|On Thursday, UNE hosted Tamworth Regional Council and members of the city’s business community on a tour around the Armidale campus, which included visits to the Smart Farm and Solar Farm. For many it was their first visit and we can only be pleased at their willingness to invest time into building a stronger partnership to support and develop the UNE Tamworth expansion project.
Today was dominated by a sequence of routine meetings – discussions around budgets, the retention strategy and preparations for next week’s Council meeting featured large in the list of tasks to be completed. After a successful ballot outcome supporting the adoption of the new Professional Staff Enterprise Agreement, we are now focused on the ballot for the new Academic Agreement. Over the next few days, I will join colleagues from the People and Culture team and Provost’s office in presenting details of the proposed Agreement at various open meetings ahead of next week’s formal voting process. I think it is important that all staff are provided with the information that they need to allow them to make an informed decision, and that I am prepared to stand up and defend the principles around which the new Agreement has been constructed.
As I’m sure many of you are already aware that the SportUNE pool is officially openingnext weekend! Join us at 11am on Saturday 21 March for the official launch party. We have created a fundraising page for an Armidale Community Scholarship – if we reach $1000, I will bravely take the plunge in the newly refurbished pool! For every $200 raised thereafter, a member of our Senior Executive Team will follow suit! All money raised will go towards this new initiative to support the residential fees of a college student making a difference in our community through volunteer work, sport, mentorship and more.
My week started with joyous celebrations at the 2020 International Women’s Day event held in the Wright Centre which drew a multigenerational, multicultural crowd from across both town and country. It will close with a quiet dinner to celebrate my wedding anniversary and the many, many rewarding years of marriage with which I have been blessed…
Stay safe and well, and remember – social distancing, clean hands and ‘Namaste’ are the new watch words!