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Venue:  Education Building A35, Ground Floor, Room 351, University of Sydney
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 PROGRAM

NTEU’s Future of Higher Education Conference
22-23 February 2012

Education Lecture Theatre 351, Education Building
University of Sydney


This timely conference will debate the big issues facing universities and higher education with a focus on where the decisions of today will take us tomorrow.

Wednesday 22 February

 9.00 – 9.40
     REGISTRATION*

 9.45 – 10.45




 

WELCOME TO COUNTRY: Michael West
Representative of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal
Land Council
WELCOME TO CONFERENCE:
Jeannie Rea, NTEU President

10.15 - 10.45  

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Professor Steven Larkin,
Chair Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council
Leading the Way: The Role of Indigenous Staff in Unlocking Potential

10.45 - 11.00
  MORNING TEA

 11.00 – 12.45   SESSION 1: STUDENTS
Themes: Who are the students of today and tomorrow – on and off shore - is the customer always right? – student rights and consumer advocacy – student costs – access and equity -pedagogy - student evaluation of teaching - international students  – national and international student mobility – commercialisation of student experience – pedagogy - what is taught and what is learned – delivery modes – challenges of diversity – massification – quality - managing risk – communication technology
Chair: Michael Thomson, NTEU Branch President, University of Sydney

Speakers:
Professor Jim Barber, Vice Chancellor, University of New England
The Future of Teaching
Amanda Vanstone, former Minister for Education
Giving Students value
Arfa Noor, President, Council of International Students Australia
A Student's Perspective
Professor Greg McCarthy, Head of School of Social Sciences, University of Adelaide
Students in the Asian Century

12.45 –  1.30
  LUNCH

1.30 –  3.15   SESSION 2: STAFF
Who is a higher education/tertiary education worker? –- university/higher education professionals – multisectoral universities - professionalising general staff – what has changed for academics - 40-40-20 is this a realistic academic workload split? – employment modes and workforce planning – access, equity and progression - rise of the entrepreneurial academic –– sustaining workforce – where and how do people work
Chair: Dr Andrew Bonnell, NTEU Branch President, University of Queensland

Speakers:
Professor Scott Bowman, Vice Chancellor & President, Central Queensland University
Challenges to Academic Identity and Role, Cross Sectoral Issues; Regional Staffing Issues
Professor Glenda Strachan, Griffith Business School, Griffith University
When Numbers Are Not Enough: Gender and Equity in Australian Universities
Robyn May, Gender and Employment Equity Project. Griffith University
The Casualisation of Academic Work; Why Should We Care?
Dr Ian Dobson, Editor, Australian Universities’ Review
How the Other Half Live: University General Staff Today and Tomorrow

 3.15 –  3.30
  AFTERNOON TEA

3.30 –  5.15   SESSION 3: THE PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL

The getting of wisdom – rights and responsibilities of public engagement – dissenting thoughts – defending unpopular /hard to defend views – risk management for universities – intellectual freedom – whistle blowing – research and dissemination – role of universities in creating new knowledge – solving wicked problems
Chair: Jillian Miller, University of South Australia and Chair NTEU Indigenous Policy Committee
Speakers:
Professor Dennis Altman AM, School of Social Sciences, La Trobe University
How Research Evaluation is Destroying Intellectual Life
Anna-Maria Arabia, CEO, Science and Technology Australia
Respecting the Scientists and Preserving Academic Freedom
Stephen Matchett, The Australian
Boom Times in the Marketplace of Ideas
Catriona Menzies-Pike, New Matilda
Do Public Intellectuals Actually Know How to Speak to the Public?

5.30 - 7.00  

RECEPTION
The Nicholson Museum
The Main Quadrangle
Sydney University

   

Thursday 23 February

 9.00 – 9.15
     REGISTRATION*

9.15 – 11.00   SESSION 4: INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT
Australia and the region – and the world – rankings – global markets - funding and delivery models – Bologna - research – knowledge exchange – international public good and public interest – staff and student mobility
Chair: Jeannie Rea, NTEU President

Speakers:
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: David Robinson, Associate Director, Canadian Association of University Teachers
The Vandals at the Gates: The Global State of Higher Education
Dr Sandra Grey, President, New Zealand Tertiary Education Union and Jo Scott, Policy Analyst, New Zealand Tertiary Education Union
When the Government Steers the Ship: Implications for New Zealand’s Tertiary Education System
Professor Simon Marginson, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne
Global Competition and Public Good in Higher Education

 11.00 – 11.30
 

 MORNING TEA

 11.30 – 12.45    DEBATE: IS THE IDEA OF THE UNIVERSITY DEAD?
Chair: Dr John O'Brien, Honorary Associate Professor, University of Sydney

Speakers:
Dr John Buchanan, Director, Workplace Research Centre, University of Sydney
Dr Meredith Burgmann, former President, NSW Legislative Council
Erima Dall, undergraduate student, University of Sydney
Tammi Jonas, former President of CAPA
Professor Peter Van Onselen, Winthrop Professor, University of Western Australia
Professor George Williams AO, Anthony Mason Professor, University of New South Wales

12.45 – 1.30
  LUNCH

1.30 –  3.15   SESSION 5: REGULATION AND GOVERNANCE
Governing universities in whose interest - the entrepreneurial university – corporatisation – collegiality – transparency and accountability- types of university and HEPs – private and public and in between - sustaining universities edifices financially & environmentally- Higher Education/TAFE/tertiary education system - TEQSA
Chair: Dr John Byron, Former advisor Senator Kim Carr

Speakers:
Professor Margaret Thornton, Australian National University College of Law
Who is Accountable to Whom in the Corporatised University.
John Kaye, MLC, NSW
Governance or Dictatorship: Holding the Line of Democratic Governing Bodies in the Age of Autocratic Management
Dr Julie Wells, Vice President, RMIT University
Walking the Tightrope: Good Governance and Australian Universities in the 21st Century
Professor Marian Baird, Business School, University of Sydney
University Governance: Reflections on Practice

3.15 –  3.30
  AFTERNOON TEA

3.30 –  5.15   SESSION 6: POLICY AND FUNDING
Public good / private good - what/who is being funded? - post secondary/tertiary/higher education funding models - financial sustainability – private sector contributions to education – fundraising/philanthropy - tension between social policy and budget – student contribution models- advocacy for sector funding – research funding - ERA - base funding – performance funding.
Chair: Grahame McCulloch, NTEU General Secretary

Speakers:
Deborah O’Neill, MP, Member for Robertson
Transforming Australia’s Higher Education
Belinda Robinson, CEO, Universities Australia
Twisting Oliver: A New Approach to Higher Education Advocacy
Andrew Norton, Grattan Institute
Base Funding Review and 40/60 Funding Split
Dr Jamie Doughney, Victoria University   
Gobbling Up Low-SES Students (and Universities, Too): A Higher Education Strategy (of Sorts)

 5.15 –  5.30  

CLOSING COMMENTS

 *For queries and assistance throughout the conference, please go to the registration desk.

 Note: You can follow the conference and contribute on twitter Twitter #investinunis.

The conference is also being web streamed at http://nteu-au.webex.com event password: NTEUFHEC

 Organised by the National Office of NTEU in conjunction with the University of Sydney Branch of the NTEU. http://www.nteu.org.au/todayandtomorrow

 

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  • Published: 24 Feb, 2012