Colloquium in Higher Education

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Introduction and overview

In Semester Two, 2007, the then dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, Professor Derrick Armstrong, announced an initiative that was the first of its kind among universities and higher-education institutions: a monthly colloquium devoted to examining Higher Education Issues: Policy and Research.

The inaugural event was launched jointly by Professor Armstrong and visiting professor Deryck Schreuder (chair of AUQA at that time and a former president of the AVCC) on July 24, 2007.

The outstanding list of speakers addressed key issues from a variety of perspectives including:

  • university leadership and management
  • public policy and policy making
  • quality assurance and rankings
  • educational theory and student learning
  • institutional histories and internationalisation.

Other speakers have included:

  • Professor Simon Marginson, Chair of Higher Education, University of Melbourne
  • Mr Michael Gallagher, Executive Director, Group of Eight
  • Professor Richard Johnstone, Executive Director, Carrick Institute
  • Ms Catherine Armitage, Higher Education Editor, The Australian, and
  • Professor Ingrid Moses, Chancellor, University of Canberra

The colloquium meets in the Old Teachers College (A22) at 5pm (see timetable below for room numbers), preceded by a welcoming afternoon tea/coffee from 4.30pm. Th organisers aim to ensure ample time is available for questions and discussion on the issues raised.

We would warmly welcome you to the Colloquium at a time when universities are not only a major issue for the Federal Election year, but when their future forms and missions are in transformative change.

We very much feel it is time that the Faculty and the University offered a lead in debating these issues within Sydney.

Timetable

Date Speaker Topic Time Venue
Tuesday 24 July Hon Dr Geoff Gallop
Director, Graduate School of Government, University of Sydney
"Trying to de-mystify public policy for higher education" 4.30 pm coffee for 5 pm Colloquium Level 4, Room 448, Old Teachers College
University of Sydney
Thursday 23 August Professor Richard Johnstone
Executive Director, Carrick Institute

"The challenges of measuring teaching and learning outcomes: Reflections from the Carrick experience"

4.30 pm coffee for 5 pm Colloquium Level 4, Room 448, Old Teachers College
University of Sydney
Thursday 27 September Professor Simon Marginson
Chair of Higher Education, University of Melbourne

"Rankomania in the research university: A solution in search of a problem"

4.30 pm coffee for 5 pm Colloquium Level 4, Room 448, Old Teachers College
University of Sydney
Thursday 18 October Ms Catherine Armitage
Higher Education Editor, The Australian

"Universities and the 4th Estate: A view from the frontline"

4.30 pm coffee for 5 pm Colloquium Level 4, Room 448, Old Teachers College
University of Sydney
Thursday 15 November Mr Michael Gallagher
Executive Director, Group of Eight

"The importance of a halo effect: Why Australia needs some great universities "

4.30 pm coffee for 5 pm Colloquium Level 3, Room 306, Old Teachers College
University of Sydney
Tuesday 4 December

Professor Ingrid Moses
Chancellor, University of Canberra

"The issue of 'standards' in higher education performance measurement"

4.30 pm coffee for 5 pm Colloquium Level 4, Room 448, Old Teachers College
University of Sydney

Contacts

If you have any enquiries please contact:

Michele Knight
Executive Officer, Higher Education Colloquium