|With the year end now truly in sight, my desk is covered in lists of things yet to be done. I note with interest that my 2021 list is also going ever longer. There is no little pleasure and comfort to be had in noting how much has been achieved this year despite very difficult circumstances. With Time for Change final plans now published there is much to be progressed to support the implementation of the change program and bring forward the key benefits. Working through all of this will be no small task, but we now have a clear path forward. A draft of the new Strategic Plan will be considered by Council next week and with that in place we also have the map for our future. The 2021 budget made first pass through the Finance and Infrastructure Committee this week which means we are on track to complete budget setting and resolve strategic projects for 2021.
Meetings with Ministerial officers and colleagues at State and Federal level consumed the rest of my time as we devoted effort and purpose to tidying up loose ends around the UNE Tamworth expansion plans and outstanding issues from the new Job Ready Graduate Reforms. A somewhat bumpy flight back this morning made me glad to be back in Armidale on solid ground! A meeting with some of our students about campus and residential plans for T1 2021 was a great reminder of what a wonderful bunch of engaged students UNE has. I forgive them for not bringing any Malteasers!
The Armidale peony farm open day is on my list of must do things this weekend. That, and a walk somewhere to address Zoom fatigue! When I have refreshed mind and body, I must finish the care of soul bit – thought I might dig out a book and put my feet up…