|A (very) warm day with blue skies and a light breeze. Just had lovely morning tea with UNE staff on the Ingrid Moses Courtyard with staff who are celebrating the challenges of year and staff getting ready to leave UNE to start the next stage of their life journey. Quite something to hear the stories of people who have worked here for 20, 30 and 50 odd years.
The majority of Council are here also – the first time in a year! The new strategic plan ‘Future Fit’ was up for discussion and the 2021 budget; a heavy lifting day for Council. I have also been involved in the AARNet Board meeting with cybersecurity a big part of the discussion, a UNE Foundation working group and participation in a global seminar on Digital Education have kept me busy and challenged – a great combination. I was also a guest at the Armidale Rotary Club’s November meeting; they were an engaged and welcoming group who shared their passion for UNE and what we do for the region.
I also had a great meeting with the HASSE Professoriate this week about our future priorities and then an engagement with the new President of the recently founded UNE Chapter of the Australian Association of Universities Professors. I think this is an exciting new development and I look forward to working with this group to strengthen the academic identity of this University.