Workshops will run concurrently on Friday 19 October
from 1pm-3pm on level 5, Building C,
Southern Cross University Gold Coast Campus.

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.

Ben Roche, Pro Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Southern Cross University, Chair.

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

Next Generation Agriculture

Professor Dave Swain, School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, CQUniversity, Chair.

To be confirmed

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