Notes from the VC’s Desk

When I first experienced the New England, the burden of a long drought was evident. Now I am experiencing the amazing burst of bloom and bush that rain has nurtured. Rain featured particularly this week...

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  It used to be we talked about weather, car parking and the price of milk. Now there is little chance of avoiding the pandemic; multiple waves, vaccines and the challenges of lockdown versus herd...

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It is well reported that I am women of a certain age; I have enjoyed the great luxury of a career in frontier science and then a career in education. Not sure what my next...

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This has been one of those weeks when my inner ‘swan’ featured more than other latent genetic ancestry.  With some 60 odd per cent of shared avian DNA ruffling my proverbial feathers, I was overwhelmed...

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A week of interesting challenges. For many, the sadness of losing one of the giants – Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  I was fortunate to hear her present in the US Supreme Court as well as attend some...

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Another week has passed by in a blink and yet so much has happened (granted in my small sphere). The hiatus across higher education is a topic of current national interest as the sector will...

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When Patrick Geddes first promoted the ‘think locally, act globally’ concept over a hundred years ago his perspectives were doubtless bounded by his awareness of the social geography of the early 20th century and fruitful...

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  My week was due to start with a journey to Sydney and then time spent catching up around Parramatta, with NSW Government officers and with fellow VCs. The increased COVID risk around the Sydney...

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Under a cerulean blue sky, Armidale is welcoming spring and I gather the same is true across the state as we emerge from under the Antarctic weather bubble; one feels joyous! This week has prompted...

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I have just come back from Tamworth, up the New England Highway in the rain and wind; note to self, remember warm clothes and waterproofs when heading out this weekend.. I did remember my all-weather...

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On a manic Friday in what should have been a short week, I am still sitting with a large pile of paper work (yes paperwork!) holding me hostage at my desk! I have had endless...

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Dear UNE Students, Delivering a high-quality student experience has been identified as the key to the future direction of UNE by respondents to UNE 21+. Since it was launched five weeks ago, 800+ people have...

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It is a grey drizzling day here in Armidale – rumour has it that rain is falling across the land… The flowering prunus speak of winter and hint at spring. The campus is eerily quiet...

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As another week comes to a close, I am stunned to note that July has been ticked off on the calendar and we are counting down the days to the summer solstice. I would like to...

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As ever an interesting week; lots going on and much more to be done. It will be no surprise that I am reflecting on a week when major announcements about the Time for Change programme, created...

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