New kit needed

“Predicting the future is fraught with difficulty and the review did not have access to a crystal ball,” Steven Schwartz in his review of nursing education (scroll down).  Bloody government never funds infrastructure properly.

There’s more in the Mail

In Features, today the give and get of working with international alumni donors – the final part in Gretchen Dobson and Dirk Mulder’s series.

Kylie Colvin on improving international rankings.

And on Monday Amanda Henderson (CQU) on empowering students in work placement programmes. It’s a new essay in Commissioning Editor Sally Kift’s series on learning and teaching

Terry returns in triumph

Deborah Terry will become VC of  Uni Queensland in August, leaving Curtin U after six years.

Uni Queensland announced her appointment last night. She returns to her long-time academic home, where she started in psychology in 1990 and left as senior DVC. She was well-regarded at Uni Queensland for maintaining calm, as acting VC, after the 2011 resignations of then VC Paul Greenfield and his deputy Michael Keniger.

Professor Terry moved to Curtin U in 2014, accepting a second five-year term there in 2018.

She is all-but universally considered a success at Curtin U.

During her leadership, the university has created a medical school, opened campuses in Dubai and Mauritius and expanded in on-line education, particularly in career-study micro-masters, (via edX).

The university is also working on a $500m transformation of its Bentley campus. Curtin also appears as happy as universities get, with good-ish staff relations.

And while the extraordinary growth in research performance of her first term has slowed Curtin is now well placed in the Australian second division. In 2013 Curtin U was in the 400-500 bracket of the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Last year it cracked the top 200, ranking ninth in Australia.  In the Leiden research ranking released in May the university was in the global top 200, up from 316 last and 355 in 2017.

Professor Terry has also grown as an industry leader, presently serving as chair of Universities Australia.

She will take over at what is widely regarded as one of the top two Australian universities in August. PresentVC Peter Hoj will stay-on until she arrives.

With her appointment five Queensland universities will have, woman VCs, the others being – Sandra Harding (James Cook U), Margaret Sheil (QUT), Carolyn Evans (Griffith U) and Geraldine Mackenzie (Uni Southern Queensland).

What the fork!

Monash U keeps up with popular culture

In the Herald Sun, Claire Harvey reports Monash U is sending Victorian VCE students a bamboo cutlery set to encourage them to consider enrolling. (Sorry, no idea). The campaign # is “monash gives a fork”. Sound like Eleanor in

The Good Place ? Too forking right.

What nursing education needs next

Steven Schwartz has delivered his review

The thrice former VC (Murdoch, Brunel, Macquarie) presents a comprehensive review of nursing education  perhaps because it is the first for nearly 20 years, perhaps because that’s the sort of bloke he is.  CMM suspects it is also probably the first Australian professional education review to quote Walt Whitman, poet (and American Civil War military hospital) carer.

Notable recommendations for the nursing education community include;

* all candidates for nurse registration undergo “independent assessment” of literacy and numeracy

* the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council to “make accreditation and monitoring reports public” with a database of accredited courses

* “Department of Education should review the costs and funding of undergraduate nursing education to ensure it is adequate to provide high-quality theoretical and clinical education.”

* “increase the minimum number of placement hours” for nursing bachelor courses

* “explore” extending degrees for registered nurses to four years

* attract “under-represented groups” to nursing, with particular programmes to attract Indigenous students

* determine “the ideal mix of on-line and face to face teaching

Sharon Bell to ANU

She moves to ANU at end December to become interim dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific

She moves from Western Sydney U, where she is DVC for strategy and planning. It’s the second recent senior departure at WSU. The university is recruiting a new senior DVC to replace Scott Holmes, (CMM November 28).   

Shock of the NUW and newer in NSW research

The NSW state government has given three universities $10m to “undertake research on the pressing public policy issues facing NSW”

It’s new news: “Stuff,” you say (and quite possibly “nonsense”) – “CMM you are only now catching-up with the 2017 creation of the Newcastle, UNSW and Wollongong universities NUW partnership, launched with much fanfare by Premier Gladys Berejiklian,” (CMM July 17 2017).

Um no, this is a new alliance of universities in the Waratah State. The University of Sydney, UTS and Western Sydney University combine to establish a research institute working in three broad areas; “healthy and connected,” “smart and working” and “sustainable and prosperous.”

Apparently, “the institute will transform the relationship between the university and government sectors, policymakers, industry and community, generating rigorous public policy research to achieve far-reaching benefits for the people of NSW.”

So, what’s the news about NUW?: In August NUW Impact announced 540 000 in seed funding for five projects involving staff from all three unis on cyber security, cancer outcomes in rural areas, diet in metabolic disease, antimicrobial research, academic performance of children with hearing loss.

Research in, and/or for: So, it seems the two will not get in each other’s way, with NUW (which is now old) supporting research at universities in NSW while the new alliance works on research specifically to assist the state.

Which rather sounds like what NUW originally had in mind, “similar alliances internationally have delivered significant value for their communities through independent, research-intensive universities that are co-located in a geographic region, leveraging complementary strengths for public benefit,” (CMM May 31 2017).

Appointments, achievements

Of the day

 Bran Black is leaving UNSW to return to state government. Mr Black was the founding director of the NUW alliance (above) and has spent this year as the university’s “chief of strategic initiatives”.

 Andrew Vincent joins Australian Catholic U as director, digital education. He moves from Swinburne U.

The Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education announces its 2019 awards

Distinguished reviewer: Rachael Adlington, UNE

Community fellow: Colin Simpson, Monash U

Emerging scholar: Kwong Nui Sim, Victoria U of Wellington

Emerging scholar: Carol Johnson, Uni Melbourne

Innovation award: * Christian Morrow, Bond U * Shamim Joarder, Macquarie U * Brent Gregory, Lisa Harris, Uni New England

Of the week

Flinders U announces Gary Stewart joins as professor of creative arts and promotes Sarah Harmer-Bassell, to become its first woman professor of physics.

 David Harvey (UNSW) wins the Australian Mathematical Society medal for 2019. Belinda Spratt (QUT) was honoured for early career teaching. The Gavin Brown Prize for published work went to Zdravko BotevJoseph Grotowski and Dirk Kroese, all Uni Queensland.

Melitta Hogarth (QUT) and Sally Patfield (Uni Newcastle) are joint winners of the Australian Association for Research in Education’s Ray Debus award for doctoral research.

Julie Jomeen will join Southern Cross U as head of the School of Health and Human Sciences. She moves from the University of Hull.

Fiona Kelly is new dean of the La Trobe University law school. She has been with LT U’s law school since 2013. She replaces Patrick Keyzer who now holds a research chair at LT U law (CMM May 23).

Aileen Moreton-Robinson moves to RMIT in the new year to become a professor of Indigenous research. She leaves QUT, which will honour her as an emeritus professor at a graduation ceremony today.

Shane Murray (Monash U dean of art, design and architecture) is appointed a life fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Monash U announces its professional staff awards,  here.  And the VC’s awards for education and research are  here.

Swinburne U’s VC awards are here.