March 5th, 2015

Staff News


All ceremonies will be held in the Great Hall at the Quadrangle of the University of Sydney. Ceremonies last for about one and a half hours. -

Faculty of Education and Social Work

  •  4pm – BTeach and MTeach only

Support our students on Graduation Day!



The next Faculty Meeting will be held on Thursday, 12th March at 2.30pm in Room 612 – A35 Education Building.

SPECIAL STUDY PROGRAM | Call for applications for 2016

The Faculty will be running a combined round for 2016 SSP. The closing date for applications for Semester one, 2014 and Semester two, 2016, is COB Friday 22 May 2015. Any staff travellingmember considering applying for SSP for 2016 should first ensure that they are eligible to apply as per the University of Sydney Special Studies Program Policy Document: SSP Policy.

Anyone thinking of applying for SSP must obtain an application pack from Kim Hammond in the Dean’s unit, building A35. The content of the pack will help ensure that all required information is submitted correctly. The application pack is available in hard or soft copy. Members of staff intending to submit an application are strongly advised to attend the Faculty SSP information session on 19 March 2015 from noon ~ 1 pm in Room 347.

Procedures and changes to criteria for SSP applications will be outlined at this meeting. SSP applications are prioritised in relation to the SSP criteria outlined in the University and Faculty guidelines. The number awarded is directly related to the number that can be both offered and sustained by the Faculty. As there is no central funding to cover teaching, applicants should make arrangements to offset the additional costs by arranging to take a slightly larger teaching load before and/or after SSP; and/or arrange for other staff members to help with teaching and/or administrative loads whilst they are on SSP leave.

Applications to Kim Hammond Dean’s Unit by 22 May 2015. Please note, late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

A/Prof. Susan Goodwin | A/Dean Research


 Ruth Phillips | Acting Associate Dean, Office of Doctoral Studies

Please note Ruth Phillips is currently  Acting Associate Dean of the Office of Doctoral Studies.

New Books/Items In The Library

New ItemsClick on the Link below to view new items added to the Library Collections during February 2015.

Philippa and Christine

19 Mar | Staff Well Being Group (SWBG) Meeting

Our next SWBG meeting will take place on 19th March at 10 a.m. in the Dean’s Meeting Room. If you would like to be involved, please come along!

Hope to see you at the meeting!

Learning and Teaching

Lecture Recordings at the University of Sydney | New Opt Out Process for Lecture


In 2014, the University agreed that the current opt-in process for lecture recordings be changed to an opt-out process for all lectures delivered in a University owned lecture theatre. This new process will be implemented for the start of semester 1 this year.

Information about the process is available at It explains the steps and provides links to the support website that outline the process of using the online lecture booking system.

The lecture recording booking system will be available online from Monday 16 February and will be accessible through the above URL. Any queries can be directed to the eLearning helpdesk .

To opt-out you must get approval from the Dean or their delegate. Could you please direct any requests for opting- out and reasons to the Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Dr Robyn Gibson via

Please note recordings only apply to university owned lecture theatres which are listed as a link in the guidelines above. The first semester will be considered a trial and any feedback is welcomed by Robyn Gibson.



A number of staff have kindly volunteered to be contacted by new or casual staff who are new to SUMO and Blackboard and in need of assistance.

These staff members have agreed to answer your queries should you run into any hiccups with using the system. So please feel free to contact them by email or through their extension.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS | Vice Chancellor’s and OLT Learning and Teaching Awards 2015Learning-Teaching-Video-Shot

You are warmly invited to consider applying for a Vice Chancellor’s or an OLT Learning and Teaching award. The call for both sets of awards is now open.

Awards which recognise activities which promote and support excellence in teaching and learning are offered by the University and the Office of Learning and Teaching. The awards which are open to all eligible academic and professional staff, cover a range of teaching and learning activities and are in addition to the awards offered by many faculties. They offer opportunities for recognition of your teaching and other activities which contribute to student learning and each successful individual or team receives $10,000 ($25000 for OTL Awards).

The closing date for the 2015 Vice Chancellor’s Awards [] is Monday 4 May. While the best known of the Vice Chancellor’s Awards is the Outstanding Teaching Award which includes an Early Career category, the awards provide recognition for excellence in four categories. You might think about applying if you are a member of a team or responsible for an individual initiative which supports excellence in teaching at the University. Applications from academic and professional staff are welcomed for the Support of the Student Experience and Systems that Achieve Collective Excellence categories. Academic staff who have supervised at least three research higher degree students to completion are eligible for the award for Excellence in Research Supervision.

The Office of Learning and Teaching Awards cover three categories, Citations, Awards for Teaching Excellence and Awards for Programs which Enhance Learning. Applicants are nominated by the University after a selection process. In 2015 the University is able to make six nominations for Citations and one or two in each category of the Teaching Excellence and Program Awards.

Information about the various types of awards and what is involved with each is available from the ILT through the webpages and workshops. Applicants for Faculty, university or national awards, or those just wondering whether to apply, should attend one or more of the workshops. For more information and key dates please click here.



The USE Closing the Loop emails for Semester 2, 2014 USEs will soon be sent out. If a unit of study (UoS) was surveyed last semester, all enrolled students will be emailed a web link where they can login and access the numerical results report along with a response comment from the UoS coordinator (if the coordinator so chooses).

The standard procedure is as follows:

  • Friday 20 February – ITL will email UoS coordinators to remind them about Closing the Loop, and invite them to enter a response comment via the ITL USE reports website for their unit/s by Friday 6 March
  • Monday 9 March (this is Monday of Week 2 of Semester 1, 2015) – ITL will email students a link to where they can access their USE report/s with coordinator response comment appended (or a generic comment if no coordinator entry)

The generic comment is:

“Thank you for your feedback. A report showing the response rate and distribution of responses for each item is available below.”

If you wish to include customised comment to students then please consider this and enter your response in the appropriate portal and please note the timeframe above. As stated a reminder will also be sent out on 20 February.

BELINDA CHAMBERS | Project Manager – Learning and Teaching

Faculty Upcoming Events

TODAY 5 MAR |  ‘Researching practice to change the world’sue goodwin

The second lecture in the Methodology Module ‘Researching practice to change the world’  is on TODAY

  • Lecture Title:  Action research and participatory approaches to research for social change
  • Speaker: Associate Professor Susan Goodwin
  • Time: 4-5pm
  • Venue: Room 438 Education building

This lecture presents findings of Working From the Ground Up, a large scale action research project undertaken in two social housing estates in south-eastern Sydney. Over the past seven years, the project has both seeded and documented – in detail – a wide range of community development initiatives. Working From the Ground Up provides extremely hopeful examples of the significance of participation for individuals, communities, service providers and policy makers. Small children, frail older people, people living with mental health issues, people who do not speak English, Aboriginal residents, the young people who are often cast as ‘troublemakers’, and sole parents are all shown to be experts on the neighbourhoods they live in and willing and able to participate in important social change. While this project has demonstrated that participatory approaches such as action research and community development can be cornerstones of policy and practice development, the paper also discusses the barriers to centralizing participatory approaches in contemporary policy and practice. These barriers involve dominant ideas about what constitutes ‘evidence’; dominant ways of conceptualizing and including ‘residents’; and dominant ideas about the place of low income people in cities.


Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Professor of Education and Māori Development, Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori and Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development the University of Waikato and will be here on the 12th of March to present as part of our Indigenous Research Collaboration in the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

The tile of her presentation will be;

Decolonising Methodologies, Indigenous Methodologies and Critical Research Methodologies

Why do they matter? How do they fit? How can they be used in my research?

  • Time 5.30-6.30pm
  • Room 306
  • Old Teachers College, University of Sydney

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith is an internationally recognised scholar and researcher in the area of Indigenous Knowledge (IK). Her ground breaking book Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (2012) has been accepted as one of the major texts that informs Indigenous research. Her presentation will unpack three of the central research concerns or approaches in a way that provides guidance for framing, designing and conducting research in education.

Professor Linda Tuhiwai Smith is Professor of Education and Māori Development, Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori and Dean of the School of Māori and Pacific Development as well as the founding Director for Te Kotahi Research Institute at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. She is a member of New Zealand’s Health Research Council, Chair of the Māori Health Research Committee, President of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, is a member of the Marsden Fund Council and Convener of the Social Sciences Assessment Panel, and is also a member of The Royal Society of New Zealand. This year Linda was made an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow and in 2013 was honoured in the New Zealand New Years Honours List – (CNZM) Companion of the Said Order for services to Maori and education. She has worked in the field of Māori Education and Health for many years as an educator and researcher and is well known for her work in Kaupapa Māori Research.


Please let me know by email if you are attending

Regards, John Evans | Program Director of Indigenous Undergraduate Pre-service Programs

12 mar | 3rd Talk |Methodology module ‘Research practice to change the world’

  • Title: The joys and challenges of practice-oriented research
  • Speaker: Emma Tseris
  • Date: Thursday 12 March
  • Time: 5-6 pm
    Location : Rm 438, Education Building

Practice-oriented research resists the development of a set of lofty recommendations that are detached from the everyday realities of human service agencies. Practice experience as well as ongoing connections to ‘the field’ are capable of informing research processes in a variety of ways – perhaps most importantly, they can contribute to the aim of grounding the conceptual findings of a study within day-to-day agency practicalities. This raises significant methodological questions relating to notions of a ‘detached’ researcher, but also provides new avenues through which the unhelpful disconnect between research and practice can be addressed. To illustrate my arguments, this presentation will report on a research process that attempted to answer questions arising specifically out of my clinical experience as a mental health social worker. There are definite benefits to be gained through an understanding that research and practice are intertwined processes; however, flexibility and consultative skills are essential to this approach.

Cost: No charge

RSVP: Camilla Pilgrim

 10 Mar | The News Cycle and Education – Media, Politics and Public Policy Formation in the Education Sectorsydney ideas

Co-presented with the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Department of Media and Communications in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Do the often negative narratives around the drift to private schools, testing, ranking and teacher quality perpetuated by the media have on impact on the formation of policy and the implementation of practice in our schools?  Discussing the big issues of schools

To see full invite and to RSVP please click on to the Link:  

A panel of school principals and teacher trainers join our national education reporter for a robust discussion on how our school system is represented in the mainstream media. The panel will include Professor Gerard Goggin, Jane Caro, Chris Cawsey AM, Justine Ferrari,  and Dr Helen Proctor (Pictured below)

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24 Mar |Sydney Ideas | The Arts, Democracy and Educationpeter oconnor

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday 24 March
  • Time: 6 – 7.30pm
  • Venue: Law School LT 104, Level 1 Sydney Law School. Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney, venue directions
  • Cost: Free event, with registration required.
  • Registration: To register please click here

Guest Speaker:  Peter O’Connor, Associate Professor and Director of the Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre at the University of Auckland

Co-presented with the Faculty of Education and Social Work

The Arts are central to participatory democracy. If imagination is offered as one possible response to declining civic engagement and the increasing radicalisation of minorities and the young, then the arts in education are positioned as central to the creation of critically aware and participating citizens. However, the arts are marginalised in neoliberal reforms of education as they are considered peripheral and trivialised. A case for the arts in education is made based on how it safeguards the freedoms and rights we can no longer be sure of.

Peter O’Connor is an Associate Professor and Director of the Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre at the University of Auckland. In 2012 he was awarded the Griffith University School of Education and Professional Studies Alumnus of the Year award for his contribution to applied theatre and social justice.

17 Mar | Telling the quiet stories of education design with Dr Catherine Burkequiet

This research on learning spaces seminar explores how and why attention to the provision of intimate spaces such as quiet rooms, sitting rooms, bedrooms and child-sized openings was seen as indicative of best practice in the design of schools in the middle decades of the twentieth century.

“In England, the decades 1930s-60s saw an expansion of the image of the learning child to embrace dispositions of isolated quiet concentration, contemplation, and thoughtfulness. There is evidence that discourses of quietness and withdrawal became part of a common vocabulary of design shared by progressive educators and school designers in the USA, Europe and further afield. These discourses, while on the face of it about the control of noise, were less concerned with designing for acoustical variation and more with the exercise of freedom that it was believed should be at the heart of the child’s experience of modern schooling. For a time, at a high point of investment in public schooling, quiet spaces were essential components of the built-in variety and educationally-driven schools designed for the young child.”

This event is a research on learning spaces seminar, hosted by Dr Helen Proctor of the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Sciences and Technologies of Learning (STL) network. Dr Catherine Burke is a Reader in the History of Childhood and Education at the University of Cambridge, UK. She is an historian currently exploring cultural and material Histories of education and childhood in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.


23 mar | School and Teacher Education Policy Research Network Seminarchristina

  • Time:12:30-2:00
  • Date: Monday 23 March
  • Location:Room 612, Education Building, University of Sydney

Gentrification is causing dramatic changes in urban communities across the world. This paper looks at some of the social consequences of gentrification in Sydney, Australia, focusing on local schools. It argues that the influx of middle class Anglo-Australians into traditionally working class, migrant-dominated areas significantly changes how people relate to each other within local schools, often fragmenting and dividing school communities. These shifts are intensified by the policy of school choice, which has enabled some parents to bypass their local school for a more ‘desirable’ one. This paper presents a close local study of two public schools within one gentrifying Sydney suburb, examining how the schools have become more polarised. Although they are only one kilometre apart, one school has become very wealthy and Anglo-Celtic, while the other remains more disadvantaged and ‘multicultural’. We analyse the implications of this for the schools themselves and the broader community.


Christina Ho is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS, where she researches migration and multiculturalism, focusing on urban areas in Australia. Her current research examines the cultural politics of the education and housing markets in Sydney.

Enquiries: Helen Proctor

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26 MAR | RESEARCH ON LEARNING AND EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION: A special guest lecture by Professor Ian Hickie, co-presented by Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 3.20.20 pmthe Neuroscience & Education SIG and STL Network.

Discoveries in neuroscience about how the brain develops, learns, and remembers will increasingly impact the study of education, and the processes of learning and teaching in schools. In this talk, Professor Ian Hickie, Executive Director of the Brain & Mind Research Institute, will consider what has been discovered over the past ten years, or so, and where we may be heading.

  • When: 4.00 to 5.15pm
  • Where: Education Lecture Theatre 351

More information

Prof. Hickie will talk for around 40 minutes leaving plenty of time for questions and discussion. Everyone is welcome. so please tell others who you know will be interested in learning about recent advances in neuroscience and their relevance to education.

If you have any queries regarding the seminar, please contact Dr. Minkang Kim


These meetings will provide an opportunity for you to discuss your involvement in further developing a Professional Learning Partnership between your school and the university which will support teachers from pre-service through early career to leadership.

This year our meetings will be held once a term from 5.00-7.00 on Thursday:

  • Thursday 28 May (Term 2 Week 6) Nicole Hart
  • Thursday 20 August (Term 3 Week 6) Dr George Odhiambo & James Kozlowski
  • Thursday 12 November (Term 4 Week 6) The Women’s college Dr Tony Loughland

We hope you  participate in these meetings and help to develop a real partnership between your school and the university. If you or any of your staff would like to attend these meeting please contact either Tony Loughland or Kathy Rushton

Warmest regards,

Tony Loughland & Kathy Rushton
Office of Professional Experience, University of Sydney


Research Matters

 RHD student of the month | Aaron PaynePHD MARCH

Aaron Payne graduated with a Bachelor of Medical Science degree before deciding to pursue his passion for teaching and education with a Bachelor of Education/Arts degree at the University of Sydney. Aaron is a qualified secondary teacher trained in History and English. Aaron is currently working part-time in a school in Sydney’s southern suburbs. In addition to his research in Education, he is also a keen naturalist and photographer, particularly in connection to Australian frogs, and has contributed to a range of publications in this area.

Higher-degree research is being undertaken by Aaron Payne, and his Thesis title is:   The impact and future implications of parental decision making in deaf education from 1970-2010

To read more please click on the link:

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Faculty of Education and Social Work – (DVC-Research fund)

The Early Career Researcher Conference Travel Support Scheme is a small grant offered in 2015 and funded directly by the DVC Research portfolio. Funding of up to $2000 is available in two funding pools to eligible researchers who are:

Levels A – C, and either:

Near completion or not more than 7 years beyond their PhD award (pool 1), or;

Between 8 – 10 years out from their PhD (pool 2).


Conference Travel Support may be awarded to eligible continuing and fixed term members of staff who require assistance with the cost of travel to major conferences. Generally grants will awarded only where the member of staff is intending to present a substantial research paper (e.g. not a poster, nor panel participation) and where a HERDC-recognised publication for selected papers to be published is targeted.

The grants are not intended to cover all costs associated with conference attendance. Applicants will be expected to cover any shortfall in costs from other sources available to them. Conference travel can be in 2015 or 1st Qtr 2015.

CLOSING DATE: 3rd April 2015.

See application form and full guidelines attached.EDSW ECR Travel Grant Application 2015 2015 – EDSW ECR Conference Travel Fund Guidelines

For more information please contact: Jane Harvey, Research Manager at:

WORKSHOPS | Thesis Proposal Writing


Students in their first or second semester of enrolment in a research higher degree should attend the Thesis Proposal Writing workshops offered by the Faculty to support you in meeting the first major milestone of your candidature: the review of your thesis proposal.

Meetings are on the following dates, and all run from 4-6 pm.

  •  16 April – The thesis proposal: an overview of the document and review process
  • 23 April – Collaborative learning in individual research projects: student writing groups
  • 30 April – Writing a literature review for a thesis proposal: purposes, processes, pitfalls
  • 7 May – Research is about questions: what’s yours?
  • 14 May – Answering your research question by systematic inquiry – methodology and methods in the proposal
  • 21 May – Bringing it all together: coherence, cogency and clarity in your proposal

Please visit to view more

 HERDC deadline for 2014 publications is approaching!Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 3.24.07 pm

If you have not already done so, please send your 2014 publications to Camilla Pilgrim by the end of March.

All 2014, HERDC eligible publications need to be entered on IRMA by the 31st of March. Every attempt will be made to include submissions entered after this date, however, due to time constraints, publications received after March cannot be guaranteed inclusion.

Each year the University collects all research publications by staff, HDR students, and honorary associates to submit for the annual HERDC.

HERDC eligible publications are –

  • Authored books
  • Book chapters
  • Peer reviewed journal articles
  • Conference papers that have been peer reviewed and published in full (not just the abstract)

All publications submitted will be assessed to ensure they meet the criteria for inclusion in HERDC. For more information please see Criteria for inclusion in HERDC.

Information regarding documentation requirements for HERDC publications can be found in the attached pdf.

If you have any questions please contact Camilla Pilgrim or visit the Research Support HERDC website.

Thank you.

Faculty Research Office

METHODOLGY MODULE | Researching practice to change the World (Sem 1, 2015)

This module consists of a series of talks aimed at beginning and established researchers interested in developing their understanding of research methods in the social sciences. Staff and research higher degree students in the Faculties of Education and Social Work, Arts and Social Sciences and Law are warmly invited to attend. Please see the attached for details: ESW_MethodModule_ResearchingPractice_2015[1]

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GRANT OPPORTUNITIES | DFAT Australia China Council Grants Program

The ACC has announced the 2015-16 Grant Round inviting Expressions of Interest for grants to support projects across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Australia that broaden and strengthen Australia-China relations in education, business, culture and the arts. Grants are intended to provide seed funds for innovative proposals relevant to the objectives of the Australia-China Council’s Strategic Plan 2014-18.


Funding is capped at $40,000 per application and may only be increased in exceptional circumstances. If requesting more than $40,000, applicants will need to demonstrate significant potential of the project to make a long-term positive impact on the bilateral relationship with the funding priorities of the Council. Grants are intended to be seed funding to encourage partnership with other areas of government, corporate sponsors and private donors. Applicants should also demonstrate that they are seeking assistance from other sources.

Please see the International Opportunities Sheet for more details on Application Process and Elegibility: IntlOppAssessment_ACC_2015_FINAL2

For further information about this opportunity please visit the ACC Grant Program website or contact Ellen Field ( or on 9114 0910.

THESIS & DISSERTATION WRITING | A workshop series for research students 2015

This series of workshops has been designed for HRDSs in the Faculty who have completed at least one year of a research degree. The focus of the workshops is on writing and structuring a thesis/dissertation. Students will examine past theses/dissertations, consider the context of their own thesis and receive feedback on their writing. The aims of the workshops are to:

  • understand expectations of thesis/dissertation writing
  • write in appropriate academic style
  • facilitate production of a high quality thesis/dissertation
  • establish peer support networks for thesis/dissertation writing

The course is made up of 12 two hour workshops. The workshops are held on Thursdays from 5 to 7pm. The first workshop is on 5 March.

For full details go to:

Students who register for workshops are expected to attend the whole series offered throughout the semester.

To register for these workshops or for further information, contact Professor Brian Paltridge


ATTENTION: PG Coordinators and Supervisors, and other Academic staff with responsibility for HDR students.

On November 14 2014, the Academic Board approved the Thesis and Examination of Higher Degrees by Research Policy 2015 and the Thesis and Examination of Higher Degrees by Research Procedures 2015. These documents, together with the concomitant Guidelines, issued by the Graduate Studies Office, came into effect on 1 January 2015.

The new policy, procedures and guidelines cover all higher degrees by research (doctorates, masters by research, and the PhD), bring all previous policies into a cohesive whole, and will ensure consistency across the University.

Highlights of the new policy include:

  • The basis of the award is still the examination of the thesis.
  • Procedures and delegations have been clarified, particularly around the process for revise and resubmit.
  • There is more specificity around:
    • Thesis which include previously published material as part of the thesis.
    • Thesis with creative and artistic components e.g. exhibitions, installations, computer codes, software, models, performances.
    • Oral examinations – as an integral part of the examination or as an in-person consultation with the student on the recommendation of examiners.
    • Cotutelles and joint awards.
    • Lodgement of theses in the library.
  • Communication between students, examiners and the faculty during the examination process.
  • Clearer guidelines for examiners regarding the process of examination and the outcome of the award.

Replaced policies and rules:

  • PhD: Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
  • Oral examinations of PhD theses at the University of Sydney
  • PhD: Submission of Doctor of Philosophy theses containing published work
  • Higher degree theses
  • PhD: Appointment of examiner as assessor
  • Submission of thesis containing published work
  • Proof reading and editing of thesis and dissertations
  • PhD: Guidelines for examiners

The new Policy and Procedures are now available on the Policy Website

The Guidelines are available on the PhD Award Sub-Committee website or from the Graduate Studies Office. Forms relating to the examination of higher degrees by research have been updated to reflect the new policy, procedures and guidelines and are available on the PhD Award Sub-Committee website.

Any queries regarding the new policy, procedures and guidelines should be directed to Simon French, Director, Graduate Studies Office:; 02 9114 0885


Policy and Projects Officer, Graduate Studies Office


We are pleased to inform you that application for a number of mobility schemes to promote the development of academic and research partnerships between our two institutions is now open for 2015–16. Two of the schemes support faculty members from overseas institutions to engage in research and teaching activities at CUHK, namely Inbound Research Mobility Scheme and Bilateral Teaching Exchange Programme.

You are cordially invited to disseminate this email to your faculty members and encourage them to take part in the schemes. Details of which are as follows:

1. Inbound Research Mobility Scheme

Your academics can undertake research visits at CUHK under the support of this scheme. Details are as follows:

  • Who: Academic staff members holding full-time employment from all disciplines in your university are welcome to apply.
  • When: The period of visit to CUHK is from 1 August 2015 to 31 July 2016.
  • Support: Hotel/on-campus accommodation will be provided.
  • Application pre-requisite: Applicants should have identified a discipline or a research area of mutual interest for further exploration during the visit with the CUHK host department.
  • Application deadline: 31 March 2015.

2. Bilateral Teaching Exchange Programme

This programme allows your faculty to teach at CUHK for one term whereby they could broaden their international perspective and understanding of the Chinese culture. Under the programme, your faculty member may invite his/her counterpart from an equivalent department/school at CUHK to serve as his/her exchange partner. Your faculty member will teach at least one undergraduate or research postgraduate course and undertake research for one term at CUHK. In return, his exchange partner at CUHK will undertake at least one teaching course and conduct research at your university for one term. Faculty members taking part in this exchange programme will continue to receive their salary from their home university and will not receive any remuneration from the host university.

  • Who: Academic staff members holding full-time employment from all disciplines are welcome to apply.
  • When: The exchange may not necessarily take place in the same term but it must be completed within 18 months from the first visit.
  • Support: While the inbound visiting faculty members are expected to bear their own airfare and accommodation cost while on exchange at CUHK, your faculty members could seek financial support from the CUHK host department.
  • Application deadline: Applications are accepted all year around. The applications will be vetted by two committees at the departmental and faculty levels at CUHK before selections are to be made at a university-level committee. Applicants must advance their submission time to allow their applications to go through two committees before the commencement of the term. Applicants should consult their CUHK exchange partners for the actual submission time.

The respective programme guidelines and application forms are available for download from the following links:

The Chinese University looks forward to receiving your faculty with a view to strengthening our existing links and collaboration. Should you have any question on the programmes, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. TC Chan at

ONE WEEK FACULTY EXCHANGE | Chinese University Hong Kong

University of Sydney has a five-year Short Term Faculty Exchange MOU with CUHK, which supports Sydney faculty members to undertake one-week faculty exchange activities at CUHK.

Post visit Form -CUHK Faculty Exchange 2015 Application Form-CUHK Faculty Exchange 2015 Guideline for Applicant-CUHK Faculty Exchange 2015

Up to three awards will be funded by the Office of Global Engagement of the University of Sydney in 2015-2016. Each award provides the maximum funding of AUD $3000 to cover the costs of one return economy airfare to Hong Kong for the selected Sydney faculty member as well as the cost of accommodation in Sydney up to one week for one visiting CUHK faculty member which is to be arranged by the relevant faculty of the University of Sydney.

The Short Term Faculty Exchange program 2015-2016 is now open to academic staff members of all faculties at the University of Sydney and we are inviting applications from your faculty. Please note that the applicants should make contact with the host department at CUHK prior to submitting an application to identify a research areas for further exploration during the visit. The application must also be endorsed by the relevant Dean. Please refer to the attached Guidelines for Applicants for details. We would be grateful if you could kindly forward us the applications approved by the Deans by 31 March 2015. We will then commence the selection process and coordinate with CUHK accordingly.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY | Illuminating the Spectrum of Giftedness and Talent Development (2015)

This conference is being hosted by the Queensland Association for Gifted and Talented Children (QAGTC), Australian Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented (AAEGT), and the International Research Association for Talent Development and Excellence (IRATDE). The conference will be held in Brisbane on March 19th – 21st, 2015. More information about the conference and key speakers can be found here.

The hosting organizations invite researchers, teachers, schools leaders and administrators, practitioners, parents and students to submit an abstract for an oral presentation, symposium or poster presentation for the 2015 joint international conference, Illuminating the Spectrum of Giftedness and Talent Development. Presentations on key topics are invited within this year’s conference theme, “International Year of Light”, including the following:

  • giftedness and talent across cultures;
  • creativity across domains of talent;
  • identification and assessment of the spectrum of giftedness (including gifted children who are twice-exceptional, underachieving, or at-risk);
  • evidence-based frameworks, curricula and policies for the education of gifted students;
  • intrapersonal, interpersonal and environmental factors influencing the development of giftedness and talent; and
  • social-emotional intelligence and development.

Please note the call for abstracts closes on November 20. More information about this year’s theme and the submission process can be found here

ARC DECRAs and DPs – funding rules 2016

Dear Colleagues

Please be advised that the funding rules for 2016 for DECRAs and DPs have been released.

Discovery Early Career Research Awards (DECRAs)

Discovery Projects (DPs)

Kind regards

Jane Harvey | Research Manager


For those of you applying for an ARC Linkage grant, please follow this link to find the various resources available to support you in this endeavor.

Attached is a document outlining the timeline for internal deadlines for checking by and support from the Research Portfolio. ATTACHMENT: 2015_Linkage Projects_USydney Admin Instructions_SB edits – 2015-linkage-USydney-instructions

Can you please let me know if you intend to apply for an ARC Linkage grant.

Kind regards

Jane Harvey | Research Manager


It’s not too early to submit your 2014 publications!

We are now collecting 2014 publications for the next Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC).

Each year the University collects all research publications by staff, students, and honorary associates to submit for HERDC. If you have 2014 publications that have not been submitted or are missing from your academic profile please contact Camilla Pilgrim.

HERDC eligible publications are –

  • Authored books
  • Book chapters
  • Peer reviewed journal articles

Conference papers that have been peer reviewed and published in full (not just the abstract)

All publications submitted to HERDC must meet the definition of research. More information regarding HERDC criteria can be found here.

Information regarding documentation requirements for HERDC publications can be found in the attached pdf, HERDC 2014 Required documentation for category 1 publications

If you have any questions please contact Camilla Pilgrim or visit the Research Support HERDC website.

Thank you.

Faculty Research Office

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY | Spencer Foundation

Initiative on Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice

This funding opportunity will reward up to $40,000 for projects in philosophy as it relates to educational policy and practice.

Please note proposals are accepted at any time and there are no deadlines.

For more information on this opportunity please refer to the website:–practice-rfp

GRANT FUNDING | ALEA small Research Grant

Australian Literary Educators Association is offering small grants of up to $6000 to conduct research inquiries with a focus on literacy education. It is The grant is aimed at schools and teachers to conduct this research, with the condition that the research be supported by an academic partner.

For more information, follow this link



Martin, A.J., Yu, K., Papworth, B., Ginns, P., & Collie, R. (2015). Motivation and engagement in North America, United Kingdom, Australia, and China: Testing a multidimensional framework. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 33, 102-114. doi: 10.1177/0734282914546287

GENERATION NEXT |Newsletter -3 March


In This Issue

  • Want to Be Happier? 7 Apps to Boost Wellbeing
  • 5 Tips for Constructive Conversations with Your Child About Weight
  • Do Sleepy Teens Need Later School Start Times?



The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at the University of Technology Sydney announces a doctoral scholarship for the ARC Discovery research project Optimising teaching and learning with mobile-intensive pedagogies. The overall purpose of the project is to examine the factors that promote or inhibit quality teaching and learning with mobile technologies in secondary school maths and science. The candidate will be part of multidisciplinary group of six researchers exploring these issues in Australia, with three researchers investigating the educational aspects, one exploring the decision making processes, one exploring multimodal aspects and one investigating mobile user experiences. The successful candidate will work on a discrete but related project and will also contribute to the research project as a whole.

The research project will be supervised by one of the Education researchers and the scholarship administered by the University of Technology Sydney. The scholarship is for three years.

As well as writing a PhD dissertation, the successful candidate is expected to participate in the project meetings, workshops and conferences, contribute an article to at least one of the joint project publications and write occasional op-ed length articles for our planned project website.

Applicants for the scholarship must also apply to be admitted to the FASS PhD program at UTS and participate in the FASS doctoral program once admitted.

For more information about the research project, please contact Professor Sandra Schuck at

Value and Duration

The successful candidate will be awarded $25,406 per annum over 3 years.


To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Have completed a Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division 1), or be regarded by the University as having an equivalent level of attainment;
  • Enrol and be accepted for a higher degree by research in 2015
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student for the duration of the scholarship

Selection Criteria

  • Academic merit in previous undergraduate and/or postgraduate study
  • Quality of proposal
  • Research experience and/or potential in an area relevant to the ARC project
  • Demonstrate ability to work as part of a team
  • Experience in working in schools as a teacher
  • Desirable: statistical skills


Applicants should explain, in a short covering letter, what attracts them to this project, why their background is appropriate, their experience working in a team and include a research proposal of max 2000 words, relevant to the project. This can investigate the following research question or a related one: How do mobile intensive pedagogies interact with school student epistemologies?

Please send this application to Professor Sandy Schuck at

If the team believes that you are a suitable candidate, you will be asked to apply to

be admitted to the PhD degree at UTS as per the instructions at

Applications will be open from 16 February 2015 – 16 March 2015.


Jobs, Notices and Miscellaneous


Safety Health and Wellbeing have been working hard to prepare a suite of activities to support you and your colleagues.

Here is a summary of what’s on offer to work towards achieving healthy body and mind.

  • March 27 – 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Seminar-Mindfulness at University of Sydney
  • Open to all. Learn more about mindfulness and the science behind it. Run by Australia’s foremost mindfulness experts, Dr Craig Hassed and Dr Richard Chambers, from Monash University.
  • March 27 – 9.00am – 12.30pm
  • Mindfulness Train the Trainer
  • For those who have done basic mindfulness training, regularly practice and now wish to enhance their skills to teach others. Facilitated by Dr Craig Hassed and Dr Richards Chamers from Monash University.
  •  April 13 – 21
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Flu vaccination reduces the chances of you becoming seriously ill from the flu. Vaccination also protects the wider community by reducing the spread of the influenza virus amongst staff, students, our families and community.
  •  May 27 – Sep 4
  • GCC-100 day walking challenge
  • Rally your teams and get ready to do some serious moving! Participants from 2014 said GCC is the best thing they’ve ever done in their workplace because they changed behaviour, got fitter and loved being part of a team.
  • Throughout the year – half and full day courses
  • Think Talk Act – Positive Psychology series
  • Develop crucial and highly valuable skills to contribute to a positive work environment. Sessions include Resilience, Mental Health & Wellbeing and Interpersonal Dynamics.

 Visiting scholar seeks accommodationaccomodation wanted

Juan Alberto Muñoz will be a visiting scholar, based with CoCo, from May 13th to Aug 19th. He is looking for accommodation for that period, preferably an apartment or room in a house. If you know of anything that might fit the bill please contact him at

Know a teen with asthma?

If you know any teenagers with asthma, feel free to forward this link to them.asthma australialungs

As part of this study, they’ll get to be part of a team that designs an app, and will also get some compensation.

Should be fun!

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European Union Experts Funding database

A reminder of the opportunity available for our academics to join the EU database of independent experts for the evaluation of EU research and innovation proposals(the European Commission appoints independent experts to assist with research and innovation assignments including the evaluation of proposals, monitoring of projects, and evaluation of programmes, and design of policy).

If you are chosen this experience will give you a unique insight into the quality of EU applications and processes for EU evaluation, putting you in a stronger position if you decide to be part of an EU grant.

Experts who wish to be considered for assignments for the EU programmes have to register in the European Commission central expert database.

Experts will access the Registration Service from two different locations, as follows:

- Experts wishing to take part in EU programmes: Horizon 2020 (research and innovation programme), COSME (Competitiveness for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), CEF (Connecting Europe Facility), RFCS (Research Fund for Coal and Steel) and Third Health Programme (managed by Chafea, Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency) will access the service from the Participant Portal .

- Experts wishing to take part in Education, Audiovisual and Culture programmes will access the Registration Service from the Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency page on Europa .

  • You have a chance of being selected as an expert if you:
  • have a high level expertise in the domains of the respective programmes
  • can be available for occasional, short-term assignments and
  • have completed and validated the registration of your profile in the online platform.

For Horizon 2020, in addition to researchers and academics, the European Commission is seeking to substantially increase the number of specialists from the commercial and business communities.

Experts, as peer reviewers, assist in the:

  • evaluation of proposals
  • monitoring of actions

In addition, experts assist in the :

  • preparation, implementation or evaluation of programmes and design of policies. This includes the Horizon 2020 Advisory Groups.

Assignments mainly concern research and innovation, falling within the Horizon 2020 programme designed to address the challenges Europe is facing through funding excellent science, technology and innovation. Take a look at the most recently funded projects.

Horizon 2020 covers a range of activities in the fields of science and technology, innovation, social sciences and humanities, ethics, gender, communication, project management and more.

The call for experts is open to those of any nationality with a high level of expertise in the relevant fields of research and innovation. Further details on the type of expertise sought are set out in the full text of the call published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Some useful details from the FAQ website

• Is there any remuneration provided for experts?

a. For all experts except those for the EACEA programmes:

As an expert you are entitled to a fee of EUR 450 for each full day actually worked and to the reimbursement of travel expenses (to and from the point of departure and to and from the place of meeting) and subsistence expenses.

If selected to work as an expert, you will receive a contract through the electronic system on the Participant Portal for research and innovation programme or on the EACEA web site for their programme. The contract defines all the rights and obligations and terms and conditions that apply. The contract does not constitute an employment agreement. Any payment received as an expert is not exempted from national taxes and you are obliged to ensure compliance with national legislation on taxes and social security law.

b. For EACEA programmes:

Explanatory annexes on payment and reimbursement are published together with the new call for expression of interest for experts accessible from the EACEA web page, call for experts.

• What is the amount of work requested from an expert?

Evaluations usually take place in the context of short sessions lasting a maximum of around 10 days a year. These may be carried out remotely (i.e. at the evaluator’s home or place of work) and/or in Brussels – or Luxembourg for some innovation actions.

The number of proposals which an expert deals with depends very much on each area.

• When shall I know if I have been selected to assist the European Commission as an expert?

If you have fully completed your registration as an expert and your profile is valid, the European Commission will inform you in due course if you have been selected. This will be on the condition that there are proposals for evaluation or projects for monitoring requiring your particular expertise. This could be at any time during the duration of the framework programme (i.e. up to the end of 2020). Assistance in the monitoring of projects may also be requested as long as there are still on-going projects funded by the framework programme. Similarly, assistance in evaluating the progress, outcome and impact of programmes/giving advice on the shape of future activities may be requested after the end of the framework programme.

• Can a person coming from a third country apply to be an expert?

A person coming from a third country (i.e. a country that is not a Member State, Candidate Country or Horizon 2020 Associated Country) is welcome to register their profile in the expert database with a view to assisting the European Commission as an expert.

• If I am selected, can I subsequently refuse to work for the Commission for whatever reason?

It is always possible to decline an invitation to act as an expert. Obviously, it is best if this is done as early as possible. The Commission will usually contact experts before sending a formal contract, so it is possible to decline the invitation at this stage. If you receive a contract and for some reason you are not able to attend during some or all of the days proposed for the evaluation, you must inform the Commission’s services immediately. Evidently, an expert must always refuse to evaluate a proposal or monitor a project if you feel that there would be a conflict of interest in doing so.

• What are the language skills required of an expert?

Experts are expected to have language skills appropriate for reading and understanding the proposals and/or project reports in the language in which they are submitted. In reality, this means that a good knowledge of English is absolutely essential and a good knowledge of other European languages is welcome.

SANDRA MARGON |International Development Manager, Europe and the Middle East Office of Global Engagement

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External Events and Conferences

 16-18 AUG | ACER Research Conference 2015 | Crown, Melbourne



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06 MAR | Dr Louisa Moats – Language, Learning and Literacy



Speld NSW is pleased to be partnering with Sydney University and the Learning Difficulties Association (LDA) for a speaking tour by Dr Moats for the LDA’s 50th anniversary.

Dr Moats will be addressing language, learning and literacy: improving practice and delivering results. This workshop has been designed for teachers, learning support teachers, reading specialists, school administrators and related professionals.

CLICK For workshop contents and more information on Dr Louisa Moats

5th Annual International Conference on Education & e-Learning (Eel 2015)

This conference will be held in Singapore on 14-15 September 2015. The conference theme explores the use of technology in education has revolutionized learning. Shifting beyond traditional mode of education, the integration of technology has become an advantage for students with specific needs. E-learning brings forth a flexible and accessible mode of education. Further the use of technology also bridges the gap of learning across borders.

With e-learning, students can have the access to other universities and academic resource materials from other countries, thereby broadening the knowledge base of students. Given these advantages, it is pivotal to deliberate upon the development of technology use in education. More information about the conference can be found here

Information about the call for papers can be found here with the deadline for full paper submission being 2 April 2015.

7~10 July 2015 | ATEA 2015 Conference Darwin

The 2015 ATEA conference builds from the call for the teacher education community to better connect and strengthen school-university-community partnerships for the benefit of all students. Charles Darwin University is proudly hosting the conference and this will be the first time that the ATEA community has met in the Northern Territory. The 2015 conference will be an outstanding opportunity to connect and form new partnerships with colleagues in Northern Australia and with our Asia Pacific colleagues and neighbours. The theme calls for university and school based teacher educators as well as policy makers, community leaders and Education Associations to examine better ways in which to connect and strengthen our partnerships to ensure effective teaching and learning across our diverse landscape.

For more information, please see the flyer:ATEAconference Darwin 2015 flyer

[Edequity-aus] Global Forum on Access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)


The Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) at the University of Newcastle, is proud to partner with the Global Access to Post-Secondary Education Initiative, in the lead up to the Second World Congress on Access to Post Secondary Education, to co-host a Global Forum on Access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Higher Education. This Forum will bring together those from higher education, business and policy to examine the challenges

For more information click on the Link.


Final Thought


VISION TEST – which are you? Marilyn or Einstein?