|The Tamworth University Strategic Group met in the city this week to review progress with our business case development and to reflect on the outcomes of the various sector-based industry workshops we have been hosting. The feedback is more than positive and opportunities for UNE to co-develop new curriculum with different industry partners is one of the emerging highlights for me. Our proposed model for developing industry facing education hubs is also resonating strongly with Tamworth leaders as the concept matures and we foster the idea of a new kind of university model where our education and research are embedded with industry; creating a place-based innovation ecosystem.
Innovation models have been a highlight of this week. UNE has just hosted over 12,000 online exams and the ongoing commitment of all UNE staff to develop and deliver the best possible education, despite a whole range of challenging circumstances, is just incredible. This scaled pilot has also raised questions about the place and purpose of exams and assessment in a modern context and I am very excited by the conversations which have started around shifting our model to create a new assessment paradigm. Feedback from students has been very positive but their comments must also provoke a dialogue around a more progressive approach.
Another exciting innovation is the work being done by key staff in HASSE to develop methods for refugee and new migrant integration into regional communities. The use of the sports and exercise as a medium through which to build social connectivity, support well-being and create strong community focused alliances is exciting work being successfully piloted through UNE with Commonwealth funding. This ‘Town with Gown’ approach is an exemplification of UNE breaking conventional boundaries to resolve problems and develop practical evidence based solutions which benefit our region. The feedback from our Yazidi colleagues here in Armidale leaves no doubt about the positives to be drawn from this programme.