From the VC's Desk
News • 6 Nov 2018
With Professor Zelinsky starting at UON on 19 November, this will be my last fortnight as Acting Vice-Chancellor and, I must say, it is certainly ending on a high note.
News • 25 Sep 2018
I am delighted to share with you that the Good Universities Guide 2019, released this week, has given the University of Newcastle five stars for overall student experience and has placed us as the number one university in NSW for social equity.
News • 10 Aug 2018
During my time at UON, I have worked hard to address gender inequality. We have made progress, certainly, but there remains more to do and the current environment demands that we push for the acceleration of progress.
News • 22 May 2018
Any VC’s email inbox has to bear a heavy load, which really no self-respecting inbox should be asked to endure. An average day brings myriad media alerts with equal and opposite views on the merits of the Federal Budget, news from UON staff working in time zones across the world, the inevitable financial documents, invitations to conferences… not to mention that invite to some wedding in England...
News • 13 Dec 2017
Twas the week before Christmas, and across UON,
The year’s flurry and bustle drew close to the end
News • 7 Nov 2017
November is suddenly upon us and as crisp springtime mornings give way to long summer evenings, and the mosquitoes begin to emerge in earnest from the gum trees, it is a good time to reflect on the year that has been and what lies over the horizon.
News • 29 Sep 2017
Sometimes there are national conversations about equality where it is both surprising and disheartening that there is a need to have such conversations in 2017.
News • 23 Aug 2017
Dear UON students and staff,
News • 2 Aug 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.
News • 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.
News • 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.
News • 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.