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Taking an equity lens on the change needed in higher education

Shamit Saggar of the Australian Centre for Student Equity and Success and Paul Harpur of UQ and Universities Enable were two of the most significant leaders of equity groups at the heart of the Accord and its Ministerial Reference Group. Their reflections on the Accord final report and the prospects for its implementation and focus in the months and years ahead is the most important conversation about equity in the Accord available at this point in time and available to all in the most equitable way here.

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Lessons from the Bronze Age for university productivity and competitiveness

Deborah L. Wince-Smith the President and CEO of the US Council on Competitiveness draws on historical analogy to illustrate the compelling need for technological innovation in all economies. In leading the Universities Research Leadership Forum of the Global Forum for Competitiveness Councils she is spearheading global efforts towards technological transformation in global universities if we are to serve future skills needs of productive and competitive economies. One of many great analogies is to say we have moved from the Little House on the Prairie to the Cyber House on the Prairie and she should know.

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Leaders’ reactions to the Accord final report

Live from the foyer of the UA Solutions Summit in Canberra, this special episode shares immediate reactions from the nation’s leaders about what is in the final report of the Accord. Hear reactions from Vice Chancellors Deb Terry, Renee Leon, Chris Moran, Clare Pollock, Simon Biggs, Theo Farrell, and Alex Zelinsky from UQ, CSU, UNE, WSU, JCU, La Trobe and Newcastle.
And hear views from other sector leaders including Luke Sheehy CEO of UA, its former chair John Dewar, commentator Andrew Norton, and sector experts Nicola Kresp, Ben Hallett, Nadine Zacharias, and Ant Bagshaw from OES, Vygo, Equity by Design and L.E.K. Consulting in a comprehensive download of instand reactions within two days of the report’s release live from Canberra.
There will be many reactions shared over the days and weeks ahead but this is the first and most comprehensive overview of what the sector thinks of the Accord.

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Uni might not be the best Year 13 option

In this podcast chief executive of Year 13 Will Stubley joins Melbourne Business School chief learning innovation officer Dr Nora Koslowski and Martin Betts in the HEDx studio to discuss alternative options to the traditional Year 12 to university pipeline. With the skills the Australian economy needs changing, how can universities keep up to deliver education that is relevant to those changes?

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How unwelcoming are our universities?

Many staff and students in universities around the world talk fondly of how university transformed their lives. Many do so from a position of having had it relatively good in the first place. There is a groundswell of global concern with making higher education more easily accessible to all in society in all countries. This requires coordinated action in funding systems, financial aid, institutional leadership, and in the underlying culture and how welcoming it is to all students.

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Kiki: is this a time of danger or opportunity?

This is a time when we least need our Vice Chancellors and Presidents to be formulaic and replaceable by AI. We do need to see boldness and distinction. I reflected on all of these matters together on the episode of the HEDx podcast you can access here with Andrea Burrows, Managing Director of OES UK and Professor Nick Jennings, Vice Chancellor and President of Loughborough University.

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A university is more than its rank

We would call for the sector to reimagine new forms of university assessment that are independent, robust, and reliable. The power to redefine the future of higher education lies with those who recognise that rankings should not drive decisions; rather, they should be just a reflection of a university’s character and impact.

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