Notes from the VC’s Desk

A weekly newsletter direct from our Vice-Chancellor & CEO, Professor Brigid Heywood. Stay up to date with the latest goings on around UNE.

This week much of my attention was directed to equity and diversity matters. If I said that I missed the time spent focusing all of my attention on COVID-19 it would be a lie. The...

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My ambitions for this week were high. Sadly, after a challenging conversation with some tarmac and concrete in the middle of Armidale whilst ambling along on my new ebike, the focus of my efforts and...

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Long week and then some. As the rhythm of academic business takes us through to the assessment and examination period for Trimester 1, the other aspects of corporate life overlaid by COVID-19 response discussions have...

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One of the dominant experiences of my week has been working from a campus that feels empty and isolated but knowing I am surrounded by people at various locales, all working hard to make the...

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  Dear UNE Students, As I am sure you are aware, the COVID-19 response has required a rapid review of many issues, and this has affected the whole of the community. The University has a...

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Incredible to me that it is May 1st already; with so much going on the passing of time has not registered quite as much as it usually does or perhaps the context of it is...

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I spent the week based in my new alternate office in the Dixson Library with all sorts of people dropping in to say hi; clearly the Easter break and contingent respite has worked wonders! I...

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With the stimulus of amazing autumn weather across the long weekend it was great to open the windows, shake out the gremlins and attack a host of chores – basically anything that did not require Zoom!...

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After weeks in the COVID-19 bubble, I am sure like the majority I have adapted to a new life where I know how many circuits of my study I have to complete to achieve a...

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It is the first Friday in April and I admit to be slightly stunned; part of my brain is still working through my March to do list. Of course our lives have been turned up-side...

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The mornings are misty, the days bright and sunny. Red and gold abound as the colours of Autumn decorate nature’s palette here in New England.  I realised this morning I had been too busy to...

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We are living through interesting times… With much of the planet beset by the threat of a fast spreading, highly contagious virus, the natural social dynamics are being challenged. Most of my effort this week...

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Dear Colleagues, On this occasion I am writing to all staff and students to provide an update on our position with respect to the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. My first comment would be to congratulate...

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There can be little doubt that we are living through difficult times and I am sure, like most people, that the challenge of living out our lives in the face of yet another emerging crisis...

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This week, I am hopeful that UNE colleagues will be relieved to hear that whilst many Australians were out prowling the lanes of supermarkets for toilet rolls, the VC was otherwise engaged. Two days this...

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