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Lia Saunders

Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea and Pomegranate Salad

A few months ago, my sister had her “special” birthday at Embers Mezze Bar  in Darlinghurst. We had some of the best Middle Eastern food I’ve had in Sydney but we were particularly blown away by the Cauliflower, Chickpea and Pomegranate Salad – so much so, that we called the next day and begged for the recipe which owner,  Simon Zalloua, was kind enough to share.  Here is my adapted version:

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REMINDER FoHS Teaching Fellowship Program – Closing Date 7 November

A reminder that the closing date for FOHS Teaching Fellowship Program applications is 5 pm FRIDAY 7 November.

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FoHS is offering three competitive Teaching Fellowships and one commissioned Fellowship  in 2015  to promote the Faculty’s strategic vision in learning and teaching, with up to two fellowships in each of Session One and Session Two (depending on the scope of the projects).

  • The Projects should be designed to address goals that are achievable within a timeframe of 12 months, with the bulk of the development work to be achieved in a specified 6-month period.
  • Fellows will receive $10,000 in teaching support which will typically go towards freeing the Fellow from face to face teaching and/or marking during the key 6-month development period.

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Your* iPad is ready and waiting!

Some free* iPads are still available for academic staff to support the Faculty’s transition to fully online marking. In order to be eligible, you need to complete a Grade anywhere with Turnitin for iPad course with LTC and also be willing to complete a survey at the end of session on how you found using the iPad to mark.

For more information on the program, go to

* Conditions apply. Please contact Lia Saunders at for information on how to apply.


Ride2Uni Day Wednesday 15 October & Free Cycle Skills Training Thursday 23 October


Wednesday 15 October 2014, 8am – 10.30am. Facebook

In conjunction with the national Ride to Work on Wednesday 15 October 2014, we are hosting our own Ride to Uni Day on campus. Join us for our 8th Ride2Uni Day celebration in the Central Courtyard, 8 – 10.30am. There will be free breakfast for all riders, pimp-my-ride station, bicycle route and information stand, free bike health checks, slow bike race and a lucky prize draw. To register to attend Macquarie’s breakfast, please click here.

Cycle Skills

Free Cycle Skills Training Thursday 23 October 2014, 10am – 1pm. Facebook.

To encourage staff and students to take up cycling as a safe, sustainable, convenient form of transport, Macquarie University offers a FREE course to assist people to cycle safely. Cycle Skills Training is available to all Macquarie University staff and students. The course is designed for people who can already ride but want to develop their skills to ride safely in different cycling environments. For more information and to register, click here.

Special FLTC Meeting – Inclusion & Faculty Disability Action Plan

All Faculty staff are welcome to attend the next Special FLTC meeting on Thursday 16  October from 2 – 4.30pm in the Cog Sci Room 3.610 /40 on  Level 3 of the Australian Hearing Hub.

The focus of the meeting will be Inclusion and we will be brainstorming the development of a Faculty Disability Action Plan.

Afternoon tea will be provided so RSVPS are essential.

Please RSVP to Lia Saunders at by no later than COB Monday 13 October if you would like to participate.


Kickstart is kicking up…

Following a successful Strategic Initiatives  grant application in July, FoHS established a Kickstart project (see  trialling two units in Session 3 (ECH113 Play & Inquiry in Early Childhood and PSYC104 Introduction to Psychology) and another two units in Session 1 2015 ( EDUC105 Education: The Psychological Context and LING217 Phonetics and Phonology).

Iain McAlpine, the project’s Educational Developer, has been seeking student perspectives  on a range of issues including tips on how to ‘hit the ground running”, advice on how to do well,  the relevance of the unit’s content, what students have learnt from the unit and – strategically – what career options students have found opened up for them.

Activity modules will be developed and released two weeks before the start of session to give students a “kickstart”,  with resources to include videos, quizzes, interactive Unit Guides and more.

An additional  four FoHS units are participating in a parallel, broader rollout of Kickstart across the University – EDIT600 Communication, Publishing & Editing; ECH130 Health in Early Childhood; ECH452 Child Development: Research & Practice and ECED833 Child Development in Context.

Watch this space for updates on these projects and the opportunity to participate in future rounds…..

Food Bite – Pan fried salmon with confit fennel,slow roasted vine tomato, kale and caper butter

Fish of the Day @staffcafeThis delicious dish is currently on the menu at the Staff Cafe and, despite its MasterChef looks, it’s actually not hard to replicate at home.

The confit fennel  and roasted tomatoes can even be made the day before if time is tight ….but if you really can’t be bothered, just ask Head Chef Housien to make it for you at the Staff Cafe!

For those who dare, Housien has kindly shared his recipe and tips ….

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The Student Centre turns three!

Student Centre turns 3!
Kylie Coaldrake, A/Prof Judi Homewood, AD L&T Dr Mitch Parsell and Shyam Howlin

The Human Sciences Faculty Student Centre celebrated its 3rd birthday last week with a wonderful morning tea. Associate Professor Judi Homewood thanked the Centre’s staff for their enthusiasm and commitment to enhancing the student experience at MQ, evidenced by the consistently positive feedback she receives about the standards of service provided.

Congratulations to the whole team, some of whom appear above and below……

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