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Catch up on our end of year news and highlights of 2016!
UNE Business School News
2016 End of Year edition
2016 has been a big year for us at UNE Business School. We have had some victories in our research,  recognition for our excellent standard of teaching and enjoyed building new partnerships in the community as well as fostering those key long term relationships. Our final newsletter for 2016 is a chance to celebrate some of the great work done throughout the year. In particular I wanted to draw attention to a few significant results, which include progress towards EPAS accreditation, the many teaching awards our staff have received this year, the launch of the Centre for Agribusiness, winning $1million from the NSW Department of Industry for the SMART Region Incubator, promotions of Dr Peter McClenaghan to Senior Lecturer and Dr Omar Al Farooque to Associate Professor, the fantastic student tours to China and Korea and our outstanding PhD completions this year. I want to wish our departing staff well - this year we said goodbye to Kay Hempsall, James Hunter, Caroline Girvin and Kerry Towns. We are pleased to welcome Dr Donella Piper on board for 2017.

I encourage you to read on about all these good things and more, and celebrate this great year with us, your coworkers, fellow collaborators, industry partners, friends and supporters. I wish you all a happy holiday, and look forward to seeing you and working with you in 2017!


Professor Alison Sheridan
Head of School
UNE Business School
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International accreditation
This year, UNE Business School has put significant time towards gaining accreditation with EFMD – the Management Development Network. We are doing ongoing work in this internationally recognised forum for information, research, networking and debate on innovation and best practice in management development. Read more ...
Research at UNE Business School
The research being done in UNE Business School has covered a diverse scope; from Dr Boyd Blackwell’s work in building a robust understanding on the impact of mining on regional and remote communities with the Enduring Community Value from Mining project, to work being done in partnership with University of Bonn in Germany on food production and value chains, to Professor Mahinda Siriwardana’s work on the four-year ARC Linkage
grant project Adaptation to carbon-tax-induced changes in energy demand in rural and regional Australia”, UNE Business School continues to be a the forefront of the important research shaping our region, our country and the world. Read more research news via the UNE Business School blog.
Teaching Excellence
UNE Business School continues to excel in teaching; we’re proud to boast a host of awards this year. Congratulations go to Dr Sujana Adapa who this year received a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, awarded as part of the Australian Awards for University Teaching, and just last week was also named as the recipient of the Australia New Zealand Academy of Management’s (ANZAM) Innovative Management Educator of the Year Award.
Closer to home we commend Associate Professor Rene Villano, Dr Simon Burgess, Dr Shawn Leu and Dr Tony Ramsay who recently received acknowledgement as exemplary teachers through the annual Vice Chancellor’s Scholar’s Awards. Read more about our teaching excellence via the blog.
Dr Sujana Adapa at ANZAM with Conference Chair Professor Lisa Bradley of QUT.
The launch of the Centre for Agribusiness as part of the Robb College Rural Focus Symposium in July this year sees us take ownership of a space we have long been working in; agribusiness continues to drive innovation and progress in our local business community, as well as throughout Australia, and internationally. Speaking as a thought leader in the industry, the Centre as part of a UNE team of staff lead key discussion at this year’s GrowAg conference around the future of agribusiness in Australia. Read more via the Centre for Agribusiness’s End of Year Update.
Centre of Agribusiness launch event, July 28 2016 (clockwise from top) - Sally Strelitz from School of Environmental & Rural Science with the 2016 IFAMA student team: Max Laurie, Sally Beer, Sarah Rohr, Conrad Rees and Craig McGlashan; Adam Edwards and Helen Taylor from UNE Business School; Head of UNE Business School, Professor Alison Sheridan with Professor David Lamb from UNE SMART Farm and Precision Agriculture Research Group.
UNE's SMART Region Incubator
Big news for UNE Business School in 2016 was winning $1million in funding from the NSW Government to establish the SMART Region Incubator. UNE Business School with the Centre for Agribusiness will look to provide an ideas launchpad for entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) in the region. Work is underway to repurpose a space at UNE Business School to house our entrepreneurs in 2017, and we have recently brought Sam Kelly on board into the role as the SMART Region Incubator Facilitator. Read more about what's happening in this new space.
Where in the world? International partnerships & our global marketplace
UNE Business School have put in some air miles this year - with our IFAMA 2016 student team competing in the case study competition in Aarhus, Denmark; undergraduate and postgraduate student tours of China and Korea in November; furthering our research project with our partners at University of Bonn, Germany; visiting academics for our Seminar Series and our work with the University of Wyoming to further develop our student exchange partnerships, 2016 has been a year for reaching out into the world at large and learning from our international colleagues, while sharing exactly what it is that makes UNE Business School unique.
UNE Business School's 2016 Innovation Challenge
Our passion about building and growing an innovative and entrepreneurial culture in our region was enriched in mid November by the 2016 Innovation Challenge, with over 100 high school students in the New England North West region coming to UNE to pitch some fantastic business ideas. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Chartered Accountants Australian & New Zealand we were able to award a $1000 first prize to Ciara from St John Paul College in Coffs Harbour for her social enterprise app; a great concept, with ideas from runners up covering everything from medical triage apps to student study aids to sustainable clothing. Read more about the event, and see our photo gallery.

End of Year sustainability update on PRME

This year UNE Business School submitted its third Sharing Information Progress report to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Read the full report for 2016
PhD completions and graduations
2016 has been a fantastic year for PhD completions – we can proudly boast 21 students graduating with their PhDs this year, as well as a further 20 submissions. We are working to share their successes as we connect with them, in particular people like Dr Scott Harrison, who shared his post-doctorate progress with us while he was back in the country for graduation.
We're pleased to be able to share some photos from David Elkins's work at our October 21 graduation via the photo gallery on the UNE Business School blog.
Dr Scott Harrison graduated on 21 October this year with his thesis “Microeconometric Analysis of the Relationships Between Early Alert Systems and Student Retention” supervised by Associate Professor Rene Villano (Principal Supervisor), Adjunct Professor Grace Lynch and Dr George Chen.
Ms Danica Ninkov graduated with a Bachelor of Organisational Leadership and the New England Award.
Dr Assaf A Filfilan graduated with his thesis, "Corporate Governance, Disclosure Quality and Financial Performance: A Comparative Study of Corporate Firms in Saudi Arabia and Australia" with principal supervision from Associate Professor Omar Al Farooque (left) - here with Professor Alison Sheridan after the ceremony.
While our email format pulls certain stories to the forefront, don't forget to take a look at the UNE Business School blog which is updated daily with our latest news. Be sure to share this news with your networks as we move online to continue our conversation with each other and out in the world.
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