Senior Leaders Forum 2018
The IRU Senior Leaders Forum takes place at Western Sydney University on 8-10 October 2018.
This is an annual event bringing together around 70 senior staff from IRU member universities to share ideas and plan the year ahead.
The 2018 theme is University Campuses: their future role in the era of digital transformation.
Attendees to the forum have been nominated by each of the IRU member universities.
All delegate documents for the Forum are available on this page.
Uncle Greg Simms
Uncle Greg Simms is Aboriginal Elder on Western Sydney University Campus (Community Elder) and Gadigal Elder. He is well known as an activist for reconciliation, a traditional woodcarver, a storyteller and an educator of Aboriginal culture. Uncle Greg’s ties to the Aboriginal community of Greater Western Sydney are through his ancestral links to the Gundungurra (water dragon lizard people) of the Blue Mountains and the Gadigal (whale people) of the Darug nation.
Emma Alberici is the ABC’s chief economics correspondent. She was previously the host of ABC’s Lateline, ABC’s Europe correspondent and a senior business journalist for ABC TV and Radio Current Affairs. Emma has twice been a finalist at the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
Martin Stewart-Weeks has experience as a strategic thinker, organisational consultant, facilitator and writer spanning government, the “for purpose” or social sector and the corporate sector. Since 2015, Martin has been an advisor to Deloitte’s public sector practice in policy development and innovation within government.
Professor Peter Shergold AC has been the Chancellor of Western Sydney University since January 2011. Peter has had a distinguished career in the Australian Public Service including five years as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. He is presently Chair of the Forum on Western Sydney Airport, Opal Aged Care, National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and National President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA).
Robert Griew is Principal at Nous Group. He has worked in federal, state and territory public services and has run his own consulting business. Prior to joining Nous, Robert was associate secretary in the Australian Department of Education and Training responsible for higher education, research and international education.
Lisa Jackson Pulver
Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM is an Australian Aboriginal woman with family connections in South Western NSW, South Australia and beyond. She is an academic leader, a recognised expert in public health, active researcher, a tireless advocate for Health and Education and the role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and community have in this.
Sarah commenced as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Sydney Commission in January 2016. Previously, as a Director of Hill PDA Consulting, Sarah specialised as an economic planner with expertise in employment areas and the economics of development. Sarah also was an independent advisor to government on planning reform and was a member of the NSW Government’s 2012 Affordable Housing Taskforce.
Professor James Arvanitakis is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Graduate Studies) at Western Sydney University. A lecturer in the Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society, he founded The Academy at Western Sydney University that received an Australian Financial Review Higher Education Excellence Award (2016).
Professor Ian Jacobs is President and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW, a position he has held since February 2015. Professor Jacobs came to Australia from the UK where he had a distinguished career as a leading researcher in the area of women’s health and cancer and in university leadership. Immediately prior to joining UNSW he was Vice President and Dean at the University of Manchester and Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.
Andrew Charlton has senior experience in business, government and international institutions. After commencing his career with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), he received a Doctorate and Masters in Economics from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. From 2008-2010, through the period of the global financial crisis, he served as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister of Australia and Australia’s senior government official to the G20 economic summits.
IRU case studies
|University||Speaker biography||Case study summary||Presentation slides|
|Flinders University||Kerrie Campbell||Case study summary||Slides|
|Charles Darwin University||Professor Robert Fitzgerald||Case study summary||Slides|
|Western Sydney University||Kevin Bell||Case study summary||Slides|
|La Trobe University||Natalie MacDonald||Slides|
|James Cook University||Hilary Kavanagh||Case study summary||Slides|
|Murdoch University||Darren McKee||Case study summary||Slides|
|Griffith University||Professor Ned Pankhurst||Case study summary||Slides|
These case studies were presented during the late morning session of Day 1 of the Forum.
They were split into two themes:
- Universities responding to changing technology (Flinders, CDU and WSU)
- Universities in their urban landscapes (La Trobe, Murdoch and Griffith)
Case studies are listed in the order they were presented.
- Conor King, IRU Higher education and research: Towards a tertiary future?
- Martin Stewart-Weeks University-industry collaboration: the use of precincts (video link on YouTube)
- Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver Reflecting Indigenous knowledges in campus development and design
- Sarah Hill, Greater Sydney Commission The role of universities in city-making
- James Arvanitakis Matching need to service – open discussion and outcomes from Day 1
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