Higher Education Conference 2018
National Convention Centre, Canberra National Convention Centre, Canberra

                                                     Satellite Events: Tuesday 27 February 2018

Re-imagining the Engaged University

 Date:          Tuesday 27th February 2018

Time:          3 – 5pm
Location:   National Convention Centre, Canberra
Price:          $75

In a world of turbulence and uncertainty there is always a need to know exactly where the leading edge of change, driving university’s engagement with society, lies. The 2018 Universities Australia Engagement session, titled Re-imagining the Engaged University, takes us up to this leading edge of change, providing a platform for dialogue and debate about how progressive and leading universities are revisiting the strategic imperative for them to be relevant and add value to the communities they serve.

Join with us for an expert panel discussion event that includes Vice Chancellors and senior leaders focused on shaping a strategic engagement agenda for their respective universities in the current climate. The session will also draw on leading thinkers in Australia who have contributed to the journal Transform: the Journal of Engaged Scholarship,.  Contributors to the new Issue of this journal, also titled Re-imagining the Engaged University, include Professor Margaret Gardner AO, Chair of Universities Australia and President and Vice Chancellor,  Monash University; Professor Tim Brailsford, Vice Chancellor and President, Bond University, and Professor Barbara Holland, University of Nebraska - attendees will receive an advanced copy of the new journal at this event.  

Re-imagining the Engaged University will identify, solidify and ‘put flesh on the bones’ for the key issues facing the next generation of engaged scholars and leaders of institutions.  This session will seek to re-imagine and re-think in some important ways the core public purpose for higher education institutions.

Confirmed panelists are:

  1. Professor Sharon Bell, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategy and Planning), Western Sydney University
  2. Professor Tim Brailsford, Vice-Chancellor and President Chancellery, Bond University
  3. Mr. Adrian Collette, Vice Principal (Engagement) University of Melbourne
  4. The Hon. Verity Firth, Executive Director of Social Justice, UTS, Sydney
  5. Tania Rhodes-Taylor, Vice-Principal, External Relations, The University of Sydney. 
  6. Professor Adam Shoemaker, Vice-Chancellor and President, Southern Cross University

 Session Chair:

Professor Jim Nyland, Associate Vice Chancellor (Brisbane), Australian Catholic University & Editor, Transform: the Journal of Engaged Scholarship

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/re-imagining-the-engaged-university-tickets-40893629948

Further information: Contact Engagement Australia  admin@engagementaustralia.org.au

 Please note the session is scheduled to finish prior to the Welcome Reception for the Universities Australia conference and will be held in the same venue at the National Convention Centre, Canberra.

Satellite Events: Friday 2 March 2018

2018 Meeting of Chairs of Academic Boards/Senates 
in conjunction  with the Universities Australia Conference, Canberra.

All Chairs/Presidents and those directly interested in Academic Boards/Senates, or academic governance more broadly, are invited to meet and discuss developments and challenges in academic governance.

The meeting will consider the implications of the rapidly evolving higher education sector regarding academic boards/senates, in the context of the Higher Education Standards Framework 2015. The meeting will include updates on earlier discussions about communication and collaboration between academic boards and senates; academic integrity and honesty; and the purpose and functions of academic boards and senates and their standing committees.

The meeting will also provide opportunities for networking, discussing organisational planning and sharing strategies to promote academic excellence. Recently elected and appointed Chairs and Presidents are always particularly welcome, as these meetings can provide valuable encouragement and mentoring.

Who should attend?

Chairs and Deputy Chairs of Academic Boards/Senates, Academic Board members and secretaries and any other colleagues with an interest in academic governance and quality.


WHERE : In conjunction with the Universities Australia National Conference, Torrens Room, National Convention Centre Canberra.

WHEN : 8:30am to 4pm on Friday 2nd March 2018

Contact Professor Wilma Vialle, Chair of Academic Senate, University of Wollongong (UOW) or Sally Towse, Governance & Policy Coordinator, University of Wollongong (UOW).

 Delegates can register for this event on the conference registration form.

HES Quality Network Hot Topics Symposium
Friday March 2 Murray Room,  National Convention Centre, Canberra


The 2018 Higher Ed Services Quality Network Hot Topics Symposium takes up the theme of the Universities Australia annual conference with a focus on the future fundamentals essential for creating and sustaining a vibrant higher education sector.

The half-day event will shine the spotlight on the student voice and academic mentoring beginning at 8.30am with the opening keynote by Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the Australian National University.

Student leaders will lead a 60-minute session revealing insights and sharing observations for elevating the student voice in institutions.  This discussion will be followed by a short interactive session led by students and involving Adjunct Professor Sally Kift, President of the Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows and Professor Sally Varnham of the University of Technology, Sydney who has led the Student Voice project.

The morning will culminate in a workshop on strengthening learning and teaching quality through Spectrum Academic Mentoring (SAM) led by Dr Trudy Ambler, an honorary academic at Macquarie University who was previously the Associate Dean (Quality and Standards) and Associate Professor Marina Harvey Director of Academic Development Services at UNSW.

Join us for what is sure to be an engaging, stimulating morning with ample time set aside for discussion and networking with colleagues.

Registration of $200 includes coffee and tea on arrival and a hearty morning tea.
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Friday March 2 2018,  Murray Room,  National Convention Centre, Canberra

Registrations open at 7.45am Program begins at 8.30am sharp