From the VC's Desk

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Enough is enough

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The release this week of the Change the Course Report on Sexual Harassment and Assault in Australia’s universities represents a turning point for higher education. More than 30,000 university students responded to the survey to share their experience of sexual harassment and sexual assault in locations both associated with and not associated with their university.

Organisational Design

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

We are all aware of the major shifts taking place in higher education. When many of our current students were in primary school, not many of their parents were thinking of how education would prepare their daughters or sons for jobs in creative industries, drone design, data science, cybersecurity or technology-assisted health care.  Not all academics starting their first job in a university twenty years ago would have foreshadowed how critical interdisciplinary education and research would become for the graduates of the future, how digital literacy and analytics would change learning, and how courses could become both massive and micro.

Supporting our university

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Universities are places where staff work hard to bring knowledge to life in lecture theatres, tutorials, online discussions and practical classes to educate and inspire students from many different backgrounds and parts of the world.  When students walk across the stage at graduation and their families give a grateful cheer – we know that employers across the world will respect their degree and their University.

Budget outlook

Monday, 8 May 2017

Last week on Monday night, I joined Vice-Chancellors, representatives of student bodies and industry leaders in Canberra to hear the Minister present the government’s proposed reform package for the higher education sector.

Chance favours the prepared

Thursday, 27 April 2017

With those glorious moments of ‘pomp and circumstance’ and the celebrations that accompany Graduations etched in our memories, the semester returns to full swing and it can seem as though life at the University will simply settle back into a predictable rhythm. However, most of us know that universities are bracing for what could be a bumpy ride as the 2017/2018 Federal Budget approaches.

Be bold for change

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Last week I had the opportunity to head to the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey – which some might consider to be an unlikely venue - for a really interesting event focussed on Women in Future Innovation, organised by the innovative Mid North Coast Local Health District.

New Year’s resolutions to be collaborative and courageous

Monday, 30 January 2017

There is no doubt that the day after Australia Day marks the time when the memories of the summer break have well and truly faded. As we speak, there are students who have been with us in classrooms across the summer, those who are being welcomed back and offers are being made to new students across our regions and the world. Research grants are being sandpapered and polished late into the night and our diaries have crept back up to warp speed.

Twelve days of Christmas

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

As another busy year draws to a close, a festive reflection on 2016...