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In just over a week the first of our five virtual events focused on learning and teaching quality will kick off with the Learning Leaders in Higher Education Conference scheduled for Thursday 23 July followed a week later by the annual Higher Education Quality Network (HEQN) Conference.
The final three events which focus on quality and compliance will be held on 13 and 27 August and 10 September from noon until 1pm. All events are offered free as a gesture of goodwill to the sector during these difficult and uncertain times. To register go to the HES website.
Held in conjunction with the Council of Australasian Leaders in Learning and Teaching (CAULLT), the Learning Leaders Conference will address the theme The Leader’s Challenge: Dilemmas in Strategic Decision Making. Presenters will share a cross-Tasman view with reflections from Professor David Sadler and Professor Giselle Byrnes. Professor Sadler is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Western Australia and Chair of Universities Australia Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Academic) group.
Professor Byrnes is Provost at Massey University, New Zealand where she is responsible for leading the university’s research and enterprise and learning and teaching activities. An experienced leader in the higher education sector, Professor Byrnes has extensive senior management experience at universities in Australasia. She is also an internationally recognised historian with her major research contributions centering on settler-Indigenous histories, public histories and the politics of national history writing.
The HEQN Conference on Thursday 30 July will feature Professor Andrew Norton and Lisa Bolton. Professor in the Practice of Higher Education Policy at the Centre for Social Research and Methods at the Australian National University, Andrew Norton was previously the Higher Education Program Director at the Grattan Institute.
His presentation is titled A new wave of change – the Tehan reforms and the 2020s in Australian higher education. He notes that the main goal of the Tehan reforms, to achieve more ‘job ready graduates’, will probably not in itself have dramatic effects. Student shifts in demand between disciplines are likely to be within the higher education sector’s normal experience. A block grant system near-guarantees university-level market share. But reduced total funding per place, including removing implied research money from domestic student funding, could be highly disruptive. Among the implications are a greater push to achieve economies of scale, and to replace teaching-research academic staff with teaching-only academic staff.
Lisa Bolton, Director of QILT Research and Strategy will discuss QILT in the time of COVID. As part of the new QILT contract (2020-2023) there will be an increased focus on the experience and outcomes of international students. This session will focus on the main changes to the Student Experience Survey (SES) in 2020 including changes to the survey itself with the addition of an international student module, and a new International Student National Report. There will also be an increased focus on engaging international graduates in the Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) and GOS-Longitudinal to enhance representativeness and also discussion about what institutions might need to do to prepare for an International Student National Report starting from the 2021 GOS collections. The session will also touch on the preliminary outcomes associated with the 2020 GOS with respect to COVID-19 employment affects and things to look out for in the results of the forthcoming SES.
Both events will run from 11am until 2pm, more detailed information about the final three virtual events will be available soon.