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One of those very complex weeks with lots of different things to do rather than a thematic collection of events and meetings; on reflection, it seemed to be a mirror of the season with its...

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(Very) long week, short notes. Academic Board – Monday. A good discussion about academic quality assurance and the need to develop a more holistic academic risk profile for UNE. Ditto retention and progression discussion centred on...

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The wheels of life keep turning despite the best efforts of humans, climate and viruses to change the speed of rotation of the planet on its axis.  As the year pulls to a close the...

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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...

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What a difference a week makes; debate still rages about the outcome of a major election – the ‘shouts loudest’ policy is still in full swing. Even more appalling was news of another spate of...

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A momentous week for UNE and the rest of the world in a number of different ways. Our Victorian colleagues, friends and relatives have been released from an extended lock down after multiple sequential days...

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It would be odd if I did not mention that for those of us based in New England, life this week has been has been about glorious sunshine, drenching rain, hail and snow as well...

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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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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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