eSmart Week ~ Dangerous for Kids Online

National eSmart Week 2020: keeping children safe online has never been more important. By creating awareness about cyber safety, bullying and well-being, we can reduce online harm – Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, National eSmart Week Ambassador.   As rates of online cyber bullying, child exploitation and image-based abuse skyrocket in COVID-19

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UoN Talks Fail. Jobs at Risk

End to University negotiations aimed at achieving savings. Discussions with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) – underway since late June with a deadline of Monday 10 August – failed to reach agreement. The University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky, told staff

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New Way for Teaching

Study links teacher development program to increase in student achievement. As schools continue to grapple with major upheaval, a new study reveals that teacher professional development initiative, Quality Teaching Rounds (QTR), dramatically accelerates student learning outcomes, potentially reversing disruption caused by COVID-19. QTR, developed at the University of Newcastle, increased

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UoN Launches Another Star

Local Engineering graduate lands an Ivy League spot. A University of Newcastle Electrical Engineering graduate, Sam Parker, has been accepted to Brown University – a prestigious Ivy League research university in the United States. To study a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Sam will focus on researching brain computer interfaces.  These

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A Degree in Quantum Engineering?

UNSW Sydney has introduced the world’s first undergraduate degree in quantum engineering. The Bachelor of Quantum Engineering (Honours) will train students in advanced electronics and telecommunication engineering, specialising in how to design and control complex quantum systems. University of NSW’s Professor Andrea Morello. The degree will cover nanoelectronics, microwave engineering

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Government Meddling ‘a direct assault on education’

The government’s funding changes are meddling with the purpose of universities. By Newcastle University’s John Fischetti 1 and Catharine Coleborne 2     Federal education minister Dan Tehan in recent days announced an overhaul of the fee structures for undergraduate degrees – and the courses based in those degrees – to direct students towards

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UoN Rank Climbs

University of Newcastle enters Top 200 in the world rankings. The University of Newcastle (AU) has climbed ten places to sit among the world’s Top 200 universities in the prestigious 2021 QS World University Rankings. The 2021 QS World University Rankings considered 1604 institutions and contained 47 new entrants. Vice-Chancellor

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Grog Ads Ensnare Kids

Exposing children to alcohol advertising leads to increased uptake and intake. With sport firmly back on Australians’ television screens as the AFL season restarts this Thursday, Monash researchers have highlighted the continuing problem of children’s exposure to alcohol advertising when watching sport. Researchers from the Behavioural Sciences Research Laboratory in

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Upskill Online at UoN

Building the recovery workforce through short courses. The University of Newcastle offers short courses for displaced workers to upskill or reskill in the post COVID-19 recovery. A suite of graduate certificate courses will be available 11 May 2020, across growth disciplines, including environmental management and sustainability, project management for building,

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Singleton’s Rural Mobile Preschool Returns

Free childcare will be available to rural families with the return of Singleton Mobile Preschool to Broke Community Hall and Mt Olive Public Hall. The service was suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions in March, but government changes have allowed the return of the preschool. Fees will be government subsidised. Activities

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Cook’s 1770 voyage – 250 years on

The 250thanniversary of Cook’s landing in Kamay (Botany Bay) on April 29 will be marked by the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Encounters 2020 program.  The 250this an invaluable opportunity to look at this historical event with 21stcentury eyes and provide greater context,” said Museum Director and CEO Kevin Sumption PSM.

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Screen Use Affects School Students

By Belinda Henwood Gonski Institute for Education research reveals Australian educators’ perspectives on children, digital technology, health and learning. The first in a series of Growing Up Digital Australia reports by the Gonski Institute for Education at UNSW Sydney paints a worrying picture of changed learning conditions in Australian schools.

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Snitch ‘The Rat’ is at Maitland Gaol

Sneak into Maitland Gaol while it’s closed with the help of Snitch. With the doors to the historic site closed for the duration of the COVID-19 restrictions, Maitland Gaol has reworked its usual children’s activities and created some fun online resources guided by the ghostly character ‘Snitch the Rat’ to

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Laureate Professor Jenny Gore AERA Fellow

Laureate Professor Jenny Gore from the University of Newcastle has received international recognition, selected as a 2020 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)*. Professor Gore is among 12 scholars to receive the prestigious recognition in 2020 and the only academic from a university outside the United States. Professor

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US Fulbright Scholars in Newcastle

American Fulbright scholars in Newcastle The University of Newcastle welcomed two visiting American Fulbright Scholars to contribute research in water sustainability and eating behaviour. Pictured ~ Water resources engineer Dr Kelsey McDonough, and electrical engineer, Professor Edward Sazonov Water resources engineer, Dr Kelsey McDonough, and electrical engineer, Professor Edward Sazonov,

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TAFE Review Must Restore Funding and Courses

NSW Teachers Federation President Angelo Gavrielatos said the union would take the opportunity presented by the TAFE review to highlight the failed privatisation policies of successive state and federal governments. TAFE budgets have been slashed resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs and courses,” Mr. Gavrielatos said. The race

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Uni Honeysuckle Work Starts

University of Newcastle’s Honeysuckle City Campus construction has begun. Taylor Martin MLC and University of Newcastle Vice Chancellor, Professor Alex Zelinsky, announced the project is ready for the first building at Honeysuckle. The construction contract for the $25 million project was awarded to Hansen Yuncken, who built the University’s iconic

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Lack of Local Training and Skills Will Doom Australia

Homegrown solutions to technology skills shortage. Compounding the current critical shortage of high-tech qualified workers, Australian-based businesses and workers educated and trained in high-tech skills are heading overseas where they are better supported, the survey finds. The majority of Australians believe the continued and increasing need for high-technology skills in

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Censorship of Science Rampant

Is there suppression of ecological and conservation science? “Science suppression” is keeping the media, public and even policymakers in the dark on topics ranging from bushfires to species extinctions, according to scientists. The Ecological Society of Australia’s 2018-19 survey on academic freedom and research suppression reveals extensive and deeply concerning

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Local School F1 Wizards

Mount View students world-beaters in F1 in Schools. A combined team of Year 11 Mount View High School and Year 10 Penrith Christian School students were 5th out of 55 schools in this year’s international final of the F1 in Schools STEM ChallengeTM. Mount View High School and Penrith Christian

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Conflict Simulator in Nurse Training

Ground-breaking conflict simulator helps train budding nurses. A world-first virtual reality (VR) simulation is helping train nursing students at the University of Newcastle in conflict resolution. The Conflict Resolution training VR program replicates a real-world emergency room and asks students to respond to a high-pressure mock scenario. As part of

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Aspect Hunter School now in Muswellbrook

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) will open a new ‘satellite’ class in 2020 for the Upper Hunter region. A ‘satellite’ class is an autism-specific class operated by an Aspect School, but located in a host, mainstream school, in this case the St James’ Primary School in Muswellbrook. This will be the

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Thornton’s Century of Public Education

Thornton celebrates a 100 years of public education. It’s 1919: the Treaty of Versailles is signed, officially ending Australia’s involvement in World War One; Billy Hughes’ Nationalist Party wins a Federal election; and Thornton Public School opens. The school community begins a week of centenary celebrations on Saturday, when former

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Throsby’s Life-long Learning Model Adopted By UoN (at last)

Passion-based learning lets students decide how they want to learn. In a world-first for higher education, the University of Newcastle will place students at the centre of their own learning by adopting the Big Picture Education design, which is implemented in some of the most innovative high schools across the

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Eternal War on Mozzies

$50,000 funding awarded to promising projects biting the problem of mosquitoes. From eucalyptus oil diffusers, to aromatic plants seeds dispensed through a gumball machine, and a Mozzie Map to quantify human/mosquito interactions, the innovative ideas proposed in the University of Newcastle’s Grand Challenge offer promising solutions to manage the global

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Hunter Student at Festival of Choral Music

Talented locals join more than 3,000 NSW public school students on stage at the Sydney Opera House next week for the 2019 Festival of Choral Music. In one of the largest musical events held at the Opera House each year, students from more than 120 schools across NSW perform over

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Cessnock’s STEM Excellence

Council’s teaming up with STEM Industry School Partnerships Program. The Cessnock Local Government Area is the home of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Australia, and Cessnock City Council is breaking new ground forging a fresh partnership. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) educator Dr Scott Sleap Council

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AI in Schools ~ Report

New report seeks to empower students and teachers to thrive in an Artificial Intelligence world. A new report by researchers from the University of Newcastle aims to assist teachers with the delivery of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Emerging Technologies in schools. The report, led by Associate Professor Erica Southgate with

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Green Thumbs Aren’t for Texting

Enviro grant plants seed of change at Coal Point school. Coal Point Public School received $3000 last year to transform overgrown sections of its grounds into herb gardens, a native bee sanctuary and strips of native vegetation. Coal Point Public School students tending the garden Twelve months later the gardens

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The Wise Students of HunterWiSE

Local students’ passion for STEM shines brightly at Hunter awards. Female high school students with a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) gathered last night to recognise and celebrate the winners of the 2019 HunterWiSE High School Outreach Program. HunterWiSE 2019 Winners (L-R) Tahlia Fennel, Tyla Barlow from

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