One of the main ways New College Postgraduate Village seeks to support its postgraduate residents is through regular Research Community meetings. This year’s program kicked off on 3 March 2020, beginning with dinner, introductions, and a time for sharing research-related news.
Senior Academic Tutor, Anna Xavier, then gave a stimulating presentation on her PhD research, which focuses on language and literacy education for refugee-background students in regional NSW. The ensuing 30-minute question time saw some animated discussion regarding the continuing relevance of this research over time, considering that refugee education policies are changeable based on the political environment.
It was a productive conversation, and by the end of the evening, the group came to a consensus that, regardless of changing government policies, language and literacy would always be key for refugee-background and culturally/linguistically diverse students in accessing mainstream curriculums and obtaining successful educational outcomes.
This was a great start to what will be a diverse and fascinating collection of NCV Research Community meetings over the coming year.