Indigenous Research Opportunities

  • Meet our diverse team of student success officers, Indigenous scholars, education experts, and more.

  • Senior Research Associate

    Dr Sophie Rigney is a Senior Research Associate with the Indigenous Law Centre, working on the ARC-funded research project ‘Recognition after Uluru: What next for First Nations?’. Sophie’s research focuses on the relationship between the state and Indigenous peoples, and she has published widely in the fields of international law, post-conflict justice, and human rights. Sophie is the author of ‘Fairness and Rights in International Criminal Procedure’ (Edinburgh University Press, 2021) 

  • Current Students Lead, Nura Gili

    Tanya is a proud Ngiyampaa/Wangaapuwan/Yorta Yorta woman from far western NSW. She has over 24 years’ work experience in higher education sector, in several positions in the student services area. The most recent was leading the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student Support Services team at the University of Sydney, where she was employed for 15 years.

  • Student Success Officer 

    As another passionate member of the Academic Support Team, Nathan is responsible for providing support for students in the Faculty of the Built Environment and Enabling students. Nathan has over 8 years of educational experience, holding academic and pastoral coordinator positions.

  • Student Success Officer

    Lisa has a background in Social Work and worked in a variety of settings including Mental Health and Community Services before moving into Higher Education where she has worked for over 20 years. While at UNSW Lisa has worked in the Student Services Team at Nura Gili since 2014 and before that in the Rural Clinical School in the Faculty of Medicine and in the School of Education. Lisa has a Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW) and a Master of Education (UNSW).

  • Lecturer 

    Ben has taught Indigenous Studies with Nura Gili at UNSW since 2007. Drawing on his training in Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology and Education, Ben teaches a range of courses across the Indigenous Studies Major. Taking inspiration from self-determination theory, culturally responsive pedagogy, and Universal Design for Learning, his teaching practice strives to cultivate learning environments where students feel safe, connected, and confident to pursue their learning goals and academic interests.

  • The UNSW Indigenous Admission Scheme provides an alternative pathway for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gain entry into a UNSW undergraduate program outside of Pre-program degrees.

  • UNSW’s Indigenous Pre-programs offer a holistic pre-entry university experience for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Our programs are both an alternative entry pathway to UNSW and a degree-specific preparatory program.