Regional Universities:
Anchor Institutions Transforming their Regions

Conference Program

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Thursday 18 October 2018

8.00am Registration opens
8,40am Welcome - Emeritus Professor Kwong Lee Dow, AO, Patron, Higher Education Quality Network
8.45am Welcome to Country - Mr Luther Cora
  

THE ROLE OF REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES IN TRANSFORMING THEIR REGIONS

8.50am

 

Professor Adam Shoemaker, Vice-Chancellor, Southern Cross University

Professor Greg Hill, Chair, Regional Universities Network and Vice-Chancellor,
University of the Sunshine Coast

Professor Andrew Vann, Vice-Chancellor, Charles Sturt University

9.20am

 

Dr Peter O’Brien, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS) Newcastle University, United Kingdom, and Executive Director, Yorkshire Universities

Placing universities at the centre of local and regional economies

10.00am

 

Sarah Cordiner, Executive Director and Head of Broome Campus, University of Notre Dame

Professor Richard Speed, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional) La Trobe University

Professor Brian Stout, Provost, Liverpool Campus, Western Sydney University

10.45am

 

MORNING TEA                                                                                                 Sponsored by 

11.00am

 

Dr Caroline Perkins, Executive Director, Regional Universities Network and
Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships and Region), Staffordshire University

The wider value and social impact of higher education – policy implications

11.20am

 

Professor Scott Bowman, Vice-Chancellor, CQUniversity

Professor Simon Maddocks, Vice-Chancellor, Charles Darwin University

11.50am

 

Professor Caroline Finch, AO, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Edith Cowan University

Excellent, Applied Research In Regional Universities

12.20pm

 

Dr John Howard, Managing Director, Howard Partners 

Australia’s Rural Innovation Future: Can Universities Lead the Way - Towards a New Vision for Australian Rural Industries

12.50pm

 

LUNCH                                                                                                                                         Sponsored by  

1.50pm

 

INNOVATION PRECINCTS

Professor David Adams, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Community, Partnerships and Regional Development) University of Tasmania

Associate Professor Laura Dan, Director Knowledge Exchange and Engagement
Charles Sturt University

Jeff Pulford, Executive Director, Ballarat Technology Park,
Federation University

2.30pm

 

Jack Archer, CEO, Regional Australia Institute

The role of Universities in preparing regional students for the new world of work

3.05pm

 

STUDENT SUCCESS

Professor Karen Nelson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) University of the Sunshine Coast

Associate Professor Andrew Harvey, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Equity and Diversity Research, La Trobe University

Adjunct Professor Sally Kift, La Trobe and James Cook Universities and President, Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows

3.45pm

 

STUDENT PANEL

Jayden Bonk, Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine student, Charles Sturt University
Angela Powditch, Final year law student, Southern Cross University 
Aidan Train, Civil engineering honours candidate, University of Southern Queensland

4.05pm

 

AFTERNOON TEA                                                                                                                     Sponsored by 

4.20pm

 

INDIGENOUS ISSUES AND STRATEGIES

Malakye Cook, Year 10 student, Nerang State High School and Camp Participant, University of New England

Greg Davison, Director, Oorala Aboriginal Centre
University of New England

Dr Sadie Heckenberg, President, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association and Lecturer, College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research, University of Southern Queensland

Professor Norm Sheehan, Director, Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
Southern Cross University

Toni Widders, Anaiwan/Narwan Community Representative and Student Engagement Officer, Oorala Aboriginal Centre, University of New England

5.20pm 

Close

  

Transfers to Twin Towns for conference dinner

7.00pm

 

DINNER                                                                                                                      Sponsored by

Professor Adam Shoemaker, Vice-Chancellor, Southern Cross University, MC

George Megalogenis, after-dinner speaker

 

  

 

Friday 19 October 2018

  THE ROLE OF REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES IN TRANSFORMING THEIR REGIONS

8.30am

 

WELCOME DAY 2

Professor Helen Bartlett, Vice-Chancellor, Federation University

Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, Vice-Chancellor, University of Southern Queensland

Emeritus Professor Kwong Lee Dow, AO, The University of Melbourne, Patron, Higher Ed Services’ Higher Education Quality Network

9.00am

 

Cr Col Murray, Deputy Chair of Regional Capitals Australia and the Mayor of Tamworth Regional Council

Regional Capital Cities: A Place in Policy

9.30am

 

Associate Professor Ben Lyons, Director, Queensland Rural Economies Centre for Excellence

Research and rural economies: Delivering insight and impact in regional Australia

10.00am

 

MORNING TEA                                                                                      Sponsored by 

10.15am

 

POLITICIANS AND VICE-CHANCELLORS PANEL

Moderator: Stan GrantABC Journalist and television presenter

Cathy McGowanMember for Indi

Senator Louise Pratt, Shadow Assistant Minister for Universities and Equality

The Hon Scott Buchholz MP, Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport, Representing the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Michael McCormack MP

Others to be advised

Professor Helen Bartlett, Vice-Chancellor and President, Federation University Australia

Professor Greg Hill, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of the Sunshine Coast, Chair of the Regional Universities Network

Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Southern Queensland

Professor Simon Maddocks, Vice-Chancellor and President, Charles Darwin University

Professor Adam Shoemaker, Vice-Chancellor and President, Southern Cross University

Professor Andy Vann, Vice-Chancellor and President, Charles Sturt University

11.45pm

 

LUNCH                                                                                                  Sponsored by 

1.00pm

 

CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

Universities in Regional Development

Provocation: If we are the anchors, what are we securing and for whom?

Theme: Universities as catalysts for regional development

Context: In regions, universities are pivotal actors that have an impact that extends beyond their own economic footprint. Universities provide critical thought leadership that supports regional governance and strategy setting, our research and innovation drives on-ground solutions whilst supporting industry formation and development, and our education equips graduates with capabilities and experiences that nurtures a level of resilience that allows them to thrive and make change in a variety of contexts.

Process: A series of 10-minute provocations on the theme that respond to a particular problem or case. The provocations will be followed by a facilitated dialogue.

Facilitator/Convenor: Ben Roche, Vice President (Engagement) Southern Cross University

Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Staffordshire University UK
Dr Caroline Perkins, Executive Director, Regional Universities Network
Dr Peter O’Brien, Executive Director, Yorkshire Universities UK
Narelle Pearse, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance and Planning), CQUniversity Australia
Ross Contarino, Australian Industry Group, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Shane Charles, Chairman, Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprises
Shannon Willoughby, Chief Executive Officer, Study Gold Coast
Professor Jim Cavaye, Institute for Resilient Regions, University of Southern Queensland


Next Generation Agriculture

Professor Mingan Choct, Pro Vice-Chancellor, (External Relations), University of New England, Chair.

Welcome and set the scene

Professor John Gibson, Director International Development, Director Centre for Genetic Analysis and Applications, University of New England

The impact of technologies on the future of farming

Dr John Howard, Howard Partners

Dynamics and evolution of  the Rural Innovation System

Q&A, Wrap up and close


Regional Health

Professor Susan Nancarrow, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Southern Cross University, Chair.

Professor Myfanwy Maple, Chair of Research, School of Health, University of New England
Professor Ian Wronski, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Tropical Health and Medicine) James Cook University


Student Experience

Professor Karen Nelson, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) University of the Sunshine Coast, Chair.

Professor Nan Bahr – Pro Vice Chancellor (Students) and Dean of Education (TBC)
Adjunct Professor Sally Kift, La Trobe and James Cook Universities, President, Australian Learning and
Teaching Fellows
Amy Barnhouse, Associate Dean (Retention and Student Success), Federation University


 

3.00pm

 

CLOSE AND GO TO AFTERNOON TEA                                                                         Sponsored by


Program may be subject to change - correct as at 12 October 2018