When Covid-19 struck in Australia, it coincided with the start of the academic year, meaning quick decisions had to be made. The webinar is a chance for UK institutions to hear about, and ask questions of, Australian strategies for recovery, from adapting methods of teaching and shifting start dates to rebalancing funding and refocusing priorities.
Australia was quick to close its borders due to Covid-19, and has now set out its road to recovery, with social restrictions being eased and a clear 3-stage plan in place for gradual reopening of the economy.
So what can the UK higher education sector learn from the way Australia is responding to Covid-19? In this webinar, we’ll discuss approaches taken by Australian institutions, as well as measures introduced by the government such as:
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Professor Paul Wellings CBE joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in January 2012. He has extensive board experience, including with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Committee, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR). He is currently a board member of the University of Wollongong in Dubai and a director of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI). Professor Wellings was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to higher education. He received an Honorary DSc from Lancaster University in 2014 and an Honorary DUniv from University of Surrey in 2019.
Dr Michael Spence has led the University of Sydney as Vice-Chancellor and Principal since 2008. During his time as the University’s 25th Vice-Chancellor, Sydney has forged a distinctive new strategy focused on the transformation of undergraduate education, promoting interdisciplinary research, and strengthening the culture around our core values. He was instrumental in leading the University’s unprecedented $1 billion INSPIRED philanthropic campaign, and promoting greater academic partnerships with industry, government and community organisations.
In 2017, he was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for service to leadership of the tertiary education sector, to the advancement of equitable access to educational opportunities, to developing programs focused on multidisciplinary research, and to the Anglican Church of Australia.
Libby is a recognised expert in higher education policy in Australia and the UK. She has played a key role in developing higher education policy, funding and regulatory system solutions at the national level, as well as advising universities as they navigate changes in the external environment. Libby has over 20 years’ experience of working with the university sector and has held senior roles in government, parliament, a think tank, peak bodies and in private sector consultancy in both countries. She is currently a Principal in the Higher Education Public Policy practice at the Nous Group, based in Sydney. She studied PPE at Oxford and is a visiting Fellow at the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU.