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2020 Indigenous Strategy - Annual Report

I am pleased to share that the School has now released its 2020 Indigenous Strategy - Annual Report (PDF, 11232.81 KB).(opens in a new window)

The Annual Report outlines the great progress that the School of Social Sciences has made great progress in its our Indigenous Strategy for 2020 – 2025 (PDF, 1543.5 KB),(opens in a new window) in the year since it was written and accepted.

2020 was a year of progress and achievement for the School - notably, the symposium ‘#IndigenousLivesMatter: Speaking back/ with Social Sciences’ invigorated the School into a response to the Black Lives Matter Campaign in research, teaching and engagement.

The School also worked with colleagues across the University to provide support to Indigenous students through the time of COVID-19.

The report, rightly, foregrounds the work of Indigenous colleagues but it is also important to acknowledge the strong support of the strategy from all colleagues across the school.

I thank all involved in their work in 2020 and look forward to further outstanding achievements in 2021 and beyond.

Professor Brian Stout, Dean, School of Social Sciences

School of Social Sciences Indigenous Strategy 2020 - 2025

The School is committed to fostering Indigenous Australian success across the School’s research, learning and teaching portfolios, staff and student bodies, as well as nurturing community engagement and international collaboration.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the School of Social Sciences’ Indigenous Strategy for 2020 – 2025. Western Sydney University has always been located on Aboriginal land. We value and nurture our relationships with the Indigenous community as an anchor institution that serves Western Sydney. This commitment and pride underpins our core values and beliefs.

This Strategy engages with and supports the University’s Indigenous Strategy 2020- 2025, and is a demonstration of the School’s commitment to Indigenous Education and Research. The School has already made significant progress towards many of the objectives set out in the strategy, in particular in leadership, in employment and student numbers. It is important that the School sees this progress as a foundation for further achievement.

Many of the objectives set out are ambitious but they are deliberately so, as the School aspires to be a leader in Indigenous Education to the benefit of our colleagues, students and the community.

The Indigenous Strategy follows the University’s plan in focusing on strategic objectives in seven areas of Indigenous engagement: students; employment; research; learning and teaching; community engagement; leadership; and cultural viability and knowledge.

The School is deeply committed to the objectives set out within this strategic document and will ensure that achieving those objectives is the responsibility of all in the School.

Finally I commend all involved in devising this strategy and particularly thank Associate Dean Indigenous Education, Corrinne Sullivan, for her leadership in this area.

Professor Brian Stout, Dean, School of Social Sciences

ACFID Affiliate Member: Western Sydney University - School of Social Sciences

Western Sydney University - School of Social Sciences has been awarded Affiliate Membership by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) Council at the ACFID AGM.

As an ACFID Affiliate Member the School of Social Sciences is able to access a wide range of ACFID member benefits, including discounted training rates, participation in ACFID member activities and Communities of Practice.

More specifically, the school can access services and events below:

  • Participate in ACFID's Communities of Practice – more information on ACFID's CoPs can be found on the ACFID website.
  • Join us at our next Member Information Forum in February/March 2017 (date TBC), a fantastic free opportunity to learn the latest news from the sector and network with other ACFID members;
  • Access the ACFID Member Bulletin and CEO updates with essential information on sector issues and development – you have been added to our mailing list and will receive information on a monthly basis, or when significant issues arise.
  • Participate on the Research for Development Impact Network- more information is available on our website at Join the RDI Network (opens in new window)Opens in a new window

If you would like any further information about how to access any of these benefits, please contact our Membership & Stakeholder Coordinator Sophie Green on sgreen@acfid.asn.au or 02 6281 9235.

From the News Centre

Academics from the School of Social Sciences are active media commentators with established public profiles. Our students, too, are highly accomplished and regularly feature in the news. Here are some of the latest stories featuring our staff, published on the University's News Centre website.(opens in a new window)

National report highlights benefits of pet-inclusive housing, calls for policy reform

A Western Sydney University researcher has contributed to a new AHURI report, finding Australians living in private rental are much more likely to have had to give up a pet due to their housing circumstances.


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Western Sydney University highlights the impact of Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections

A new report has highlighted the impact of the Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections Community Development Program (LNC-CDP).


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New analysis reveals Islamophobia is still alive in Australia

Western Sydney University researchers have published an analysis of a national survey into the racist attitudes and experiences in Australia.


Cybersecurity Aid Centre

Federal Government delivers funding to establish Cybersecurity Aid Centre in Parramatta

The Federal Government has announced new funding for Western Sydney University to establish the ‘Cybersecurity Aid Centre’ to train and support small business with Cyber Incident Response.



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From The Conversation

Academics from the School of Social Sciences are frequent contributors to The Conversation.(opens in a new window) Here are some of their latest opinion pieces, republished on the University's News Centre website.(opens in a new window)

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Opinion: Can I have a pet and be housed, too? It all depends…

Barriers to housing for people with pets around Australia are the focus of newly released national research by an interdisciplinary team. Why? Because laws are changing nationally but are highly inconsistent.


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Opinion: It’s 2am, you’re sleeping, and a flash flood hits your home. Without a warning system, what do you do?

In March 2019, a powerful storm hit southern Nepal. Residents in the Bara and Parsa districts had little warning. They sheltered in huts made from mud and brick which collapsed in the wind and rain.


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Opinion: Why do people try to drive through floodwater or leave it too late to flee? Psychology offers some answers

NSW is currently in the grip of one of largest flood events in decades. The NSW SES is helping thousands of people evacuate and has received more than 2,000 calls for help in the last 24 hours.


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Opinion: Four Aboriginal deaths in custody in three weeks: is defunding police the answer?

In the lead-up to the 30th anniversary of the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody report, there have been four Indigenous deaths in custody in three weeks.



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