Current Research Projects


Oorala Aboriginal Centre Research Lecture Series

The Oorala Research Seminar Series is a vehicle to host visiting speakers at Oorala. In recent years it has expanded to include the research and experiences of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander UNE students, staff and Community members. Originally this ran as the Oorala Lecture Series in the early decades of the Oorala Centre and featured staff, Community members and visiting academics.

In light of the current situation the 2020 series has been postponed.


A venn diagram showing the intersecting concepts of the program including the On-Campus, On-Line and On-Campus.“Switched On”: A UNE Indigenous STEM Program

The Switched On Indigenous STEM Program is a unique initiative which will embed Indigenous cultural and technological traditions into mathematics education.

The Switched On Indigenous STEM Program uses a staged developmental approach to research, design and pilot a program that provides opportunities for Indigenous years 7-9 high school students to engage positively with mathematics by using Indigenous cultural and technological traditions as a means to explore mathematical concepts.


Pathways Review

This project aims to review UNE’s alternative admission schemes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants and make recommendations to improve the pathways and support available to students, pre- and post-admission.

It is anticipated that improvements to UNE’s alternative admission schemes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants will have a positive impact on access and retention rates for these students.


“Oorala 30th Anniversary 2016-2017”: History Project

The Oorala Aboriginal Centre celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2016-2017. In order to commemorate the Centre’s achievements and highlight the contribution its students and staff have made to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, education and UNE, Oorala has received funding to conduct research into the history of the Centre.