff as I continue to develop the Educator Network (tEN) throughout 2019.

I look forward to connecting with you this year through our various communication channels and networking events. I welcome feedback on the work we are doing, so please share your experiences and suggestions with me when you see me.

Alternatively, you can email me at uonacademy@newcastle.edu.au.

Happy reading!

Darrell Evans
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

UON Academy 2018 Highlights

Throughout 2018, work progressed on initiatives to further develop, support and engage our sessional academic staff.

The highlights of the year can be read about in the UON Academy 2018 Highlights Report.

University Key Dates for 2019

A list of the University key dates for 2019 can be found here. There is an excellent tool where you can filter the dates so only those applicable to you are shown, and these can then be saved into your calendar with the click of a button!

Key dates...

Be Heard. Use Your Voice.

A very big thank you for those who took the time to complete the Your Voice Sessional Academic Staff survey. A record 32% of sessional staff responded, which is very pleasing. We can’t wait to share the results with you in May/June and get to work on action planning for future UON Academy initiatives. Watch this space!

Exceptional Sessional Academics recognised in 2018

Towards the end of 2018 a number of sessional academic staff were recognised for their outstanding contributions.
We would like to congratulate:

Dr Bronwyn McDonald, Newcastle Business School and Wollotuka for winning the UON Academy Professional Development award 

Alexander Gregg, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment for winning the VC Award for Sessional Staff Teaching Excellence 

Dr Simon Iveson, School of Engineering, for being awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning at the 2019 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Upcoming professional development opportunities in Semester 1, 2019

Fundamentals in University Teaching Certificate with Centre for Teaching and Learning

Keep your eye on the UON Academy website  and the Educator Network (tEN) sharepoint site for more opportunities.

Student feedback - the more we know, the more we grow

As semester one gets underway, now is a good time to think about giving your students the opportunity to provide feedback on your teaching.

Surveys are conducted on request and are scheduled at key points in the teaching calendar.   The deadline for requests for surveys in Week 6, Semester 1 is 20 March 2019.


Teaching Innovation Investment Scheme open

2019 Applications are NOW OPEN.
The Teaching Innovation Investment Scheme (TI 2) enables our university teachers to innovate for the benefit of student success. Sessional academic staff are eligible if their employment extends for the duration of the investment project. Both individual and team applications are encouraged.


Changes to NeW Space shuttle service

To improve the service offering and to encourage sustainable transport use, four additional stops have been added to the shuttle service for staff and students travelling between Callaghan and NeW Space.


A new way to engage

We are excited to bring you a new way to connect across the University of Newcastle.

The Loop Sharepoint site will be the primary source of staff news and information. Download the The Loop SharePoint app onto your mobile device for a great way to access this information wherever you are and at a time that suits you best.


Online community for sessional academic staff

The UON Academy has an official LinkedIn group.  This group provides a central hub for sessional academic staff where you find links to interesting articles, resources, toolkits, events as well as colleague achievements, University news and announcements

Join UON Academy Linked group...

Helpful UON Academy resources

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) supports sessional academic staff in their pursuit of teaching excellence and learning success.

Take a look at the ways CTL can assist you...

UON's wellness program

The Healthy UON program boosts the physical, social and psychological health and wellbeing of our community by promoting healthy learning, working and living environments.

Check the Wellness Calendar for all the programs...

Ready to take your next step at UON?

Keep up-to-date with the full range of roles on offer at UON, including internal-only vacancies. In HROnline, click 'Pending requests and current vacancies' (top right corner) then select 'Current vacancies'.