60 seconds with Roslyn Larkin
Meet UON’s Council members as we share their thoughts on education and being part of the Council.
Why did you join the University Council?
I joined Council as I was curious to understand how all of the moving parts of the university environment fitted together to produce the outcomes that affect us all so significantly. I quickly realised that the role of staff on Council was a privilege that requires commitment and active participation in order to bring forward a richer combination of factors that will ultimately influence decisions and outcomes.
What do you look back on most fondly when it comes to your own education?
Learning! There is nothing more rewarding than having curiosity soothed through understanding something new. Universities have provided me an amazing opportunity to constantly learn both as an individual and as a member of a learning community. I hope that disruptive change from external environments does not destroy this very precious piece of these institutions.
A little more about Roslyn
Dr Larkin has a PhD in Management with a focus on HRM and knowledge management in hospitality MNE's. This background has led to invitations to publish in international texts that incorporate industry focus, HR practices and the role of HR and ethical organisations.
Research experience drives teaching focus and design in subjects that include advanced HRM and knowledge management. Dr Larkin has received awards for outstanding teaching and implementation of innovative forms of Work Integrated Learning to reach large numbers of students. She is currently developing and trialling an innovative model of teaching in the knowledge management/innovation space.
Dr Larkin feels strongly about being an active member of the University community. Service areas in campus WHS, and working with Faculty programs such as Honours ensure that her knowledge and understanding of the environment remains current.
Collaborations with external partners have been formed as a result of PhD focus and teaching expertise. Invitations to speak at local HR practitioner events provide opportunity for teaching collaborations, and research collaborations continue to expand. Her current research collaborations are with Napier University (Scotland), Thompson Rivers University (Canada), RMIT (Melbourne), Curtin (W.A.), UNSW (Sydney). Dr Larkin has current and recent teaching collaborations are with Hunter Water and Hunter United Credit Union.
More about Council
Council is UON's governing board. Its role is to oversee the affairs of the University, set and review our strategic direction and ensure that the right structures, policies, processes, and plans are in place to help us achieve our organisational goals.
The Council is committed to providing information about itself, its activities and its decisions to staff and students. After each Council Meeting, you read more about Council’s decisions in the Council Communique.