Thursday, 28 October

Research Week 2021

How to research and publish your teaching

Office of the PVC (Learning Futures)

Time: 10.00 am -12.00 pm
Contact: Caterina Tannous, Colin Clark
Type: Webinar

Do you have a curriculum research idea you would like to pursue?

Curriculum research is increasingly important to help identify ways to promote student transition and retention and successful completion of university programs in a fast-changing, technology enabled education environment. To support curriculum research, Western Sydney University offers streamlined umbrella ethics processes (START and TEL) that facilitate ethics approval for research on transition and retention and technology-enabled learning. 

This event will showcase research projects from a variety of schools at WSU, describing a range of initiatives for improving student experience in class, at university and online! This session will help you get started by introducing you to researchers who have successfully conducted research and published their results.

Industry Engagement and Internships - Future of the PhD

Graduate Research School

Time: 12.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Contact: Matthew Spencer and Kathy Nguyen
Type: Webinar

Engaging with industry engagement and undertaking internships presents a significant opportunity for HDR candidates looking to apply their advanced research training skills and experience into developing solutions to real problems that exist outside academia. 

But how do we make those opportunities happen and what does it mean for the future of the PhD?

Join us for a panel discussion where we talk to current PhD candidates undertaking internships about their experiences and workshop some ideas for how we can better support HDR candidates in identifying potential opportunities to work with industry on an internship program during their candidature.

The WSU Network for Law and Human Rights: research for human rights impact

School of Law

Time: 1.00 pm - 2.00 pm
Type: Webinar

On the 10th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt, Chair of the Commission of the United Nations, gave a speech called ‘Where Do Human Rights Begin’? She captured why human rights are relevant in our daily lives:

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works.

This presentation, by Az Dastyari, Catherine Renshaw and Jenni Whelan from the School of Law, examines the principles that are needed to guide human rights research ‘in small places’. They argue that research must be (i) designed to advance the realisation of human rights (ii) adopt methods and approaches that are themselves human rights-based (iii) contribute to capacity development of duty-bearers or rights holders. In a tryptic of research vignettes, the presenters illuminate the challenges and potential benefits of research that is grounded in attentiveness to small places: and to the complex histories and cultures that shape them.

Working Collaboratively to Improve Education

School of Education

Time: 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Contact: Kathryn Holmes
Type: Webinar

This event will showcase how researchers in the Centre for Educational Research have been collaborating with diverse community and industry partners to improve educational outcomes in Western Sydney and beyond.  

The following speakers will share their insights into the power of collaboration in the education space:

This session discusses a collaborative research partnership undertaken with the NSW Department of Education, Multicultural Education and the Centre for Educational Research that began in 2012.

Women’s football has grown exponentially in Australia in recent years, surpassing netball as the most popular sport for girls. This study investigates the footballing and educational experiences of young Muslim women footballers in Western Sydney. It establishes educational guidelines for football clubs aiming to promote gender equity within their ranks as well as to integrate their work with national football advocacy groups such as Women in Football Australia. 

Taking a broad view of education, this presentation looks at the educative role of partnerships. Working with NGOs who are engaged with policy aimed at refugee settlement requires a high degree of responsiveness from researchers to provide timely knowledge to the organization in multiple forms. This in turn enriches the research and can lead to further collaboration.  

This session will discuss the innovative partnership between the non-government community organisation Learning Ground Mt Druitt and WSU. This partnership, based on mutual strengths has been able to bring to local government schools a whole new Australian Social and Emotional Learning intervention for the most at risk students in the local community.

The presentation will provide a brief overview of recent and ongoing work and research collaborations with Save the Children, Australia, highlighting key outcomes of the partnership for children, young people and their communities in Sydney and beyond.

In this presentation, we will discuss our ongoing collaboration with major infrastructure projects in Sydney. We will discuss how we work closely with industry partners on education programs which engage teachers and students in authentic learning in real-world contexts. We’ll highlight the benefits to participants, including the university and industry partners.

Biomedical Data Analytics: A Fusion of Computational and Mathematical Biology

School of Computing, Data and Mathematical Sciences

Time: 3.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Contact: Andrew Francis, Simeon Simoff and Quang Vinh Nguyen
Type: Webinar

The analysis of genomics data has fundamentally changed research in computational and mathematical biology, by discovering patterns of interactions between genes and myriad of biological processes. Primarily focus has been on the analysis of genomics data, which contains hundreds of thousands to millions of rows and thousands of columns that contain information about individual patients and the biological mechanisms of their diseases. The integrated analysis of these data, linked with other clinical and demographic data, can support clinicians to achieve more precise diagnostics and tailor treatment to the most efficacious for everyone. Such analysis and modelling are the focus of computational and mathematical biologists – multidisciplinary specialists who research and interpret biological phenomena using mathematical and statistical models, computational tools and algorithms, including machine learning and interactive visualisation.

The workshop reflects on the research of two multidisciplinary teams in computational and mathematical biology from Western Sydney University, UNSW, UTS and The Children Hospital of Westmead, with more than a decade of fruitful collaboration. The workshop participants comprise respective academic researchers and HDR students from the above institutions and invited industry partners. It includes presentations and discussion of tangible research outcomes, including markedly impactful theoretical contributions and developed applications in support of genomics data analyses in childhood cancer research, as well as other computational and human-centred analytics and health aspects related to it. The workshop includes a panel on short- and long-term future steps (discovery technology, mathematical modelling, innovation, and entrepreneurship) in these areas.

Trauma Responsive Coaching for Children's Sport


Time: 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Contact: Dr Catherine Kaplun, Dr Stacy Blythe, Asst Prof
Ann Dadich, Dr Anna Denejkina, Dr Natalie Morrison
Type: Webinar

Both on and off the sports field, trauma may manifest in difficult-to manage behaviours in children, leading to players having difficulty concentrating or exhibiting behaviours that may be seen as “unacceptable” on the field. This could lead to the child being sidelined and missing out on the important interactions and health benefits of playing sport. Important health promotion and capacity building is needed in this area to provide well-informed coaches as a trusted, understanding champion for children, equipped with management strategies to support children dealing with traumatic stress to ensure that everyone experiences the positive benefits of engaging in sport.

This webinar is targeted at all sports coaches working with children up to 12 years of age who are interested in becoming "brain aware" and want to understand the impacts of traumatic events on children. Raising coaches' awareness of children’s brain development, the impacts of trauma and the therapeutic benefits of sport is relevant and timely, as children are experiencing the impacts of the pandemic restrictions and earlier natural disasters in Australia including bushfires and floods.

This webinar will consist of a panel discussion and Q&A session to:

  • Provide an overview of ‘typical’ brain development in children
  • Present an explanation and examples of how traumatic events may impact child brain development
  • Outline how trauma-related responses may look and feel for children
  • Provide research and clinical perspectives on trauma responsive coaching for children's sport
  • Provide appropriate management strategies for immediate support when a child is 'triggered'
  • Provide suggestions to follow-up with the child and family after a triggering event and how to avoid future incidents

This webinar additionally offers sports coaches a chance to be part of a research study on trauma responsive coaching in children’s sport. Further details are available when registering.