Workshops will run concurrently on Friday 19 October
from 1pm-3pm on levels 5 & 6 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.

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