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Scholarships for academic staff to attend conferences on social inclusion


21 July 2010

The Social Inclusion Unit and the Institute for Teaching and Learning are offering eight scholarships of $1000 to support academic staff in attending two conferences.

The Social Inclusion Unit and the Institute for Teaching and Learning are interested in supporting future champions of social inclusion programs at the University.

The University is committed to increasing the participation of students of promise from low socioeconomic backgrounds, regional and remote areas and Indigenous students; building our research agenda on social inclusion/exclusion and supporting the development of teaching and learning activities that support student engagement.

There are two upcoming higher education and social inclusion conferences. There are eight scholarships (four for each conference) of $1000 available to support the attendance of academic staff who are interested in becoming leaders in teaching for social inclusion.

2nd Annual Social Inclusion in Education Summit - 13 & 14 September, Sydney
The Summit is billed as "an excellent opportunity for you to hear from Government authorities, educators and leading researchers from across the tertiary education sector to discuss the issues surrounding the social inclusion agenda.

This unique event provides an open platform to discuss the challenges impacting tertiary institutions in attracting andretaining low SES students and the strategies and programs to drive student success in educational attainment. The forum not only examines practical solutions for developing aspirations to education but also draws attention to the fundamentalchanges required within the Australian education sector to increase participation of low SES and disadvantaged students.There are eight streams designed to target the following key sector issues:

  • STREAM A: Indigenous disadvantage
  • STREAM B: Students with disability
  • STREAM C: Rural and remote engagement
  • STREAM D: Diversity and equity issues
  • STREAM E: Teaching and learning programs
  • STREAM F: Research and industry collaboration
  • STREAM G: Education pathways in VET and schools
  • STREAM H: Community engagement and partnerships

2nd Annual Student Equity in Higher Education Conference - 11 & 12 October, Melbourne
The conference has been organised around the theme: Aspiration, Mobility and Voice. It will provide a forum, for those with an interest in student equity in higher education, to engage in substantive discussions about these concepts. It willinclude keynote addresses from international speakers, panel sessions that engage in dialogue across research, policy andpractice, presentations from leading researchers, roundtable discussions (using online blogging technologies) and skillbuilding workshops.

Expressions of interest
Expressions of interest from academic staff who are interested in attending one of the social inclusion conferences are now open. Applicants should address the issues below and include an email/letter from your manager or supervisor indicating their support for your attendance. Staff will be responsible for arranging for their department to cover any further costs beyond the support offered by the Social Inclusion Unit.

Successful applicants will also be required to:

  1. Attend a short pre-conference briefing :
    Thursday 26 August 9:30 - 11:00am at the ITL Meeting Room Carslaw 354 on the University's current and proposed social inclusion initiatives.
  2. Attend post conference discussion (up to 2 hours) with the Social Inclusion Unit and Institute for Teaching and Learning staff to report back and discuss learnings and interesting initiatives and what you see as the key obstacles/challenges and opportunities.
  3. Working with colleagues from the Social Inclusion Unit and Institute for Teaching and Learning disseminate ideas and learning from the conference with colleagues in their faculty and school.

Expressions of Interest must include:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Faculty/department/school
  • Your role in the faculty/school and how you will influence or facilitate change in teaching for social inclusion

For more information:

Annette Cairnduff
Director Social Inclusion
T: 61 2 8627 8515
E: annette.cairnduff@sydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Simon Barrie
Director Institute for Teaching and Learning
T: 61 2 9351 5814
E: simon.barrie@sydney.edu.au