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Professor Anthony Forster

Vice Chancellor of Essex University in the UK, Anthony Forster is our first international VC guest. He describes the values that drive how his university seeks to differentiate and what made it UK University of the Year in 2018. He outlines the quite different issues of government funding for research and flow of international students, particularly from India, that UK universities are facing compared to those in Australia.

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Professor David Lloyd

Vice Chancellor of the University of South Australia Professor David Lloyd shares insights from running the first staff jam across his whole university in getting staff engagement to a strategy. And repeating it again 4 years later. He outlines how one unforeseen idea cost him $50m. He outlines the novel approach of leaving staff to decide how academic units should be organized only making the proviso it should be based on the products they offer students. And he describes a global partnership for skill development with a global big 4 consultancy from Adelaide. His message is of a philosophy of leadership and a university strategy, based on digital routes to enterprise.

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Professor Kent Anderson

Kent Anderson DVC at Newcastle joins us soon after a 2 year spell in Ministers’ Tehan and Tudge’s office guiding recent policy changes. He comments on the divide between chancelleries and ministry that has developed in recent years. He puts it down to the challenge of listening and who is in charge of the sandpit.

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Professor Jennifer Whyte

Professor Jennifer Whyte of University of Sydney joins the HEDx podcast to reflect on culture, leadership and partnerships as an AUstralian Head of School in a Go8 compared to her experiences at Imperial College in the UK. She outlines opportunities for Australian universities to take advantage of new modes of connections, in particular a forthcoming Olympic Games in 2032, to reintegrate with the rest of the world by harnessing technology and global perspectives.

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Denice Pitt

Denice Pitt CEO of online learning pioneers OES joins Karl and Martin to reflect on the 10 year journey of her company supporting universities in bringing high quality online learning to non-traditional students.

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Professor Alwyn Louw

Vice Chancellor of Torrens University, Professor Alwyn Louw joins HEDx to tell of its growth to close to 20,000 students in seven years. As a US-owned private university operating across Australia, the Torrens story is one of fast growth, differentiated strategy, and a unique set up of governance and executive roles.

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Professor Sandra Harding

Vice Chancellor of JCU Townsville, Sandra Harding, joins the HEDx team. She reflects on how the sector’s leaders and staff are feeling and of the culture change that is needed for a very different future than that she anticipated as UA Chair in 2013.

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Professor Patricia Davidson

Vice Chancellor of Wollongong University, Patricia Davidson joins HEDx to outline the compassionate approach to leadership she has brought to her first 90 days. She outlines the challenges she perceives for the sector, its staff and its students. As she prepares the new strategy for Wollongong she celebrates the people, the community and the history. She sees genuine opportunities for universities to differentiate through digital disruption and with how technology and empathy for people can allow new expectations to be met by a sector whose time she sees as full of opportunity.

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Professor John Dewar

Vice-Chancellor of La Trobe University, and new Chair of our peak body Universities Australia, John Dewar assesses how we are doing as a sector and interprets the gauntlet thrown at us by Minister Tudge in his recent speech.

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