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Fireside Chat with Rachel Morley

Join us for an engaging discussion with Rachel Morley, Associate Dean of Engagement at Western Sydney University (WSU), as she discusses the highly acclaimed Research Creation Showcase at WSU.

Since 2015, this annual event has brought together academics, artist-scholars, students, and local arts organisations in a collaborative exhibition and knowledge-exchange. Emphasising multi-disciplinary creative practices such as screen media, writing, fashion, visual arts, music, and design, the event showcases emergent and established talents.

With a focus on leveraging WSU’s position as an anchor institution, the event aims to strengthen access and participation in cultural activities in the densely populated and culturally diverse Western Sydney region.

The discussion with centre around the role of universities as incubators and champions for the arts.


This event aims to share a best practice example of a university-led curatorial engagement practice to demonstrate the role of universities as incubators and champions for the arts.

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This event is for university professionals and arts institutions interested in championing the arts through collaboration.

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What is a fireside chat?

A UIIN Fireside Chat is a 30-minute interview session between a UIIN facilitator and an external industry expert on a high-level topic. Participants will leave with insights and inspiration after hearing the experiences and perspectives of the guest speaker, and have the opportunity to ask questions during the session. Fireside Chats are also recorded for UIIN podcasts and are available after the session.

Fireside chat with

Dr Rachel Morley

Western Sydney University | Associate Dean, Engagement

Dr Rachel Morley is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media, and Associate Dean of Engagement in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. She is also a member of the Writing and Society Research Centre and the Digital Humanities Research Group.

Rachel teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in creative writing, networked writing cultures, and media studies. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to student learning including two Western Sydney University Citations for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2013 and 2014), a Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Postgraduate Training and Supervision (highly commended, 2014), a Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Learning and Teaching (2015), and a Vice Chancellor’s Professional Development Scholarship (2015). Rachel’s research interests and publication areas include literary and creative practice (with a particular interest in biography and autobiography); new media writing technologies; postgraduate pedagogies and academic literacies; theories and practices in qualitative research (including ethnographies of writing and representation); and ageing, creativity and cognition.

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