|I also visited the farm at Tullimbah to discuss our emerging plans for developing the next generation STEM facilities at UNE for the region. This engagement highlighted the value of our partnerships with key agencies in NSW and across a wider landscape, as well as making visible the opportunities we might explore going forward. Our contributions to natural resource management and the sustainable production of food are rightly recognised the world over.
In between these various engagements, I connected with a wonderful cross section of UNE students as they came and went to study, revise or just enjoy the campus. More staff were around this week and it was great just to catch up and check in, as we all made an effort to maintain appropriate caffeine levels. Sitting out in the sunshine enjoying the extended social area is one of life’s little luxuries.
If I have created the impression that I survived a Zoom-free life this week – then let me disabuse you. This week some technical variety at meetings flipped across Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other systems. The tally of participating felines went up this week; my analysis suggests that these non-human participants are more likely joining across afternoon sessions rather than morning events. I am thinking now about a piece of psychosocial research on companion animal contributions to the quality and efficacy of video conferencing outcomes… Any collaborative offers?