UWS impresses research council

Grant approved: Deputy vice-chancellor (research and development) Scott Holmes, human geography researcher Emma Power, cognitive sciences researcher Mark Antoniou, Lindsay MP Fiona Scott and Barney Glover, the deputy vice-chancellor and president of the University of Western Sydney. .

Grant approved: Deputy vice-chancellor (research and development) Scott Holmes, human geography researcher Emma Power, cognitive sciences researcher Mark Antoniou, Lindsay MP Fiona Scott and Barney Glover, the deputy vice-chancellor and president of the University of Western Sydney. .

The University of Western Sydney is celebrating 10 research grants awarded with a total value of more than $3.1 million.

As part of the 2015 Australian Research Council major grants announcement UWS received funding for 10 projects including $1.44 million to four staff who were were congratulated by Lindsay MP Fiona Scott at the university's Penrith campus.

Human geography researcher Emma Power, cultural studies researcher Shanthi Robertson, Mark Antoniou and microbiologist Johnathan Plett all received funding for 2015-17 for their projects.

Dr Power teaches at the Penrith campus and conducts research in Parramatta.

She will study the impact housing mobility has on single, older women who have little in the way of assets or income.

"Western Sydney has a large ageing population and the project will look at what types of policies we can put together that helps contribute to a sense of home, security and a place they belong in the long term," Dr Power said.

Dr Antoniou is based at the Bankstown campus and studies ways to help people learn second languages.

"The Australian government has an initiative to increase the number of children who take a foreign language to completion of their HSC; if we could make that a less frustrating and more streamlined experience it could apply to them as well," he said.

Dr Robertson does research at the university's Parramatta campus.

Her grant will help her look into migrant mobility between Australia and Asia. It will helping to understand the flow of people, how they find work and the changing migrant statuses.

"I'm interested in policy aspects and how effective they are in allowing people freedom to move throughout Australia," Dr Robertson said.

"Are we getting people into the sectors and geographic locations we need in Australia?

She said she was fortunate to having funding for three years and would give her a singular focus.

Deputy vice-chancellor (research and development) Scott Holmes said the grants were a significant achievement for UWS.

Ms Scott said: "Universities should be a thought leader. That's why these grants, allowing the universities to be a thought leader, are absolutely crucial."

Last week the Australian Research Council announced a total of $354 million for 941 research projects.