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39 minutes | 5 days ago
HEDx is Back - Epiosde 25
In this episode of HEDx , Brigid Heywood outlines her journey into the role of VC and CEO at Australia's oldest regional university in New England before she was plucked from a planned retirement in Easter Island. She outlines a new strategy for UNE built on a long tradition of distance education and on recent advances and radical ambitions for personalised learning journeys at the heart of differentiated student experiences. And she outlines how her unique approach to leadership, and the shaping she seeks to bring to the culture of teams within her university, In combination with external partners in diverse regional precincts, the university its releasing its vision for a world-class, future-fit university.
21 minutes | 10 days ago
Rethinking university traditions, practices and beliefs during a time of upheaval - Podcast
The COVID-19 pandemic tore a hole in the Australian university sector, highlighting just how dependent many of our institutions have become on international student revenue. Now, roughly a year later, the sector is still adjusting to challenging conditions and many experts have questioned how universities will need to operate in the future to remain viable, trusted and valuable institutions. In this podcast I discuss this issue with Professor Andrew Jaspan. He is the director and editor of The Global Academy(hosted at Monash University)and founder of The Conversation. Jaspan explains that, while some recovery is underway, universities around the country are rethinking their approaches and beliefs towards everything from courses, delivery modes, future student markets and the qualifications, skills and qualities they are looking for in people taking up leadership positions. The appointment of Sydney university's new vice-chancellor Mark Scott is also discussed at length, in particular how non-academic appointments to the top job may now be considered for what they can bring, rather than what they don't possess. One thing is for sure, though. No university is absolutely certain about how it will be moving forward in the future.
40 minutes | 19 days ago
HEDx podcast - 'Must do better' means 'must do different' - Episode 24
In this week's HEDx episode, Karl and Martin are joined by their first international guest: Professor Giselle Byrnes. Giselle is the Provost with responsibilities across research, commercialisation and teaching and learning at distance learning innovator Massey University in New Zealand. She gives pointers in her interview to some of the differences in culture, tradition, priorities and practice in national jurisdictions and reflects on the implications of these for the way disruption might be led from different parts of the world. She makes a call for more compassionate leadership by vice chancellors in these times. The episode gives insights into how variabilities in cultural starting points impact how culture change and leadership will need ideas from outside the sector to be aligned with the practices we have established within. Only then can we find new ways of serving increasingly diverse student needs.
44 minutes | a month ago
HEDx podcast - Listen Carefully: Disruption can't happen without an innovative culture - Episode 23
This week on HEDx, Karl and Martin speak with the leaders from one of Australia’s leading technology companies REA Group: Henry Ruiz and Mary Lemonis. They explore the relationship between REA Group and the higher education sector and what progressive organisations need from universities as the world moves on from COVID-19. Going from $500M to $17B in 15 years only happens through brilliant strategy and cultural excellence. The mandate for culture to evolve in universities has never been greater.
39 minutes | a month ago
HEDx Podcast - Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been skinny dipping - Episode 21
Jack Goodman, founder and executive chair of Studiosity, joins the HEDx podcast in describing how his business, which began by partnering with public libraries to deliver online study help for high school students, has emerged as a dominant place for academic literacy support for students at close to 70 per cent of Australian universities. He foresees a global market for higher education based on the personalisation of service and that technology will be a driver for transformation and disruption. He sees a step change in the balance between digital and physical infrastructure investment, and that student expectations will drive much of that transformation. He describes our current landscape as "39 peas in a pod" and agrees how wonderful it would be if just one of them tried to stand apart as a university for the student experience. What would that take, I wonder?
35 minutes | 2 months ago
HEDx Podcast - Do employers care where your degree is from? Episode 19
In this week's HEDx podcast, Karl and Martin are joined by Lloyd Lazaro of The Executive Chair. They explore how search consultants are seeing how leaders are selected and what it means for graduate recruitment. They believe that most employers cannot distinguish between graduates from different universities and that they have no preferred source of which graduates to hire. The episode explores the increasing importance of soft social skills in job readiness and the challenge of how universities can prepare graduates for this in a post-covid student experience. The episode shines a light on the opportunity for a first mover university to build a brand reputation from a differentiated strategy around graduate employability. It would require relentless focus on this point of differentiation and creating a culture that allowed the student experience to allow these skills to be developed. Such a transformation would be a bold move for a university seeking to stand apart and would need skill in creating, developing and implementing.
8 minutes | 2 months ago
What's wrong with TikTok? | Susan McLean
After being released in China in 2016 and globally the following year, TikTok has quickly become a social media phenomenon. With its ability to create quirky, short-form videos incorporating dancing and comedy, the platform has a devoted audience, particularly young people. But it’s not all good news for TikTok and several countries are taking the company to task on a number of concerns. Today I’m talking to Susan McLean, widely known as the ‘cyber cop’ and founder of Cyber Safety Solutions to learn more about these concerns. While McLean acknowledges there is lots of fun stuff on the app, it's the refusal to take down inappropriate content and accounts in a more timely way concerns her. "They don't focus on child safety," she summed up.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
HEDx: Monash Kicking Goals as the Siren Sounds - Episode 16
In this episode of HEDx Karl and Martin are joined by Sarah*, a second year student at Monash University. She applauds the way they helped her through the challenges of 2020 and looks forward to some greater social interaction and some return to campus for 2021. The episode raises the prospect of the sleeping giant of disrupted value propositions in all of our universities for both international and domestic students and the need for third horizon planning to focus on the new business models that will be required. The clearest picture yet of the challenge the sector is facing. * Not her real name.
38 minutes | 3 months ago
HEDx Podcast - Regional University Relevance in 2021: Time for a Sea/Tree Change? - Episode 15
The HEDx team talk with Professor Duncan Bentley after his first 90 days as Vice Chancellor at Federation University in regional Victoria. He shares his thoughts about how to get to know a new place, its culture and its staff, students and partners, in trying times. He also focusses on the need for care for all in a university community. Duncan speculates about the role of regional universities in 2021 and how a focus on their external communities can set them apart. He presents this as a differentiated strategy, at times when some think all universities look the same.
43 minutes | 3 months ago
A HEDx Health Check to Start the New Year
In the first episode of 2021, Karl and Martin are joined on HEDx by Professor John Germov, the Acting VC of Charles Sturt University in NSW. Together they reflect on how all universities are positioned to start a new year in our universities. They discuss how a new year strategic health check that universities are starting to use around the country can help leaders ask the right questions to set them, their staff, and their students for success in this year of opportunity. What will yours and your university's new year's resolution be?
40 minutes | 4 months ago
How Many Students Will We See Next Year? HEDx Podcast - Episode 13
This week's podcast allows Karl and Martin of HEDx to discuss the importance of data analytics and finding ways of monitoring and forecasting market changes. John Griffiths, as CEO of one of our state Tertiary Admissions Centres, shares current market data of applications and offers for next year's intake. He confirms trends towards online study and micro credentials in future student demand, and innovative admissions practices by universities in response, which he believes are here to stay.
41 minutes | 5 months ago
Sharpening Strategy and Recognising Staff: HEDx Podcast, Episode 12
In this episode of the Higher Education Experience, Barney Glover VC at Western Sydney University outlines his assessment of where the sector is up to and how WSU is looking to sharpen its approach to respond to the needs of partners and its communities. He also pays tribute to the extraordinary efforts of WSU staff in the most challenging of years.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
21st Century Fit Universities: HEDx Podcast, Episode 11
Leading commentator on the changing perspectives of young Australians and the future of work Jan Owen AM joins Martin and Karl to reflect on the acceleration that has occurred in trends for young people and their work futures and the implications for our universities. The winners will be those that adapt quickest and develop their staff capabilities and connections with partners that allow them to be 21st Century fit. Previous HEDx podcasts, featuring some of the sector's most respected and strategic leaders, can be accessed through Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
16 minutes | 5 months ago
Trump, polls and the global order | Professor Mark Kenny
Although little credibility has been given to President Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was a fraud, he obstinately holds on to office, delaying the transition of power. But, given the president’s penchant for litigation and the denials flying around in the Republican camp, can we be sure Trump will finally get his marching orders and move on? To answer this important question and more, Campus Review spoke to journalist and Professor of Australian Studies at ANU, Mark Kenny, about this transfer of power, as well as the accuracy and complexity of polling in 2020. He also discussed Biden’s likely domestic and international policies, as well as how a Biden administration will approach an increasingly aggressive China. Kenny said that, based on all reports, “ there is no systemised voter fraud that has been going on”. While he conceded that some errors may have occurred, the journalist stated that this is not uncommon in elections around the world. “All the evidence seems to point to these attempts by the Trump administration to cling on as just the kind of desperation really that has come to characterise Trump’s rhetoric for a long time,” Kenny said. The ANU professor also believes a Biden presidency heralds a return to a more global and less isolationist America, keen to rebuild alliances and commitments to a rules-based order. Kenny predicts that America’s fraught relationship with China at the moment will be better managed by a Biden administration, but whether that will result in a less aggressive, more reasonable China on issues of trade, the South China Sea and foreign interference is unlikely to predict.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Winning the Right Race: HEDx Podcast, Episode 10
Pascale Quester of Swinburne University of Technology joins the HEDx podcast at the end of her first 100 days as Vice Chancellor. She reflects on how all universities have the chance to leave the peloton and make the run to their own finish line based on an assessment of how they are shaped for the competition they want to compete in. The HEDx Health Check is also launched to help each university in the sector measure how it is placed to compete.
39 minutes | 5 months ago
Resetting strategy in Australia’s higher education sector: HEDx Podcast, Episode 9
Campus Review is pleased to be bringing you the first of many weekly podcast episodes and exclusive opinion pieces in partnership with HEDx, a thought leadership and advisory service to the higher education sector. HEDx was founded by Emeritus Professor and former deputy VC of Griffith University Martin Betts and Karl Treacher, CEO of The Brand Institute. This first episode being brought to you in partnership with Campus Review covers the needs and capability of the sector to reset strategy and Professor Betts talks with the sector's well-known commentator and policy analyst Andrew Norton. Previous HEDx podcasts, featuring some of the sector's most respected and strategic leaders, can be accessed through Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
9 minutes | 7 months ago
The LANTITE report 'was flawed' | Dr David Zyngier
Before an internal government report recently revealed that the Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) was causing significant concern among pres-service teachers and universities, nine focus groups were created to brainstorm concerns about the test and possible changes to how it would be administered in the future and by whom. Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Education at Southern Cross University David Zyngier was invited to participate in one of these focus groups by a group of education students who had been agitating online for change. However, after the report was released, Zyngier called it "flawed", saying the whole process appeared to have one pre-determined outcome: shifting the LANTITE test so it would be an entry requirement for undergraduate education courses. As an experienced researcher, he felt the process involved in developing the report lacked rigour, But, according to Zyngier, the report eschewed other important concerns that students and other experts had identified with the test. These included the ongoing role of ACER in delivering and assessing relatively costly tests that provide little, if any, meaningful feedback, as well as the fact that undergraduate education students are being forced to take the test, despite many having no intention of entering the classroom. As he mentions in this podcast, not all education undergraduates want to become teachers - some wish to become educational psychologists and trainers.
8 minutes | 7 months ago
The resurgence of the domestic student market in 2021 | Professor Judyth Sachs
The 'golden goose' of international student enrollments looks unlikely to fly back and save Australian universities revenue in the short term. However, chief academic officer at Studiosity and former Provost Macquarie University Professor Judyth Sachs says domestic students enrolments look strong for next year, based on universities she has spoken to. The same applies to postgraduate domestic enrollments. But while this is a promising development in some ways - and adheres to the notion that young people caught in recessions will typically bunker down in education and training - Sachs believes the caps on domestic university students must be lifted in order for more revenue to be generated for the sector. The professor also believes that, after the disruptive experience of 2020, domestic school leavers will be expecting a lot from their respective institutions. Sachs also predicts that mental health issues - stemming from traumatic events in 2020 such as the summer bushfires and the current pandemic - means such students will have "social, academic and personal" needs for which universities must be prepared to cater. She also adds that the invisibility of packed lecturers may be a challenge for such students as they begin to "re-calibrate" their interpersonal skills to thrive on campus. But it's certainly not all doom and gloom. The professor believes the 2020 experience has inculcated next year's students with several skills and qualities that will auger well for them as they enter their first year of university. These include resilience, agility and online learning skills and knowledge.
9 minutes | 7 months ago
Professor weighs up the costs of completely opening up the economy
When UNSW Economics Professor Gigi Foster appeared on ABC’s Q & A program in late July, she triggered a storm of criticism. Sitting alongside medical experts, Foster advanced the argument that lockdown measures would hurt the economy and individuals’ mental health so much that it would – in the longer term – lead to poorer quality lives, reduced labour productivity and health complications that could burden the health system and lead to early death. In short, the situation could be worse and a particular number of people may have to die to avoid this scenario. Unsurprisingly, some panelists and community members interpreted Foster’s argument as an attack on the sanctity of human lives, with one panelist calling her argument "abhorrent". To explore this debate further, Campus Review spoke to another economist about this highly controversial issue - Glyn Wittwer, a professor at the Centre of Public Policy at Victoria University. While he acknowledges that locking the economy down for a period of time will inevitably lead to economic losses, he argues that “COVID-19 deaths are a very high price to pay”. For Wittwer, the virus presents “a trade-off” and Australia “may have to learn to live with manageable levels of the virus in the absence of a vaccine”. Wittwer also discussed a number of economic theories that can evaluate the risks of completely opening up the economy, including opportunity costs, comparative advantage and putting a "value on human years lost". For the economist, neither completely locking down nor completely opening up is the appropriate thing right now: it’s all a matter of degrees of trade-offs.
17 minutes | 8 months ago
Bold plan needed for Australia's young people: Professor Peter Kelly - Podcast
An education and wellbeing expert is concerned that the future for young people will as challenging, if not more so, than what they experienced after the Global Financial Crisis. For Professor Peter Kelly at RMIT's School of Education, this is a consequence of years of employment instability, poor work conditions and “predatory business behaviours” and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. As Kelly says, young people are more vulnerable “largely because the sorts of work young people do". This includes hospitality, retail and gig work. But In his interview with Campus Review, Kelly mentioned that it’s not just the financial situation young people may find concerning: he described the current period as a sort of “existential crisis”, a time when many vulnerable young people are asking: “What does life look like next?” “They are trying to map out the next stage of their lives,” Kelly said, “and are also seeking all those things that mark an adult life – independence, autonomy.” Kelly has criticised the governments and peak bodies for focussing too narrowly on skills and training, something the academic argues young people already have. The academic is leading a project in Melbourne’s inner north called COVID-19 and Young People’s Well-being, Education, Training and Employment Pathways: Co-designing Scenarios for Young People’s Sustainable Futures. Th project seeks to look at what “recovery” looks like for vulnerable young people in the short, medium and longer term, and help them map out the next stages of their lives in broad, critical and sometimes provocative ways. “We’re particularly interested ion those populations who are already vulnerable,” he said, adding that “they didn’t have to have a mental illness to be considered vulnerable."
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